MENA Focus: 7 Key Regulatory & Operational Challenges in the Middle East


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What's Inside?

Financial Institutions in the Middle East are increasingly on the regulatory radar, despite making clear efforts to implement checks and technology in the pursuit of compliance.

In the first of our two-part The Middle East in Focus series, we examine the 7 key challenges facing financial institutions in the Middle East:

  • A negative perception of compliance in the region;
  • Growing influence and scrutiny from FATF;
  • Rising size and number of fines;
  • The troubling trend of de-risking;
  • Customer Due Diligence challenges;
  • Regional regulatory concerns; and
  • The disruption of FinTech and RegTech firms.


About the Author

Rachel has over 10 years’ experience in the Financial Services industry having worked primarily in the funds industry and retail banking. She has a strong background in regulatory compliance, particularly in the areas of anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing (AML/CTF).