- The Abraaj Group makes first investment in Chile, acquires majority stake in Casaideas
- APIC issues five-year $35 million bond
- Abraaj still interested in Barclays Africa
- MoF and AMF review oil price reforms and tax policies at annual meeting
- Middle East business confidence drops amid global uncertainty
- Bahrain Bourse lists Islamic financial instruments worth BHD 201 million
- Qatar Central Securities Depository increases IHG’s foreign ownership limit
- National Commercial Bank annual profits up 6.64 per cent
- Al Rajhi Bank profits up 14 per cent for 2016
- Alawwal Bank SPV approved for financial derivatives activities
Eddy Abramo, CEO, Societe Generale Private Banking (Middle East)
Mind the (funding) gap
Bahraini offshore wholesale banking sector seen as most vulnerable to European funding retrenchment, according to a new report from Moody's Investors…
Balancing Modernisation with Tradition
Saudi Arabia sits atop a fifth of the world's crude reserves. It is the world's top oil exporter and holds significant dollar assets. It is also home…
Opportunities in Iraq?
Ziad Makkawi's new venture is seeking to invest in financial services in Iraq - Blue Gate Capital Partners is a Frontier Market Private Equity and…
Investors look to the week ahead...
Traders hoping for volatility to pick up are likely to be lucky in the week ahead with many key moving events, by Hussein Al Sayed, Chief Market Strategist, FXTM
For the past two months markets…
The UAE Bankruptcy Law - an overview
The new bankruptcy law has been introduced under Federal Law No. 9 of 2016 (The Bankruptcy law) and applies to companies formed under the Commercial Companies Law, and companies formed in a free…
Overcoming threats posed by falsified credentials
Harshul Joshi, Senior Vice President of Cyber Governance, Risk and Compliance at DarkMatter sheds light on global hacks committed through falsified credentials and how banks in the Middle East are…
Strategy execution: the holy grail of business
Cedar Chairman, Sanjiv Anand discusses his latest business title Execution Excellence: Making Strategy Work Using the Balanced Scorecard.
Tell us about your latest book, Execution…
Customer demand, technology and innovation
Raghu Malhotra, President, Middle East & Africa at MasterCard sat down with Banker Middle East at the Innovation Forum in Budapest to discuss its direction going into 2017.
FXTM Analysis - What to watch in the week ahead?
FXTM Chief Market Strategist Hussein Sayed provides market updates as we roll into the second week of 2017.
Major US indices hitting…
Is the Trump rally over?
by Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTMThe US dollar is being sold across the board early Thursday as traders continued to digest yesterday’s Fed minutes. Although most Fed officials…
PR trends that brands shouldn't ignore in 2017
Time runs fast, and as many other things Public Relations and the overall way of communication have gone through an amazing transformation over the past years, according…
A means to an end
Dr. Nasser Al Saidi, Founder and President of Nasser Saidi & Associates, explains to Banker Middle East the implementation of VAT and Excise Tax in UAE and the wider GCC.
In 2017: one good and two bad news for the world economy
By Christopher Dembik, Head of Macro Analysis, Saxo Bank"There are two types of problems in life, political problems that are insoluble and economic problems that are incomprehensible", according…
Qatar in the clear—for now
Qatar is still in a strong financial and economic position, however this may change a few years down the line.
Since the fall in oil prices last year, Qatar has survived relatively well. The…
The cautious optimist
Banker Middle East catches up with Omar Bouhadiba, Managing Director of ibq, to discuss his plans for the bank next year and his outlook on 2017.
Describe ibq's growth trajectory…
Markets in holiday mode, volatility not ruled out
Written by Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTM
With less traders on their desks and most investors planning were to spend their New Year’s Eve; markets have…
The golden triangle
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Abu Dhabi provides a detailed explanation of UAE’s new insolvency laws and how it relates to the Commercial Companies Law and the Competition…
2017: a perspective
Eversheds is optimistic on how 2017 will pan out for the Middle East on the back of new reforms and a positive growth projection.
It’s been a busy year for law-makers across the Middle…
It's time to wake up and smell the coffee
Mick Fennell, General Manager Volante Technologies, Middle East & Africa elaborates on the importance of financial messaging and the regulatory environment surrounding it.
These days any…
Creating better value for minority shareholders in unlisted securities
Abdul Wahab Al Mutawa, Board Member and CEO of Al Mal Investment Company, speaks to Banker Middle East about the company’s latest product, Takharoj, and its unprecedented service in…
The need to teach old dogs new tricks
Marco Baggioli, Executive Managing Director—Global Head of Brokerage at ADS Securities highlights the prospects in the region and urges the global brokerage industry to adapt to technological…
Qatari vision leading into the future
Catching up with Fahad Al Khalifa, Group CEO of Al Khaliji Commercial Bank, Banker Middle East discusses Qatar’s banking landscape and the bank’s future endeavours.…
Adapting for future growth
Michel Longhini, CEO Private Banking, at Union Bancaire Privée highlights the tighter regulatory environment in cross-border transactions and private banks should manoeuvre in tough conditions.…
Turkey gains ground in global Sukuk market
International law firm White & Case, sheds light on the potential of Islamic finance in the Turkish market.
As a fast growing emerging market and a major economy with its unique geostrategic…
Kuwait on stable grounds
In spite of continued volatility and depressed oil prices in the region, the country’s banking and financial landscape remain steady bolstered by strong government support, well-capitalised entities…
Conquering GCC and the world
Philippe Ghanem, CEO of ADS Securities stresses the importance of preparedness and anticipation in manoeuvring through volatile and uncertain times.
How has the financial industry changed…
Deutsche Bank disaster: the effect on emerging markets
The problems of Deutsche Bank and other international financial institutions could adversely affect emerging markets, writes Mihir Kapadia, CEO and Founder of Sun Global Investment.
