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16 September 2015

Abraaj looking to offload payment provider Network International

payments_lrg Private equity firm Abraaj Group is reportedly looking to exit United Arab Emirates-based payments provider Network International, AltAssets understan

14 September 2015

Apollo eyes Saudi supermarket chain Al-Raya for first Middle East deal

vegetables-317497_1280 Listed US private equity giant Apollo Global Management is reportedly looking to make Saudi Arabia supermarket chain Al-Raya For Foodstuff its first Middle East acquisition.

11 September 2015

KKR’s first-ever Middle East deal hits valuation snag

womens-clothing-483833_1280 KKR's attempt to make its first-ever Middle East investment has reportedly hit a snag over a disagreement about the value of buyout target Azadea Group.

10 September 2015

Kuwait’s Americana could see up to $5bn valuation in reported Temasek, Savola bidding

fried-chicken-250863_1280 Kuwaiti franchise restaurant operator Americana has denied receiving bids for the business from a team of Singapore sovereign investor Temasek and Saudi Arabia's Savola Group.

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.

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.

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.

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.

29 April 2015

Post-crisis Gulf PE industry ‘more sophisticated’ says new NBK Capital Partners senior MD

Daytime view of Burj Khalifa 2 The post-financial crisis consolidation of the Gulf’s private equity industry has left a core of around 12 experienced major players, which is re-shaping the types of deals being done in the region and how they’re being managed.

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