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sedco2.jpgSedco, a Saudi private equity firm, has invested $45 million in 10 global companies in the past months - Reuters is reporting.

Sedco’s private equity fund which is launched a year ago has raised $113 million of which 40 percent is invested in 10 companies globally. Sedco has also invested globally in real estate and currently eyes Asian markets as well. The two-year old Jeddah-based firm manages about $3 billion in assets.

Sedco is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code ORP18.

More details follows from Reuters

Saudi Arabia's Sedco Capital, an investment firm complying with Islamic laws, expects assets under management to double in the next five years as it expands into new areas to meet rising demand from Shariah-compliant investors.

The two-year old Jeddah-based firm, which manages about $3 billion in client assets, is one of few firms offering sharia- compliant investments globally. It is part of the Sedco Holding which has interest in real estate, automobiles and financial investments.

In July this year, Sedco Capital set up an entity in Luxembourg to expand its reach in the Shariah-compliant private equity, real estate and commodities space.

“With the demand we are seeing, in five to seven years we will see our assets under management doubling,” Hasan Aljabri, chief executive of Sedco Capital told Reuters in an interview on the sidelines of the Standard & Poors’ forum in Abu Dhabi.

Most sharia-compliant firms are regional and “global Shariah is scarce,” Aljabri said.

With markets still dynamic but volatile and short-term in nature, Sedco plans to launch at least one new fund, the Sedco Capital Sentiment Fund before the year end, he said, adding the fund will invest globally in public equities.

Sedco’s private equity fund launched a year ago has raised $113 million of which 40 percent is invested in 10 companies globally, he said.

Sedco has also invested globally in real estate and is currently eyeing Asian markets such as China, India and Brazil, the executive said.

The firm is also looking at new asset classes such as agriculture investments. “We are looking at it very seriously - farms, agricultural marketing companies, logistics - for private equity business,” Aljabri said, declining to give any investment outlay.

Australia, New Zealand and Brazil offer vast opportunities, he said. Sedco Capital plans to open an office in the kingdom's capital Riyadh this month.

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