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Mideast PE market ‘shows signs of maturity’

The private equity market in the Middle East has matured in the last five years in terms of deal structures, volumes and values, according to speakers at a recent forum held in Dubai, UAE. The debate was organised by ICAEW’s

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Itqan to add brokerage, PE fund to services

Saudi Arabia's Itqan Capital, an Islamic investment firm, plans to develop a sharia-compliant brokerage arm and is nearing the launch of a $200 million education private equity fund, its chief executive told Reuters. Investmen

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SunGard to explore possible $10bn sale

Financial technology company SunGard Data Systems Inc is preparing to appoint financial advisers to explore a sale that could value it at as much as $10 billion, including debt, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. SunG

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Cerberus seeks over $3bn for private equity fund

Cerberus Capital Management is seeking more than $3 billion for its latest flagship private equity fund to invest in distressed assets such as non-performing loans and ailing companies that need to be restructured, people familiar with the matte

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Abraaj buys into Southeast Asia's F&B chain

Middle East private equity firm Abraaj has bought into Southeast Asian food and drink chain Wine Connection, as it looks to capitalise on the growing interest in wine and western food among the region's middle class. Abraaj, w

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Abraaj set to seal purchase of Saudi fast-food chain

Private equity firm Abraaj Group hopes to conclude a deal soon to buy a majority stake in Saudi fast-food chain Kudu alongside TPG Capital, a senior Abraaj executive said. The Middle East's largest private equity firm has been

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Gulf Capital $750m fund to invest in 10-12 firms

Abu Dhabi-based buyout firm Gulf Capital is looking to invest in 10-12 companies over five years with the launch of its third private equity fund of $750 million, its chief executive said on Sunday. "We are making offers and

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Gulf Capital buys into top Egypt glass firm

Gulf Capital, a leading alternative investment firm, has completed the acquisition of a strategic minority stake in Middle East Glass Manufacturing (MEG), Egypt’s largest container glass and PET manufacturer. MEG is a worldw

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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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