Senior bankers express their irritation with MBAs and juniors

Senior bankers express their irritation with MBAs and juniors

Earlier this week, the new editor of Financial News reported that he'd been chatting to the head of investment banking at two European banks who went out of…

Just 3% of employees in the DIFC are Emiratis, and over 65% are male

Just 3% of employees in the DIFC are Emiratis, and over 65% are male

With all the talk of expats being marginalised within the UAE, it's perhaps reassuring to see that in the freezone of the DIFC (home to most international financial…

Arguably the safest banks to work for in the Middle East across M&A, ECM and DCM

Arguably the safest banks to work for in the Middle East across M&A, ECM and DCM

Times are tough for investment bankers working in the Middle East. The total fee pot has fallen by nearly 50% on last year, according to new Thomson Reuters…

Dubai is no longer an expensive destination, but this doesn’t mean more bankers want to move there

Dubai is no longer an expensive destination, but this doesn’t mean more bankers want to move there

Good news; it's now decidedly cheaper for expats to live in most Middle East financial centres. Bad news; this doesn't mean more expat bankers are keen to move…

Expat ‘dead wood’ beware the coming cull in Abu Dhabi

Expat ‘dead wood’ beware the coming cull in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is rolling out an old trick to create jobs for Emiratis - laying off expats. While this is so-far believed to be confined to the public…

Are cuts coming to Middle Eastern investment banking teams?

Are cuts coming to Middle Eastern investment banking teams?

It's inevitable; with investment banks cutting staff in London and New York, and revenues slumping in the Middle East, talk has already turned to when global institutions will…

Even if expats leave, Bahrain’s banking sector may be OK

Even if expats leave, Bahrain’s banking sector may be OK

The ongoing problems in Bahrain may have seen something of an exodus of expat bankers, but it's questionable whether this is creating any real problems for the industry.…

Are most Emiratis working in finance destined for a life in retail or commercial banking?

Are most Emiratis working in finance destined for a life in retail or commercial banking?

Every year, the Emiratisation quota imposed on banks increases, meaning they have to step up their efforts to encourage more locals into the sector. Yet, with such a…

Demand rising for back office superstars in the Gulf

Demand rising for back office superstars in the Gulf

Middle Eastern banks still need to get their houses in order. Technology needs to be upgraded, operations need to be administered and risk needs to be more closely…

Here are the Masters in Finance courses most beneficial to your career prospects

Here are the Masters in Finance courses most beneficial to your career prospects

The benefits of undertaking a Masters in Finance are debatable. Applications are on the up, and most cost around 30k+, but there's no guarantee of a either a…

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