Islamic Finance

Qatar: Bankers in hard hats

In a market where space limits scale, local firms have needed to be ambitious and smart about how and where they work. Qatar is the smallest country in the Gulf Cooperation Council by area and population after Bahrain. Banks and companies alike have grown accustomed to looking beyond the borders and offshore for business. For newer banks like Barwa that’s meant pushing to win work on international deals such as the UK sukuk.

Africa news round-up

Islamic finance has caught the interest of a number of African sovereigns in recent years. But on a local currency level, it has actually been around a while. Standard Bank’s global head of debt primary markets Megan McDonald, shares her insights with EMEA Finance.

Middle East news round-up

Like so many hyped events, the first day of liberalised trading on the Tadawul, Saudi Arabia’s Stock Exchange, was a little bit underwhelming. Many commentators expected foreign investors to be queuing up at the door, waiting for entry into a room full of blue chip shares from previously inaccessible multi-billion-dollar market-cap companies.