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 Investment Corporation of Dubai invested $30 million in Ohio nanotech firm

ICD-Nanotronics.jpgNanotronics, a nanotechnology startup based in Ohio, acquired a $30 million funding from the Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD) as well as its current investor, Founders Fund.

Nanotronics was founded in 2010 and develops an advanced automated microscope. They also offer custom software, medical applications and a new virtual reality system. (Established in May 2006, the ICD is the Government of Dubai's principal investment arm. They have a vast portfolio that encompasses sectors like financial services, transportation, energy and industries, real estate and leisure, retail and more.)

Investment Corporation of Dubai is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code MA1610.

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 Dubai private equity firm invested in cinema operator Cinepax

the-abraaj-group-cinepaxDubai private equity firm Abraaj Group has invested in Cinepax, Pakistan's top cinema operator.

Cinepax was opened in 2006 and currently has 29 screens spread throughout 8 cities in Pakistan. With Abraaj investment, they're aiming to add 80 more screens in different locations by 2021 as well as pursue other ventures in entertainment. (Founded in 2002, Abraaj Group invests in thematic businesses as well as private equity in industries like healthcare, energy infrastructure and real estate.)

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

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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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 Dubai private equity firm invested $50 million in South American home designer

abraaj-shouth-america-chile.jpgDubai private equity firm Abraaj Group acquired a 51% stake in South American home designer Casaideas for $50 million.

Founded in Chile in 1993, Casaideas has since expanded its operations to 33 stores in Chile, 16 stores in Peru and seven additional franchise units in Bolivia. (Abraaj has invested in more than 20 companies in the retail sector across growth markets since 2003, including Capa de Ozono a leading fashion footwear retailer in Mexico and Iasacorp, a leading women accessories retail chain in Peru)

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

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 Dubai private equity firm Adenium invested $300 million in Japan solar project

adeniumDubai private equity firm Adenium Energy Capital, in partnership with Hudson Clean Energy Partners, have announced investment of $300 million in a solar project in Japan.

Adenium manages or co-manages over 500 MW of solar PV investments in Italy, Jordan, Egypt and Japan. The Company was founded in 2010 by four investment groups in the Middle East with Wassef Sawaf as Chief Executive Officer.

Adenium is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code AUX711.

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 Dubai private equity firm listed its portfolio company on London exchange

Ithmar-Al-Noor-Medical.jpgIthmar Capital, a private equity firm based in Dubai, has announced the initial public offering of its portfolio company, Al Noor Hospitals Group, on the London Stock Exchange.

Ithmar Capital will retain a 28 percent stake in Al Noor after selling some shares in the offering. As DubaiBeat reported back in 2010, it had taken a $272 million equity stake in Al Noor Hospital back then. Their IPO prospectus is here.

Ithmar Capital is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code OR32.

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 UAE private equity firm TNI successfully exits its investment in Depa

depa-tni.jpgThe National Investor, an Abu-Dhabi based investment firm, has announced the successful completion of its exit from Depa, one of the world's largest interior contractors and a Nasdaq Dubai and London Stock Exchange listed company.

According to the announcement, this exit has yielded a cash-on-cash return of 2.8x on the fund's investment and an internal rate of return (IRR) of 61%. It is worth mentioning that they still retain an investment into Depa at the corporate level. Also, TNI's Chairman, Abdullah Mazrui is the Chairman of Depa, and his private office Mazrui Holdings retains a strategic stake in Depa. Orhan Osmansoy is the CEO of TNI.

The National Investor is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code OR53

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 UAE private equity firm Gulf Capital and Amwal Al Khaleej exit their investment for $336 million

gulf-amwal.jpgGulf Capital and Amwal AlKhaleej, two Middle Eastern alternative investment firms, announced the sale of their portfolio company, Maritime Industrial Services to UK listed firm Lamprell.

The sale of 100% of the company for $336 million caps an almost five year holding period by both firms during which revenues and profits were increased by 203% and 184% respectively.

Gulf Capital and Amwal AlKhaleej are listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code OR26 and EM05 respectively.

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More from Dubai Private Equity Firms ...


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  Dubai private equity firm invested in UK's clean energy company (September 2010)




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