Author Archives: Nicole Purin

Cyberthreats in the GCC and Middle East

Cyberthreats in the GCC and Middle East

Cyberattacks present themselves in a multitude of facets, although there is no absolute single definition for cybercrime in existence. From a general perspective, cybercrime can be defined as “illegal activities, internet mediated, that occur in the context of global economic networks”. The main categories of attacks are hacktivism, financial theft, data theft, ransomware, cyberespionage, cyberterrorism

Private equity and the GCC

Private equity investment in the GCC appears to be experiencing a “rebirth”. This is a very positive development as it may be paving the way for less oil dependency and an innovative business environment. The private equity industry in the GCC has had a shorter life cycle than other markets and has faced alternating fortunes

Feeling the heat

The sight was electrifying: a solar powered flying machine ascended into the desert morning in order to probe a new frontier for ecology and sustainability. Venturing far beyond the conventional concept of an airplane, Solar Impulse II is a science adventure to test and develop new practical technologies that can deal with the urgent, global

Enabling the economic phoenix

In his 2003 book “The law of insolvency,” Ian Fletcher writes “commercial morality, and respect for the rule of law, may be said to constitute the very bedrock upon which the law of bankruptcy is founded.” The development of an efficient, transparent and foreseeable insolvency system is arguably at the center of a country’s economic

Dubai’s housing market – avoiding another bubble

The Dubai property market has experienced a rollercoaster ride in the last six years. After growth skyrocketed in 2006, Dubai became the envy of the world as the likes of David Beckham and Hollywood stars invested heavily in high-end luxury projects with prices comparable to New York and London. The housing market reached its peak

Leveling the playing field

Economic development and betterment are at the forefront of countries’ goals on a global scale. Governments’ desire to create stability within countries allow them to explore different archetypes. Some have argued that the level of a country’s progression and economic development is measurable by the level of advancement of women in society. Such advancement is

Hidden giants

The rise and dominance of sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) is representative of the transformation of the global financial landscape after the 2008 crisis. Two significant factors combine in powering up SWFs as the global economic shift from West to East is reinforced by the new economic status of emerging countries: the ownership of natural resources

Settling out of court

The development of an efficient, modern and systematic arbitration process is arguably a central tenet that accompanies a country’s economic development and progress. Among other marks of quality, growth-oriented countries and specifically financial centres that wish to remain at the front line of innovation are today measured by their ability to ensure that their international

Iraq still finding its footing

Iraq is currently undergoing extensive transformation in its economic and legal sectors and relevant institutions. Arguably, the foundation of Iraqi restoration is based on two fundamental pillars which to date have not materialized: The first is political stability and the second is the introduction of a solid and harmonic legal framework supporting the vital sectors

Executive insight – Standard Chartered

  The Islamic finance market is currently undergoing structural transformation. Arguably, the most significant legislative development in 2010 for the industry was the publication of the Sharia-compliant Tahawwut (hedging) Master Agreement (TMA). The TMA is the first standardized cross-jurisdictional document of its kind for privately negotiated Islamic hedging products. It has been developed by the