Thursday 26, April 2018    |   The business of banking

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  • 22    Uptick in M&As; continue into 2018

    Marco De Leo and Roberto Flammia, both local Partners at BonelliErede Dubai, provide a comprehensive projection of potential deal flows across the…

  • 48    Unlocking cardless ATMs

    Mike Lynch, Chief Strategy Officer at InAuth says that mobiledevice security is key to the success of cardless ATMs

  • 74    When cybercriminals take on financial…

    Amir Kanaan, Managing Director for the Middle East,Turkey and Africa at Kaspersky, discusses the developmentof cyberthreats in 2018, and what to expect

Latest stories

  • IT team ‘in the dark’: the impact on banking


    Elie Dib, Regional Vice President, METNA at Riverbed, explains the long-term implications of a sluggish technology system on a bank’s day-to-day operations.

  • The real power of blockchain


    Sirish Kumar, CEO & Co-founder of Telr, asserts that blockchain technology is a driver of financial innovation.


  • Honing banking talent


    Banker Middle East sat down with HE Hesham Abdullah Al Qassim, Chairman of Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies…

  • Leading Kuwait for over 75 years


    In an exclusive interview with Banker Middle East, Richard Groves, CEO of Ahli United Bank Kuwait, looks back at the bank’s triumphs and provides…

  • Adopting the highest standards of cybersecurity


    Mohammed Abukhater, VP Sales—MEA at FireEye International (Middle East) discusses potential cybersecurity threats to banks and strategies to address them…

  • 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…

  • Dollar stumbles into New Year, Gold extends gains


    Asian stocks were mostly higher during early trading on Tuesday, after an unexpectedly upbeat survey of Chinese manufacturing activity in December stimulated risk appetite, according…

  • How blockchain technology is changing the security landscape in the banking sector

    Blockchain, the technology that is used in the popular cryptocurrency bitcoin, is revolutionary in many ways–it addresses multiple challenges associated with digital transactions, such as double…

  • Innovation in Islamic finance is better cultivated from the roots than the branches

    Arif Amiri, CEO of DIFC Authority provides his insights on innovation in Islamic finance, ahead of the Global Financial Forum this week.

    Islamic finance refers to financial services that adhere…

  • Reinventing the wheel

    Qais Al Khonji, CEO of Genesis Projects and Investments, sheds light on the crucial realities of investment and economic diversification in this region.

    Since the 1960’s, oil has been…

  • Are we there yet?

    Tariq Qaqish, Managing Director—Asset Management at Menacorp, lays down his projections for the second half of 2017.

    The longest bull market of over eight years with no meaningful correction…

  • 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…

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