A narrowing gulf

Many Middle Eastern nations are keen to implement Basel II, and larger banks have been stepping up efforts to develop an op risk framework. But smaller banks are being hindered by a shortage of resources and experienced staff, as Victoria Pennington…

Sharia forex hedges take off

The market for sharia-compliant foreign exchange hedges continues to grow, with Citigroup structuring the first cross-border sharia-compliant cross-currency profit rate swap worth $230 million.

Dubai Mercantile Exchange strengthens management team

The Dubai Mercantile Exchange (DME), which is set to launch in the fourth quarter of this year, has strengthened its management team with newly appointed chief operating officer, Thomas Leaver, and chief compliance officer, Sarah Watts. They have both…

Dubai and Oman to develop Middle East sour crude futures

The Sultanate of Oman’s Ministry of Oil and Gas (MOG) and the Dubai Mercantile Exchange (DME) are working to develop a new Middle East sour crude futures contract backed by oil produced in Oman, which is set for launch in the fourth quarter this year.

Industry veteran quits CFTC

Jane Kang Thorpe, director of the division of clearing and oversight of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), will leave the US regulator later this month. She leaves to take up a post as general counsel for the Dubai Regional Exchange (DRI).

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