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17 April 2014

Abraaj sweet enough on Moroccan chocolate maker Kool Food to buy business

news_barofchocolate_lrg Global emerging markets investment giant The Abraaj Group has bought Moroccan chocolate confectionary maker Kool Food.

14 April 2014

NBK Capital hires adviser to run sale of stake in Saudi Arabia’ Nayifat

saudi arabia mosque sunset islam The National Bank of Kuwait’s private equity arm, NBK Capital, has reportedly hired Peralla Weinberg to advise on a sale of Saudi consumer finance company Nayifat.

14 April 2014

Benson Oak Capital leads $7.3m Slidely funding round

photo-filmsq_lrg Buyout and growth equity firm Benson Oak Capital has led a $7.3m financing round for Isreali web slideshow business Slidely.

11 April 2014

TPG, Abraaj in exclusive negotiations to buy Kudu

saudi arabia mosque sunset islam Private equity firms TPG Capital and Abraaj Group have reportedly made a joint bid for a majority stake Saudi fast-food chain Kudu which is likely to succeed.

10 April 2014

Fenox Venture Capital launches $100m fund

gulf-flags-middle-east-mena Venture capital firm Fenox Venture Capital has launched a $100m fund targeting seed, Series A and pre-IPO deals in the US, Asia and the Middle East.

8 April 2014

Warburg Pincus acquire majority stake in mercator

airport5sq_lrg Private equity firm Warburg Pincus has agreed to buy a majority stake in Dubai-based software and outsourcing business mercator.

27 March 2014

PE-backed Middle East office, equipment rental company Byrne sold for $163m

Havenvest Private Equity Middle East has reportedly exited its stake in Saudi Arabian office and equipment rental company Byrne Investments as part of an AED600m ($163m) buyout.

26 March 2014

Israeli e-commerce fraud developer Forter seals Sequoia Capital backing

Israeli-based e-commerce fraud startup Forter has closed a $3m Series A funding round from global growth investor Sequoia Capital.

20 March 2014

GrowthGate eyes exit for Able Logistics with first Dubai IPO since 2009

MENA private equity firm GrowthGate Capital could exit portfolio company Able Logistics Group via a Dubai listing before the end of the year, in the first public listing for the bourse since 2009.

19 March 2014

Apax Partners to launch $500m fund to invest in Israel

telaviv_170sq UK private equity firm Apax Partners is preparing to launch a $500m fund focused on Israel.

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