investment strategy

Mar 20, 2020

InvestmentBahrain-based fund of funds Al Waha has reportedly made a “substantial” investment in a US-based venture capital (VC) firm Lumia Capital.

Mar 20, 2020

crude oilThe plan to launch an oil benchmark from the Middle East to rival the established crude oil benchmarks WTI and Brent has fallen victim to the coronavirus-fuelled volatility in the oil markets and is set to be delayed until later in the year.

Mar 13, 2020

CoronavirusFund managers in the Middle East continue to count the cost of the coronavirus as local stock markets and government bonds fall in value, following the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) decision to label the virus a pandemic and the subsequent travel bans issued by countries such as the US.

Mar 13, 2020

US_real_estateDubai-based alternative investment manager Rasmala has spent $61 million to buy a research and development centre in the US as its steps up its plans to build a US property portfolio.

Mar 06, 2020

Oriental_mosaicDubai-based Islamic investment manager Mashreq Capital has announced that its flagship sharia fund has reached $100 million in assets under management.

Feb 28, 2020

France, Paris, National AssemblyAbu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth fund (SWF) is set to invest €1 billion ($1.08 billion) in a French state-backed fund dedicated to providing capital for French companies facing activist investor campaigns.

Feb 28, 2020

TadawulAnalytics firm IHS Markit has teamed up with Tadawul, the Saudi stock exchange, to develop a series of riyal-denominated indices in order to boost Saudi Arabia’s domestic bond market.

Feb 28, 2020

NasdaqBahrain-based Islamic investment bank GFH Financial Group has celebrated the listing of a $300 million sukuk on the Nasdaq Dubai, its first venture into the international debt markets.

Feb 21, 2020

Private_equityBahrain-based alternative asset manager Investcorp is considering launching a second private equity fund focused on the Mena region.

Feb 21, 2020

Rating_starsTunisia has had its sovereign issuer rating changed from negative to stable by rating agency Moody’s.


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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.


Middle East Investor Roundtable 2020: Dimensions of diversification

Investors in the Middle East consider the tools that will be needed to navigate the Covid-19 crisis, the continued appetite for dividend and why it’s all about tech. Chaired by Romil Patel.

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.