NEWS

Jul 10, 2020

The UAE government has confirmed its intention to combine the Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA) and the Insurance Authority (IA) into a single regulatory body to bring more clarity to the supervision of investment products.

Jul 10, 2020

Bahrain-based Al Waha Fund of Funds has made a “significant” investment in Shorooq Partners, a venture capital (VC) firm based in the UAE.

Jul 10, 2020

Franco-German firm, ODDO BHF Asset Management has bolstered its presence in the Mena market following the appointment of a head of sales for the Middle East.

Jul 10, 2020

Marlborough Group, the UK-based fund manager, is expanding the distribution of its Ireland-domiciled Ucits fund of funds range to include the UAE.

Jul 10, 2020

MidChains, a virtual asset trading platform based in Abu Dhabi, has announced the successful closing of its latest funding round ahead of its launch.

Jul 03, 2020

Italian asset manager, Azimut Group, has launched what it claims is the first equity Ucits fund for the Egyptian market.

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Executive Interviews

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Amid a fresh wave of American sanctions, Romil Patel spoke to Meysam Hamedi, director of financial markets and instruments at Iran’s Securities & Exchange Organization (SEO).

INTERVIEW: Totally mega

In 2016, global consulting firm PWC forecast the emergence of five global ‘megatrends’ in the next two decades. Stephen Anderson, its Middle East clients and markets leader, talks about their...

INTERVIEW: Protecting the investment

Rasmala’s trade finance fund recently passed $100 million in assets. Doug Bitcon, head of credit strategies, explains why he has to be hands-on.

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW: A natural interest in the topic

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Roundtables

South Africa asset management roundtable: Global rebound on ice

Experts discuss the investment implications of the coronavirus pandemic, a delayed rebound in global growth and dealing with South Africa’s energy issues head on. Chaired by Romil Patel in Cape Town.

South African roundtable: Taking the bull by the horns

Our panel discusses Chinese investment in Africa, financial institutions’ contribution to economic sustainability and regulatory concerns. Chaired by Romil Patel in Cape Town.

ROUNDTABLE: Hooked to the global caravan

With the MENA region at a tipping point, our panellists talk about economic diversification, the impact of regulation and the delayed Saudi Aramco listing. Chaired by Romil Patel in Dubai.

MENA ROUNDTABLE: ‘The story is about reforms’

Our cross-industry panel discuss the positive backdrop in Egypt, the Dana Gas controversy and the potential index upgrades of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Chaired by George Mitton in Dubai.