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Based in Kuwait, Capital Standards Rating (CSR) is the only independent local rating agency. CSR is licensed by the Ministry of Commerce and is incorporated inline with the international credit rating agencies eligibility criteria as recommended by IOSCO (the International Organization of Securities Commissions).

CSR is committed to the assignment of credit ratings and is equipped to provide a full range of credit rating related services in the MENA region. This includes:

The rating of issuers, such as corporate entities, financial institutions; Islamic and commercial banks, investment companies, finance companies, real estate, and insurers according to a local National scale, which was developed specially for national credit risk assessment.
The rating of issues, such as sukuk, bonds, loans, funds (closed-end, money market, real estate, and sovereign) according to a local National scale.
The assignment of corporate governance ratings pursuant to a specially developed scale for corporate governance rating.

For each of the rating services, CSR delivers independent and practical solutions, using both standardized quantitative and qualitative analyses in its methodologies. This supports CSR's mission of improving market efficiency and transparency.

The ownership and management structure of CSR ensures complete independence from any direct or indirect control of any private sector, business group, or financial institution. A rating assigned by the rating committee, which includes senior management of CSR, reflects CSR's objectively formed opinion of credit risk. To remain unbiased, the agency does not act as a participant in the financial market; i.e. does not manage funds or assets. To avoid any possible conflict of interest, CSR ensures that every analyst assigned to a credit rating team is not related in any way to the issuer or issue being rated.

Not only does CSR offer rating services, but financial consulting services as well. To ensure the integrity of the rating process and to avoid any conflict of interest between the two different kinds of services, CSR has documented and implemented strong firewalls that prevent the disclosure or use of non-public information by the other department or their personnel, as well as between credit rating teams involved in rating different entities. Accordingly, CSR has developed a Professional Code of Conduct and designed a workflow procedure.

CSR's Consulting Department provides advisory support to both private and public entities in their prospective business transactions - as they expand, restructure, or merge / acquire new businesses.

The financial consultants provide a range of consulting services with special attention to the company's business, its industry, and the market(s) it is involved in. CSR's consulting services include:

Mergers & Acquisitions
Corporate Finance
Business Performance
Risk Management

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