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 […]

Boom or bust? What is really going on with Egypt’s economy?

July 31, 2019

“Egypt’s economy isn’t booming…it’s collapsing” says a former minister in Mohammed Morsi’s short-lived administration. “On the contrary, Egypt’s economy isn’t tanking…it’s thriving” counters a senior banker in Egypt. The correspondents of this exchange running across consecutive issues of Foreign Policy magazine make their own case based on recent macro-economic figures, debt levels in the country and the […]

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 […]

Home grown in the desert: agri-tech companies in the UAE and Saudi Arabia

May 7, 2019

The dry, sun-drenched deserts of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are not the obvious place to think of cultivating crops, yet restaurants and supermarkets in the region are increasingly stocking fruits and vegetables that have been grown locally – how is this even possible? Local food production is rapidly rising up the political […]

ClarifiedBy….Data Quality

March 20, 2019

Whether or not you believe The Economist’s now familiar assertion that data is more valuable than oil, there is widespread acceptance that data is a highly valuable resource, particularly for businesses.  Data has become a key driver for business decision-making at the strategic, operational and tactical levels. However, it is refreshing that even since publication […]

Improving on Clarity

March 13, 2019

We’re ‘clarity geeks’. Self-confessed. Unashamedly. Borderline obsessive. Which is why we’ve been busy creating innovations within ClarifiedBy.com. Let’s look through the changes, one by one, but as an example, the new summary page gives all visitors a better indication of the comprehensive data we collect and enables immediate one-off purchases. Easier Navigation Our navigation model has been updated. […]

MTN – More than a corruption and bribery accusation

March 6, 2019

Business and politics are seldom unconnected in emerging markets, particularly in strategic infrastructure sectors such as telecoms. So when relations between nation states ebb and flow, the fate of those countries’ commercial players often rise and fall in tandem. On Friday 15 February 2019 the South African Hawks (Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation) announced the […]

Clarity in Africa – Country in Focus: Mozambique

March 6, 2019

Since we turned our methodology and resources to also cover Sub-Saharan Africa, we’ve been receiving an influx of bespoke requests*, views** and updates***. Mozambique is one of higher performers in terms of demand, reflecting the levels of interest and sheer potential this country has to offer; namely its high ranking energy reserves and untapped tourism […]

Source of wealth indicators in the Middle East & North Africa

February 20, 2019

One of the areas where compliance teams can struggle is to establish and verify the source of wealth of an individual.  Even FATF regulations and EU AML directives acknowledge the difficulty of the exercise, calling for a risk-based approach and a balance between publicly-available information and voluntary disclosure by the client.  But for those sectors that handle high-value transactions, such […]

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, […]

The Dantatas, the Dangotes and a bid to transform Nigeria’s downstream oil industry

January 30, 2019

Alhaji Aliko Dangote, the founder of Dangote Group of Companies, is easy to write headlines about; not only has he been named as Africa’s richest man for the 7th year in a row, but has also made clear his personal ambition to buy Arsenal football club.  More recently the spotlight has been on the hugely ambitious refinery project Dangote […]

Mozambique: The new Seychelles?

January 22, 2019

Natural gas might seem the obvious investment story for Mozambique, and there is no doubt that with the discovery offshore of the world’s 14th largest reserves by volume ¹ the country’s economy will in time be transformed. But while operators struggle with technical and logistical challenges, as well as the current market glut of LNG, other […]

Silk City, Kuwait: a key staging post on the New Silk Road?

January 14, 2019

A recent flurry of meetings between officials from Kuwait and China has prompted speculation that Kuwait may be pivoting away from their alliance with the United States, and instead have opted to strengthen their allegiance to China. Rumours have even suggested this is a reaction by the Emirs against US pressure to increase Kuwait’s financial […]

Vulnerability in the supply chain

January 8, 2019

As business models become more complex, employees more technologically empowered and cross-border partnerships becoming more the norm, the on-boarding of new suppliers and supply chains puts every organisation into a position of vulnerability. Indeed, supply chain compliance is an enterprise wide responsibility, and collaboration with both client and customer is essential to effectively manage compliance […]

Who is behind Dubai Wonderland?

January 3, 2019

While scanning the news items of the day, I read about an impressive ‘$191m fund launched to finance Dubai Wonderland project’ and while part of me is delighted, I’m also left feeling sceptical. Like many of us who have responsibilities for securing new business, finding out about a new fund with ambitious development plans sets […]

Family offices – here today, gone tomorrow?

December 10, 2018

A startling statistic about the family wealth sector in the Gulf region, is that only 6% of family offices last more than two generations. This is especially concerning if you consider that in this region alone, they represent a predicted 10-year revenue generation of over $10 trillion*. As we noted in a recent blog it is around […]

Understanding the Family Offices of the GCC

November 21, 2018

It is a universally acknowledged truth that no two family offices are the same, varying as they do by factors such as size, structure, outlook and investment strategies, among others. It is possible however to discern a growth cycle in how family offices in the GCC were first formed, then began to establish more formal and […]

Sub Saharan Africa | 2017 Best Performing Companies

November 13, 2018

In anticipation of what 2018 will prove in the battle of the brands, we take a look at the best performers in 2017.  Four key metrics were used: liquidity, solvency, return on assets and profit margin.  Last year, South African companies continued their domination of the best-performing companies on the continent. Company Market Cap(US$ th) Bowler […]