TECHNOLOGY

Aug 29, 2019

Blockchain firm R3 has partnered with Wethaq, a Dubai-based startup, in an initiative designed to bring blockchain technology to the Islamic finance market.  

Aug 29, 2019

Swiss fintech Numbrs, which is backed by the Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD), has been valued at $1 billion, making it the latest unicorn in the global fintech world.

Aug 23, 2019

Bahrain-based energy investment firm Lamar Holding has invested $1 million in Nigerian fintech TechAdvance.

Aug 15, 2019

Abu Dhabi-based sovereign wealth fund Mubadala Investments has reportedly invested more than $1 million in a cryptocurrency exchange.

Aug 02, 2019

Robo-adviserSaudi Arabia’s securities regulator, the Saudi Capital Markets Authority (SMCA) has given the green light for two local firms, Wahed Capital and Haseed Investing Company, to test their robo-advisor services.

May 31, 2019

FundingQatar’s sovereign wealth fund, the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), has led a $500 million investment in US-based digital lender Social Finance (SoFi).

May 03, 2019

Cloud_computingRegtech firm Fenergo has recruited a new head of sales for the Mena region and received a full licence from the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC).

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.

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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.