TECHNOLOGY

Mar 22, 2019

RegTechThe secretary general of the Union of Arab Banks has called on financial institutions in the region to increase their investment in regtech.

Mar 08, 2019

FintechThe UK and Turkey have launched a joint initiative to create wider access to Islamic finance through financial technology.

Feb 22, 2019

Solar_farmLondon-based energy investment firm Exergy Capital has teamed up with Dalma Capital Management, an alternative investment manager based in Dubai, to launch what they claim is the world’s first sharia-compliant investment fund focused on the energy sector.

Feb 15, 2019

EuropeThe venture capital arm of Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund Mubadala is preparing to launch a $400 million European fund to focus on the technology sector as well as a fund of funds later this year. 

Jan 18, 2019

US_savings_bondQatar’s sovereign wealth fund, the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), is looking to bolster its US portfolio and increase its assets to $45 billion in the next two years.

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.

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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

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.

MENA ROUNDTABLE: ‘The story is about reforms’

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.