REGULATION

Aug 07, 2020

Rating agency Moody’s has forecast a 5% decline in global sukuk issuance this year due to the Covid 19 pandemic.

Jul 10, 2020

The UAE government has confirmed its intention to combine the Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA) and the Insurance Authority (IA) into a single regulatory body to bring more clarity to the supervision of investment products.

Jan 31, 2020

 A sovereign wealth fund based in the UAE has been accused of computer hacking in a bitter legal dispute with a US businessman.

Jan 10, 2020

Crypto exchangeThe financial regulator in Qatar has announced a ban on all digital asset services as part of a clampdown on cryptocurrencies.

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.

Nov 01, 2019

A number of central banks across the GCC have cut interest rates in a bid to maintain currency stability and to encourage greater investment.

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.

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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

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.