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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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 Middle East Investors acquired Australian Patinack Farm for $100 million

cibolaA consortium of investors from the Middle East, led by Cibola Capital, has acquired Australian Patinack Farm for $100 million.

The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that the current owner Nathan Tinkler has invested more than $500 million in the operation of this racing and breeding operation since its inception in 2007. (Patinack Farm comprises of three properties including a 3,300 acre breeding facility, a 1,000 acre training facility and 950 acres of undeveloped horse country and a bloodstock of close to 600 horses)

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

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 Berlusconi family seeking Middle East investor for AC Milan

ac milanAC Milan co-chief executive Barbara Berlusconi, daughter of Silvio Berlusconi, said she would travel to the Middle East to seek investors for the club.

The family of former Italian premier is considering selling a stake of up to 30 percent in AC Milan. Some other Italy clubs are already controlled by foreign investors: Indonesian business tycoon Erick Thohir and partners bought a majority stake in Inter Milan last November. Fellow Italian club AS Roma is controlled by an American investment group.

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

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 Middle East investors eye Italy's $8 billion jewelry industry

italy arab investorItaly's $8 billion jewelry industry is drawing interest from Middle East investors, with one deal to be announced very soon - Reuters is reporting.

"We've seen acquisitions in recent years of companies like Pomellato and Bulgari and it's not over. We should see something very soon from a Middle East player," says Corrado Facco, managing director of VicenzaORO fair, one of the world's top gold jewelry fairs. "A lot of foreigners are looking and we've had a series of offers", Italy's famous jeweler Roberto Coin told Reuters.

(And if Italian jewelry industry is not enough, Middle East investors can, meanwhile, acquire Italian football clubs; Cagliari is close to being taken over by a Qatar investment group for around $100 million)

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

More details from Reuters here.




 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 drive European commercial property market

arab-commercial-realestate.jpgMiddle East investors are the major drivers of increased activity in the European commercial real estate market, twice of all Far East investors combined - the global consultancy firm CBRE reports.

In the first half of 2013, investors from the Middle East have increased investment activity, accounting for 21 percent of cross-border transactions, almost twice the 11 percents of far east investors. Half of the total comes from the region’s sovereign wealth funds. Transactions from Middle Eastern buyers show a strong bias towards London (nearly 50 percent of the total) and offices.

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

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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 family offices setting up and investing in Singapore

dbs.jpgThe number of Middle Eastern clients setting up family offices in Singapore has doubled in the past year and will continue to grow as they focus more on Asia - DBS Private Bank in Singapore says.

Speaking at the Asia-Middle East Investment Summit in Singapore last week, Terry Farris, head of family office services at DBS Private Bank in Singapore, says he expects 50% of his firm’s discretionary portfolio management to be on behalf of Middle Eastern wealth by the end of June.

To see a list of family offices from the Middle East, check Middle East Investors Directory

More details from Asian Investors



More from Middle Eastern Family Offices ...


  Saudi family office acquired $300 million stake in Twitter (December 2011)

  Saudi investors eye investment in German oil refinery (May 2011)

  Indian Private Equity firm seeks to raise $2 billion from Gulf investors (March 2011)

  Credit Suisse raises $6.2 billion from Qatar and Saudi investors (March 2011)

  Shares of UK's Parkmead Group fluctuates as Middle Eastern investor reduced stake (February 2011)

  Saudi investor acquired stake in GM for $500 million (November 2010)

  MerchantBridge invests $20 million in Monaco Luxury Hotels & Resorts (August 2010)

  Middle Eastern investor acquired stake in Singaporean firm for $77 million (May 2010)

  GCC's wealthy individuals most actively involved in their portfolio - Report (May 2010)

  Societe Generale Private Banking expands Middle East team (April 2010)

  London and Moscow hedge funds launching PE funds targetting Middle East investors (April 2010)

  Middle Eastern investors diversify beyond the region (March 2010)

  News Corporation acquired 9.09% stake in Rotana Media for $70 million (March 2010)

  Gulf investors to boost hedge fund assets - Bloomberg (February 2010)

  Saudi family office Novaar invests in Russian state entity (December 2009)

  Latin American Funds Look To Middle East For New Investors (November 2009)




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