Latest articles from James King

A global energy shift

A global energy shift: how US shale production is shaping a new world order

March 1, 2015

US shale production has significantly altered the landscape of the global energy market. Ahead of the Institute of International Finance's annual spring meeting in Qatar, James King looks at how OPEC is responding to this seismic shift.

Malaysias recipe for Islamic finance success

Malaysia's recipe for Islamic finance success

March 1, 2015

Growth in Malaysia's Islamic finance market is outstripping that in both the country's conventional banking market and the Islamic industry in the rest of the world. James King looks at the factors fuelling its success. 

Will Middle Eastern private equity maintain its momentum

Will Middle Eastern private equity maintain its momentum

February 2, 2015

The Middle East's private equity market had a successful year in 2014, with several notable deals, a number of vehicles closing their fundraising and increased international interest in the market. James King investigates how likely it is that its popularity will extend into 2015.

Dubai International Financial Centre lays down the law

Dubai International Financial Centre lays down the law

February 1, 2015

In recent years, Dubai has been developing its capabilities in the field of dispute resolution, with its crowning achievement being the creation of its Dubai International Financial Centre courts, which have only increased Dubai's appeal as an international finance hub.

Ashraf Salman

Reform agenda marks start of a new era for Egypt

January 26, 2015

The election of a new government has helped turn around Egypt's economic fortunes and, according to the country's minister of investment, Ashraf Salman, further reforms will see the country's investment environment become even more attractive. 

The Islamic microfinance challenge

The Islamic microfinance challenge

January 5, 2015

That there is a need for microfinance in predominantly Islamic countries is taken as a given by most, yet providing sharia-compliant microfinance seems to be beyond many financial institutions. So what can be done? James King investigates.

New growth avenues fuel UAE banking success

New growth avenues fuel UAE banking success

January 2, 2015

Encouraging growth in the non-hydrocarbon, SME and retail sectors have all contributed to what has been a largely successful year for the United Arab Emirates' banking sector.

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Israel's hi-tech ascent

December 1, 2014

Israel’s impressive ecosystem of hi-tech start-ups is increasingly taking on financial technology, with bold ambitions and an eye to the larger potential offered by the US, Europe and Asia. 

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EBRD president promotes development in north Africa

December 1, 2014

The president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development talks about the bank’s role in promoting private-sector development in north Africa and the Levant following the Arab Spring. 

Bursa Malaysia's Islamic innovation drive

November 3, 2014

Bursa Malaysia is the leading global centre for Islamic capital markets. Its chief executive tells James King that the exchange is still looking to innovate, with expanding the borders of Islamic finance a key priority.

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