EQUITIES

Oct 26, 2018

Saudi Arabian equitiesGlobal fund managers have withdrawn $650 million from Saudi Arabia’s equity markets in the last week in reaction to the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of the country’s rulers who was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

Sep 28, 2018

Persian gulf statesSaudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Bahrain and Kuwait are set to join JP Morgan’s emerging market government bond indices in 2019.

Aug 24, 2018

US-based consulting firm AlixPartners has been appointed to oversee the separation of the Abraaj Growth Markets Health Fund (AGMHF) from the Abraaj Group.

Aug 10, 2018

ManamaBahrain-based private equity firm Investcorp is preparing to make its first direct investments into China and India in the next 12 to 18 months, according to comments made by its co-chief executive.

Aug 10, 2018

Total fees for investment banking activity in the Middle East and North Africa fell for the third consecutive year, according to data compiled by Thomson Reuters.

Jul 27, 2018

Standard_and_PoorsThe majority of S&P and Dow Jones sharia-compliant benchmarks produced a better performance than conventional indices in the second quarter.

Jul 13, 2018

Islamic_dealThe Dubai Financial Market (DFM) has settled its first repurchase (repo) transactions.

Jul 06, 2018

NegotiationA proposed deal from US investment manager Colony Capital to buy part of the fund management business of troubled Dubai-based private equity firm Abraaj Capital is reportedly in doubt after meeting resistance from investors.

Jul 06, 2018

Johannesburg_airportAfrican Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) has taken a 50% stake in Societe d’Exploitation et de Gestion Aeroportuaires (Sega), a pan-African holding company specialising in airport investments across West and Central Africa.

Jul 06, 2018

Hiring_fund_managersAbu Dhabi-based investment manager Waha Capital will reportedly undertake a recruitment drive before launching a series of funds.

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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.