REGULATION

Oct 21, 2022

UAE, Saudi Arabia, PensionThe pension systems of Saudi Arabia and the UAE have enjoyed an improved score in the annual Mercer CFA Institute Global Pension Index (MCGPI).

Sep 23, 2022

BinanceDubai’s Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority (Vara) has awarded a minimal viable product (MVP) licence to crypto exchange Binance.

Sep 16, 2022

UAEThe UAE Central bank’s adoption of the Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) sharia standards has produced more standardisation into sukuk documentation in the country.

Sep 02, 2022

Regulatory reportingFund placement firm Greenstone Equity Partners has teamed up with aosphere, an affiliate of global law firm Allen & Overy, to provide compliance support for fund managers in the GCC.

Aug 26, 2022

CryptocurrenciesAbu Dhabi has announced the formation of a government body to discuss its strategy for regulating and promoting the world of virtual assets.

Aug 01, 2022

MEIMA Middle EastInvestment management in the Middle East has a new trade body, which its founders say will give a “much needed” voice for fund managers in the region.

Jul 22, 2022

Crypto exchangeKraken Mena, the regional arm of the digital asset exchange, has partnered with Abu Dhabi-based Rakbank to offer UAE residents the ability to trade virtual assets in their own currency.

Jul 15, 2022

CryptocurrenciesSeychelles-based crypto trading app OKX is the latest firm awarded a provisional virtual assets licence in Dubai.

Jan 07, 2022

Money laundering 1The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the global authority for anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist financing, is reportedly considering placing the UAE on a ‘greylist’ due to its poor record on AML compliance.

May 21, 2021

CryptocurrenciesEmirati investors are more open to investing in cryptocurrencies and less concerned with more regulation than Western expats according to a recently published survey of UAE residents.

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Executive Interviews

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

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

Since 2016, Guillermo Ortiz has been a chairman of Latin America’s BTG Pactual. The former central banker of Mexico talks to Nick Fitzpatrick.

Roundtables

Middle East Investor Roundtable 2020: Dimensions of diversification

Investors in the Middle East consider the tools that will be needed to navigate the Covid-19 crisis, the continued appetite for dividend and why it’s all about tech. Chaired by Romil Patel.

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.