NEWS

May 21, 2020

Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund has disclosed the extent of its shopping spree in late March after reporting that it spent more than $3 billion to acquire stakes in flagship companies such as BP, Boeing, Citigroup and Facebook.

May 21, 2020

Saudi Arabia has seen an increase in the number of licensed foreign investors in the first quarter of the year, despite the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic.

May 21, 2020

Abu Dhabi-based holding company, ADQ, is to launch a venture fund designed to help early stage start-ups in India and southeast Asia set up in the UAE.

May 15, 2020

Saudi-based investment manager Musharaka Capital has partnered with Securrency, a blockchain technology provider, to develop a regulated platform for issuing digital securities.

May 15, 2020

Independent financial advisor, the deVere Group, has announced plans to develop a digital finance business in Dubai.

May 15, 2020

First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB) has signed a depositary agent agreement with Bahrain Clear that will enable it to provide custody services at the Bahrain Bourse to local and international investors.

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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.