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Bahrain working with banks to tap existing $1.5 bln bond
Bahrain is working with banks about a potential re-tap of a dollar-denominated two-part bond issued late last year, sources with knowledge of the deal told Reuters. Full Article
Mideast funds anticipate rebuilding equities positions
Many Middle East fund managers expect to start rebuilding their regional equities holdings in the next few months and have become less bearish towards bonds, a monthly Reuters survey shows. Full Article
Ambitious Saudi reforms may not avert looming economic slump
At a three-day conference in Riyadh, hundreds of Saudi Arabian officials and businessmen discussed ways to rescue the economy from low oil prices, by developing new industries and giving opportunities to the private sector. Full Article
Dubai opens consultancy tender for $27 billion green fund
Dubai's Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) said it was calling on consulting firms to tender for advisory and regulatory development services for the emirate's planned 100 billion dirham ($27 billion) clean energy fund. Full Article
Simmons latest firm to exit Abu Dhabi
Simmons & Simmons has closed its office in Abu Dhabi and has decided to “consolidate its offering in the UAE.” The firm will advise clients in the Middle East through its Dubai office, its biggest in the region. Full Article
CMS first intl. firm in Iran following Tehran launch
The CMS network has opened an office in Tehran, becoming the first international firm to set up a presence in Iran in the wake of thawing of relations between the country and the West. Full Article


UAE companies law: A new era
After several years of discussion, the United Arab Emirates has issued a long-awaited companies law aimed at boosting IPO activity, enhancing corporate governance and encouraging foreign investment into the Arab world’s second biggest economy. Kanishk... 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

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