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26 August 2015

Abraaj, Fajr and Gulf bid for Saudi supermarket chain Al Raya

vegetable_market_supermarket Three Gulf-based private equity firms are reportedly bidding for Saudi supermarket chain Al Raya for Foodstuff Co, AltAssets understands.

18 August 2015

Duet – CI Capital hires Abraaj’s Helal to run $300m Egypt PE fund

egypt-11043_1280 The investment joint venture between alternative asset manager Duet Group and Egyptian investment bank CI Capital has hired Abraaj Group's Amr Helal to run its Egyptian Opportunities private equity fund.

12 August 2015

Centaur makes 4x return through Sports Events sale $

football-452569_640 Dubai-headquartered Centaur Private Equity is set to quadruple its investment in Sports Events International (SEI) by selling the company to Thai Prime Investments.

22 July 2015

FIMI targets $1bn for sixth Israel-focused fund

flag-21096_640 Israel-based private equity firm FIMI Opportunity Funds is looking to raise $1bn for its new investment vehicle, AltAssets understands.

21 July 2015

Sequoia Capital, Index Ventures, others to exit Israel’s Adallom in Microsoft sale

security-265130_1280 Sequoia Capital and Index Ventures will be among those totting up their exit multiples amid the news Microsoft is planning to acquire the Israeli cyber security company Adallom for $320m.

8 July 2015

Abraaj exits East Africa’s UAP Holdings to Old Mutual

Daytime view of Dubai, Burj khalifa Abraaj has exited UAP Holdings, an the East African insurance company, through the sale of its 13.6 per cent stake to London-listed Old Mutual, the Dubai-based private equity firm said.

29 June 2015

Beco Capital among investors in Dubai medical insurance tech start-up

Amir Farha Beco Capital, a Dubai-based venture capital firm focused on technology businesses in the Middle East, was among the investors in an AED3.67m ($1m) Series A funding round for a Dubai-based medical insurance technology start-up, Bayzat.

25 June 2015

Insight leads $84m investment in Israeli cyber security company Checkmarx

keyboard-142332_640 New York-based Insight Venture Partners has led a $84m financing round in Tel Aviv-based cyber security solutions provider Checkmarx.

25 June 2015

Israel’s FIMI pays $94.5m for major stake in Hadera Paper

paper FIMI Opportunity Funds, said to be Israel's largest private equity house, is paying $94.5m to acquire a 59 per cent stake in Israel's largest paper and paper product manufacturer, Hadera.

25 June 2015

Wamda hits first close for $75m-targeting MENA tech fund

board-410099_1280 MENA-focused investment firm Wamda Capital has held a first close for its $75m-targeting fund aimed at promising tech startups in the region.

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