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Jan 10, 2020

UniCredit_building_MilanAbu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund has reduced its holding in Italian bank UniCredit by more than half.

Jan 10, 2020

Islamic_dealIslamic robo-advisor Wahed Invest has enlisted Sharia Review Bureau (SRB) to manage its sharia compliance covering client agreements, advisory terms and its portfolio of Islamic investment vehicles.

Jan 10, 2020

Moodys_websiteSovereigns in the GCC have been given a negative outlook for 2020 by rating agency Moody’s which has cited slow fiscal reforms, weak growth and higher geopolitical risk as the reasons for the downgrade.

Jan 03, 2020

The Kuwait Stock Exchange has ended 2019 as the top performer among Mena’s exchange indices finishing the year up more than 32.4%.

Dec 20, 2019

FundingSaudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund (PIF) has launched a $1 billion fund of funds designed to provide capital for private equity and venture capital funds focused on small businesses (SMEs) in the region.

Dec 20, 2019

PowerlinesThe Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) has agreed to acquire a 25.1% stake in Adani Electrical Mumbai Limited from its parent company, Adani Transmission Limited (ATL).

Dec 20, 2019

Fitch_Ratings_buildingRating agency Fitch has warned that Lebanon is likely to default on the huge debt facing the country.

Dec 20, 2019

Islamic_financeQatar is looking to bolster its ambitions to be Mena’s leading Islamic finance centre after announcing plans to create a centralised Sharia board and introduce new regulations for the sector.

Dec 13, 2019

CashAbu Dhabi-based Catalyst Partners, a $1 billion fund backed by the state-owned Mubadala Investment Company, has splashed out $225 million on its first investments.

Dec 13, 2019

CryptocurrenciesArabian Bourse (ABX), the Abu Dhabi-based crypto asset exchange and custodian, has received a multi-million dollar investment from a Mena-based blockchain company, HBK-GoChain.

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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

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.