NEWS

Dec 20, 2019

FundingSaudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund (PIF) has launched a $1 billion fund of funds designed to provide capital for private equity and venture capital funds focused on small businesses (SMEs) in the region.

Dec 20, 2019

Mergers_and_acquisitionsA proposed merger of two of Saudi Arabia’s biggest banks, National Commercial Bank (NCB) and Riyadh Bank, has been shelved.

Dec 20, 2019

PowerlinesThe Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) has agreed to acquire a 25.1% stake in Adani Electrical Mumbai Limited from its parent company, Adani Transmission Limited (ATL).

Dec 20, 2019

Fitch_Ratings_buildingRating agency Fitch has warned that Lebanon is likely to default on the huge debt facing the country.

Dec 20, 2019

Islamic_financeQatar is looking to bolster its ambitions to be Mena’s leading Islamic finance centre after announcing plans to create a centralised Sharia board and introduce new regulations for the sector.

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Executive Interviews

INTERVIEW: ‘Financing is the blood of Iran’s economy’

Jan 04, 2019

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

Jun 13, 2018

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...

Roundtables

ROUNDTABLE: Hooked to the global caravan

Jan 04, 2019

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’

Jun 13, 2018

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.