Commitment to the people
Banker Middle East’s Retail Banker of the Year, Hamed Fayez, Senior Executive Vice President, Head of Retail Banking Group at National Commercial Bank discusses consumer finance trends…
Investors go alternative
Luba Nikulina, Global Head of Manager Research at Willis Towers Watson, discusses the progress of the alternative asset management, which has reached $6.2 trillion.
Diversity and yield have…
IFRS 9: where are banks right now?
In an engaging roundtable dialogue, UAE bankers deliberate on the obstacles they face in their race to compliance.
Market observers and industry participants have long pointed out that IFRS…
Saudi Vision 2030: roadmap to financial services innovation
Real-time analytics, risk management and omni-channels are the foundation for improving business environment and supporting SMEs, says SAP.
The banking and financial services industry has always…
Staying ahead of the curve
Pankaj Kundra, Head of Payments at Mashreq, paints his picture of the future in payment solutions
What are your views on the development of payment solutions in this region?…
The value of healthcare investments
In turbulent times, many firms make exits, scrambling towards safer pastures such as consumer staples and healthcare. In an exclusive interview, Karim El Alaoui, Managing Director at Boehringer Ingelheim…
Creativity in financial engineering
Norman Villamin, Chief Investment Officer, Private Banking, Union Bancaire Privée speaks exclusively to Banker Middle East on how private banks are distinguishing themselves…
The unsettling lack of financial aid for SMEs
Markus Massi, Partner & Managing Director of BCG Middle East, highlights the pivotal role of banks in unlocking SME growth in the GCC.
Today, around the world, small and medium-sized enterprises…
Who played the trump card?
A shockwave of disbelief went round the world when Donald J. Trump was elected the next President of the US [I think he may even have been slightly surprised himself]. As the swathe of red swept across…
Private equity: a survival of the fittest
Tushar Singhvi, VP Corporate Development & Investments at Crescent Enterprises provides his views on how private equity firms can maintain a sense of control in GCC’s changing business landscape.…
FocusEconomics: Economic Snapshot for the Middle East & North Africa – November 2016
It’s a tough road ahead for the MENA region despite OPEC’s deal in FocusEconomics Economic Snapshot for the MENA region this November.
Economic activity in the Middle East and North…
Iran—nine months on
Chris Macbeth, Till Müller-Ibold and Paul Marquardt of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton shed light on the business environment in Iran following the lifting of sanctions, and how it could…
An outlook on the Saudi debt market
Philipp Good, Head of Portfolio Management, Fisch Asset Management, discusses the potential of Saudi Arabia’s debt capital market.
Saudi debt market anticipation has, first and foremost,…
Oil and wars continue to be the bane of the Middle East
The IMF expects a 3.5 per cent regional growth this year in the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan region, but governments still need to implement long-term sustainability reforms to ride out tougher…
Jordan in transition
Regional geopolitical conflicts continues to pressure the Jordanian economy, but with external support in place and possible improving sentiments, not all is depressing for the Kingdom.
The future of payments—correspondent banking fights back
Khaled Moharem, Head of Middle East & North Africa at SWIFT talks about the rapidly evolving nature of the payments landscape and SWIFT’s global payments initiative
We are living…
Taking a piece of the pie
Vince Cook, CEO, National Bank of Fujairah sheds light on the setting up of NBF Islamic and his views of Islamic finance in the UAE.
NBF Islamic was a natural—and timely—response…
Reaching out to Egypt
Banker Middle East sits down with Shaker Zainal, Head of Retail at Mashreq Egypt, to discuss his strategic vision for Mashreq’s promising Egyptian arm.
Embarking on a journey with a goal…
Finding common ground on currency and reform
A new IMF programme, a new VAT law, potential currency devaluation—it has been a busy few months for Egypt.On 11 August, Egypt and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) reached…
Mohammed Areff, Vice President at Avaya Middle East, Africa and Turkey, highlights why banks in the Middle East need to do more with their digitisation strategies if they want to meet the challenges…
The Middle East backdrop
Market players discuss the development of family offices in the region and the way forward.
Family offices are typically set up for investment management purposes. A recent EY report pointed…
Leading the way
Whether developing an Islamic banking framework or innovating new ways to reach retail consumers, Bank of Khartoum has often pioneered the market—and now it looks further afield than Sudan, says…
Ahmad HajHasan, CEO, The National Bank, Palestine, provides an insight into the Palestinian banking sector, its challenges and the way forward.
The banking sector in Palestine is a solid market…
FocusEconomics: Economic Snapshot for the Middle East & North Africa - September 2016
All eyes on a potential oil cap deal at September’s meeting in FocusEconomics Economic Snapshot for the MENA region this September.
A comprehensive dataset showed that growth in the Middle…
Onwards and upwards
Hisham AlRayes, Chief Executive Officer of GFH Financial Group discusses the investment bank’s direction and pipeline moving into 2017, amidst challenging macroeconomic conditions.
A vision for Saudi Arabia’s future
Mark Mobius, Executive Chairman of Templeton Emerging Markets Group provides a commentary on the feasibility of Vision 2030.
In Saudi Arabia, it was clear that one of the biggest issues—if…
The Banker Middle East Industry Awards 2016 is the region’s leading financial event. This year 62 awards will be selected by the registered readers of Banker Middle East, Islamic Business & Finance, FinanceME, WEALTH Arabia magazines as well as users of www.cpifinancial.net
Thursday, May 12, 2016
The Banker Middle East Industry Awards 2015 is the region’s leading financial event. This year 30 awards will be selected by the registered readers of Banker Middle East, Islamic Business & Finance, FinanceME, WEALTH Arabia magazines as well as users of www.cpifinancial.net