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No time to cry wolf

No time to cry wolf

In the Lebanese banking sector’s cherished game of claiming the deposit throne, month-on-month drops of private sector deposits are usually reserved for the January statistics, in what has become known as the annual correction of window dressing at the end of the business year. That is why, when the relevant central bank data is pulled

Quilvest loves BlomInvest

It is a regular romance. Quilvest, a global wealth manager, and Lebanon’s BlomInvest Bank have tied the knot with a new product partnership, allowing the Lebanese bank’s wealth management clientele to buy into Quilvest deals via a special purpose vehicle called the Blom-Quilvest European Real Estate Fund. The two are teaming up for the second

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

The beginning of a new era for small businesses?

In today’s strong business environment, almost everyone is familiar with some business fundamentals such as accounting or marketing, or at the very least understands some basic information technology (IT) skills. Knowledge, Lebanon’s most important resource, has changed society’s needs as well as the structure and purpose of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). It has led

Stock exchange for beginners

Entrepreneurs, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and large companies can either raise funds through debt or equity, the latter consisting of the entrepreneur foregoing some ownership of the company and the investor assuming the risk of the business going bankrupt. Unlike a loan, the entrepreneur doesn’t repay the investor with interest. More secure and more

Better to govern

It bears repeating that being decoupled from every other market is not a win-win. At best it makes you a functional zero, irrelevant to all but yourself. The truth of this was reinforced again at the end of last month. When global securities markets shook, from China to developed economies on top of a shrinking

Take that exit

When investors look for an exit they don’t want to be shown the door. They want to see the cash consideration that rewards them for their risk – and they want to look good in the process; good for having created employment, good for respecting the environment, good for having contributed to economic growth, and

A legacy of proper supervision

Whilst the Lebanese insurance sector is quietly perched on the edge of new opportunities, such as insuring a yet-to-be-established oil industry, it currently faces a severe destabilization risk. The lack of a commissioner has disrupted the key and evolving process of supervision, and there may be concerns over who will fill the position and how.

Drawing production power from the sun

For any manufacturer, a reliable and affordable source of electricity is a necessity. This summer, Technica, a regional leader in the building of automated end of line solutions – machines that prepare already assembled products for shipping – switched on its new photovoltaic (PV) panels. This, says Strategy Manager Cynthia Abdul Khater, is a first

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