NEWS

Mar 26, 2021

Invest in AfricaA European fund manager focused on Africa has announced its first investment in Morocco.

Mar 26, 2021

Bahrain BourseBahrain Bourse (BHB) has signed up local investment firm, GFH Financial Group, as a user for its Murabaha service, an online platform for Islamic finance transactions.

Mar 26, 2021

HiredSpecialist fund administrator, JTC, has appointed Naro Zimmerman to head up its Dubai office for private client services.

Mar 19, 2021

Funds Europe’s International and ESG Editor, Romil Patel, moderated The Network Forum’s ESG panel discussion at its 2021 Africa Meeting. Panellists looked at the big picture, ESG in the post-trade environment, driving data standards and how custodians’ responsibilities are evolving.

Mar 19, 2021

Arrow up 2The value of investment funds in Saudi Arabia rose to SAR442 billion (US$117 billion) in 2020, a year on year increase of 26%.

Mar 19, 2021

Saudi Arabian stockGlobal custodian HSBC has announced the completion of the first ever securities lending transaction in Saudi Arabia.

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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.