The Allen & Overy Podcast

Beyond Covid-19: Reinvigorating the economy in the MENA region by focusing on mid-caps and SMEs

May 18, 2020

In this podcast, co-heads of Allen & Overy's Middle East Asset Management and Financial Services Regulatory practice Nick Smith and Jodi Norman, and Kamar Jaffer, a counsel in that practice, are joined by Taimoor Labib, founding partner at Affirma Capital and Head of MENA and Chairman of Africa, to examine the impact of the pandemic on the region’s midcaps and SMEs.

They explore how governments in different countries have reacted, the stimulus measures in place across the MENA region, the wider trends and challenges they are seeing in capital raising and also how greater co-ordination and collaboration among financial services players – in particular, banks, institutional investors, private equity funds, fintechs and equity crowdfunding platforms – can help to improve the outlook of these critically important businesses.

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