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MEIF 2016 Names Best Performing Insurance Company

Last week, the 12th annual Middle East Insurance Forum (MEIF 2016) recognised excellence within the Middle East’s insurance industry.

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Investing in Post-Sanctions Iran

The imposition of blanket sanctions and extensive trade restrictions by the US, EU and other countries on Iran’s financial, banking and energy sectors has crippled its economy in the past few years.

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Islamic Finance Takes Flight

The oil price volatility since the middle of 2014 has created turbulence in the airplane financing market in the Middle East. 

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Dubai’s New Financial Outlook in the Build up to Expo 2020

In the run-up to Expo 2020, the Emirate of Dubai published a new public-private partnerships (PPP) law in September 2015.

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Islamic Finance to Benefit from Wider RFI Development

The Responsible Finance Institute (“RFI”), a non-profit organisation, sees potential for Islamic finance to lead convergence around responsible financial principles to make the financial sector support equitable, inclusive and sustainable economic development. 

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Venrex Hosts New Fundraiser on Seedrs

Seedrs has announced that venture capital firm Venrex has chosen to host its new £1 million fundraising on Seedrs.

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Role of IFCs in Facilitating Foreign Direct Investment

A report identifies the strengths of Jersey’s finance industry in facilitating FDI, its contribution to the global economy and the appeal of IFCs more widely in supporting cross-border investment.

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YangTze Law : First Wholly Chinese-owned Law Firm Launches in UK

YangTze Law has become the UK’s first wholly Chinese-owned law firm to facilitate investment in UK from mainland Chinese businesses.

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More Customers, More Staff, Less Costs : Top Priorities for UK Businesses

Increasing the size of their customer base, employing more people and cutting costs are the three most important business goals for UK SMEs.

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Spanish Bank Santander Posts Jump in Profit in Q4 2014

Santander, the euro zone's biggest bank, has posted close to a 70 percent jump in fourth quarter profit from a year earlier, lifted by earnings from its lending business and as charges on soured loans fell. The Spanish bank said net profit was US$1.67 billion in the October-December period of last year - the first quarter under new CEO Ana Botin, who has shaken up the lender with management changes and recently bolstered capital through a cash call. The profits were slightly below the forecasted US$1.68-billion quarterly profit. Alongside other companies who also posted their results this month, Santander revised 2013 earnings downwards to reflect payments to deposit guarantee funds. Without that restatement, fourth quarter net profit would have risen just 37 percent.

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