The move makes the investment bank the first Kuwaiti firm to list GDRs on the London exchange. It also means that the firm can now be traded on exchanges in London, Kuwait, Bahrain and Dubai.

HSBC acted as global co-ordinator for the issue; with Deutsche Bank, HSBC, JPMorgan and UBS acting as joint bookrunners. Global Investment House has a market capitalisation of $5bn.

The bank has also received regulatory approval to buy a 70 per cent stake in the UAE’s First Securities Brokerage.