Islamic Financing Facility To Be Tested By US Courts

MILESTONES: MIDDLE EAST / US By Anita Hawser The ability of US bankruptcy law to handle shariah-compliant structures is being tested after Bahraini firm Arcapita Bank’s decision in March to file for bankruptcy protection in the US. Business as usual ...

Middle East Transaction Banking

NEW GRAVITATIONAL PULL By Ryan Harrison As companies in the region expand globally, their treasury and trade processes are growing in sophistication. As a result, transaction banking is becoming an ever-more-important business driver for both regional and global banks in ...

Best Islamic Financial Firms 2012

LANDMARK YEAR By Anita Hawser Last year was a landmark year for Islamic finance—innovative new products were launched and new markets opened up that few would have considered likely candidates just a few years ago. These trends look set to ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Middle East

TOUGH TIMES AHEAD FOR YEMEN’S NEW PRESIDENT By Gordon Platt Yemen's new president Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, the former vice president, won a one-man election to a two-year term. A head for heights: Dubai’s Burj Khalifa Photo Credit: RAHHAL/ SHUTTERSTOCK.COM Yemen, ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Middle East

SAUDI ARABIAN BOURSE ALLOWS FOREIGN CROSS-LISTINGS By Gordon Platt The Saudi Arabian stock exchange, known as the Tadawul, has taken a major step toward becoming a regional exchange. Islamic bloc wins control in Kuwaiti parliament The Capital Market Authority (CMA) ...

Middle East Investment Banking

CLOUDY OUTLOOK By Gordon Platt The global economic slowdown and regional political turmoil are casting a pall over investment banking in the Middle East. As there's no change in sight, bankers in the region may be in for another challenging ...

Country Report: Saudi Arabia

OPEN FOR BUSINESS By Gordon Platt Saudi Arabia is preparing to open its stock markets to foreign investment, and it has reinforced its financial management team in preparation for this and broader economic reforms. Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil ...

Sector Report: Middle East Telecoms

SOWING SEEDS OF CHANGE By Anita Hawser The Arab Spring heralded the beginnings of reform and showed the growing importance of social media in enabling communal action. The telecoms sector in the Middle East has been forever changed as a ...

Country Report: Kuwait

LONG-TERM VISION By Justin Keay Kuwait’s development in recent years has been driven by the state, with little FDI. However, upcoming elections promise a new government that could improve the business climate for foreign investors. When protesters stormed Kuwait’s parliament ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Middle East

SUCCESSOR NAMED IN SAUDI ARABIA By Gordon Platt The death of crown prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz al Saud of Saudi Arabia was followed with the naming of conservative prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz, the interior minister, as king Abdullah’s successor. Vying ...

Country Report: Brazil

SEARCHING FOR BALANCED SOLUTIONS By Antonio Guerrero Investors are awaiting the outcome of recent rate cuts in Brazil. Whether it will prove proactive or premature remains to be seen. Citing a substantial deterioration in the global economy, Brazil’s central bank ...

Islamic Finance Goes Global

NEW HORIZONS By Anita Hawser Islamic Finance is growing beyond traditional borders to encompass new markets worldwide. The Islamic finance industry emerged relatively unscathed from the 2008 financial crisis —touting itself as an alternative to the leverage and greed that ...

Special Report: Islamic Finance In Asia

MALAYSIAN DOMINANCE PUT TO THE TEST By Anita Hawser Long the leading force in Asia-Pacific’s Islamic finance industry, Malaysia is facing growing regional competition. Anyone that does business or invests in Asia-Pacific will tell you that, as tempting as it ...

GCC: Big Changes Loom

GCC REGIONAL REPORT: MARKING A MILESTONE By Gordon Platt The regional group faces new challenges as it celebrates its 30th anniversary. The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) celebrated its 30th anniversary on May 25 with quiet flag-raising ceremonies at border crossings ...