REGULATION

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.

Apr 26, 2019

Saudi Arabia’s securities regulator is considering removing or expanding the current limit on foreign ownership of its home-grown equities due to increased investor demand.

Mar 22, 2019

RegTechThe secretary general of the Union of Arab Banks has called on financial institutions in the region to increase their investment in regtech.

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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.