Middle East Hedge Fund Services 2012

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Sovereign wealth, economic growth give alternatives industry new traction

Sovereign wealth, economic growth give alternatives industry new traction

By Simon Gray – The Middle East is bouncing back from the financial and political turbulence of the past few years and with it the region’s alternative fund industry is again gaining traction. With Dubai shrugging off its debt problems to regain traction as a financial and business centre, Bahrain emerging from the political confrontations that disrupted the country in 2011 and Qatar continuing its breakneck emergence as a regional business hub, there’s a new sense of dynamism throughout the Gulf region. »


Peter Hughes, group managing director, Apex Fund Services

On-the-ground expertise and full service offering

Interview with Peter Hughes, group managing director, Apex Fund Services – Providing a full solution set that spans middle and back office fund administration, as well as specialised reporting and fund formation: that’s the primary focus at Apex Fund Services, one of the world’s largest independent fund administration companies with more than USD23billion in AuA. »


Dominique Lecocq, lecocqassociate

Formation procedure for Islamic Funds in the DIFC

By Dominique Lecocq, lecocqassociate – This article will focus on the formation requirements of a domestic exempt Islamic fund (“IEF”) in the Dubai International Financial Centre (“DIFC”) – a recognised free zone in the United Arab Emirates with its independent regulator named the Dubai Financial Services Authority (“DFSA”). »


Gulf financial centres build up fund services expertise

Gulf financial centres build up fund services expertise

By Simon Gray – The financial crisis has slowed but not stalled efforts to build up a regional fund industry that contains substance on the ground in the Middle East rather than focused on outside financial services jurisdictions such as London, Luxembourg and Ireland. In Dubai, where efforts to build a broad-based financial sector have been underway for nearly a decade, the number of locally-domiciled funds is growing and a number of prominent global service providers are active in the sector. »


Kevin Birkett, DIFC Authority

DIFC – The gateway to doing business in the Middle East

Interview with Kevin Birkett (pictured), DIFC Authority – Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is an onshore financial hub in the UAE, and is, location-wise, the perfect gateway for fund managers trading markets both West and East. Although only eight years old, DIFC has come a long way in a short space of time. »


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