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Blogs 05 August 2021

Contractor profiles: Leading Saudi firms involved in the Kingdom's giga-projects

Having built up a list of local construction firms working on the giga-projects, GSN has analysed the shareholding records for several contractors, using data provided by Diligencia in a partnership to help sharpen understanding of those involved.

Blogs 05 August 2021

Saudi Arabia pushes on with giga-projects supported by web of local contractors

The pandemic has put huge pressure on government finances, but Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s favoured mega-projects have continued nevertheless. Research by GSN, supported by data provided by Diligencia, shows the bulk of contracts have gone to some of the kingdom’s most long-established companies.

News 19 July 2021

Eid al-Adha

In celebration of the festival of Eid al-Adha, there is a public sector holiday for many countries in MENA this week. Diligencia's offices will be open as usual, however, delivery timelines may be extended.

Blogs 05 July 2021

Wirecard and the dangers of weaponising corporate intelligence

The ongoing story of the Wirecard scandal has raised questions around why so many people maintained a collective belief in the German company’s success story for so long. In our latest blog, Patrick Lord looks at how Wirecard maintained the illusion.

News 05 July 2021

Diligencia ranked in the Chambers Crisis and Risk Management Guide 2021

Diligencia has been ranked in the new Chambers Crisis and Risk Management Guide in the Business Intelligence & Investigations: Pre-Transactional Advisory (Investigative Due Diligence) - Global-wide table.

Blogs 15 June 2021

The Jab Market – Covid vaccines and the private sector in the MEA region

CSR, commercial opportunism, or part of vaccine diplomacy? In our latest blog, Patrick Lord shares examples of how the private sector is playing a key role in the procurement and distribution of Covid vaccines for some countries in the Middle East & Africa.

Blogs 25 May 2021

Time to tighten the belt – 6AMLD and the ever-expanding waistband of money laundering offences

With the implementation deadline of the EU’s 6AMLD now imminent, in our latest blog Diligencia’s James Redfern considers the bloc’s latest initiatives to contain the spread of fraud and financial crime.

Blogs 17 May 2021

The UAE’s US T-Bond drive: a judicious approach?

Last week’s news that the UAE has been massively increasing its US Treasury holdings took many analysts by surprise. Guest author Christopher Davidson considers the reasons behind the buying spree and the implications for the UAE’s relationship with the US.

News 12 May 2021

Eid al-Fitr

In celebration of the festival of Eid al-Fitr, there is a public sector holiday for many countries in MENA this week. Diligencia's offices will be open as usual, however, delivery timelines may be extended.

News 10 May 2021

Entity Data Management Handbook 2021

Diligencia has sponsored the seventh edition of the Entity Data Management Handbook, published by the A-Team Group.

Blogs 05 May 2021

Harnessing the potential of data: A balancing act

The world is awash with data and there’s never been a better time to take advantage of the opportunities that come with it. However, deriving value from data can be difficult. At ICA’s BIG Compliance Festival last month, Patrick Lord suggested three main areas needed for a robust data strategy.

Blogs 20 April 2021

Over-Stated? The prevalence of State ownership in the MENA region

Engaging with entities that are directly or indirectly government owned comes with a number of risks and opportunities. Patrick Lord explains why insight into the government ownership and the decision makers involved within each entity is so important.

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Marketing material 31 March 2021

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News 30 March 2021

Diligencia launches new dataset on State-Owned Enterprises

Diligencia has announced that access to its new State-Owned Enterprises dataset is now available on, their flagship online platform.

Blogs 23 March 2021

The UAE’s new Trust Law – keeping family wealth at home

Diligencia’s Patrick Lord considers what the UAE’s new Trust Law, which allows capital and assets to be transferred into onshore trusts, means for wealthy families in the country and its wider significance across the Gulf.

Blogs 04 March 2021

Iran: What next?

We’re watching closely to see how the relationship between the Biden administration and Iran develops. In our latest blog, we look at the key sectors investors are likely to target and the risks they will encounter as and when sanctions are eased.

Blogs 25 February 2021

Accelerating renewable energy growth in Ghana

Ghana has committed to generating 10% of electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030. We look at how the country is accelerating the expansion of electricity supply and some of the companies that are leading the way with green initiatives.

Blogs 08 February 2021

Angola: Bridging the Gulf

Angola’s efforts at cultivating diplomatic and commercial ties with the Gulf states are beginning to bear fruit and at the forefront is the UAE. In this blog we look at a number of foreign investment deals announced in the last year.

Blogs 18 January 2021

Pharmaceuticals in frontier markets: Part 4 - Libya

In the fourth and final article of our series of blogs looking at the pharmaceutical industry in four frontier markets, we look at how Libya is meeting demand for healthcare products.

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