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 Arab investors of AGC to invest $322 million in a luxury Greek resort

agc-dubaiAGC Equity Partners, a London-based private equity firm backed by Middle East investors, has announced investment of $322 million in a luxury resort in Greece.

Greece concluded in October the sale of a 90 percent stake in the Astir Palace hotel complex to the AGC fund Jermyn Street Real Estate Fund which represents investors from Turkey, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait and other Arab emirates. (As DubaiBeat reported back in 2012, Middle East investors of AGC consider investments all over the world, at that time investing $175 million in a Russian power producer.)

AGC is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code SINO21.

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 Two Middle East private equity firms closed funds at over $1 billion capital

NBK GulfCapGulf Capital and NBK Capital, two private equity firms in the Middle East, have announced closing of their latest funds at $750 million and $310 million in capital commitments respectively.

Gulf Capital which is based in United Arab Emirates, has announced the final closing of its third private equity fund, GC Equity Partners Fund III (Fund III), at $750 million. NBK Capital which is based in Kuwait has closed its latest private equity fund, NBK Capital Equity Partners Fund II, with $310 million in capital commitments.

Gulf Capital and NBK Capital are listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code OR26 and OR41 respectively.

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 Middle East private equity firm Ritz Banc has big plans for US real estate in DC

rbg-full.jpgRitz Banc Group, a private equity firm based in Washington DC and backed by Middle East investors, has acquired a two-building office portfolio in Washington DC and is on the hunt for other deals in the region - The Washington Business Journal is reporting.

Ritz Banc Group is co-founded by Nasr El Hage Jr and is backed by investors from family offices in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Lebanon. (The sale price is not disclosed but an affiliate of the firm seems to be listed in public records as buyer of one of the buildings for $18.3 million a couple of days ago).

To see listing and contact emails of investors and family offices from the Middle East, check our 2014 edition of Middle East Investors Directory

More details in The Washington Business Journal here

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 Middle East private equity firm Foursan invested in 3 new firms

foursan-2014.jpgFoursan Group, a Middle Eastern private equity firm, has invested in three new firms, Shamsuna Power, Nafith Logistics and the National Bank of Iraq.

With these investments, Foursan's portfolio includes six companies operating throughout the MENA region across diversified sectors including financial services; food manufacturing and processing; hospitality and restaurants; logistics; and renewable energy.

Foursan Group is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code OR24.

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 Middle East investor eye National Basketball Association franchises

nba-middleeast-investor.jpgAn unnamed Middle East investor has approached NBA commissioner last month to buy one of four NBA franchises - Financial Times is reporting.

No deal has been reached so far, but the NBA commissioner David Stern says the takeover of some of the 30 NBA franchises by overseas investors is inevitable. (It is estimated that LA Lakers and the New York Knicks are worth more than $1 billion, and the NBA is expected to generate $5.5 billion in revenues this season.)

To see listing and contact emails of investors from the Middle East, check our Middle East Investors Directory

More details from Financial Times here.




 Middle East investors buying farmland in Canada, US and Mexico

farmland.jpgThe issue of food security is bringing many Middle East investors to Canada, US and Mexico to buy farmland.

In an interesting article The Western Producer, an Alberta publication, is reporting the flow of Middle East investors to Alberta, Canada for farmland. Buyers are being advised to work with large Canadian farmers with knowledge of Canadian farming rather than buying large tracts of land and farming it with non-Canadian help.
 The buyers are looking at land in Canada, the United States and Mexico - the publication is reporting.

To see listing and contact emails of investors from the Middle East, check our Middle East Investors Directory

More details follows from The Western Producer

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 Middle East investors backing a new Hungarian airline

arab-investors-hungary.jpgWe love the international appetite of investors from the Middle East: after the collapse of former carrier of Hungary, Malev in 2012, now a new airline called Solyom is being formed with the help of two major investment firms from Oman and UAE.

The company mentions it all started "when an e-mail was sent to a potential investor on February 6, 2012". Now Solyom mentions "a tourism enterprise registered in Oman" and "a well-capitalized investor with extensive international relations registered in Dubai" as its two strategic investors. It is planning to fly to 31 destinations in 2013, 51 destinations in 2014, and 96 destinations by 2017.

To see listing and contact emails of investment firms from the Middle East check our Middle East Investors Directory.

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 Middle East private equity firm Investcorp acquires UK crisp maker for $152 million

investcorp-uk-2013.jpgInvestcorp, a Bahrain-based investment firm, acquired Tyrrells, a UK manufacturer of premium crisps and snacks, for $140 million.

Founded in 2002, Tyrrells is recognized for its hand cooked potato and vegetable crisps as well as a range of premium snacks. The company employs 270 people and generates in excess of £100 million in retail sales value.

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

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  MENA Infrastructure Fund acquired 20% of Sohar Power Company (June 2013)

  Saudi private equity firm invested $45 million in 10 global companies (November 2012)

  Bahrain's Investcorp acquires Scandinavia's luxury retailer for $140 million (November 2012)

  MENA Private Equity Confidence Survey - Report (September 2012)

  Middle East investors invested $175 million in a Russian power producer (May 2012)

  Britain to raise capital from Middle East investors (December 2011)

  Bahrain Middle East Bank and partners to launch a $50 million China fund (November 2011)

  Boeing calls on Middle East investors to fund deals (October 2011)

  Middle East private equity funds seek strategic buyers - Reuters (October 2011)

  The next five years of MENA private equity - Report (October 2011)

  Abraaj Capital acquires $161 million Amundi's private equity platform (August 2011)

  Gulf Finance House subsidiary acquired Turkish bank for $75 million (August 2011)

