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ME boutiques seek to become fashionable M&A choice

Wealthy Gulf Arabs' love of boutiques doesn't just apply to fashion, but increasingly to their choice of financial advisers as well. Boutique advisory firms seem tailor-made for a region where personal ties are key, and wh

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Takeovers likely to continue in insurance sector

Merger and takeover activity is likely to continue in the coming months as (re)insurers increasingly seek ways to deploy capital and create scale against a backdrop of ongoing soft market conditions and weak investment returns, a report said.

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Mena M&A value rises 9pc to $8.9bn in Q1

Announced deal value in Mena increased to $8.9 billion in the first quarter (Q1) of 2015 from $8.2 billion during the same period last year, marking an increase of 9 per cent, a report said. In Q1 2015, 90 deals were announced as

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Savola tops MEA in consumer product sales

Savola, a multinational food group based in Saudi Arabia, recorded the biggest consumer product sales in the Middle East-Africa (MEA) region during the fiscal year ending June 2014, a report said. While Savola claimed the 111th ra

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Top 250 consumer products firms log $3trn sales

The world’s 250 largest consumer products companies generated sales of nearly $3.1 trillion in fiscal year ending June 2014, despite economic uncertainty, a report said. This resulted in an average company size of $12.3 bill

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New concept of healthy eating sparks mergers spree

A boom in "nutraceuticals" - food and drinks with potential health benefits - is paving the way for a rush of deals, as food and drug companies compete to dominate a market expected to be worth $280 billion by 2018. Cons

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UAE Islamic insurers ‘considering mergers’

Several Islamic insurers in the United Arab Emirates are seeking guidance from the UAE Insurance Authority on the possibility of mergers and acquisitions in the sector, Ibrahim Al Zaabi, director-general of the authority, told Reuters on Monday.

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Mena M&A deals plunge 40pc in Q1

The mergers & acquisitions (M&A) deals announced in the Mena region dropped by 40 per cent in value to $8.5 billion during the first quarter of 2012 from $14.1 billion last year, said a report. The volume of announced M&A deals

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Islamic banks 'need mergers to fill in gap'

Small and medium-sized Islamic banks may need to merge if they want to become bigger regional players capable of filling the funding hole left by shrinking Western banks, the head of Islamic finance at Deutsche Bank, told Reuters. 'Th

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RBS to sell Mideast M&A business

Royal Bank of Scotland plans to sell its mergers and acquisitions business in the Middle East and cut several jobs as part of a global restructuring at the UK lender, its regional head said on Monday. Simon Penney, RBS' chief executive

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