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Regulations Around Crowdfunding in Egypt

Crowdfunding and crowdsourcing have emerged as innovative financial tools, providing significant opportunities for entrepreneurs, startups, and social projects to secure funding in Egypt.

This article outlines the current legal framework surrounding crowdfunding and crowdsourcing in Egypt, including relevant laws, regulatory bodies, and practical insights for successful fundraising.

Regulatory Framework

The Financial Regulatory Authority (FRA) is the primary body overseeing crowdfunding activities in Egypt is the Financial Regulatory Authority (FRA). The FRA has been working on developing a comprehensive regulatory framework to support and monitor crowdfunding activities, ensuring both investor protection and market growth. This framework includes guidelines on the operations of crowdfunding platforms, investor rights, and risk management.

Key Laws and Regulations

  • Capital Market Law No. 95 of 1992: This law provides the foundation for the regulation of financial markets in Egypt, including crowdfunding. Amendments to this law have incorporated provisions specific to crowdfunding, allowing for more structured and secure investment opportunities.
  • Companies Law No. 159 of 1981: This law governs corporate activities, including the formation and operation of companies that may participate in crowdfunding. Compliance with this law ensures that companies meet the necessary legal standards to engage in fundraising activities.
  • Central Bank and Banking Sector Law No. 194 of 2020: This law regulates financial transactions, including those conducted via crowdfunding platforms, ensuring transparency and security in financial dealings.

Is Crowdfunding Legal in Egypt?

Crowdfunding is indeed legal in Egypt, but it operates within a regulated framework designed to protect both investors and project initiators. The FRA oversees crowdfunding activities to ensure compliance with the relevant laws and to maintain the integrity of the financial system.

Registration and Licensing

Crowdfunding platforms must be registered and licensed by the FRA. This ensures that they adhere to the regulatory standards set forth to protect investors and project initiators. The registration process involves providing detailed information about the platform’s operations, governance structure, and risk management practices.

Platform Registration and Licensing

For a crowdfunding platform to operate legally in Egypt, it must register with the FRA and obtain the necessary licenses. This process involves several steps:

  • Application Submission: The platform must submit an application to the FRA, providing detailed information about its business model, governance structure, risk management practices, and financial health.
  • Compliance Review: The FRA conducts a thorough review to ensure the platform complies with all relevant laws and regulations. This includes checks on the platform’s financial stability, management team, and operational procedures.
  • Approval and Licensing: Upon successful completion of the review, the FRA grants the platform a license to operate. The platform must adhere to ongoing compliance requirements, including regular reporting and audits.

Regulatory Compliance

To comply with Egyptian law, crowdfunding platforms must adhere to the following requirements:

  • Registration and Licensing: Platforms must register with the FRA and obtain the necessary licenses to operate. This process includes providing detailed information about the platform’s operations, governance structure, and risk management practices.
  • Disclosure Requirements: Platforms must disclose comprehensive information about the projects they host, including financial forecasts, risk factors, and use of funds. This transparency is crucial for protecting investors and ensuring informed decision-making.

Investor Protection

The FRA has implemented measures to protect investors participating in crowdfunding activities. These measures include:

  • Disclosure Requirements: Platforms must provide comprehensive information about the projects, including financial forecasts, risk factors, and use of funds.
  • Escrow Arrangements: Funds raised are held in escrow until the fundraising goal is met, ensuring that contributors’ money is returned if the project does not reach its target.


Crowdfunding and crowdsourcing present significant opportunities for fundraising in Egypt. With the regulatory framework provided by the FRA, entrepreneurs and startups can leverage these tools to secure funding and drive innovation. By adhering to legal requirements and best practices, project initiators and investors can navigate the crowdfunding landscape effectively and achieve their financial goals within the remits of Egyptian law.

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Written By

Joseph Iskander - Attorney-at-law

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