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 Middle East Venture Partners raises $30 million to invest in startups

mevp.jpgMiddle East Venture Partners, a venture capital firm based in Dubai and Beirut, has announced the second close of its fund Middle East Venture Fund II (MEVF II) at more than $30 million.

The Fund is MEVP's fourth venture capital fund, increasing the firm's total Assets Under Management to $120 million. With offices in Beirut, Dubai and Silicon Valley, MEVP is one of the largest VC firm in this region, with cross border investment appetite. Since inception, Middle East Venture Partners has invested in 28 companies.

Middle East Venture Partners is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code SINJA31.

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 Dubai EIIB Rasmala expands real estate investments and acquired property in UK for $18 million

rasmala-eiib.jpgEIIB - Rasmala, a Dubai-based investment bank and asset manager, announced the expansion of its international real estate investments, and announced the acquisition of a commercial office building in the UK for $18 million.

The real estate division will focus on identifying real estate investment opportunities in the UK, Europe and the United States. The Group expects to invest approximately $1.5 billion in a broad mix of real estate transactions over the next 3 years. (EIIB-Rasmala was formed in 2012, when the London-listed European Islamic Investment Bank (EIIB) acquired stake in the Dubai-based Rasmala Holdings.

Rasmala is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code OR48.

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 Dubai Nexus Investment Group acquired Singapore Zurich Life

nexusaue.jpgDubai-based Nexus group, has announced acquiring Zurich Life Singapore with all of its 160 appointed financial advisers.

Established in 2006 in the Middle East through a management buy-out of the distribution arm of Zurich International Life, Nexus Middle East has over 370 professional consultants. (The financial adviser representatives transferring to the newly-established Nexus Singapore operation will be independent of the Zurich going forward). Terms of the deal is not disclosed.

To see listing and email addresses of Dubai investors similar to Nexus Group, check our Middle East Investors Directory.

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 Dubai firm Al Ahli Group acquired US media company theAudience

al-ahli-los-angeles.jpgDubai investors of Al Ahli Holding Group acquired theAudience, a Los Angeles social media publishing firm.

Established in 2011 and with 75 employees, theAudience is a publisher of social and digital content. It syndicates more than 5,000 pieces of branded content each month to more than 1 billion consumers through its network of more than 6,000 celebrities and influencers. With around 9,000 employees, Al Ahli Holding Group is headquartered in the UAE, with representative offices across 20 countries globally. The deal amount in not disclosed. (According to The New York Times, Mohammed Khammas, CEO of Al Ahli Holding called CEO of theAudience out of the blue about nine weeks ago and the deal was concluded in about half that time.)

To see listing and email addresses of Dubai investors similar to Al Ahli Holding, check our Middle East Investors Directory.

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 UAE and Saudi investors acquired $3 million stake in financial website compareit4me

stc-ventures.jpgSaudi venture capital firm STC Ventures and a consortium of UAE investors acquired stake in financial website compareit4me for $3 million.

Currently in seven countries, the websites help users find and compare financial products including personal loans, credit cards and bank accounts. The company is saying it is generates more than 45,000 finance applications per month. Other investors include Dubai-based Wamda Capital and Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority. (The company had raised an initial round of angel funding back in March 2014 from Dubai angel investor Jonathan Hall from Mulverhill Associates).

STC Ventures is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code SIN1303.

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