Uber confirms Careem acquisition for $3.1bn

In a joint statement issued earlier this morning, Uber has said that it will acquire its Dubai-based rival Careem for $3.1bn.Uber will pay $1.4bn in cash and the remaining in convertible notes for Careem which can then be converted into Uber shares. This is Uber’s priciest acquisition ever. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2020 subject to regulatory approvals from the 15 countries where Careem operates. Source: Uber confirms Careem acquisition for $3.1bn

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Turkey’s newest Islamic bank Emlak sets up HQ, aims for 15 branches by year-end – media | Salaam – Global Islamic Economy Gateway

Emlak Bank, Turkey’s sixth and newest Islamic bank, has opened its headquarters in Istanbul and is aiming for fifteen branches in seven regions by the end of the year, reported state news agency Anadolu. Source: Turkey’s newest Islamic bank Emlak sets up HQ, aims for 15 branches by year-end – media | Salaam – Global Islamic Economy Gateway

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SHUAA Capital in merger talks with ADFG – Gulf Business

Financial services and investment firm SHUAA Capital has confirmed it is in merger talks with Abu Dhabi Financial Group (ADFG).The company’s shares jumped 15 per cent to Dhs0.715 on the DFM when the news broke that discussions are underway regarding the possibility of creating a larger financial listed group. Source: SHUAA Capital in merger talks with ADFG – Gulf Business

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Saudi stocks set to receive $20bn windfall as kingdom joins major indices – Gulf Business

Saudi Arabia’s inclusion in major emerging markets stock indices from Monday is likely to suck in around $20bn in passive inflows, but unease after Jamal Khashoggi’s murder and sluggish reforms could lead some active foreign investors to steer clear.Saudi Arabia will be the biggest recent addition to the global indices, the largest of which is the MSCI Emerging Markets Index, which it joins from May. MSCI will give the kingdom a weight of 2.7 per cent, between Russia and Mexico. Source: Saudi stocks set to receive $20bn windfall as kingdom joins major indices – Gulf Business

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Islamic banking assets in Qatar valued at $97bn by end-2017: QFC Authority CEO

Islamic banking assets in Qatar were valued at $97bn by the end of 2017, which constituted nearly 81% of the total Islamic finance assets, said QFC Authority chief executive officer Yousuf Mohamed al-Jaida. In the past five years, the growth of Islamic banking industry assets in Qatar has outpaced that of the conventional banking industry, he said at an event here on Monday. Source: Islamic banking assets in Qatar valued at $97bn by end-2017: QFC Authority CEO

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UAE’s ADNOC seals $4bn pipeline infrastructure deal with KKR, BlackRock – Gulf Business

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has sealed a $4bn midstream pipeline infrastructure deal with U.S. investment firms KKR and BlackRock, the government-owned company said on Sunday. ADNOC has been expanding through strategic partnerships since 2017. Last month it won a combined $5.8bn investment from Italy’s Eni and Austria’s OMV for a stake in its refining business to establish a new trading operation owned by the three partners. Source: UAE’s ADNOC seals $4bn pipeline infrastructure deal with KKR, BlackRock – Gulf Business

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London bankers will need ‘chaperones’ for EU clients under no-deal Brexit – sources | ZAWYA MENA Edition

LONDON – Investment banks have warned M&A teams in Britain they cannot pitch business to clients in the European Union if there is a no-deal Brexit without an EU “chaperone” sitting in on their meeting, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. Source: London bankers will need ‘chaperones’ for EU clients under no-deal Brexit – sources | ZAWYA MENA Edition

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