Autumn 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.

BuildingThe economies of Asia and the Middle East are closely linked, so are Middle East investors keen on Asian funds? Not necessarily, finds George Mitton.

Participants at our Dubai panel discuss plans for a financial free zone in Abu Dhabi, question why some local companies are listing in London instead of the UAE, and warn that confusion among different regulators could cause problems. Edited by George Mitton.

Issa NabilThe Saudi regulator has appointed new personnel and issued new draft laws for funds. James Stull, Nabil Issa and Phillip Sacks of King & Spalding assess the changes.

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

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Executive Interviews

INTERVIEW: ‘Financing is the blood of Iran’s economy’

Jan 04, 2019

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

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...

Roundtables

ROUNDTABLE: Hooked to the global caravan

Jan 04, 2019

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’

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.