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Egypt's Citadel to consolidate after fast growth

CAIRO Egyptian private equity firm Citadel Capital has begun consolidating its businesses after spurts of rapid growth, yet still plans an initial public offering (IPO) of one of its companies, its chairman said.

Abu Dhabi poised to take stage as investment hub

DUBAI Abu Dhabi is becoming the breakout emirate for investment and growth as Dubai's image still reels from its financial woes during the global credit crisis, said speakers at the Reuters Middle East Investment Summit.

Gulf IPOs making slow comeback

DUBAI Major initial public offerings in the region are still scarce but banks are starting to win mandates again with consumer and healthcare companies expected to lead new equity listings, participants told the Reuters Middle East Summit. | Video

Egypt's Pharos has IPO pipeline, business tougher

CAIRO Egyptian investment bank Pharos Holding has initial public offering (IPO) and acquisition mandates in its pipeline, even though the investment environment has grown less conducive to growth, its chairman said.

Egypt's Pioneers eyes GDRs, regional expansion

CAIRO Egyptian financial services company Pioneers Holding is looking into issuing global depositary receipts (GDRs) and expanding into new Middle Eastern markets, a board member said on Wednesday.

Egypt commercial property demand unmet: SODIC

CAIRO A growing middle-class of affluent Egyptians are pushing demand for more commercial and retail space, but the sector is still an untapped market for property developers, a SODIC executive said on Wednesday.

Jordan bourse regulator sees rebound in mid 2011

AMMAN Renewed investor confidence in Jordan's bourse could come as early as mid-2011 as the pace of an economic recovery picks and a new mutual funds law that bring liquidity, the head of the country's securities watchdog said.

Saudi needs 150,000 housing units a year: LaSalle

RIYADH Saudi Arabia needs 150,000 housing units annually as demand for residential property is soaring, while a long-awaited mortgage law will not solve the top oil exporter's housing problem, Jones Lang LaSalle said.

Islamic fund management sector to see global players

DUBAI The largely-fragmented Islamic fund management industry will welcome more global players as demand for sharia-compliant asset management products rise, a fund manager at Algebra Capital said on Wednesday.

Lebanon needs $20 billion for infrastructure

BEIRUT Lebanon needs to spend at least $20 billion to improve its basic infrastructure otherwise the high growth the country has been witnessing will "dwindle and vanish," the economy and trade minister said on Wednesday.

Abu Dhabi eyes foreign buys in 2011: HSBC

DUBAI The emirate of Abu Dhabi is on the prowl for international acquisitions, with its eye on the best added-value deals in the energy and hospitality sectors, an HSBC Middle East senior executive said.


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