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Beirut and Beyond...
Salim G. Sfeir, Chairman & General Manager, Bank of Beirut
Keeping the customer satisfied
We explain how the Banker Middle East Product Awards process works and what winning is really worth to you and your institution.
Gateway to the World
In this special feature section the spotlight falls on the Dubai International Financial Centre and we hear from an investment bank and a private bank…
The IRS goes global
The challenges of FATCA compliance for banks and individuals - the implications of the US Government's expanded efforts to combat overseas tax evasion…
NBAD and FGB's prospective merger process
The amalgamation will combine the strengths of both banks, creating a massive entity—the largest banking institution in MENA.
Word started to spread in…
Expected headwinds for GCC banks
Tighter monetary policy and liquidity squeeze expected to weigh on GCC banks, explains Jaap Meijer, Managing Director, Equity Research at Arqaam Capital.
Headwinds from significant fiscal consolidation…
Weighing on Brexit
UK’s decision to leave believed to have minimal impact on GCC and the wider region.
Dreaded by some and unexpected by most, UK’s unprecedented move to leave the EU has left global…
Tapping into Australia’s property sector
Alande Mustafa Safi, Managing Director and Investment Specialist at Paragon Business Group provides an insight into its new fund and foreign investor behaviour towards Australia
Achievement of a lifetime
Patrice Couvegnes, Group CEO of Banque Saudi Fransi’s discusses his ambitions as the bank operates in a new economic climate
What are the driving factors of BSF's fiscal performance…
Stimulating trade activity
Casey Bell, Head of Trade Credit GCC at AIG says that the trade credit insurance sector is set to bolster UAE trade, especially in volatile times.
Increased use of trade credit insurance and…
Pensions in the Middle East
Michael Brough, Director in Willis Towers Watson’s International Consulting Group, provides an insight into the current state of the GCC pensions system.
Social security is offered to…
GCC insurance market contributes to the economy
Cedric Charpentier, Chief Sales and Distribution Officer at AXA Gulf, explains the resilience of the insurance market in the region.
With evolving economic conditions, the GCC insurance markets…
Cybersecurity–a growing challenge in the Middle East
Booz Allen Hamilton highlights the alarming cybersecurity issues amongst financial institutions in the Middle East
Until recently, the risk of data theft and cyberthreats was perceived to be…
Braving uncertainties in the Lebanese market
Lebanon’s financial and economic stability remains dependent on foreign capital inflows and the sustainability of public finances
Stuck between a rock and a hard place, Lebanon’s…
Avoiding another ‘Panama Papers’ scandal
By Eric Eifert, Senior Vice President of Managed Security Services at DarkMatter, a UAE headquartered cybersecurity specialist that works with governments and enterprises
Financial firms have…
Transaction, interaction, convergence
Kazem Aminaee, CEO and President of Spire Payments discusses how the point of sale industry has developed since its inception, what lessons have been learnt, and what the future holds.…
The race towards digital universality
Franky Van Damme, CEO of CR2, discusses the importance of an omnichannel experience in the banking industry
Digitisation in the Middle East has taken on a new level, moving faster than expected.…
Reaching the masses
Ishraq Mohammed Al Thebiani, Assistant General Manager of Corporate Communications at The Saudi Investment Bank, discusses marketing and communication strategies
What are your views…
Preparing for the future
Hussain Al Qemzi, Chairman of Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies discusses human capital competencies in UAE and the larger region.
How would you describe the current…
UAE: key to GCC’s wealth
Mohammed Bitar, Chief Commercial Officer at National Bonds Corporation, discusses the potential of the wealth management sector in the Gulf
How would you describe the development of…
Inculcating positive change
Massi Markus, Partner and Managing Director at Boston Consulting Group Middle East highlights the importance of both public and private pension schemes for the region.
What are your…
Working towards a functional scheme
Marcus Gent, Managing Director of Middle East and RTW at Friends Provident International discusses the pensions landscape in the GCC.
Working in a region without formal pension arrangements…
Private equity: maintaining resilience
The private equity market is believed to require a change in adapting to a new era of ‘normal’
Against a backdrop of slowing global economy, increasing volatility in public equity…
Bahrain’s evolution as a financial centre
Dr Jarmo Kotilaine, Chief Economist, Bahrain Economic Development Board, writes on the development of Kingdom’s financial landscape.
Ambitious financial centre projects have been among…
Post sanctions—a cautious market
Rovine Chandrasekera, Managing Partner Middle East at Stephenson Harwood provides an analytical outlook on the GCC landscape following the lifting of sanctions on Iran
Since the lifting…
The earnings game
Binod Shankar, Director and Trainer at Genesis Institute discusses the implications of earning predictions
You know the old saying ‘The secret to happiness is low expectations’.…
Oil drivers from the Kuwait strike to US inventories
Ole Hansen, Head of Commodity Strategy at Saxo Bank discusses the Brent landscape post Doha talks
After touching $40/barrel in the aftermath of the failed Doha meeting, Brent crude has since…
GCC banking sector enters a new paradigm
Omar Mahmood, Head of Financial Services for Middle East and South Asia and Partner at KPMG Qatar, discusses the evolving banking landscape in the region.
