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StanChart unit buys into UAE’s Topaz Energy

Standard Chartered Private Equity (SCPE) announced today (August 20) the acquisition of a minority stake in UAE-based Topaz Energy and Marine (Bermuda), a leading offshore support vessel operator, through an equity investment of $75 million.

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Private equity as agent of change in Mena

Many of the beliefs surrounding the impact of private equity (PE) firms, such as job destruction and an excessive focus on short-term profitability, do not hold, according to a report. On the other hand, local and international PE

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PE firms mull $10bn merger of older GSK, Sanofi brands

Private equity firms are mulling over a $10 billion plan to buy and merge older drug brands of Britain's GlaxoSmithKline and France's Sanofi, the Financial Times reported on Sunday, citing sources. U.S.-based KKR and Warbu

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New UAE law to boost listings, private equity

The United Arab Emirates' Ministry of Economy has published new rules allowing firms in the state to use existing shares when listing on local exchanges or raising fresh equity capital, a move likely to boost private equity in the country.

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Investcorp named best private equity house in ME

Bahrain-based Investcorp, a global provider and manager of alternative investment products, has been awarded "Best Private Equity House in the Middle East" by EMEA Finance at its annual achievement awards ceremony. Havin

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US private equity firm Carlyle eyes Mena deals

The Middle Eastern investments of US private equity firm Carlyle have benefited from a rise in government spending since the Arab Spring uprisings, a top official said, adding the company would also start looking at deals in North Africa.

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Ithmar eyes $270m of Gulf PE deals

Private equity firm Ithmar Capital, which manages over $800 million in investments, expects to close deals worth at least Dh1 billion ($270 million) this year as economies in the Gulf continue to recover from the global financial crisis, its top

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Global M&A values hit record high in 2013

The value of global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) rose in 2013 to the highest level recorded since 2009, with the improvement coming after the volume fell back to its lowest point since 2008, a report said. In total, there we

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Saudi Alkhabeer buys key stake in UAE packaging firm

Jeddah-based Alkhabeer Capital, a leading investment & asset management firm, has acquired a majority shareholding in UAE’s Express Publishing and Investment Limited (EPIL). Alkhabeer, in which conglomerate Saudi Binladi

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Investcorp sells UK-based online payments firm

Bahrain-based Investcorp has agreed to sell a majority stake in British online payments services firm Skrill Group to private equity group CVC Capital Partners for 600 million euros ($800 million). As part of the deal Investcorp w

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