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  1. June 29, 2014

    Rothschild fund turns focus to Africa

    Edmond de Rothschild has amassed $530m for its first private equity fund focusing on deals in Africa, in the latest sign of...

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    June 9, 2014

    New York morning espresso

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  1. beyondbrics

    June 9, 2014

    Africa the big prize for Abraaj private equity group

    After a deal-making spree in Africa in 2013 that included investments in Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and Kenya, private equity...

  2. beyondbrics

    January 25, 2014

    Davos 2014: what EM private equity investors are thinking

    On Friday evening in Davos, Paul Kagame, Nouriel Roubini and Carlos Ghosn discussed the next steps for emerging markets. Do...

  3. January 21, 2014

    Dubai’s Abraaj buys majority stake in Turkey’s Yörsan Group

    Dubai-based private equity investor Abraaj has bought a majority stake in Turkey’s fourth-largest dairy company despite the...

  4. November 25, 2013

    Private equity: Abraaj shows way for Africa deals

    When it comes to private equity investment in sub-Saharan Africa, the positive talk about the opportunities on offer is...

  5. May 28, 2013

    SME funding: Risk takers move to fill gap left by play-safe lenders

    After Tarig El-Sheikh lost his investment banking job, he co-founded a bespoke tailoring service making suits and shirts in...

  6. January 15, 2013

    Turkish snack group eyes global expansion

    A Turkish company aiming to introduce the country’s national snack to the rest of the world is seeking hundreds of millions...

  7. December 30, 2012

    Buyout firms see decline in IPO cash

    The amount of cash raised from initial public offerings of private equity-backed companies nearly halved this year as the...

  8. July 1, 2012

    Aureos sees more PE companies following its lead

    Tough market conditions for private equity managers will lead to consolidation in the industry, according to Sev...

  9. March 28, 2012

    World views

    Mustafa Abdel-Wadood, chief executive, Abraaj Capital “In 1987, growth markets made up 16 per cent of global gross domestic...

  10. February 20, 2012

    Abraaj targets SMEs with Aureos deal

    Aureos Capital, the private equity group spun out of the government-owned emerging markets investor CDC in controversial...

  11. beyondbrics

    February 20, 2012

    Abraaj buys Aureos: but for how much?

    You can know a lot about a deal and still not know what really matters. Abraaj Capital, the biggest private equity investor...

  12. December 23, 2011

    Khazanah buys 75% of Turkish hospital chain

    Malaysia’s Khazanah has taken a 75 per cent stake in Turkey’s largest hospital chain as the sovereign wealth fund’s health...

  13. September 21, 2011

    Middle East M&A activity begins recovery

    The deals may not be of the multibillion-dollar variety that excite international investment banks but merger and...

  14. beyondbrics

    August 29, 2011

    Tunisia: Gulf investor places a bet

    Gulf investors aren’t slow in looking for post-Arab Spring opportunities. Dubai’s Abraaj Capital is one of the first private...

  15. October 24, 2010

    Menasa Capital outlines broad regional strategy

    Mena, Emea: Middle East, North Africa; Europe, Middle East, Africa. These are familiar regional designations, not...

  16. September 30, 2010

    London School of Economics teaches private equity

    The London School of Economics has launched what it believes to be one of the first stand-alone masters degrees in private...

  17. August 11, 2010

    Private equity sets its sights lower

    Back in the debt-laden years of plenty, the giants of Middle Eastern private equity descended on upmarket conferences to...

  18. June 17, 2010

    Bids ready for payment processor stake

    Private equity groups were due yesterday to submit bids for a stake in Network International, the Dubai payment processing...

  19. June 17, 2010

    Bids ready for Network International stake

    Private equity groups were due on Wednesday to submit bids for a stake in Network International, the Dubai payment...

  20. March 18, 2010

    Art adds more local colour in recession

    Iran is an exiguous straight line, Qatar a small triangle, while Mauritania is a more substantial pentagon.The shapes, drawn...

  21. March 17, 2010

    Art adds more local colour in recession

    Iran is an exiguous straight line, Qatar a small triangle, while Mauritania is a more substantial pentagon. The shapes,...

  22. February 2, 2010

    Palestinian economy wins $50m boost

    Palestinians hoping for a political breakthrough on the road to statehood have had little to cheer in recent months. On the...

  23. February 1, 2010

    Palestinian economy gains $50m boost

    Wataniya is the second Palestinian mobile telephony carrier Palestinians hoping for a political breakthrough on the road to...

  24. December 10, 2009

    Carlyle turns its sights on Turkey

    Carlyle Group has bought a 40 per cent stake in Medical Park Saglik Hizmetleri, a Turkish healthcare group, and is in...

  25. November 25, 2009

    Jordan sees benefit of private sector aid

    Five years ago Ruwwad, an organisation started by a group of Jordanian businessmen, ventured into the underprivileged Jabal...

  26. November 23, 2009

    Mideast private equity leader poised to buy again

    Abraaj Capital, the Middle East's largest private equity house, has raised its capital by almost a third as it prepares a...

  27. November 22, 2009

    Abraaj poised to buy again after raising $375m

    Abraaj Capital, the Middle East’s largest private equity house, has raised its capital by almost a third as it prepares a...

  28. October 19, 2009

    Mideast investment cuts hit private equity

    Middle East families and sovereign wealth funds are slashing their investments and demanding more favourable terms from...

  29. October 18, 2009

    Mideast investment cuts hit private equity

    Middle East families and sovereign wealth funds are slashing their investments and demanding more favourable terms from...

  30. October 11, 2009

    New Gulf fund hopes to tap returning regional demand

    A leading Dubai-based fund manager is launching a Gulf-focused hedge fund hoping to tap into a returning appetite for...

  31. October 4, 2009

    World’s clock turns back for regional champions

    Markets will be markets. They can’t be persuaded and they can’t be hurried. Proponents of the emerging markets decoupling...

  32. August 17, 2009

    Private equity executives detect signs that slowdown is easing

    A half decade of petrodollar-fuelled growth swelled the ranks of private equity firms and funds in the Gulf - but the...

  33. August 16, 2009

    Gulf buy-out groups pare ambitions

    A half decade of petrodollar-fuelled growth swelled the ranks of private equity firms and funds in the Gulf – but the...

  34. June 1, 2009

    Private equity attracted to health sector

    Gulf-based private equity firms searching for a relatively safe shelter for investments are increasingly considering the...

  35. May 11, 2009

    Abraaj in talks to purchase stake in DP World

    Abraaj Capital, a Middle Eastern buy-out firm, is in talks to take a minority stake in DP World, according to people close...

  36. May 10, 2009

    Abraaj Capital in talks for DP World stake

    Abraaj Capital, the Middle Eastern buy-out firm, is in talks to buy a minority stake in DP World, according to people close...

  37. April 8, 2009

    Private equity link to the Pipe line

    The Middle East private equity industry has boomed and ballooned in recent years, but there have been no “barbarians at the...

  38. April 7, 2009

    WPP plans expansion into Pakistan

    Pakistan, currently reeling from a run of deadly terror attacks, has received a strong endorsement of its economic prospects...

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