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Investcorp seeks tie up with China wealth fund

Bahrain-based alternative investment manager Investcorp is reportedly in talks with China’s sovereign wealth fund about an US$800 million investment. The investment, from China Investment Corp (CIC), would be allocated to Investcorp’s pre-IPO fund. The development, first reported by Bloomberg, is the...

Saudi Arabia to downscale mega-city development

NEOM, the US$500 billion megacity project that lies at the centre of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 economic reform, is reportedly set to be significantly...

Dubai regulator preps HK fund distribution

Hong Kong’s asset managers could be able to distribute their funds in Dubai based on recent comments made by regulators. The leading asset managers in...

UAE exchanges captured $1bn in foreign flows in Q1

The UAE’s two main stock exchanges, the Abu Dhabi Exchange (ADX) and Dubai Financial Market (DFM), attracted US$1 billion in net foreign inflows in...

Investcorp to invest in US airport project

Abu Dhabi-based alternative investment firm Investcorp Capital is set to invest in the US$4.2 billion redevelopment of JFK airport in the US. The investment is...

Lunate invests in Adnoc Oil Properties

Abu Dhabi-based alternative investment firm Lunate Capital has acquired a 40% stake in Adnoc Oil Properties (AOP), a crude oil pipeline infrastructure asset. The stake...

StanChart and Old Mutual launch Mena wealth platform

The respective venture capital arms of Standard Chartered and Old Mutual, SC Ventures and NEXT176, have collaborated on the launch of a financial wellness...

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A growing universe of emerging market debt

Emerging market debt (EMD) is often considered a homogenous block, but within this seemingly uniform landscape lies a very large opportunity set. Understanding the nuances within the hard and local currency segments of the EMD universe are...

Climate finance: Why green initiatives are soaring in the Middle East

From a standing start 15 years ago, the market in green bonds has reached $2 trillion. The Middle East, meanwhile, is on the course to becoming one of the world’s most influential renewable-energy regions. The milestone figure was...

Interview: Saudi Arabia advances women and youth, says CEO

A year into her role as Saudi Arabia head for Northern Trust asset servicing, Kholoud Al Dosari talks to Laraib Shahid about diversity in the Kingdom. It’s almost a year since Kholoud Al Dosari was appointed to the...

Sponsored feature: Cryptos gaining ground in the Middle East

Between 1 January 2021 and 30 October 20211, the market capitalisation of cryptocurrencies tripled. That's when Bitcoin surpassed the famous $60,000 threshold. Unfortunately, the first eight months of 2022 wiped out this dramatic rise. The recent "incident"...

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BNY Mellon wins Lunate fund admin mandate

Lunate Capital, the Abu Dhabi-based alternative fund manager, has selected BNy Mellon as its fund administrator. US-based asset servicer BNY Mellon will provide global custody,...

UAE climate fund to invest $250bn by 2030

Alterra, the US$30 billion climate fund launched during the COP28 climate conference, is set to mobilise $250 billion of funds by 2030, according to...

Mashreq preps carbon offsetting platform

Oman-based Mashreq is the latest financial institution in the Mena market to take a step into the carbon trading market. The firm has signed a...

Cop28: All eyes on finance and climate action

From the usual suspects to lesser-discussed challenges and untapped opportunities, fund managers await Cop28 to unfold, writes Piyasi Mitra.  As the countdown to Cop28 commences, with...