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 Qatar firm QSTEC acquired 49% of German solar company SolarWorld

qatar-solar-germany.jpgQatar Solar Technologies, an integrated solar investment firm, has acquired 49% stake in Germany's solar energy producer SolarWorld Industries.

Established in 1988, SolarWorld is a German company dedicated to the manufacture and marketing products worldwide by integrating all components of the solar value chain. (Established in 2010, Qatar Solar Technologies QSTEC is an integrated solar company with a polysilicon production plant in Qatar as well as investments in solar firms all over the world)

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 Saudi investment firm and a consortium acquired stake in San Francisco blockchain firm

inetloyyal.jpgSaudi investment firm Integrated Networks and a consortium of Middle East investors have acquired stake in Loyyal, a US-based blockchain loyalty and rewards platform, in a series A round which included other Middle Eastern investors as well.

Using blockchain and smart contract technology, Loyyal has built a loyalty and rewards platform to offer multiple industries ways to both improve profitability and engage customers. Established in 2001, iNet is founded by a group of Saudi investors and invests in payments and financial technologies fintech, information and communication technologies, and other strategic global investments. Other investors in this round include UAE Exchange and Hayaat Group.

Integrated Networks iNet is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code SAU29.

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 Saudi investor acquired stake in UK media firm The Independent

independent-dubaibeat.jpgSultan Mohamed Abuljadayel, a 42 years old Saudi national, has acquired stake in the famous British newspaper The Independent for a reported sum of $130 million.

Established in 1986, the Independent was controlled by Tony O'Reilly's Independent & Media from 1997 until Russian oligarch Alexander Lebedev invested in it in 2010. Sultan Mohamed Abuljadayel, 42, listed in company records as a Saudi-based Saudi Arabian national and has acquired up to 50 percent of the Independent. According to Middle East Eye, a source with knowledge of the deal said the investment may be as much as $130 million.

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 Dubai private equity firm acquired casual dining firm Java House for $100 million

abraaj-java.jpgDubai private equity firm Abraaj Group has acquired Java House Group, an East African casual dining chain, for $100 million.

Java House Group was established in Nairobi in 1999. In 2012 Emerging Capital Partners, a private equity firm, acquired a majority stake in the company, Today it has 60 stores across 10 cities in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. (Till today Abraaj Group has deployed $3.2 billion in 80 transactions in Africa. Terms of the deal is not disclosed but DubaiBeat sources are suggesting a purchase price of around $100 million).

Abraaj Group is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code OR01.

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 Saudi investment firm SAEV acquired stake in Irish firm OxyMem

oxymem-saudi.jpgSaudi investment firm SAEV, the corporate venturing subsidiary of Saudi Aramco, has acquired stake in Oxymem, a wastewater treatment firm based in Ireland.

Oxymem solves energy intensive wastewater treatment with a specific solution. Among Oxymem other investors you can also find the Dow Chemical company. (Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures invest globally into early-stage and high growth companies with technologies of strategic importance in oil and gas, petrochemicals, renewables, energy efficiency and water sectors.)

Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures SAEV is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code SJL71.

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July 4, 2017 |  Filed under Saudi Investors

 Venture Capital firm Arab Angel acquired stake in California firm NuEyes

arabangel-california.jpgArab Angel, a fund for HNWIs and family offices in the Middle East, has acquired stake in NuEyes, a California wearable technology firm.

Based in Orange County, NuEyes brings wearable technology to market for the visually impaired. It is founded by two US veterans in partnership with a military contractor who developed glasses for battlefield applications. (With offices in Abu Dhabi, New York, and Washington DC, Arab Angel Fund helps HNWIs and family offices from the GCC and MENA access companies in the US. Their investment committee include Abdulla Al Suwaidi, Mayssoun Habra, Hisham Al Gurg and Saud Al Nowais).

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 Middle East investors acquired stake in online firm Bloovo.com for $3 million

bloovo investorsA consortium of Middle East investors have acquired stake in the online recruitment platform Bloovo.com for $3 million.

Established in 2016, Bloovo.com is an online recruitment website having around 1,800 employers as of May 2017. It is adopting data science and algorithms in the recruitment process as a means of eliminating the job mismatch problem. (Noble Partners led this investment round along with other investors including ProCapita HR Consultancy and Sulaiman Al Rubaie from Kuwait, Al Shafar, Al Serkal and Al Ghussain families from the UAE and Mohamad Moosa Abdulrahman Investment Office from Oman).

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 Bahrain investors acquired Nordic firm ABAX for $210 million

bahrain investors norwayBahrain investment firm Investcorp has acquired ABAX, a vehicle tracking systems technology firm based in Norway, for $210 million.

Founded in 2003, ABAX is headquartered in Norway with 350 employees. It develops telematics solutions for commercial and private vehicles and sells products for fleet management and GPS tracking. Their other offices are in Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Holland, Poland, China and the UK. (This is Investcorp third investment in the technology sector in the last 6 months. It had invested in the fleet telematics sector before by investing in SageQuest and Fleetmatics, which eventually merged and listed on NYSE).

Investcorp is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code OR30.

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 Dubai investors of GII acquired stake in Canadian firm Nymi for $15 million

gii canada Dubai private equity firm Gulf Islamic Investments (GII) and a consortium have acquired stake in Canadian firm Nymi for $15 million.

Based in Toronto Canada and founded in 2011, Nymi launched its wearable authenticator in 2014 which uses a wearer's cardiac rhythm as biometric identifier. GII is a UAE-based financial services company regulated by the Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority. (GII and its team have a track record of managing $2.5 billion in assets and securing $5.5 billion in debt and in excess of $1.0 billion in equity and M&A financing).

Gulf Islamic Investments (GII) is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code SAS21.

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May 28, 2017 |  Filed under Dubai Investors

 Dubai firm acquired 51% of fashion website Namshi for $151 million

emaar germanyDubai firm Emaar Malls has acquired 51% stake in fashion site Namshi from Frankfurt listed company Rocket Internet for $151 million.

Launched in 2012, Namshi is owned by Germany's Rocket Internet and a consortium of global investors. Serving 750,000 customers across the GCC countries, Namshi had $150 million of net revenue in 2016. The buyer, Emaar Malls is the owner of Dubai Mall, is listed on Dubai bourse and is majority-owned by property developer Emaar Properties.

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May 24, 2017 |  Filed under Dubai Investors



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