Say hello to hedge funds in Bahrain

Say hello to hedge funds in Bahrain

The Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) expects an influx of hedge fund managers after giving them the green light to enter the region. Increased investor risk appetite and…

How does Qatar compare?

How does Qatar compare?

Another major international player - Deutsche Bank - has set up shop in Qatar, as the emirate strives to increase its profile on the global stage. The bank…

Wanted: a corporate police force

Wanted: a corporate police force

Dubai Inc. is making moves to wipe a sometimes misty window transparent, which is good news for corporate governance professionals. The region hasn't exactly been known for good…

Dubai still mad for M&A bankers

Dubai still mad for M&A bankers

Qatar may have pulled its 10.6bn acquisition of UK supermarket group J. Sainsbury, but there's no less demand for M&A bankers in the Middle East. Qatar may have…

Gulf is itching for insurers

Gulf is itching for insurers

Insurance is booming in the Gulf, particularly in Dubai and Saudi Arabia. And without enough qualified staff to go around, poaching and salary inflation are rife. Magib Bahous,…

Bahrain’s private banking boost

Bahrain’s private banking boost

Bahrain has created a new private banking licence to give a nudge to its wealth management industry. It's liable to increase competition for staff. "The licence is aimed…

UK’s Association of Chartered Accountants accreditation hits Dubai

UK’s Association of Chartered Accountants accreditation hits Dubai

Dubai accountants are to be offered the chance to earn the British ACA accreditation locally for the first time. The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales…

Dubai falling short of global aspirations

Dubai falling short of global aspirations

So is Dubai a major global financial centre (and a great place to develop your career)? Not according to a new survey. The second report from the Global…

The pain gauge: redundancies, remuneration, restricted (or not) stock

The pain gauge: redundancies, remuneration, restricted (or not) stock

Which banks and bankers are suffering the most? No prizes for guessing... ACUTE PAIN 1. Merrill Lynch Share price: down 44% since January 2007. Bonus per head*: $181.3k,…

How good are local qualifications?

How good are local qualifications?

Western universities are teaming up with Middle Eastern institutions in a bid to attract more financial services professionals to the region. Students from the Middle East have long…

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