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EM Regional Review: Middle East

THE ARAB SPRING’S COSTS AND CONSEQUENCES By Gordon Platt Countries in the region are evaluating the economic outcome of social and political upheaval—both the opportunities and the challenges. Commercial International Bank, Egypt’s largest private sector bank, ...

Country Report

Country Report: Lebanon

WAIT AND SEE By Justin Keay Lebanon has tumbled from its economic boom in 2010. Investors are holding back to see how the new government fares. So far, its reform progress is less than impressive. But with the ...

Capital Raising & Corporate Finance

Trade & Supply Chain Finance 2011: Global Trade

REBUILDING CONFIDENCE By Anita Hawser Global trade was affected over the course of 2011 by major disruptions such as the US sovereign rating downgrade, the Japanese earthquake and political upheaval in the Middle East and North Africa. Not ...

Country Report

Country Report: Turkey

RIDING THE WAVE By Justin Keay Turkey’s economy has performed quite well, but reform is needed at home to build sustainable growth. Early August saw unprecedented turbulence on global financial markets, and Turkey’s was no exception. On ...


GCC: Big Changes Loom

GCC REGIONAL REPORT: MARKING A MILESTONE By Gordon Platt The regional group faces new challenges as it celebrates its 30th anniversary. The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) celebrated its 30th anniversary on May 25 with quiet flag-raising ceremonies ...

Emerging & Frontier Markets

ME: Lebanon’s Future Uncertain

EMERGING MARKETS ROUNDUP: MIDDLE EAST by Gordon Platt After five months of political wrangling, Lebanon’s prime minister Najib Mikati on June 13 announced a new government led by the Shiite Hezbollah movement, giving Syria and Iran renewed influence ...

Award Winners

World’s Best Banks: Middle East Country Winners

Middle East Change Creates New Opportunities Banks in the Middle East are pulling in their horns in light of the widespread political upheaval in the region. Markets have been unsettled by the political developments, but the economic fundamentals remain ...


Middle East: Looking To The Future

THE MIDDLE EAST 2011: THE BANKS By Justin Keay The current market conditions may have prompted slowing in their expansion plans, but the Middle East’s banks are still building for the future. Until late 2010, the sentiment ...