investment strategy

May 04, 2018

RiyadhMoody’s, a ratings agency, has opened an office in Riyadh to enlarge its presence in Saudi Arabia’s debt capital markets.

May 04, 2018

FinTechThe Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) is teaming up with Deloitte Middle East to develop Fintech Saudi, a financial technology “ecosystem”.

May 04, 2018

Executive reshuffleBahrain-based alternative investment manager Investcorp has made a number of senior management appointments following the retirement of its co-chief executive Mohammed Al Shroogi.

Apr 27, 2018

Shanghai-Stock-ExchangeThe Shanghai Stock Exchange is planning to open an exchange venue in Abu Dhabi in advance of the Belt and Road initiative, China’s ambitious global development strategy.

Apr 27, 2018

Private_vs_publicThe government of Saudi Arabia has revealed more details of its privatisation programme including some of the assets to be sold.

Apr 27, 2018

NasdaqThe Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC) is collaborating with Nasdaq Dubai on a scheme to cement Dubai’s status as a domicile for sukuk issuance.

Apr 27, 2018

Focus_on_qualitySaudi Arabia’s largest asset manager NCB Capital has been assigned a management quality (MQ) assessment of MQ1 by rating agency Moody’s.

Apr 20, 2018

Dubai Investments is preparing to launch an $810 million (€659.1 million) real estate investment trust (Reit), pending regulatory approval. The investment firm, which is listed on the Dubai stock exchange, will provide 40% of the fund’s capital with the remainder provided by its investors.

Apr 13, 2018

Funds repatriationA recently published bond prospectus has confirmed that Qatar’s largest sovereign wealth fund (SWF) has repatriated $20 billion in an attempt to shore up its banking sector, which is feeling the effects of a trade embargo from its Gulf neighbours.

Apr 13, 2018

Asia-PacificMashreq Bank, the Dubai-based lender, has developed a $1 billion, multi-currency certificate of deposit (CD) programme in Hong Kong designed to attract institutional investors in Asia.

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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.