In the spotlight: Mubadala and its interests in North Africa

October 21, 2019

Abu Dhabi-based global investment firm, Mubadala Investment Company, is one of the largest sovereign wealth funds and invests in more than 50 countries. With assets under management of over US$225bn, Mubadala is a shareholder in many petrochemical companies including Cepsa, OMV, Cosmo Oil, PAK Arab Refining (Parco), Nova Chemicals, Borealis, Oil Search, Dolphin Energy and […]

Running red hot – the global shisha tobacco market

October 1, 2019

While the global tobacco industry is facing the combined challenges of stricter regulations, new entrants from technologies such as vaping, and rapidly changing consumer behaviour, there is one market segment that is experiencing significant growth: shisha. Also known as hookah, argila and narghile, waterpipe smoking is a market expected to be worth over US$25bn by […]

MINING IN THE UAE – A CLEAR OPPORTUNITY

September 17, 2019

Anyone who has lived or worked in the UAE will know how much of what is consumed inside the country is imported.  You might also be surprised to know, in a country that consists largely of desert, that the UAE’s imports also include thousands of tonnes of sand each year from Saudi Arabia to manufacture […]

We’ve relaunched ClarifiedBy.com!

September 5, 2019

For the past three years ClarifiedBy.com has been providing best-in-class data on organisations and shareholders in the Middle East and Africa.  During that time, we have listened to our clients’ feedback and are proud to deliver a redesigned improved platform.    Let’s look through the biggest changes:   Effortless search  Search results now appear in an easy to navigate list.   You can quickly see the […]

We are all storytellers

August 22, 2019

OK so it has taken me a while, but I have finally found the time over the summer to read the excellent ‘Sapiens’ by Yuval Noah Hariri – a masterful sweep of human history, mixing anthropology, sociology and good old-fashioned storytelling. But his early section on collective belief systems in particular made me pause for […]

The very model of a modern Arab diplomat: Prince Khaled bin Bandar bin Sultan

July 2, 2019

If French is the traditional language of diplomacy, it seems appropriate that Prince Khaled was born in Paris and, we understand, proudly retains his links to the French state. Indeed you might be forgiven for thinking that his appointment as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s eighth ambassador to the United Kingdom in April this year, […]

Sheikh Khalid closes in on Newcastle United

May 30, 2019

The Abu Dhabi ruling family may be set to continue its love affair with the English Premier League, as reports suggest that Sheikh Khalid bin Zayed Al Nahyan is in talks to acquire club side Newcastle United. Although the deal is not yet finalised, supporters and rivals are speculating on what this means for the club and […]

The Case for Clarity – the importance of verified company information

February 7, 2019

Those of you investing in the emerging markets of Africa or the Middle East will likely be looking for clarity on some of the mechanisms and levers for growing your commercial interests in these regions– one of which is information on companies you are looking to engage with (suppliers, partners, clients, co-investors), and, by default, […]

It’s the sources, stupid

April 5, 2018

As some of you will have noticed, this year is Diligencia’s tenth anniversary and in Nouri’s post about the early days of the company he set out one of the guiding principles of how we compile our company information, namely only using official sources. The emphasis we place on authentic company information is still absolutely […]

Diligencia 10 years on – Part 2

March 28, 2018

As I look back over the last ten years I am struck by the fact that the MENA region has seen seismic changes.  Quite apart from the political upheavals, notably the so-called Arab Spring, which at times led to a revolving door of the subjects we were asked to research, the following cases have had […]

Diligencia 10 years on – Part 1

March 26, 2018

10 years ago this month, I founded Diligencia.  I had no particular grand strategy at that stage, and certainly no formal business plan that I could have presented to potential investors, even if there were any.  All I had was a firm belief that there was a need and a demand for high quality business […]

Blockchain and compliance

March 7, 2018

Everybody’s talking about blockchain.  Or to use its less catchy alternative name, distributed ledger technology (DLT).  It’s the latest thing, and everyone wants a part of it – so much so that a company only needs to mention blockchain and its value immediately soars, as happened to the soft drinks company Long Island Iced Tea […]

Diligencia’s ClarifiedBy.com partners with Arachnys

August 29, 2017

We are pleased to announce that ClarifiedBy.com’s proprietary MENA company information is now available to Arachnys customers via its Investigator and D3 platforms. This partnership is designed to enhance Arachnys’ capabilities in the MENA region by placing Diligencia’s trusted and accurate company information alongside the range of other sources that Investigator and D3 carry. Nouri […]

Announcement of our partnership with LexisNexis

August 7, 2017

We are delighted to announce that Diligencia has entered into a content agreement with LexisNexis, a leading provider of content and technology solutions. Recognising that LexisNexis customers need trusted, reliable company information to take advantage of emerging opportunities—while also mitigating compliance risk—Diligencia was selected by LexisNexis for our content quality. Our company profiles in the […]

Tangier, Morocco and Diligencia – a growth story

November 28, 2016

Last week I made one of my regular trips back to Tangier, the town where I was born and a city where Diligencia now has a team of over 20 researchers helping us provide reliable and accurate company information for the MENA region.  Every time I go back there I am struck by the city’s […]

The new UAE bankruptcy law – surprise announcement?

October 25, 2016

It was announced today that new UAE legislation on bankruptcy had been decreed into law, a first draft of which was only approved by the country’s federal cabinet last month. In a move which may take many of the legal and professional services community by surprise in the speed of its execution, the law will […]

Announcing the launch of ClarifiedBy.com

September 21, 2016

I am delighted to announce the launch of www.ClarifiedBy.com – a new online portal bringing our community access to Diligencia’s accurate and reliable company information for the Middle East & North Africa region. What’s behind the name, you may ask? Simply put, it describes what we do every day; at Diligencia we commit our entire […]

The value of clarity – what have the Panama Papers taught us?

April 14, 2016

As the media hysteria around the so-called Panama Papers begins to subside, it is time to consider what this episode has taught us, if anything – and that does not include the hardly stunning revelation that celebrities, politicians and wealthy individuals worldwide use offshore vehicles to hide their assets and avoid paying tax. Firstly, the […]