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Mega deals drive global M&A activity

A string of large transactions drove the value of global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity up by 54 per cent in the first quarter compared to the same period last year, reflecting greater deal-making confidence among chief executives.

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Ahli United eyes Mideast acquisitions

Bahrain-based Ahli United Bank (AUB) continues to seek opportunities to develop its banking franchise in the region through acquisitions and expansion of its existing network, said its chairman. Fahad Al Rajaan told the Gulf Daily

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Ahli United eyeing acquisitions across region

Bahrain-based Ahli United Bank (AUB) is looking for acquisitions in its existing markets and in new ones as it tries to build a network across the Middle East, its chief executive said. Its desire to expand across borders reflects

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Zain eyes IT acquisitions to boost data services

Kuwait mobile operator Zain will make acquisitions and partnerships in computer-based industries this year to exploit rising demand for data and help offset falling conventional call and text income, its chief ex

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DIB eyes double-digit profit growth, acquisitions

Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB) said it has dealt with much of its balance sheet weakness and should see profits for 2013 grow in the high double digits, allowing it to eye acquisitions in new markets in Asia. Leaders at the world's

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Burgan Bank eyes Egypt for potential assets

Kuwait-based Burgan Bank is looking at potential acquisitions in Egypt to step up international expansion and is not put off by the country's uncertain political situation. "We are looking at Egypt and other countries,&qu

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Mena merger deal value soars to $44.8bn

The mergers & acquisitions (M&A) deal values in the Mena region grew a healthy 42 per cent in 2012 to hit $44.8 billion compared to $31.6 billion the previous year, with the UAE and Qatar leading the regional deal activity, said a report

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Bank of America to increase Gulf lending

Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofA) plans to increase lending to businesses in the Middle East as oil-rich Gulf investors show more appetite for acquisitions, a senior banker at the US financial services firm said. BofA's mov

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QNB picks JP Morgan for Egypt buy

Qatar National Bank (QNB), the state lender seeking to boost its regional presence through acquisitions, has hired JP Morgan Chase to advise on its planned buy of Societe Generale's Egyptian arm, three sources said. SocGen is in ear

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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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