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 UAE investment firm acquired Scotland Yard HQ for $579 million

adfg.jpgAbu Dhabi Financial Group (ADFG), an investment firm based in UAE Abu Dhabi, has acquired New Scotland Yard, home to the London Metropolitan Police since the 1960s for $579 million.

The the 600,000 sq ft site will be redeveloped into a new multi-use development. Back in November ADFG completed another $485 million deal for the redevelopment of 1 Palace Street, situated in central London. (ADFG is headed by Jassim Alseddiqi and is the parent company of Abu Dhabi Capital Management. It is primarily focused on financial services and real estate, in the GCC, UK and Eastern Europe)

Abu Dhabi Capital Management is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code SINX2

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 Kuwait private equity firm NBK Capital acquired 51% stake in Turkey advertising firm

nkb-turkey.jpgNBK Capital, a private equity firm based in Kuwait, has acquired a 51% stake in Sistem-9 Medya an advertising and digital signage firm in Turkey.

Established in 2005, Sistem-9 Medya is a provider of end-to-end Digital Signage integration solutions and Digital Out-of-Home advertising channels. NBK Capital Equity Partners Fund II is a $310 million private equity fund focused on acquiring stakes in growth companies.

NBK Capital is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code OR41.

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 Dubai investors of Delta Partners invested $10 million in CipherCloud

delta-dubai.jpgDelta Partners, a Dubai-based investment firm, has invested $10 million in Global IT firm CipherCloud.

CipherCloud, which was founded in India and is headquartered in San Jose, is backed by venture capital firms Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures, and T-Venture, the venture capital arm of Deutsche Telekom and has over 3 million business users. Delta Partners Capital, based in Dubai, is the investment arm of Delta Partners Group, an emerging markets-focused telecoms, media, and digital advisory and investment firm with over 200 employees operating from Barcelona, Bogota, Dubai, Johannesburg, Singapore and Palo Alto.

Delta Partners is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code ORP8.

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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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