Tuesday 19, September 2017    |   Setting the benchmark for Middle East banks

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  • 12    Leading transformation

    ‘Excellence’ is the watchword for Patrice Couvegnes, Banque Saudi Fransi’s Group CEO. Here he explains how he prepared the bank to…

  • 16    Embracing the future

    Mashreq has an enviable history of setting the pace in banking in the UAE. This is a trend that looks set to continue.

  • 26    The transformation of Al Rajhi Bank

    Steve Bertamini, CEO of Al Rajhi Bank, discusses how the bank has reached its leadership position in the region, and the strategies that were employed…

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  • VAT: where do we go from here?


    Riccardo Ubaldini, Partner for international tax law at BonelliErede deliberates on the implications of VAT on the economies of UAE and Saudi Arabia. 

  • Telescopes and governance of Arab banks


    Alissa Amico, Managing Director at GOVERN discusses the corporate governance regulations and culture of financial institutions in the Arab world.

  • Digital transformation to boost Middle East economy


    Digital transformation is set to revolutionise business processes, according to JAGGAER MENA/Tejari, a leading global strategic procurement provider.


  • The rise of GCC bonds


    On the back of strong foreign investor demand, Banker Middle East looks at how the appetite for GCC debt is expected to continue in 2018 despite precarious oil prices and geopolitical…

  • Improving market sentiments


    Vijay Valecha, Chief Market Analyst at Century Financial Brokers, provides Banker Middle East a comprehensive review of financial markets since the start of 2018.

  • Saudi banking's first lady


    In an exclusive interview, Banker Middle East speaks to Rania Nashar, Chief Executive of Samba Financial Group and the first female CEO of a listed Saudi Arabian commercial…

  • Market's wild ride not over yet


    Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTM, comments on the market’s volatility.

    Investors across the globe are finding it difficult time currently…

  • Challenges on the path to achieving impact


    Management need to be clear and fully committed to their objectives, says Tariq Hameed, Senior Director at Alvarez & Marsal's Financial Institutions Advisory Services…

  • Al Rajhi Bank: Looking to the future


    In a conversation with Robin Amlôt, Consultant at CPI Financial, Steve Bertamini, CEO of Al Rajhi Bank, talks about the bank’s performance in 2017 and its plans in the…

  • Getting regulation ready


    In an exclusive interview, Banker Middle East sits down with Patrick Gearon, Partner at Charles Russel Speechlys, to discuss the regulatory environment surrounding financial…

  • Deepening GCC-Asia petrochemical ties


    Hetain Mistry, Managing Analyst—Petrochemicals at S&P Global Platts, suggests a rapid re-think of the playbook for Gulf exporters to sustain a competitive edge.

  • Banking's new horizon


    Tony Long, CEO of CPI Financial, shares his thoughts on the future of banking.


    The future. It’s always interesting…

  • 2018: a better year for GCC banks


    Banker Middle East looks at how improving economic conditions and strong capitalisation underpin the resilience and stability of financial institutions.


  • The new black


    Oil may finally stop dominating the conversation in 2018, thanks to the UAE’s safe-haven status, sound banks and diversified economy.

    The UAE has faced…

  • VAT challenges for UAE insurers could hurt 2018 performance


    Although the relevant authorities have made it clear over the past few months that all insurance policies—with the exception of life insurance—are subject to the levy,…

  • Is there value in emerging market bonds?


    Craig Mackenzie, Senior Investment Strategist at Aberdeen Standard Investment, explains that value is in emerging market bonds rather than US equities.


  • Plugging the finance gap


    Speaking to Banker Middle East, George Traub, Managing Partner at Lumina Capital Advisers provides an insight into the realities of mid-market capital dearth. 

  • Bruised dollar not finding support


    Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTM, comments on the extent of the dollar’s decline over the last week.


  • Prioritising future solutions


    In an exclusive interview with Banker Middle East, Simon Eedle, Regional Head, Middle East at Natixis, discusses his vision for the bank’s future.


  • Steady rising global oil prices to be key driver of growth in the GCC


    As we transition from 2017 to 2018, many economies in the Middle East, especially those in the GCC, will achieve several milestones in 2018. In UAE, households and firms will adapt to…

  • Championing Palestine

    As long as regional political tensions continue, economic recovery in Palestine will forever be an uphill battle.

    Thrown into recession in 2014 by the Gaza war, the Palestinian economy has nonetheless…

  • Fool-proofing the IFRS 9

    Unified standards and effective implementation of integrated reporting is crucial for long-term success in the GCC, asserts Michael Armstrong, FCA and ICAEW Regional Director for the Middle East, Africa…

  • FXTM: What to watch for


    Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTM Key discusses the key events to watch in the week ahead.

    The US dollar and stocks made a fantastic run towards the end of last week…

  • Breaking old habits

    Saudi Arabia continues to grapple with oil dependency and unemployment as it pursues its long-term diversification agenda.

    Saudi Arabia’s economy is expected to contract slightly in 2017…

  • Crossing boundaries

    Alande Mustafa Safi, Managing Director of Paragon Business Group, talks about the burgeoning potential down under and his vision for 2018.

    Paragon Business Group is the parent company and the…

  • FXTM: What to expect from the BoE


    Today’s Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) announcement is the main event of the week, according to Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTM, adding…

  • After BoC hike, will the ECB announce the end of QE?


    Currency traders were in action on Wednesday, with a couple of unanticipated events causing some wild swings in FX markets, according to Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist…

  • Data analytics: is this the future of audit?

    The possibilities for data analytics technology to change audit are enormous. Whether it’s identifying fraud, financial or business operational risks, big data and analytics could help auditors…

  • Politics are not the only risk on the horizon

    Toby Nangle, Head of Multi-Asset, EMEA and Maya Bhandari, Multi-Asset Portfolio Manager at Columbia Threadneedle Investments, examine the risks looming on the horizon for financial markets and details…

  • A long way to breaching $50/barrel

    Pierre Melki, Equity Analyst Global Equity Research at Union Bancaire Privée, provides a commentary on the oil market.

    Year to date, the MSCI Energy is underperforming the MSCI World…

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