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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.

5 June 2015

AltAssets LP Summit: Emerging markets can deliver, but better performance data needed $

Vivina Berla in Colour Development finance institutions have been the major supporters of the fledgling emerging market private equity industry, in part because other investors, lacking solid and reliable results data, remain wary, delegates to AltAssets’ Limited Partner Summit in London this week were told.

26 May 2015

Gulf Capital invests in Egyptian oil and gas company, seeking ‘exposure’

Karim El Solh Gulf Capital Abu Dhabi-based Gulf Capital, one of the Middle East's largest and most active alternative investment entities, has signed a debt financing agreement to support three projects of an Egyptian oil and gas company in what it was was "a bid to increase overall exposure to the fast growing Egyptian economy".

26 May 2015

Samena Capital expands by agreeing to buy merchant bank Kleinwort Benson

coins pile money Dubai-based private equity firm Samena Capital has agreed to buy a "significant" equity stake in UK-based private merchant bank Kleinwort Benson to expand out the firm's business sectors.

22 May 2015

Israel’s Glilot raises $77m for second VC fund

isr Israel-based venture capital firm Glilot Capital Partners has closed its second fund on $77m, over double the size of its predecessor.

20 May 2015

Abraaj commits $30m to launch Auvest MENASA Fund

south-african-road-1097295-m Global growth investor The Abraaj Group has committed $30m to mark the formal launch of the Auvest MENASA Opportunities Fund I.

20 May 2015

Abraaj, Emirates NBD ‘considering IPO’ of Network International

Dubai International Financial Centre The Abraaj Group and Emirates NBD PJSC "are considering an initial public offering" of Network International, a credit-card payments processing unit they own, Bloomberg is reporting, citing three unidentified people with knowledge of the matter.

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