Custody

Sep 06, 2013

Mike CowleyNew fund regulations in the UAE and Saudi Arabia have caused headaches for some, but Mike Cowley, Deutsche Bank’s head of direct securities services in the region, says the laws are fair and there for a reason.

Sep 06, 2013

IndicesWhen MSCI said it would promote Qatar and the UAE to emerging markets, investors in the region celebrated the promise of investment inflows.

Sep 06, 2013

Safety deposit boxA lack of common standards in Islamic custody and fund administration can lead to costs and delays in launching products. Setting up a sub-fund on a sharia-compliant platform could be a quicker alternative. George Mitton reports.

Sep 06, 2013

When delegates arrive at the annual banking transactions conference, Sibos, which is held this year in Dubai, what will they discuss? Funds Global asked senior executives at top firms to share their views.

Jul 23, 2013

Signing contractSovereign wealth funds are still the top customers for Mena custodians, but public sector pension funds and endowments may be significant in future. George Mitton gives a run-down of the main types.

Mar 06, 2013

Faysal BadranThe biggest asset manager in Saudi Arabia could benefit if the country opens up its capital markets. But chief investment officer Faysal Badran says he has ways to target international investors if it does not. George Mitton reports.

Mar 06, 2013

Faysal BadranThe biggest asset manager in Saudi Arabia could benefit if the country opens up its capital markets. But chief investment officer Faysal Badran says he has ways to target international investors if it does not. George Mitton reports.

Mar 06, 2013

OutsorcingAsset managers in the Mena region have outsourced fewer back and middle-office functions than their peers in the West. Funds Global asks whether this will change.

Mar 06, 2013

Asset servicing firms discuss the confusion caused by UAE funds regulation, the cost barriers in Islamic finance, and why Saudi Arabia is the key to the Mena region. Chaired by George Mitton in Dubai.

Mar 06, 2013

Asset servicing firms discuss the confusion caused by UAE funds regulation, the cost barriers in Islamic finance, and why Saudi Arabia is the key to the Mena region. Chaired by George Mitton in Dubai.

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Executive Interviews

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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...

Roundtables

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Our cross-industry panel discuss the positive backdrop in Egypt, the Dana Gas controversy and the potential index upgrades of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Chaired by George Mitton in Dubai.