Summer 2014

Kingdom CentreInvestors in the Gulf’s largest economy have a preference for property. But is it wise to be so exposed to real estate? George Mitton reports from Riyadh.

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.

FactoryWill Middle East infrastructure debt finally come of age as an asset class? Progress won’t be fast, but it is coming. George Mitton reports.

CaravanWill the onset of the AIFMD in Europe push hedge funds and other alternative fund managers to set up in the MENA region? Dave Waller reports.

Chirag-ShahThe DIFC’s strategy chief explains the centre’s popularity in the face of high rents, and admits there is a shortage of DIFC-domiciled funds. He meets George Mitton.

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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.