Prism Group, Abu Dhabi’s Royal Strategic Partners appoint Moelis & Company to advise on Finablr deal

Prism formed a consortium with RSP to complete the purchase of the group at the end of last year

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Central Bank of Bahrain licences Sharia-compliant cryptocurrency exchange CoinMENA

At launch, CoinMENA’s platform will be available to residents of Bahrain, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman

Kuwait Central Bank allows lenders to distribute 2020 dividends

The Kuwait Banking Association said in June that there would be no distribution of dividends to shareholders for 2020

How Open Banking can foster innovation in the financial landscape

Open banking offers potential for better customer experience and additional revenue streams

First Abu Dhabi Bank acquires 100% of Bank Audi Egypt’s share capital

The proceeds will help strengthen Bank Audi group’s capitalisation and financial resilience

Bahrain plans to sell dollar bonds to plug budget deficit

The Gulf Arab kingdom is selling benchmark-size seven-year debt, 12-year securities and/or notes maturing in 30 years

Qatar wealth fund plans Asia push to diversify from Europe, US

The wealth fund holds stakes in some of the world’s top companies

Citi UAE expects to triple assets under management to $15bn by 2025

Bank plans to quadruple wealth clients in five years

Over $1bn piled into MENA-based startups in 2020

The UAE, Egypt and Saudi Arabia accounted for 68 per cent of the total deals disclosed in 2020

Digital transformation: What are the key challenges that regional banks continue to face?

Digitisation is underway and accelerating in the Middle East – but what are the key technologies being deployed?

Abu Dhabi’s $232bn Mubadala wants to take crack at Top 10

The fund is reshaping its structure to focus on four business platforms: UAE investments, disruptive investments, direct investments and real estate and infrastructure

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Abu Dhabi bank follows Dubai peer to dollar bond market

First Abu Dhabi Bank opened books on a $500m five-year sukuk

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Dubai bank Mashreq may move nearly half its jobs to cheaper hubs

The relocation plan is expected to be completed in three phases by October this year

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Phi Trends: The standout performers in the stock market

The 26 stocks recommended over the past five months have seen stellar returns, states entrepreneur and investor Shailesh Dash, who shares his market perspective in this monthly column

Oman expected to add $779m in revenue from VAT this year

The country last year announced it would impose a 5 per cent VAT in an effort to bolster the economy

Stocks set to end 2020 at record high

Investors have pushed risk assets including stocks to sky-high valuations on expectations that widespread vaccine distribution in 2021 will reignite economic growth

How fintech innovations are helping the unbanked across the GCC

As societies adopt more digital payment tools, it is important to bring along the 25 million locally who are still living in cash mode

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Bahrain central bank extends loan repayment deferrals on Covid crisis

The option to postpone installments is to be offered to all customers residing in the kingdom, whether individuals or companies

Oman banks get more flexibility in financing stock investments

Oman’s central bank also said banking sector in the sultanate was “comfortably placed”

Bahrain’s Investcorp buys stake in private equity firm Centre Lane

Centre Lane plans to use the capital to expand its private-credit and special-opportunities platforms and to increase capital commitment

Saudi’s $360bn sovereign wealth fund PIF rejigs top leadership

The reshuffle comes as the PIF and its subsidiaries prepare to significantly increase domestic spending

UAE’s Palms Sports lists shares on Abu Dhabi bourse

Trading on the shares begins on December 21

UAE SMEs receive Dhs420m trade credit support during Jan-Nov 2020

Etihad Credit Insurance insured the exports of the SMEs as well as their operations in the domestic market allowing them to stay competitive

Investment lessons: Now is the time to focus on ETF assets in the MENA region

Locally-listed ETFs are a simple, cost-effective and efficient investment tool and will increasingly be used as such in the coming months and years

Finablr sold for $1 to Israeli-UAE consortium

The deal is also among the first significant commercial transactions between UAE and Israeli companies

Why Middle East investors should consider Northern Ireland’s fintech sector

The fintech sector is booming – supported in part by the Covid-19 pandemic – and Northern Ireland offers regional businesses a great platform for growth

UAE lender FAB opens Jakarta office to facilitate regional trade

FAB Indonesia will serve as a bridge to facilitate trade and investment flows between the UAE, the wider GCC region, Egypt and Asia

How Middle Eastern families can carve out sustainable legacies

Sustainable investing acts as a conversation enabler between generations

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Bahrain, UAE and Saudi ranked among world’s top five Islamic finance economies

Islamic Development Bank report places Bahrain in third place globally

Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala to invest in Asper’s Dhs2.1bn investment vehicle

Dorothea aims to develop a pipeline of large-scale sustainable heating networks in the Netherlands