Sep 25, 2023

Bahrain, BAGS CapitalBahrain-based asset manager BAGS Capital has become the first firm to secure an investment business category 4 licence from the central bank.

Sep 19, 2023

Bahrain, family office, licences, Central Bank of Bahrain, CBB, investment, regulations, influence The Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) has amended its investment regulations to cater for the growing influence of family offices.

Aug 29, 2023

Binance, crypto future, BahrainCrypto exchange operator Binance has been given regulatory approval to launch a futures product in Bahrain.

Aug 25, 2023

QatarThe Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE) has launched an initiative to introduce securities lending and short-selling activity.

Aug 22, 2023

Lebanon, sovereign wealth fund,A parliamentary session in Lebanon to debate the creation of a sovereign wealth fund (SWF) has been cancelled following a boycott from the two main opposition parties.

Aug 18, 2023

Abu Dhabi, virtual, asset trading, platform, M2, UAE, financial services permission, FSP, licence, Abu Dhabi Global MarketM2, a virtual assets trading platform based in the UAE, has been granted a financial services permission (FSP) licence from the Abu Dhabi Global Market.

Aug 03, 2023

DFSA, fine, Mirabaud, AML, Middle East, Swiss, wealth manager, Dubai, financial watchdog, anti-money laundering, AMLThe Middle East branch of Swiss wealth manager Mirabaud has been hit with a US$3 million fine by Dubai’s financial watchdog for its inadequate anti-money laundering (AML) systems.

Aug 03, 2023

Nomura, digital assets, Dubai, virtual assets regulatory authority, VARA, approved, Japanese, bank NomuraDubai’s virtual assets regulatory authority (VARA) has approved a digital asset subsidiary of Japanese bank Nomura.

Jul 28, 2023

Turkey, FATF grey list, grey list, Financial Action Task Force, FATF, improve, money laundering, anti-money laundering, AML, counter-terrorist financing, CTFTurkey is reportedly close to being removed from the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) as a result of its efforts to improve its anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist financing (CTF) regime.

Jul 14, 2023

The UAE’s Securities and Commodity Authority (SCA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the UAE Banks Federation designed to boost the country’s asset and wealth management sector.



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