investment strategy

Feb 09, 2018

BitcoinThe United Arab Emirates’ financial regulator has warned investors about the risks of cryptocurrency and initial coin offerings (ICOs) following a volatile few weeks for cryptocurrencies.

Feb 09, 2018

Healthcare1Dubai-based private equity firm Abraaj Group has denied accusations that it misspent funds intended for a number of healthcare projects in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

Feb 09, 2018

Lenovo_logoBahrain’s sovereign wealth fund, Mumtalakat Holding Company, has partnered with US-based Sentinel Real Estate Investment Corporation to acquire the US campus of computer manufacturer Lenovo.

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.

Feb 02, 2018

LogisticsHSBC Saudi Arabia has appointed Bahrain-based Arcapita as an advisor to its $150m logistics fund. Arcapita will be expected to help HSBC identify assets as well as providing asset management and fund administration services for a fund targeting warehouses and other logistics assets in Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Feb 02, 2018

Dubai_real_estateAfter a challenging 2017, Dubai’s real estate sector is predicted to undergo a year of disruption in 2018 thanks to the introduction of VAT and the emergence of new technology, according to a report from Deloitte.

Feb 02, 2018

Power_stationOne of Africa’s largest infrastructure equity fund managers, Africa Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM), has acquired a minority share in the Amandi IPP power plant located in western Ghana.

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.

Dec 01, 2017

Merging_blocksNearly two-thirds (65%) of respondents in a survey of Middle East and North African businesses said they would pursue merger and acquisition deals in the next 12 months.

Dec 01, 2017

Handshake1The Bahrain Economic Development Board says it will collaborate with and support Almas Nexus, a US-based investment platform for institutions.

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A recent sovereign bond issue from Saudi Arabia underlines the appeal of emerging market investing. What must investors consider when allocating to this asset class? Firas Mallah of BMO Global Asset Management shares his views.

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.