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Iraq Seeks Credit Rating before Bond Issue

By John Lee. Reuters reports that Iraq is approaching credit rating agencies to obtain a sovereign credit rating as it prepares for its first international bond sale for nine years. Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari (pictured) told the news agency: “We started the process … The banks are also trying to help us in that direction.” […]

Iraq to Issue $5bn in Bonds

By John Lee. Finance Minister Hoshyar Zebari (pictured) said on Wednesday that Iraq has decided to issue $5 billion in international bonds, as it attempts to finance a budget deficit of $25 billion for the current year. He told reporters in Washington that negotiations were in progress with Citibank and Deutsche Bank, but according to […]

Eversheds Advises Citi on Iraq Venture

Global law firm Eversheds has advised Citibank [Citigroup] on the registration of its representative office in Baghdad, Iraq, making it the first US bank to establish a presence in the country. According to Citi’s press release, the representative office in the Iraqi capital will support Citi’s clients in the country, and the New York-based bank […]

Citigroup May Fund Iraq-Jordan Pipeline

By John Lee. Forty companies are reported to be bidding for contracts to build and finance the new pipeline from Haditha to Jordan’s Red Sea port of Aqaba (pictured). Nateq Balasem Khalaf, deputy director general of the state State Company for Oil Projects (SCOP), told Bloomberg that Citibank is among the bidders, adding that other […]

Citi Opens New Office in Baghdad

The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad hosted a reception to celebrate the opening of Citi’s representative office in Baghdad. Citi [Citigroup] is the biggest financial services corporation in the United States. U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Stephen Beecroft stated during the ceremony: “U.S. companies, such as Citi, are demonstrating tremendous commitment to Iraq. Our companies bring capital […]

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Zain Takes Step towards IPO

By John Lee. Zain Iraq has moved a step closer to launching its mandatory initial public offering (IPO), by establishing a new holding company in Iraq through which it will list 25 percent of its shares on the Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX) towards the end of the year. The new company, named Al-Khatem Telecommunications, floated […]

Zain Iraq Plans IPO by July

John Lee. Zain Iraq‘s Chief Financial Officer, Wael Ghanayem (pictured), has told Bloomberg that the company plans to list 25 percent of its shares on the Iraq Stock Exchange  (ISX) by the end of June. But Geoffrey Batt, managing director of the $44 million Euphrates Iraq Fund, told the news agency: “A more realistic estimate is […]