investment strategy

May 31, 2019

FundingQatar’s sovereign wealth fund, the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), has led a $500 million investment in US-based digital lender Social Finance (SoFi).

May 31, 2019

Bahrain_mapRating agency Moody’s has improved its outlook for Bahrain’s banking sector from negative to stable on the basis that a $10 billion financial support package from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) should spark higher economic growth.

May 24, 2019

AcquisitionBahrain-based alternative investment manager Investcorp has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Mercury Capital Advisors, a US-based investment advisory firm.

May 24, 2019

tax on dividendsInvestors have welcomed a decision by the Oman government to suspend a 10% withholding tax on dividends and interests paid out by listed companies.

May 17, 2019

CryptocurrenciesAbu Dhabi’s financial services watchdog has granted ‘in principle’ approval for BitOasis to operate as a crypto asset exchange and custodian within the Abu Dhabi General Market (ADGM).

May 17, 2019

ManamaBahrain’s government is planning to establish a new unit to provide accurate information on its real estate market for investors and developers.

May 17, 2019

robo-advisorWahed Invest, the first shariah robo-advisor to be launched in the US, is to be expanded to over 130 international markets, including the Mena region.

May 10, 2019

Healthcare fundThe $1 billion healthcare fund that was at the centre of the collapse of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region’s biggest buyout firm has finally found a home after US private equity firm TPG agreed a deal to take over the management of Abraaj’s Growth Markets Health Fund.

May 10, 2019

Start-upThe Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) is set to launch a venture capital fund designed to boost financing for local start-ups and to help new fund managers looking to establish themselves in the UAE’s capital.

May 10, 2019

Denied_stampThe Kuwait Central Bank has withheld its approval for Warba Bank’s planned acquisition of asset management firm Kuwait & Middle East Financial Investment Company (KMEFIC).

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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

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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.