Tag: Middle East

Not just a “start-up nation” – Bank Leumi (UK)’s Michael Duval outlines Israel’s commercial potential in Global Trade Review

Michael Duval, the Bank’s Chief Business Officer, explains in a targeted article why companies are choosing Israel for their importing and exporting activity.

Natixis’ Simon Eedle discusses the bank’s regional operations in Banker Middle East

In an exclusive interview with Banker Middle East, Simon Eedle, Regional Head, Middle East at Natixis, discusses what he sees at Natixis’ role in the region in the years to come. Since 1998, Natixis has maintained a strong growth in the Middle East, first establishing a presence in Dubai where the bank’s business was based …

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BNY Mellon’s Bana Akkad Azhari discusses the Middle East’s transition to a digital future in TXF

In a commentary article for TXF, Bana Akkad Azhari, Head of Relationship Management CIS & MEA, BNY Mellon, explains that fintech is transforming the financial landscape in the Middle East, increasing the potential to significantly enhance existing payments processes and deliver new technological solutions that promote efficiency, transparency, and accessibility. However, continued bank-fintech collaboration and partnerships …

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In Trade Arabia, BNY Mellon’s Bana Akkad Azhari discusses how fintech can drive financial sector growth in the Middle East

  Technological innovation is changing the face of finance. In recent years fintech investment has reached new highs across the North America, Asia, and Europe. Now, fintech is gaining recognition across the Middle East – bringing with it the promise of enhanced efficiency, security and transparency. Moreover, banks in the region are propelling digital developments …

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BNY Mellon’s Bana Akkad Azhari discusses how bank-fintech collaboration is creating opportunities for trade in the Middle East in Cash and Trade

Recent years have heralded a new, dynamic “fintech era”. Global investment in fintech has skyrocketed in recent years, yet, the vast majority of fintech investment originates from other regions, with the Middle East only accountable for 0.1% of the global total in 2016. However, fintech companies are increasingly looking at how new innovations can improve …

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In Banker Middle East, BNY Mellon’s Bana Akkad Azhari considers fintech’s potential to transform the region’s financial landscape

Global fintech investment is soaring, nearly doubling to US$23.3 billion in 2016, from US$12 billion in 2014. Yet, the Middle East currently lays claim to just 0.1 per cent of this. Nevertheless, fuelled by the growing influence of a millennial population and rising expectations for efficiency, transparency and accessibility, fintech initiatives are rapidly gaining purchase …

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News of BNY Mellon realigning its Treasury Services leadership team in EMEA covered by the specialist press

BNY Mellon’s Treasury Services business has realigned its leadership team in Europe, the Middle East and Africa to focus on its different market segments across the region. Daniel Verbruggen and Bana Akkad Azhari have both been promoted to the business leadership team. Verbruggen will continue to be responsible for relationship management in Europe, and Akkad …

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BNY Mellon’s Bana Akkad Azhari discusses fintech in the Middle East

In an article for the American Lebanese Chamber of Commerce, BNY Mellon’s Head of Treasury Services, MEA and CIS, discusses how technology innovation is changing the landscape of finance in the Middle East. Azhari notes that, while the Middle East has been somewhat slower to explore some of these opportunities than other parts of the …

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iGTB’s Middle East Client Advisory Event featured in Cash & Trade Magazine

The latest issue of Cash & Trade Magazine features a full write-up of iGTB’s second annual Middle East Client Advisory Event, held in Dubai in February. Returning to the Park Hyatt Dubai, the forum brought together senior transaction bankers from across the region – including delegates from Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, the UAE and as far …

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ICC, iGTB and S&P Global on why the Middle East is key for trade finance

In their April/May edition, Trade Finance explores the developments in Middle Eastern trade finance in a special feature on commodities. In the three page spread, we learn from the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Banking Commission’s Vincent O’Brien, chair of the Education and Market Intelligence Group, that a perceived increase in risk in the Middle East …

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