TECHNOLOGY

Dec 14, 2018

digital settlementThe central banks of UAE and Saudi Arabia have teamed up to launch the first cross-border payments using a digital currency.

Nov 16, 2018

Egyptian_statuesUS-based venture capital firm Modus Capital is to launch in Egypt and develop a Mena-dedicated investment fund.

Nov 09, 2018

Robo-advisorRobo-advisor firm Sarwa has become the first graduate from the Dubai Financial Services Authority’s (DFSA) regulatory sandbox.

Nov 09, 2018

FintechDWS Group, formerly Deutsche Asset Management, has taken a 15% stake in Neo Technologies, a Dubai-based digital investment platform.

Nov 02, 2018

Dubai-based investment manager Beco Capital has secured a total of $15 million from International Finance Corporation (IFC), the asset management arm of the World Bank, to support venture capital funds that target Mena-based technology startups.

Oct 26, 2018

DNAThe Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) is launching a second cohort of applicants for its innovation testing licence (ITL) programmes, which allows fintech startups to test their products within the DFSA’s sandbox.

Oct 19, 2018

FintechDubai-based Alcazar Capital and InQvest Partners, the investment arm of incubator Fintech Consortium, have jointly launched a $100 million (€87.2 million) global fintech fund.

Oct 05, 2018

FinTechPrivate investors in Bahrain hope to launch a $100 million fund dedicated to financial technology, according to a government official quoted by the India-based Economic Times.

Sep 28, 2018

FintechJordan’s Arab Bank is to launch a £30 million venture fund targeting financial technology firms, according to its chief operating officer.

Sep 21, 2018

Electric_car_parking_spaceSaudi Arabia's sovereign wealth investment vehicle, the Public Investment Fund (PIF), has invested $1 billion in electric car manufacturer Lucid Motors.

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Executive Interviews

INTERVIEW: Totally mega

Jun 13, 2018

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

Nov 23, 2017

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.

Roundtables

MENA ROUNDTABLE: ‘The story is about reforms’

Jun 13, 2018

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.

SOUTH AFRICA ROUNDTABLE: Airline syndrome

Jun 13, 2018

Our panellists tell us that instead of launching competing national projects, African countries should work together for the sake of a bigger capital market. Chaired by George Mitton in Cape Town.