ABA News Fifty ABA members attended a briefing on recent changes to U.K. tax law and regulations, held at the ABA’s offices in Upper Grosvenor Street on 14 February. The event included presentations by two former officials at the U.K. tax authority (HMRC), currently working for financial advisors Smith & Williamson; a tax partner at law firm King & Spalding; and BNY Mellon’s Head of EMEA Tax Services. Jawad Ali, the Managing Partner of King & Spalding’s Middle East offices chaired the event and led the question and answer session. G...
A message from the Chief Executive Officer
Welcome to the Arab Bankers’ Association!
We are an association of bankers and finance professionals who work in Arab financial markets. Most of our members, both corporate and individual, are based in the U.K. but a significant proportion are based outside. Nearly all of us have spent much of our professional lives living and working in the Arab world.
Our aims are simple: to foster improved relations, information sharing and understanding between the private and public sectors in the Arab world and the U.K. We achieve this through our programme of evening seminars and social events, through tailored events for individual members and their clients, and through personal interaction and introductions that are based on decades of business experience.
You will find more information about our work on the various pages of this website. For example, elsewhere on this page you can download a copy of our Annual Magazine; on the “Events” page you can download presentations given at recent evening seminars; and soon we will be adding a new page to our website -- “Arab Banking News” – where you will see a brief round-up of recent events that are relevant to our membership.
The “Join” page also contains a full list of member benefits.
This is an exciting time for Arab banks and their subsidiaries and affiliates in London. Gulf banks are looking to expand their international operations, banks in Egypt and other north African countries are finding their footing after the uncertainties of the Arab Spring, and debt issuance across the region is increasing.
London hosts the largest and most important banking community in Europe, so its not surprising that it is in London that many of the innovative new financial structures that are shaping Arab finance are designed and sold.
The ABA has been serving and promoting Arab banking in London for more than 30 years and we are as enthusiastic and committed to our mission today as we were on the day we were founded. If you are a member, I look forward to working alongside you in the months ahead. If you are not a member, I hope you will consider joining us.
George E. Kanaan Chief Executive Officer
30/05/12 Arab Banker Online and Print Issue
ABA News Arab Banker's latest Print and Online edition looks at the evolving investment climate in the GCC region, the risks posed by the Iran crisis and the eurozone troubles and the role increasingly played by GCC investors, including the sovereign wealth funds, outside the Middle East, especially Europe, Africa and the Americas. The GCC region has gone through a vast array of financial developments through the better part of 2011, exepriences that have been challenging for decision-makers but also have opened up new opportunities. In tandem with our examination of the GCC investor ...
20/12/11 A joyous Christmas and New Year
ABA News The Arab Bankers Association and Arab Banker wish all members, patrons, subscribers and visitors to this website a blessed Christmas full of joy and a New Year of peace, prosperity and new opportunities. Our photo shows candles alight at the Nativity Church, Bethlehem.