July 2011

balanceRegulation plays a vital role in the development of regional asset management markets. Funds Global talks to different supervisors in the Mena region about their strategy.

EggsAs the Gulf funds industry evolves, research is helping categorise different client types to help investment managers develop their strategies. Nick Fitzpatrick looks at the latest findings about how to approach corporate and sovereign funds.

Haissam-ArabiA new joint venture between a Qatari investment bank and a Dubai-based asset manager is promising to bring variety to the shariah investment market. Funds Global talks to chief executive Haissam Arabi about the plans for the new venture.

BeirutThe Middle East market in listed equity funds is evolving as local providers create new Mena products. Nick Fitzpatrick looks at selected funds and asks what regional turmoil means for their success in asset gathering.

Funds Global asks senior executives in the Middle East whether the political unrest will hinder the UAE and Qatar’s prospects of inclusion in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index.
We also ask what impact inclusion would have.

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Aberdeen Asset Management has set up its first Middle East office in the newly established Abu Dhabi Global Market. Andrew Paul, senior executive officer, explains why.

A recent sovereign bond issue from Saudi Arabia underlines the appeal of emerging market investing. What must investors consider when allocating to this asset class? Firas Mallah of BMO Global Asset Management shares his views.

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.