REGULATION

Mar 02, 2018

HSBC_DubaiHSBC Saudi Arabia has been selected as the custodian by Saudi Fransi Capital (SFC) for its range of private and public funds.

Feb 23, 2018

Approved1The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) has granted an asset management licence to Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP) Capital making it one of the first authorised venture capital asset managers in the UAE.

Feb 16, 2018

gavel_law_booksA high court judge in the UK has ruled in favour of investors holding $700 million of Islamic bonds (sukuk) issued by UAE-based energy producer Dana Gas which last year refused to redeem the bonds on the grounds that they were no longer Shariah-compliant or legal in the UAE.

Feb 02, 2018

Dubai Financial Services AuthorityThe Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) has issued the findings of its review into client classification and suitability practices at regulated firms and found that, while these practices have improved since the last review in 2012, concerns still remain.

Nov 24, 2017

FintechThe Australian Securities and Investments Commission has agreed a financial technology partnership with the regulator of the Dubai International Financial Centre.

Nov 24, 2017

RegulationsThe Monetary Authority of Singapore has built on an existing agreement with the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) to strengthen collaboration on regulation.

Nov 23, 2017

George_MittonRich families from the middle east often bank their money in places like Switzerland or Singapore, much to the dismay of wealth managers based in the region, who would prefer to manage that cash locally.

Nov 23, 2017

Wealthy_arab_manRich Middle Eastern families have long booked their investments abroad. Wealth managers in the UAE want to bring the money home – and they have regulators on their side. Indrajit Basu reports.

Nov 23, 2017

Manama_BahrainChanges in financial technology have been transformativE – but historically, fintech has been more of an ambition than a reality in the Gulf. That could soon change, says David Parker of the Bahrain Economic Development Board.

Nov 23, 2017

Daniel-DickinsonGlobal market volatility and compliance with ever-changing international regulations are among the main reasons investors are demanding up-to-date data from their investment managers.

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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.