Thales reshuffles senior Gulf execs to strengthen connections with SAMI and Tawazun
With the official creation of its regional headquarters in Saudi Arabia this year, Thales is overhauling management to further consolidate its hand in the region.
Advised by former French armed forces minister Florence Parly, the investment fund is stepping up its fundraising in the Middle East. With close ties to Paris, Jolt intends to strengthen its defence business.
The private investment fund Ardian, a close partner of several sovereign wealth funds in the Gulf, is to open an office in Abu Dhabi. This further confirms its role as a key link between France and these funds and their deep pockets.
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A number of French private investment funds are shifting their attention to the Gulf countries, some are even moving to the region. Meanwhile, Latour Capital is preparing its Gulf offensive with the help of newly hired former public servants.
SOFINS, the trade fair designed to put French defence industry players in touch with their special forces and intelligence clients, is traditionally the go-to place to impress foreign delegations. However, this year's event failed to garner as much attention from the Gulf as its organisers would have liked.
Keen to see the establishment of a Middle East security organisation, the US is looking to the Negev Forum to fulfill that role, despite the scant progress it has made thus far.
Poised to sign a new contract with the US Army, the French amphibious boat manufacturer Iguana Yachts is now turning towards the Middle East, with the Saudi Arabian defence industry its first target.
The White House, the Pentagon, CENTCOM and the Senate are all working to promote the establishment of a security cooperation framework in the Middle East, centred on anti-missile defence.
As the French president redoubles his efforts to attract foreign investors to France, his team at the presidency is organising a meeting in Abu Dhabi for the different groups of financial institutions set up as part of the One Planet Summit.
In a bid to attract more foreign capital to France, the government is creating a new ambassadorial position for sovereign wealth funds. The new role would establish a direct channel between Paris and SWFs, especially those from the Arab Gulf states such as PIF, ADIA, QIA and ADQ.
The Global Diwan business club's annual forum in Nice on 8 and 9 September will place a strong emphasis on Riyadh, with a large panel of political and business guests from the Middle East expected to attend.
After kicking off his fifth Choose France summit next week, the French president has lined up an energy transition-focused meeting with representatives of numerous sovereign funds from the Arab peninsula.
Keith Alexander's cybersecurities firm IronNet continues to pursue markets in the Gulf states with a new, secret public contract, on the heels of its partner Amazon which is poised to open a new office in Kuwait.
The French bug bounty start-up has plans to expand in the Middle East using local distributors to try to win market share. It has already teamed up with AmiViz, which however may be affected by the financial difficulties of Spectrami, the firm that launched it.
With his company Innovation and Insight FZE (IN2), crisis communications specialist Paul Tilley has been regularly involved in British influence operations, especially those carried out for Syrian rebel groups.
The firm recently acquired former GPW and K2 investigator Victoria Mackay's London outfit.
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Paul Tilley, who works regularly for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) on communications in countries in crisis, has opened a discreet office in Turkey.
Favourite courtier of African presidents Jacob Zuma, Ali Bongo and Denis Sassou-Nguesso, South African Ivor Ichikowitz is little by little making his mark in Central Asia. Alongside such influential regional businessmen as Kenges Rakichev in Kazakhstan and Fuad Seyidaliyev in Azerbaijan, the head of the Paramount arms group is trying to establish himself there, while still maintaining his positions in Africa.
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