It is not ‘new news’ that…
Economic crime–an ongoing concern in the Gulf
PwC highlights alarming levels of concern for awareness of cybersecurity in the Middle East markets
Cybercrimes across prominent markets in the Middle East are not showing any signs of improvement.…
Securing payment transactions
Johan Gerber, Group Head of Processing Product Management at MasterCard Worldwide, describes what is needed in the payment management system in the Gulf
Describe the payment security…
Collaboration-the key to getting ahead
Sagheer Mufti explains how ADIB’s collaboration with IBM has enhanced its digital transformation capabilities.
According to a recent GCC industry survey, a customer will increase business…
A promising market segment in the Gulf
Increasing wealth across the GCC countries cements industry confidence in a potentially thriving private banking market.
Private banking and wealth management is always seen as a growing opportunistic…
Egypt: an uphill battle
Egypt exercises countermeasures to stimulate its economy on the back of positive external financial support
Politically embattled since the Arab Revolution,…
Banking regulation in the UAE-the delicate balance
Tien Tai, Partner specialising in banking and finance at Holman Fenwick Willam paints a picture of how new regulations effect the country’s banking system.
Since the recent global financial…
New insurance rules bode well for Qatar
Mohammed Ali Londe, Assistant Vice President – Analyst, at Moody’s provides an assessment of the Qatar market.
On 30 March, Sheikh Abdullah bin Saud Al Thani, the governor…
Rising demand for professionalism
Matthew Cowan, Regional Director–Middle East, Chartered Institute of Securities & Investments, highlights the importance of professionalism in conducting business
Impact of IFRS 9 on banks across the Gulf
The International Financial Reporting Standard 9 (IFRS 9) replaces International Accounting Standard 39 (IAS 39), and will impact banks’ financial statements, with loss calculations the most…
2016: A matter of check and balance
Volatility and sluggish growth remains as the two central themes for 2016, but sentiments remain positive
Global market volatility and decreasing growth rates across the world has substantially…
Oman turns to new economic horizons
Amidst several setbacks in narratives last year, Oman remains resilient to weather the unfavourable economic and financial backdrop.
Things have been relatively challenging for the coastal…
Facing the fintech disruption
Cyril Gourp, Principal A.T. Kearney and Mukund Bhatnagar, Principal A.T. Kearney discuss what banks can do to add value to their…
GCC banking-breaking away from oil
Robert Abboud, MENA Financial Services Advisory Leader, EY gives an overview of what the overall GCC banking sector will face going forward in the face of poor oil prices
The GCC banking sector…
'You had me at Abu Dhabi'
Mark Peters, Head, Private Clients and Wealth Management – ADCB explains why it is so important to have a local private bank that knows its clients business from A to Z
Saudi Arabia: Life after oil
In October, the IMF’s gloomy prediction that Saudi Arabia could be bankrupt by 2020 made headlines around the world; but with tiny Government debt and massive fiscal reserves, surely things can’t…
Directing SME growth
New regulations by the Egyptian central bank require a significant increase in SME lending from every bank, potentially strengthening the sector but weakening loan books.
On 11 January…
QNB Economics: Where is the US economy heading in 2016?
In its latest commentary, QNB Economics notes that the US economy experienced strong growth in the second and third quarters of 2015, expanding by 3.9 per cent and 2.0 per cent respectively. However,…
Qatar's economy charges ahead
Paul Gamble, Senior Director at Fitch Ratings & Laila Sadek, Director, Fitch Ratings predict that Qatar’s economy will be the strongest in the GCC going forward.
The new reserve currency
According to ADS Securities, the Chinese yuan is now a global reserve currency.The Chinese yuan is now a global reserve currency. On Monday 30 November 2015 the International Monetary Fund (IMF) officially…
UAE banks tighten their belts
Farhad Irani, Executive Vice President, Head of Retail Banking Group, Mashreq discusses the UAE’s financial situation and the challenges and opportunities ahead for banks.Banks in the UAE are…
UNB looks to the future
UNB CEO Mohammed Nasr Abdeen discusses the bank’s focus as the UAE economy moves into a period of correction.After reporting robust growth in assets and profits in the first nine months of this…
NBF Elham—brings female entrepreneurship to the fore
National Bank of Fujairah’s (NBF) drive toward understanding customer needs across multiple business segments has resulted in ‘NBF Elham’, a specialised business service for the banking…
Catalysing Kuwait’s banking sector
Fitch Ratings report on Kuwait’sbanking sector is optimistic for its growth across loan segments.In its Q4 report, Fitch Ratings statement on a public spending boost to Kuwaiti Banks, points…
al khaliji – building a strong customer franchise
al khaliji’s GCEO Fahad Al Khalifa discussed his vision for the bank and strategies for cooperating between the Bank’s centres across Qatar, UAE and France with Zoya Malik.What is your…
UAE businesses celebrate Flag Day
Businesses across the UAE have come together to celebrate Flag Day.
GCC embraces fintech to get ahead of the curve
Raghu Malhotra, Division President, Middle East & North Africa, MasterCard, sat down with Matt Amlôt to discuss how embracing technology has impacted the GCC’s economic development.…
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