investment strategy

Jul 06, 2018

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

Jun 29, 2018

collective_investmentUS-based private equity firm Blackstone Group is expected to launch its Saudi-backed infrastructure fund following the news that it has completed a round of fundraising worth $5 billion.

Jun 29, 2018

Venture_capitalBahrain Development Bank (BDB) has launched what it claims is the region’s first active venture capital (VC) fund of funds.

Jun 29, 2018

Persian_gulf_mapThe GCC member states have announced plans for “an integrated programme that will soon be announced to enable the Kingdom of Bahrain to support its economic reforms and fiscal stability”.

Jun 29, 2018

FintechAbu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the emirate’s international financial centre, has signed a cooperation agreement with the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) to jointly promote their respective fintech sectors.

Jun 29, 2018

InvestmentKuwait’s lawmakers are planning to introduce new foreign investment rules in order to generate a greater capital influx and stimulate its sluggish economy, following in the footsteps of the UAE and Saudi Arabia which have both introduced similar measures in recent weeks to help move away from an oil-dependent economy.

Jun 22, 2018

Emerging marketIndex provider MSCI has upgraded Saudi equities to emerging market status by including them in its widely tracked Emerging Markets index.

Jun 22, 2018

ETF_blocksInvesco has launched what it claims is the first exchange-traded fund (ETF) in Europe to offer passive exposure to Saudi Arabia.

Jun 22, 2018

Pension_protectionSovereign wealth fund the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) is set to acquire a 21.4% stake in UK insurer the Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC).

Jun 22, 2018

Mergers and acquisitionsPlans for a three-way merger between Islamic lender Masraf Al Rayan, Barwa Bank and the International Bank of Qatar (IBQ) have been shelved; however, an alliance between Barwa and IBQ is reportedly close to being announced.

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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.