2017 in review – ClarifiedBy Diligencia (Part 2)

December 29, 2017

In our last post we focused primarily on Saudi Arabia and the impact of its domestic and foreign policy agenda over the course of 2017.  We now turn our attention to another major regional power, a country which has also had an eventful year. Iran 2017 in Iran was a story of two elections – […]

2017 in review – ClarifiedBy Diligencia (Part 1)

December 27, 2017

For a region used to turbulence and conflict, 2017 has been an eventful year for the Middle East by any measure.  The motor behind many of the year’s most eye-catching moments was Saudi Arabia which, under the growing power of crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (pictured), has not only embarked on a radical programme of […]

Feast and famine: current investor sentiment towards Saudi Arabia

September 5, 2016

Institutional investors are salivating over Saudi Arabia’s first international debt sale, likely to be held next month, as reports over the weekend suggest a “clamour” of interest – reportedly prompting Riyadh to consider a whole series of such sales. Together with the promised (though so far vague in its detail) partial float of Saudi Aramco, […]

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 […]

Iran – sealing the deal

January 19, 2016

On Saturday the first concrete steps were taken to rehabilitate Iran in the global economy, when it was announced that many of the international sanctions gradually imposed on the country over the last 15 years or more had been lifted. In a move that has taken many by surprise in how quickly it has come […]