Tuesday 24, January 2017    |   The business of banking

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  • 10    A tripartite pact

    Masraf Al Rayan, Barwa Bank and International Bank of Qatar to create largest Islamic bank in Qatar in a potential merger which could materialise in…

  • 12    The final countdown

    Sue Lloyd, Vice-Chair of the International Accounting Standards Boardexplains the workings of the impairment element of the IFRS 9 standard.

  • 22    Adjusting to a new environment

    Waleed Barhaji, Business Head of Consumer Finance at Noor Bankdiscusses the UAE’s macroeconomic environment and developments that have taken…

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  • Bringing cybersecurity management to another level

    In an exclusive interview with Banker Middle East, Wayne Loveless, Principal, Cybersecurity and Lutfi Zakhour, Senior Vice President, Financial Services, both at Booz Allen Hamilton MENA extensively…

  • Breathing life into customer experience

    Nabilah Annuar sat down with Rasool Hujair, CEO of Najm (previously Majid Al Futtaim Finance) and winner of Best Credit Card for the Banker Middle East UAE Product Awards, to gauge his views…

  • Building the right workforce

    Speaking to Banker Middle East, Matthew Cowan, Regional Director of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment Middle East discusses the importance of the development of…

  • Oil seeks support in mid-40s, hawks spook gold

     

    Broad-based weakness saw the Bloomberg Commodity Index challenge the lower end of the range that has persisted for the past 14 months, writes Ole Hansen, Head of Commodity Strategy…

  • The fintech revolution: friend or foe?

    Majed Al-Ghanemi, Chief Operating Officer of Alawwal Bank sheds light on the development of financial technology in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

    ‘Fintech’ is a term that has been…

  • Sharjah revives historic gas identity as it becomes UAE's newest LNG import terminal

    Sharjah’s pioneering gas industry has evolved beyond recognition since drilling on the Emirate’s Sajaa-1 well commenced in 1980, heralding the largest gas field discovery in the Northern…

  • ESG in private equity: from fringe to focal

    As institutional investors increasingly turn to alternative investments, including private equity to seek additional return and diversification, the pressure is now on private equity managers to step…

  • Four tech hacks to faster customer onboarding in banking and finance

    Rami Bachir, Sales Manager—Middle East at Kodak Alaris, Information Management division, sheds light on efficient customer onboarding. 

    Customer onboarding or client…

  • Embracing change

    Commercial Bank of Dubai sheds light on the three key trends emerging in the transaction banking space.

    It is evident that the global transaction banking industry is witnessing a paradigm shift…

  • Riding out the storm

    Bahrain is still in a sticky situation with continuing deficits, depleting reserves and higher currency risk, but a strong financial sector and GCC support is expected to mitigate the situation.

  • The blockchain conundrum

    Darryl Proctor, Product Director—Payments at Temenos addresses common concerns surrounding the applicability of blockchain technology.

    How would you describe the reception of blockchain…

  • Cybersecurity can power fintech to new heights

    Leo Cole, VP—Marketing at DarkMatter, discusses the correlation between fintech and cybersecurity.

    Innovations in financial technology (fintech), and the growing importance of online transactions…

  • Strength in regulation

    Mark Van Leewarden, Managing Director and Founder of Warden Consulting, discusses the necessities of strong regulations in managing cybersecurity risks.

    Describe the cybersecurity landscape…

  • Creating a diverse bond market

    In an exclusive mini roundtable, Nabilah Annuar, Banker Middle East Editor, sits down with Michael Grifferty, President of the Gulf Bond and Sukuk Association, Dr. Hansjoerg Herzog, Head of…

  • Building the future

    EIBFS sheds light on how banks in the UAE are charting the course for tomorrow's leaders.

    As the 21st century progresses, business leaders will be expected to deliver…

  • Undiscovered horizons

    Arindam Banerjee, Assistant Professor of Finance at S P Jain School of Global Management provides a holistic view of the UAE’s private equity market.

    The 1970s witnessed a series of developments…

  • Insurance: optimising the customer experience

    Michael Jensen, Managing Director MENA Zone, AIG, discusses the impacts of digitisation and its disruption on the insurance sector.

     

    The winds of change from digitisation…

  • Iraq: hanging on

    The economic and financial situation in Iraq remains ever challenging, but improving oil prices and the IMF’s Stand-By Arrangement could place the country in an upward trajectory.

    Incessantly…

  • Regional regulatory update

    Divya Abrol Gambhir, Head of Financial Regulation & Securities, Banking & Finance and Margaret Elder, Associate, Banking & Finance, both at Al Tamimi & Company provides an aerial view…

  • UK economy to face uncertainty for at least two years

     

    The cloud of uncertainty hanging over the British economy will not lift until March 2019 at the earliest, according to Linda Yueh, Adjunct Professor of Economics at…

  • Funding pressures on GCC banks to ease this year

    Stabilising oil prices, large international sovereign debt issuances and lower credit growth bodes well for banks in the Gulf.

