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Mar 02, 2018

Bonds_newspaperThe UAE’s largest bank, First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB), has issued a $650 million, five-year sukuk. The final price was registered as 95 basis points above midswaps, stated the bank.

Feb 16, 2018

gavel_law_booksA high court judge in the UK has ruled in favour of investors holding $700 million of Islamic bonds (sukuk) issued by UAE-based energy producer Dana Gas which last year refused to redeem the bonds on the grounds that they were no longer Shariah-compliant or legal in the UAE.

Feb 02, 2018

Sovereign-wealth-fundsAlternative investments now make up almost a quarter (23%) of all sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) asset allocations, according to a report from PwC.

Dec 01, 2017

Moodys_websiteA ruling in a dispute over sukuk issued by Dana Gas is “credit positive” for Islamic finance, according to a ratings agency.

Nov 23, 2017

Doug_Bitcon-RasmalaRasmala’s trade finance fund recently passed $100 million in assets. Doug Bitcon, head of credit strategies, explains why he has to be hands-on.

Nov 23, 2017

Saudi Arabian index inclusion, the onset of taxes and the Dana Gas controversy were among the issues discussed by our cross-industry panel. Chaired by George Mitton in Dubai.

Nov 23, 2017

Kuwait’s stock market rose after its government revealed a five-year development plan. Equity performance elsewhere was mixed in the first half of the year, writes Gerard Aoun of Thomson Reuters.

Aug 30, 2016

Handshake1Mashreq Capital has appointed Christophe Pella as chief executive, replacing Aamir Peracha, who left after about a month in the job.

Apr 26, 2016

Dirham coins sukukSukuk accounted for almost 40% of bonds issued in major Islamic economies in the first quarter, the highest proportion in the past eight years.

Mar 07, 2016

Old manIn 2015, sharia-compliant funds suffered their worst sales in four years. Some blame a lack of innovation for the poor growth of the sector. Sharmila Devi reports.

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