NEWS

Jul 26, 2016

HSBCHSBC has held talks about selling its Lebanese business to Beirut-based Blom Bank in a move that would further retrench the bank's Middle East operations following its pull-out from Jordan in 2014.

Jul 26, 2016

Abu-DhabiThe Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) last year withdrew 5% of its assets from external investment firms, deciding instead to manage them in-house by its own teams.

Jul 19, 2016

Desert oil pumps1Government spending on projects such as the FIFA World Cup in 2022 is expected to keep Qatar's banking system stable despite the impact of low oil and gas prices.

Jul 19, 2016

Hagia Sophia IstambulA failed military coup in Turkey will deliver a short-term hit to portfolios while strengthening the position of president Recep Erdogan, say fund managers.

Jul 12, 2016

Signing dealJeddah-based asset manager Sedco Capital has won a mandate to manage a Middle East equity fund for emerging markets investment firm Milltrust International.

Jul 12, 2016

Handshake1Phillip Sacks, a lawyer specialising in investment funds, has joined law firm Dechert in Dubai as a partner in its financial services group.

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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.