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 Saudi KBW Investments acquired 50% stake in Romanian engineering firm

kbw-investments-khalid-saudi.jpgKBW Investments, an investment firm owned by the son of Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, has acquired a 50% stake in the Romanian engineering firm Arcadia Engineering.

This acquisition is KBW's second European purchase in 2014, the first being Raimondi Cranes, an Italian tower crane manufacturer. Arcadia started operations in Romania in 1993 and now has operations and offices in UAE and Brazil.

KBW Investments is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code SINNO141.

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 Bahrain private equity firm raised $100 million for investment across the world

arcapitaArcapita, the Bahrain-based private equity firm, has announced that it has successfully raised its targeted $100 million in equity capital from shareholders in the GCC region.

The firm will pursue new investment opportunities within the GCC region and other international markets including the US, Asia and Europe. Arcapita has recorded net income of approximately $10 million during the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014. The firm operates from its offices in Bahrain, Atlanta, London and Singapore and has completed over 70 transactions with a total value of over $30 billion.

Arcapita is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code OR07.

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 Dubai private equity firm Abraaj acquired stake in Thailand's Wine Connection Group

abraaj asia thailandDubai-based private equity firm Abraaj Group announced the acquisition of a majority stake in the Wine Connection Group, Southeast Asia’s leading wine themed Food and Beverage chain.

Founded in Thailand in 1998, Wine Connection has over 55 outlets in Singapore and Thailand. It is Abraaj’s fourth Food and Beverage investment in Southeast Asia. (Abraaj has invested in over 20 F&B related businesses globally). Terms of the deal is not disclosed.

Abraaj is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code OR01.

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 Two Bahrain investment firms acquired Florida software firm PRO Unlimited

mumtalakat investcorpTwo Bahrain investment firms, Mumtalakat and Investcorp, have acquired Florida-based workforce software and services firm PRO Unlimited.

Headquartered in Boca Raton Florida and founded in 1991, PRO Unlimited delivers a full range of software services to address procurement, management and compliance issues and operates in 52 countries with 600 employees. Mumtalakat holds stakes in 38 firms, with a portfolio value of approximately U.S. $7.2 billion. Investcorp has $11.4 billion in total assets under management.

Bahrain's Mumtalakat and Investcorp are listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code SIN22 and BD43 respectively.

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 Two Middle East private equity firms closed funds at over $1 billion capital

NBK GulfCapGulf Capital and NBK Capital, two private equity firms in the Middle East, have announced closing of their latest funds at $750 million and $310 million in capital commitments respectively.

Gulf Capital which is based in United Arab Emirates, has announced the final closing of its third private equity fund, GC Equity Partners Fund III (Fund III), at $750 million. NBK Capital which is based in Kuwait has closed its latest private equity fund, NBK Capital Equity Partners Fund II, with $310 million in capital commitments.

Gulf Capital and NBK Capital are listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code OR26 and OR41 respectively.

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 DubaiBeat.com an official partner of Super Return MidEast 2014 for the 7th year

sr db 2014 It is a pleasure for us to announce that, for the seventh year in a row, DubaiBeat.com is an official partner of the Super Return Middle East as its "Regional Private Equity Portal". The summit, which is being held in Dubai 20-22 October 2014, is the top private equity event in the Middle East. Find more details about the event on its website.

Among other sponsors and partners you can find Jersey Finance, Gibson Dunn, IDG and CNBC.

(If for any reason you can not attend, feel free to download our Middle East Investors Directory, now in its sixth year of publication, to get a sense of private equity investors from the region.)


 UAE investors Abraaj and Gulf Capital invested in South African and Egyptian firms

gulfcapital abraajDubai investment firm Abraaj Group and Abu Dhabi investment firm Gulf Capital have invested separately in a South African food manufacturer and an Egyptian oil services firm.

Gulf Capital, based in Abu Dhabi, has invested $25 million in Amak Group, a provider of integrated petroleum services for the onshore and offshore sectors in Egypt. Abraaj Group, based in Dubai, has invested in South African food manufacturer Libstar which is located in five of South Africa’s nine provinces and employs about 4,200 people.

Abraaj Group and Gulf Capital are listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code OR01 and OR26 respectively.

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 Arab investment firm EFG Hermes invested $208 million in French wind energy firm

efg edp franceArab investors of EFG Hermes investment bank acquired 49% of French wind energy firm for $208 million.

EDPR France, a subsidiary of EDP Renewables, one of the top four global renewable energy firms, has a portfolio of 33 operational wind farms. EFG Hermes has operations in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE and has more than 800 employees.

EFG Hermes is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code OR29.

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