    Stabilising oil prices, large international sovereign debt issuances…

  • How Ramadan will affect business operations in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia

     

    A recent statement by Saudi Arabian business support service provider, Proven SA, laid out the do’s and don’ts of working in Saudi Arabia during Ramadan.

     

  • Focusing on the fundamentals

    Shailesh Dash, Founder & Board Member of Regulus Capital sat down with Banker Middle East to discuss his concept and strategy in investments.

    What prompted the inception…

  • Determining actual value

    Simon Townsend, Director—Head Valuation & Consulting, CBRE Middle East clarifies the importance of correct assessments in real estate transactions.

    Middle East investors were major…

  • Are banks listening?

    Customers want a secure digital experience, says Marwan Elnakat, Digital Banking Solutions Director for Middle East & Africa at Gemalto.

    There is no doubt that technological advances in…

  • Room for improvement

    Nabilah Annuar, Editor of Banker Middle East, speaks to Ihab Khalil and Massi Markus, both Partners and Managing Directors at BCG Middle East on the current state of the private…

  • Europe mispriced

    The greatest trades are those that take advantage of mispriced assets and illiquidity. As we head into 2017’s second quarter, it increasingly appears as if the European instability narrative…

  • M&A deals are on the up but many risk destroying brand value

    Brand due-dilligence a crucial matter that should be thoroughly assessed in a consolidation exercise, says Sholto Lindsay-Smith, Chief Executive at Industry Partners.

    Following…

  • Seven finance predictions for 2017

    If 2016 has taught us anything, it’s that making predictions is an inexact science, according to Steve Cox, Vice President, Oracle ERP and EPM Cloud Go-to-Market.

    There is much that has…

  • Saving Oman

    With macroeconomic conditions slow to improve, the impact of low oil prices continue to create dents in the balance sheets of hydrocarbon-reliant sovereigns. Perhaps realising that conditions may not…

  • Staying ahead in the game

    Arjun Kalra, a Principal in Crowe Horwath Risk Consulting, discusses the anti-money laundering landscape in the UAE and how it compares on a global platform.

    Describe the AML landscape…

  • Brexit cliff: the scale ahead and the descent next

    Mihir Kapadia, CEO and Founder of Sun Global Investments sheds light on the implications of the Brexit vote and its prospects for investments in the MENA region.

    Britain is on the verge of undertaking…

  • Commodities lower as funds scale out

    The Opec/non-Opec summit in Kuwait will doubtlessly see officials attempting some verbal intervention, but crude's fundamentals remain challenging, according to

  • Fostering continental development

    In an exclusive interview with Banker Middle East Editor, Nabilah Annuar, Dr. R. Seetharaman, Group Chief Executive Officer of Doha Bank provides an insight on the bank’s performance and direction…

  • Benchmarking human resources in finance

    Talal Bayaa, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Bayzat, discusses the advantages of automation in human resources for financial institutions.

    Human resources (HR) departments in financial…

  • Are regional banks immune to cyberattacks?

    Nader Henein, Regional Director, Advanced Security Solutions—Advisory Division, BlackBerry discusses potential prevention mechanisms to enhance security in financial transactions.

    Take…

  • The state of MENA

    In an exclusive interview on the sidelines of the World Government Summit 2017, Nabilah Annuar sat down with Dimitris Tsitsiragos, Vice President for New Business at the International Finance Corporation…

  • Is bitcoin the new safe haven for investors?

    Looking at how bitcoin has been well-received in various markets including the UAE, Mark Leigh, Chief Operating Officer at Xtrade advocates that it is an investment that is worth contemplating.

  • Getting back on track

    Amidst many difficulties Saudi Arabia may be facing, on the back of the Kingdom’s reforms, the economy is resilient enough to weather the storm.

    Saudi Arabia will experience an interesting…

  • A new rule: digital payments and virtual currencies

    The Regulatory Framework for Stored Values and Electronic Payment Systems in a nutshell.

    The Central Bank of the UAE on the 1 January 2017 issued the Regulatory Framework for Stored…

  • Managing expectations

    V.Ramkumar, Senior Partner at CEDAR Management Consulting provides an outlook on the UAE banking sector for 2017.

    The year 2016 has been an interesting and challenging year for banks and the…

  • Bond markets in acceleration

    Dr. Nawazish Mirza, Associate Professor of Finance and Director Industry Interface Projects at SP Jain School of Global Management provides an analysis of trends across the GCC’s debt capital…

  • Making strides in Iraq and beyond

    In an exclusive interview with Banker Middle East, Faisal Al Haimus, Chairman at Trade Bank of Iraq provides an insight into the bank’s growth and its expansion plans for 2017.

    How…

  • The rise of open banking

    Chris Truce, Director, Platform Development at Saxo Bank highlights emerging trends and developments that are re-shaping banking technology.

    For years, mid-tier banks have been told they’re…

  • Designing a self-protecting app to secure our modern mobile kingdoms

    Marwan Elnakat, Mobile App & eTransaction Security Manager for Middle East & Africa at Gemalto discusses the importance of adopting a defence system that is based on a layered approach.

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