Dec 16, 2016

ManamaBahrain-based Bank Alkhair says it has gained approval to sell its stake in Pakistan's Burj Bank to the Pakistani subsidiary of Al Baraka Banking, also of Bahrain.

Dec 16, 2016

Bank-of-Tokyo-Mitsubishi-UFGThe Saudi Arabian cabinet has granted Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ a licence to open a branch in Saudi Arabia.

Dec 16, 2016

Subway-logoGlobal Investment House has acquired a firm that operates 180 fast food restaurants in the Gulf including franchises of sandwich maker Subway.

Dec 10, 2016

Nasdaq buildingThe Islamic Development Bank has listed an Islamic bond worth $1.25 billion on the Nasdaq Dubai exchange.

Dec 10, 2016

Gold bars 1An organisation that provides standards on Islamic finance has issued a set of rulings for investment in gold and gold-backed products.

Dec 10, 2016

Student housingTwo real estate investment firms backed by Middle Eastern investors have signed a deal to buy an unbuilt set of student apartments in Southampton.


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.


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.