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 Dubai venture capital firm MVI acquired stake in London startup Bidvine

mena-london.jpgDubai venture capital firm Mena Venture Investments, in a joint investment with two Dubai angel investors, has acquired stake at London's startup Bidvine.

Bidvine, a platform, currently operating in London linking service providers and customers, is launched by Dan Stuart in Canada and Sohrab Jahanbani in the UK. (They were also the founders of GoNabit, which was sold to US firm LivingSocial). Dubai angel investors who are co-investing are Habib Haddad from Wamda Capital and Amir Farha from BECO capital.

Mena Venture Investments is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code SINX1.

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 Saudi firm and partners acquired stake at Canadian Wheat Board for $203 million

SALIC-CWB.jpgSaudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company (SALIC), as a partner in a consortium called G3 Global Grain Group, has acquired stake at Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) for $203 million.

G3 is a joint venture between Bunge Canada, a subsidiary of Bunge Limited and SALIC Canada Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company (SALIC). (CWB is a grain handling and trading company that operates a network of seven grain elevators in Western Canada and port terminals).

To see a list of investment firms from Saudi Arabia, check our Middle East Investors Directory

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 Dubai Venture Capital firm Arzan VC announced its third investment of this year

arzan-db.jpgArzan Venture Capital, a venture capital firm based in Dubai and Kuwait, announced its third investment of this year in Russian real estate portal Idinaidi.ru

The fund has also announced another investment alongside a group of angel investors in MENA Commerce, a Dubai based startup in the retail industry.

Arzan Venture Capital is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code FE156.

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 Qatar investors to acquire stake at Chinese petrochemical firm for $5 billion

qidgroup.jpgTwo Qatari investment firms are acquiring stake at a Chinese petrochemical firm, Shandong Dongming Petrochemical Group, for $5 billion.

Qatar's Qatra for Investment & Development (QID Group) and Hamad Bin Suhaim Enterprises are the two Qatari investment firms acquiring the stake. The money will finance building 1,000 petrol stations across six provinces in China and a liquefied natural gas LNG terminal in Qinzhou.

Qatra for Investment and Development QID is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code AP113

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 Two Bahrain investment firms acquired a network of US schools for $405 million

mumtalakat investcorpTwo Bahrain investment firms, Mumtalakat and Investcorp, have acquired a network of 176 schools in the US for $405 million.

The seller is Leeds Equity Partners which had acquired the firm back in 2011 for $149 million. Founded in 1984, Nobel Learning operates a network of 176 schools across 18 states with 5,000 teachers and staff and 25,000 students. (The company also has an accredited online private school that offers college preparatory programs to students from over 55 countries worldwide.)

Bahrain's Mumtalakat and Investcorp are listed in the Middle East Venture Capital and Private Equity Directory with the code SIN22 and BD43 respectively.

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 Dubai Arzan Wealth investors acquired Lenovo Enterprise building in US for $127 million

arzan wealthA consortium of investors in Arzan Wealth has acquired the global headquarters building of Lenovo’s Enterprise at Raleigh North Carolina for $127 million.

Arzan Wealth is an investment advisory firm registered at the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) and is a subsidiary of Kuwait's Arzan Financial Group. (The 67 acre campus is located at the Research Triangle Park and was originally developed in 1995 for Ericsson. It is currently leased to Lenovo under a 13 year lease agreement).

Arzan Wealth is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code FE156.

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 Dubai investment firm acquired 25% of Turkish ecommerce site for $100 million

abraaj retailonlineDubai-based investment firm Abraaj Group has acquired 25 percent of Turkish online firm Hepsiburada.com for $100 million.

Established in 1998, Hepsiburada offers 500,000 products in more than 30 different categories. It is the most visited online retail site in the country, with over 1.5 million unique customers a year and more than 14 million unique monthly visitors.

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

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 UAE firm NMC acquired Spanish fertility clinic for $161 million

nmc-spain.jpgUAE firm NMC Health has announced it has acquired 86% of Spanish fertility clinic Eugin for $161 million.

Founded in 1999 and based in Barcelona with 230 employees, Eugin is amongst the largest European providers of fertility treatments. In 2014, the clinic treated more than 5,000 patients. Over 95% of Eugin's patients are referred from outside Spain with France (55%), Italy (17%), Switzerland (4%), MENA (3%) and the UK (2%) representing the main countries.

(For the twelve months ended 31 December 2014, Eugin reported revenues of €34.3m, EBITDA of €14.0m and EBITDA margins of 41.0%. As of 31 December 2014, Eugin had gross assets of €59.0m)

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