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Off the Record: Middle East DCM Must Evolve to Prosper in Challenging Times

As the annual Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Middle East Awards approaches, we discuss some of the themes emerging behind the scenes in Middle East debt capital markets, looking at concerns voiced by bankers, investors and CFOs in private discussions as well as the opportunities on the horizon for foreign FIs and investors looking to delve deeper into the region.

6 Oct 2017

Africa Credit Markets Brief: 20 September – 04 October

African Development Bank tapped the international markets – South Africa issued dollar bonds worth USD2.5bn – NPLs rise in Nigeria – Nigeria raises NGN105.87 through maiden sovereign sukuk - Kenya Airways is looking to restructure debt – Ghana holds rates – Zimbabwe gets a USD600mn credit line from Afreximbank

4 Oct 2017

Middle East Credit Markets Brief: 13 September – 27 September

GCC bonds soften on FOMC tone – Saudi Arabia pushes forward with local sukuk sales – Emaar secures syndi loan – UAE Central Bank soaks up additional liquidity – Nebras prices landmark deal – QIC pulls out of UAE amid diplomatic rift – Egypt plans more Eurobonds – Bahrain prices triple-trancher – Iran makes headway on gov’t spending transparency – Lebanon passes crucial tax reforms – OOECP, Mazoon…

27 Sep 2017

Exploring the Next Frontier in the GCC Capital Markets: Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s emergence in the international capital markets, first through the sovereign’s US$17.5bn conventional bond followed months later by its US$9bn sukuk, has the potential to herald one of the biggest shifts the region’s markets have seen in years.

21 Sep 2017

Dar Al-Arkan Looks to Fill Shortage of Saudi Real Estate Firms in Dubai

The Saudi real estate development company Dar Al-Arkan tapped the Islamic markets with a USD500mn 5-year Sukuk in May this year, in the process drawing the attention of yield-hungry investors seeking hard-currency exposure in GCC fixed income. With new regulations expected to transform the sector and as KSA’s fiscal consolidation plan takes shape, we speak with Dar Al-Arkan CFO Mika Toivola about…

18 Sep 2017

Middle East Credit Markets Brief: August 31 - September 13

A fortnightly review of the Middle East's debt capital markets, covering the latest loan and bond deals, rating actions, policy and credit market developments... OPEC mulling 3-month extension to oil production cuts – Italian bank CDP to lend USD300mn to the Meydan Group – Iraq inks a USD270mn loan from Japan – Iran looks to join BRICS – Saudi German Hospital receives AED370mn Islamic syndicated…

13 Sep 2017

Middle East Credit Markets Brief: 17 August – 31 August

Saudi Arabia auctions local sukuk – Qatar growth to slow down – Warba Bank to make its debut in the loan market – Egypt sells EUR659.9mn worth of T-bills – Qatar keeping tabs on partners spooked by boycott - Iran gets credit line from South Korea’s Exim Bank – SMC secures a USD728mn credit facility – Iraq to get a loan from France

31 Aug 2017

Middle East Credit Markets Brief: 3 August – 17 August

Middle Eastern air carriers’ passenger growth disappoint – Goldman Sachs bough a piece of Aramco’s credit facility – Saudi Arabia mulls local sukuk – TAQA to refinance US$500mn bond - Doha Bank to sell UAE credit assets – Egypt’s FDI hit US$48.7bn – Bahrain picks banks for US bond – Iraq bond issuance received US$6.6bn in orders – Jordan might tap the international markets in 2017

17 Aug 2017

Middle East Credit Markets Brief: 21 July - 3 Aug

Qatar files complaint to WTO over GCC boycott – Dana Gas cancels its offer to exchange outstanding US$700mn sukuk – Iraq taps international markets with US$1bn bond - Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) prices a US$2.3bn triple-tranche bond - ADCB raised US$320mn through 5-year Formosa bond - Al Hilal Bank issues US$100mn bond

3 Aug 2017

Russia, CIS, Europe & Turkey Credit Markets Brief: 13 July – 28 July

Gazprom tapped the international markets – Alfa Bank issued a RUB10bn Eurobond – AFK Sistema declared technical default on bonds –– Halyk Bank acquires Kazkommertsbank – IBA plans to restructured approved by shareholders – Greece returned to the capital markets – Halbank to issue a US$2bn bond in the international markets

28 Jul 2017

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