NEWS

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 16, 2022

UAE, millionairesThe number of millionaires in the major cities of the UAE – Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah – is set to exceed 100,000 by the end of the year, according to industry data.

Sep 16, 2022

Al Waha, VC, fintechThe Al Waha fund, managed jointly by investment firm Hambro Perks and Bahrain Development Bank, has launched a fintech venture studio based in Bahrain.

Sep 16, 2022

M&A GulfThe number of mergers and acquisitions (M&As) in the GCC increased by 25% in the first half of the year.

Sep 09, 2022

InvestcorpBahrain-based alternative investment firm Investcorp has led a pre-IPO funding round in Saudi Arabia-based digital freight network TruKKer.

Sep 09, 2022

Private capital dealsThe number and value of private capital deals made in the first half of the year in the Mena region have both risen thanks to the growing use of digital platforms and the additional assets of sovereign wealth funds.

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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.