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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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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Singapore bank DBS to ‘almost double’ Dubai private banking staff by 2023 – Gulf Business

DBS, Southeast Asia’s largest bank, said it would almost double its Dubai private banking staff in its bid to triple revenue for those operations in the Middle East by 2023, capitalising on a shift of investments towards Asia. The Singapore bank is joining Citibank and other global lenders expanding wealth management operations in the region. The prospective client base includes wealthy Middle East business people, family offices and non-resident Indians. Source: Singapore bank DBS to ‘almost double’ Dubai private banking staff by 2023 – Gulf Business

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Revealed: Top 10 banks in the UAE – Gulf Business

Things have been on the up for the GCC’s banks, which collectively recorded a better year in 2017 despite slowing economic growth in the region as a whole.Banking activity was supported by a higher oil price and continued infrastructure investment as Gulf states diversify their economies in various ways. Commercial activity in the region expanded in 2017 and consumer confidence grew, albeit slightly. As a result, our list of the region’s 50 leading banks – ranking institutions in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UAE – recorded higher net profit in 2017. Source: Revealed: Top 10 banks in the

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Dubai’s Emirates NBD to acquire Turkey’s DenizBank for $3.19bn – Gulf Business

Dubai’s largest bank Emirates NBD has announced a definitive agreement to acquire a 99.85 per cent stake in Turkish private bank DenizBank from Russia’s Sberbank for TRY14.6bn ($3.19bn).The deal represents a coup for Emirates NBD amid reports that it had been met with resistance from Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, who sided with Qatar against the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain in last year’s Gulf dispute. Source: Dubai’s Emirates NBD to acquire Turkey’s DenizBank for $3.19bn – Gulf Business

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Emirates NBD expands operations in Saudi Arabia – Banking & Finance,Saudi Arabia – ArabianBusiness.com

Emirates NBD expands operations in Saudi Arabia Emirates NBD is the first non-Saudi bank to have a significant branch network in the country Emirates NBD has expanded operations in Saudi Arabia with the inauguration of its first branch in Jeddah and plans for two further branches in Khobar and Riyadh, the company announced on Monday. Source: Emirates NBD expands operations in Saudi Arabia – Banking & Finance,Saudi Arabia – ArabianBusiness.com

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Dubai finance firm hires ex-Emirates NBD CEO to lead Brexit charge – Banking & Finance,UAE,Europe – ArabianBusiness.com

Dubai finance firm hires ex-Emirates NBD CEO to lead Brexit charge Rick Pudner joins Lumina to focus on UK-Middle East opportunities ahead of Brexit move Lumina, the Dubai-based specialist corporate finance firm, has hired former Emirates NBD Group CEO, Rick Pudner, to help lead the company’s expansion overseas. Based out of London, Pudner will initially focus on shaping the significant bilateral economic opportunities between the UK and the Middle East, in the lead up to Brexit, Lumina said in a statement. Source: Dubai finance firm hires ex-Emirates NBD CEO to lead Brexit charge – Banking & Finance,UAE,Europe – ArabianBusiness.com

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