REGULATION

Oct 02, 2019

Allan_WoodThere’s no doubt that Africa has been seen increasingly as an attractive prospect for inbound investment in recent years, with investors seeing real potential in the continent, particularly in the private equity, infrastructure and real estate asset classes, as it experiences strong economic growth.

Aug 15, 2019

Arif Naqvi, the founder of Mena-based buyout form Abraaj, has been handed a three year sentence in absentia by a UAE court over a case involving low cost airline, Air Arabia.

Aug 09, 2019

Dubai Financial Services AuthorityJust one week after announcing a record fine of $314 million on beleaguered buyout firm Abraaj, Dubai’s financial regulator has conceded that it is unsure how or if the record penalty can ever be imposed.

Aug 02, 2019

Robo-adviserSaudi Arabia’s securities regulator, the Saudi Capital Markets Authority (SMCA) has given the green light for two local firms, Wahed Capital and Haseed Investing Company, to test their robo-advisor services.

Jul 12, 2019

Real_estateReal estate funds promoted in Abu Dhabi may face new capital requirements after the financial regulator, the Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA), amended its rules on the regulation of general real estate investment funds.

Jun 21, 2019

Under_review_stampRasan Capital, a Dubai-based financial services and advisory firm has had its licence suspended by the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) due to its failure to keep the regulator informed of its financial situation.

Jun 14, 2019

CryptocurrenciesAbu Dhabi’s financial services watchdog has granted regulatory approval to Arabian Bourse (ABX) to operate a crypto asset exchange and custody service.

May 24, 2019

tax on dividendsInvestors have welcomed a decision by the Oman government to suspend a 10% withholding tax on dividends and interests paid out by listed companies.

May 03, 2019

Cloud_computingRegtech firm Fenergo has recruited a new head of sales for the Mena region and received a full licence from the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC).

Apr 26, 2019

A new investment fund worth more than $1 billion is set to be launched in the Abu Dhabi General Market (ADGM) by Mubadala, the emirate’s sovereign wealth fund.

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Executive Interviews

INTERVIEW: ‘Financing is the blood of Iran’s economy’

Jan 04, 2019

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

Jun 13, 2018

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...

Roundtables

ROUNDTABLE: Hooked to the global caravan

Jan 04, 2019

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’

Jun 13, 2018

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.