  Abu Dhabi Capital Management closed its private equity fund at $45 million (July 2011)

  Qatar investment firm arranges $25 million of private equity for Indian company through the Carlyle Group (June 2011)

  Bahrain firm sold BWA to Philadelphia investors for $300 million (June 2011)

  n3xtmarket.com launched - Advisory for MENA investors on purchase of secondary market shares (June 2011)

  Abu Dhabi's Invest AD and Japan's SBI Holdings to invest $100 million in Turkish private equity (June 2011)

  Qatar acquired stake in French leather goods manufacturer for $20 million (May 2011)

  Bahrain investors of Arcapita acquired stake in US women's retail chain (May 2011)

  Bahrain investor acquired British online booking firm for $49 million (May 2011)

  Two new private equity firms launched in Iraq and Oman (March 2011)

  Three Middle Eastern investors in discussions to buy NBA team Detroit Pistons (December 2010)

  Middle East investors in $2.3 billion bidding war for UK food retailer (December 2010)

  Abu Dhabi investment firm to acquire 20% of NYSE-listed AerCap for $380 million (November 2010)

  Bahrain private equity firm acquired stake in a food & catering company (November 2010)

  Dubai firm and partners got approval to acquire Nigeria telecom for $2.5 billion (October 2010)

  Middle East private equity fund received investment from IFC, EIB and Proparco (October 2010)

  Islamic private equity firms encouraged to revisit their business model (October 2010)

  Abraaj Capital plans two 'sizeable' buyouts by end of 2010 (September 2010)

  Qatari and UK investment firms jointly acquired stake in MHG (September 2010)

  Middle East investors show interest in Chicago airport rail investment (September 2010)

  Kuwait private equity firm invested $20 million in Metito Utilities (August 2010)

  Dubai-based private equity firm acquired 10% stake in Northbridge Industrial Services (August 2010)

  Abraaj Capital investing $700 million in small and medium sized firms (July 2010)

  Middle East investor group and a consortium acquired Miramax for $650 million (July 2010)

  Bahrain-based Investcorp acquired US Legal Services Firm (July 2010)

  GCC and Middle East Investors Winners of World Finance Awards (July 2010)

  OPIC approved $455 million for five MENA private equity funds (June 2010)

  Dubai private equity firm acquired stake in a healthcare firm for $272 million (June 2010)

  Kuwait private equity firm acquired 30% stake in Turkey hospital chain (June 2010)

  Saudi Investment house acquired enterprise IT firm STME (May 2010)

  Qatar Holdings acquired UK luxury retailer Harrods for $2.2 billion (May 2010)

  Al Masah to launch $500 million MENA fund this quarter (May 2010)

  Arcapita to build fund management business to complement private equity (April 2010)

  National Bank of Abu Dhabi launched aviation investment fund with DVB Bank (April 2010)

  EuroMena Fund co-invested $8.5 million in Egyptian holding group (April 2010)

  Abu Dhabi investment firm TNI UAE raising $1 billion for MENA fund (April 2010)

  Bahrain investors bought $20 million stake in IT consultancy firm (April 2010)

  Qatari Diar acquired 5% stake in Veolia Environnement for $874 million (April 2010)

  Siraj and Rasmala announced funds targeting Saudi Arabia (April 2010)

  Abu Dhabi investment firm Mubadala to develop luxury resort in Maldives (April 2010)

  Dubai's fund of funds posted 41% return (March 2010)

  The Carlyle Group's Mena Fund makes first investment in GCC (March 2010)

  Triago helps Saudi private equity firm Amwal AlKhaleej raise part of $500 million fund (March 2010)

  Dubai Investments to take its Private Equity arm public (March 2010)

  Two Gulf-based investment firms announcing profit for 2009 (March 2010)

  Alef Capital launched Alef MENA Value Fund (March 2010)

  Emirates NBD launched Emirates Mena Fixed Income Fund (March 2010)

  Dubai-based investment firm launched its $54 million fund (March 2010)

  Johannesburg-based investment firm on Middle East road show (March 2010)

  Middle Eastern private equity firm acquired 30% of IrisGuard (March 2010)

  Abu Dhabi Invest Ad raising $400 million private equity fund (March 2010)

  EFG Hermes launched $300 million Syrian private equity fund (March 2010)

  Gulf Capital closes its latest fund at $533 million (March 2010)

  Citadel Capital acquired 49% stake in Sheltam Railways Company (March 2010)

  131 UAE private equity firms have $34 billion in capital (February 2010)

  Dubai's Istithmar to sell ISS - asking for $700 million (February 2010)

  A Chinese investment bank setting up a $250 million fund for Dubai (January 2010)

  Four interviews with Middle Eastern private equity investors (January 2010)

  Dubai-based private equity firm Saffar launching a PE fund (November 2009)

  Jordan Dubai Capital signed MoU with Kazakhstan sovereign wealth fund (November 2009)

  UAE private equity firm setting up a new $2 billion fund (November 2009)

  Presentation - Deal Flow and Dry Powder in the Region (October 2009)

  Abu Dhabi investment firm launches $400 million private equity fund (October 2009)

  New $150m Private Equity Fund Launched in Gulf by TNI UAE & Kamco (September 2009)

  Qatar investors to invest in marine transportation by launching new PE fund (September 2009)

  London-listed MENA PE firm cash rich and ready to invest (July 2009)

  CEO Middle East Interviews Gulf Capital CEO (July 2009)

  Invest AD attracted $100 million for its UAE fund (July 2009)

  Mawarid Finance In Acquisition and Financing Mood (July 2009)




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