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Saudi Regulator Scraps Ownership Limit for Strategic Investors

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Saudi Arabia removed a cap on ownership of publicly traded companies for foreign strategic investors, paving the way for international investors to take controlling stakes in sectors from banking to petrochemicals.

The Riyadh-based Capital Market Authority said there are no maximum or minimum limits on the ownership of listed companies for foreign strategic investors, according to a statement on Wednesday after trading hours. The limit was previously 49%. The instructions don’t apply to qualified foreign investors, according to another document on the CMA website.