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Bahrain’s capital markets have navigated challenging times in recent years, as the world has faced the Covid-19 pandemic, high volatility in energy markets and the fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Despite these challenges, the kingdom continues to exercise an important influence on regional capital markets, attract investors and provide a sound platform for listed...

As environmental, social and governance (ESG) concerns become increasingly important in the corporate world, insurance companies are emerging as potentially key players in the shift away from fossil fuel-powered projects. The launch of the UN-convened Net-Zero Insurance Alliance (NZIA) in July 2021 reflects an ongoing change in the global insurance industry towards the wider...

The Gulf banking sector has witnessed an increase in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in recent years, driven in part by the economic headwinds associated with the Covid-19 pandemic. At the outset of the pandemic in the first quarter of 2020, it was anticipated that the economic slowdown and the associated fall in oil prices would accelerate the M&A trend among banks in...

In which ways can small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) be better supported?

To what extent did the Covid-19 pandemic affect the banking sector in Bahrain?

Bahrain is home to one of the region’s most vibrant financial sectors, with financial services rivalling oil and gas in terms of economic importance: indeed, by late 2021 the financial sector had overtaken hydrocarbons as the largest contributor to the economy. The country’s Islamic finance sector is also strong, with Bahrain ranking fourth out of 135 countries and second in...

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