Country Report: Lebanon

DRAGGING A GEOPOLITICAL ANCHOR By Justin Keay There were few bright spots for Lebanon over the past year. However, the banking and real estate sectors showed encouraging signs, and a recovery has begun. Despite their traditional stoicism, for most Lebanese ...

Middle East Investment Banking

SIGNS OF RESILIENCE By Gordon Platt In spite of poor global economic and investment conditions, Middle Eastern investment banking looks set for another solid year in 2013. The outlook for investment banking in the volatile Middle East region is surprisingly ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Middle East

DUBAI SEEKS ROLE AS CAPITAL OF ISLAMIC ECONOMY By Gordon Platt Dubai plans to become the capital of the Islamic economy by setting global standards. In addition to promoting Islamic finance and insurance, the emirate wants to arbitrate Islamic contracts ...

Global Salon: Karen Elliott House

CONFLUENCE OF RISK By Vanessa Drucker In this month’s Salon, Global Finance sat down with Karen Elliott House, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones & Co vet and author of On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Past, Religion, ...

Islamic Finance Goes Global

COMING OF AGE By Anit a Hawser Islamic finance is starting to spread within the countries of North Africa with high Muslim concentrations. Any discussion of Islamic finance usually includes Islamic financial hubs such as Malaysia or the Gulf Cooperation ...

Awards: World’s Safest Banks 2012

ANNUAL SURVEY: DOWN, BUT NOT OUT By Andrew Cunningham Global Finance presents it annual ranking of The World’s Safest Banks. European banks still account for 20 of the World’s Safest 50 Banks, but Europe’s hold on the rankings is weakening ...

Africa: Oil & Gas

DIFFFICULT CHOICES By Antonio Guerrero African oil producers stand to benefit from continued sanctions on Iranian oil exports. But their path is not without challenges. As the US and EU tighten the screws on Iran, imposing sanctions on Iranian oil ...