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Eversheds hires partner in KSA from Vinson & Elkins
AlDhabaan & Partners, Eversheds’ associated firm in Saudi Arabia, has hired Fahad AlDehais as a partner and office general manager from Vinson & Elkins. Full Article
Mideast boutiques seek to become fashionable M&A choice
Wealthy Gulf Arabs' love of boutiques doesn't just apply to fashion, but increasingly to their choice of financial advisers as well. Full Article
Gulf private equity firms battle for Saudi supermarket chain Al Raya
Three of the Gulf's biggest private equity firms are battling it out for a majority stake in Saudi supermarket chain Al Raya for Foodstuff Co, three sources with knowledge of the matter said, with a deal likely worth as much... Full Article
Burgan Bank's redemption threat rattles Middle East bond market
Investors were caught completely off-guard after Burgan Bank announced that it could redeem subordinated bonds ahead of time, raising concerns that bondholders have grown complacent about regulatory risk across the Middle East. Full Article
Mood sours among Saudi businessmen as oil slides
Saudi Arabian entrepreneur Essam al-Zamel has overcome many obstacles to found a string of technology companies in the past decade, but he thinks sliding oil prices will be hard to handle. Full Article
Kuwait International Bank signs $320 mln 3-yr murabaha financing
Kuwait International Bank has signed a $320 million three-year murabaha financing, the bank which arranged the transaction said. Full Article


How to Become an English Solicitor in Just a Few Months
Each year, hundreds of lawyers from Asia Pacific countries such as Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, South Korea, Japan and Malaysia, decide to qualify as English solicitors, and become dual-qualified lawyers. What motivates them to... Full Article
The search for consistency
Islamic finance today is booming, but could its progress be held back by inconsistencies in interpretations across jurisdictions, asks Raghavendra Verma Full Article
The boom is back
The United Arab Emirates has bounced back from the financial crisis of 2009-2010, when it came perilously close to sovereign default. Infrastructure construction has returned to full swing, while M&A deals abound, which means more... Full Article
Underground plans
Saudi Arabia has awarded $22.5 billion contracts to build the Riyadh metro system. Full Article

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