TECHNOLOGY

Feb 10, 2015

ProfitThe amount raised by the Middle East's nascent venture capital industry grew six times over last year, prompting predictions of further gains this year that may match the growth rate seen in India.

Jan 14, 2015

DubaiBy opening its stock market to foreigners and building a financial district in Riyadh, could Saudi Arabia seize prominence as the Gulf region’s financial hub? Not for some time, finds Dave Waller.

Jan 14, 2015

Magnifying glassIn 2008, the private equity industry in the MENA region raised $6.4 billion. In 2013, it raised a tenth of that. We ask regional experts whether the market can recover.

Sep 16, 2014

Ioannis AkkizidisThe UK became the first country outside the Islamic world to issue a sukuk, or Islamic bond, in June. A sukuk is an Islamic financial certificate, equivalent to a conventional bond, which must comply with Islamic law, the sharia.

Sep 16, 2014

Mike-EstmentIn a new series, Funds Europe in conjunction with Investec Asset Management looks at the challenges affecting fund distributors around the world. Mike Estment, chief executive of NFB Financial Services Group, discusses how regulation is both a cost and an opportunity.

Jul 09, 2014

Ali-Al-GwaizSaudi investors withdrew from equity funds after a disastrous market crash in 2006. The chief executive of the country’s largest equity manager hopes the trend will soon reverse. George Mitton reports from Riyadh.

Jul 09, 2014

Ali-Al-GwaizSaudi investors withdrew from equity funds after a disastrous market crash in 2006. The chief executive of the country’s largest equity manager hopes the trend will soon reverse. George Mitton reports from Riyadh.

Jul 09, 2014

RiyadhNew fund rules in Saudi Arabia could open up the market for independent custodians, though some obstacles must still be overcome. George Mitton reports.

Mar 10, 2014

Zin-BekkaliThe internet is changing life for African entrepreneurs, says the chief executive of Silk Invest. But why is it still hard to raise assets for African funds? He meets George Mitton.

Dec 20, 2013

SeesawRegulatory pressures are forcing financial companies to take collateral management more seriously. Storme Thompson, of Catalyst Development, makes some predictions for the future.

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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.