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Freshfields, Latham, advise on $848 mln financing for Bahri-Vela merger
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has advised The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) on a $848 million Shariah-compliant bridge facility for its merger with Vela International Marine Full Article
Qatar emir issues law raising foreign ownership limits for stocks
Qatar's emir has issued a law providing for foreign investors to own up to 49 percent of listed Qatari companies, part of reforms to expand the stock market and develop the financial industry. Full Article
Pakistan's NBP eyes Burj Bank, plans due diligence
National Bank of Pakistan (NBP), the country's largest state-owned bank, plans to conduct due diligence on Islamic lender Burj Bank subject to regulatory approval, according to a filing with the Karachi stock exchange. Full Article
Savola says started initial talks on acquiring Kuwait's Americana
Major Saudi food producer Savola Group said on Wednesday it had begun preliminary talks on a potential acquisition of Kuwait Food Co (Americana). Full Article
Amlak says debt restructuring proposal approved
Dubai's Amlak Finance said on Thursday that a proposal to restructure its debt had been approved by all its creditors, and that shares in the mortgage lender would therefore resume trading on the emirate's stock market next year. Full Article
Dana Gas says tribunal gives favourable ruling on Iran deal
United Arab Emirates-based energy firm Dana Gas said an international tribunal had issued a favourable ruling in the dispute over a natural gas supply contract between its affiliate Crescent Petroleum and Iran. Full Article


Underground plans
Saudi Arabia has awarded $22.5 billion contracts to build the Riyadh metro system. Full Article
Drawing a line
India set to halt Iran oil imports over insurance Full Article
MP Interview: Husam Hourani, Al Tamimi & Co
Al Tamimi & Co Managing Partner Husam Hourani talks to Ranajit Dam about the highlights of his career, the challenges of running a regional firm, and how Al Tamimi & Co can hold on to... Full Article
Booming Gulf sukuk market brushes off Dana Gas debacle
When United Arab Emirates-based natural gas producing company, Dana Gas, missed repaying a $920 million Islamic in November, it became the first UAE company to fail to redeem a bond on time. But the region's... Full Article

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