The recent opening of the Saudi Arabia $575 billion stock market to direct foreign participation for the first time offers an exiting opportunities for the country. As both local and international investors are positioning themselves to trade on the largest Arab bourse we caught up with Robert Eastwood from Baker & McKenzie to give you a definitive guide to the revisions to the rules for qualified foreign financial institutions.
One of the key aims of Saudi Vision 2030 is a comprehensive diversification of the Saudi economy, which has sparked the rise of renewable energy players. We caught up with George Eitelhuber CEO and Founder of NOMADD Desert Solar Solutions to find out what the vision means for his business.
This session compared the common approaches in the region of running an M&A process against other international markets, including the key management tools for buying or selling a business in the MENA region. Panellists were asked to comment on the corporate governance, management, disclosure, valuation and due diligence standards the region’s industry should set as a benchmark including:
With 13 deals worth US$ 1.5bn announced, M&A activity targeting the Middle East (excl. Israel) during Q1 2016 experienced a 39.7% by value compared to Q1 2015 (13 deals, US$ 2.5bn), despite deal count remaining consistent.
What can you tell us about the recent findings from the recent capital confidence barometer?
Market sentiment- what are your expectations for M&A?
What sectors and geographies are showing the most M&A deal activity?
CFOs in the Middle East are more optimistic about the economy than the global average, according to EY's latest Capital Confidence Barometer. Mohammad Raza of EY summarises the key findings for the Middle East and North Africa region.
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