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 Bahrain investors acquired stake in Spanish firm Agromillora

mideast-investor-spain.jpgBahrain investment firm Investcorp has acquired stake in Agromillora Group, a Spanish agriculture firm.

Founded in 1986 in Barcelona, Agromillora has 11 production facilities in nine countries, and employs over 1,200 employees worldwide. In 2016 the company plans to produce and sell more than 65 million plants worldwide. (The companies have not disclosed the deal details, but DubaiBeat sources are suggesting that Investcorp acquisition values Agromillora at around $275 million).

Investcorp is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code OR30.

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 Dubai investors of Enspire acquired stake in Swedish firm Plantagon

sweden dubaiDubai investment firm Enspire Group acquired stake in Swedish firm Plantagon Agritechture.

Plantagon International is an "agri-techture" firm, combining urban agriculture, technical solutions and architecture, to meet the demand for efficient food production within cities. Enspire is founded by Soud Ba'alawy who has over 20 years of experience in banking and investments and was most recently the Executive Chairman of Dubai Group. (Earlier, Mr. Ba’alawy was Vice President of Citibank’s Gulf Treasury in Dubai, CIO of Dubai Internet City and Vice President of The Executive Office - of H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai).

Enspire Group is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code SNO14.

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 Saudi investors of Tamer Group and consortium invested $160 million in French firm Sigfox

tamer-europe.jpgSaudi investment firm Tamer Group and a consortium of investors have invested $162 million in Sigfox, a provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things.

Established in 2009, Sigfox builds wireless networks to connect low-energy objects such as electricity meters, smartwatches, and washing machines, which need to be continuously on and emitting small amounts of data. It currently has 10 million objects registered on its network and coverage currently spanning 26 countries. (Tamer Group is a healthcare, beauty care, and fast moving consumer goods company headquartered in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)

Tamer Group is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code SINO92.

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 Dubai investment firm acquired stake in digital music service Anghami

samena anghamiDubai-based investment firm Samena Capital acquired stake in digital music service Anghami.

The completion of this Series B investment marks the third successful fundraising by Anghami, which was seeded by Middle East Venture Partners back in 2012. (In the last three years, Anghami has grown its subscriber base eleven-fold to 30 million users). Established in 2008, Samena Capital has raised $1.1 billion of assets since 2008 and has returned $500 million in capital from 40 exits.

Samena Capital is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code SIJ68.

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 DubaiBeat.com an official partner of Super Return MidEast 2016 for the 9th year

SuperReturn DubaiBeatIt is a pleasure for us to announce that, for the ninth year in a row, DubaiBeat.com is an official partner of the Super Return Middle East. The summit, which is being held in Dubai 17-19 October 2015, is the top private equity event in the Middle East.

This event is a good opportunity to hear from 120+ global and regional expert speakers, divulge in networking opportunities and hear about the biggest topics in private equity. Whether there to fundraise in the region or deploy capital, SuperReturn Middle East offers delegates the opportunity to meet key regional and global contacts, including LPs currently investing in private equity. Find more details about the event on its website. (You can get a 10% discount when you quote the VIP code FKR2392DB).

Among other sponsors and partners you can find Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers, HSBC and Gulf Capital.

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


 Saudi investment firms invested $7 million in travel website HolidayMe

holidayme.jpgSaudi investments firm F&C Overseas Investment and Al Sanie Group have invested $7 million in travel booking website HolidayMe.

Founded in 2014, HolidayMe customers can choose from 400 holiday packages to over 200 destinations. It has previously secured $4 million from Saudi investors of Al Sanie Group. Another investor in this round is Accel Partners, a Silicon Valley based venture capital firm, an early investor in Dropbox and Facebook.

To see a list of investment firms similar to Al Sanie Group check the latest edition of Middle East Investors Directory.

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 Dubai investment firm acquired stake in Mexican fashion footwear company

abraaj-mx.jpgDubai-based investment firm Abraaj Group acquired stake in Mexican fashion footwear company Capa de Ozono.

Established in 1992, Capa de Ozono has 207 stores in more than 50 cities, 300 wholesale clients and an online retail presence. The Abraaj Group has so far mobilized $350 million of capital in the Latin America region and made 14 investments in sectors like food and beverage, logistics, travel and tourism, IT and financial services.

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

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 UAE and Saudi investors acquired $2.4 million stake in financial website compareit4me

stc-ventures.jpgSaudi venture capital firm STC Ventures and a consortium of UAE investors acquired a $2.4 million stake in financial website compareit4me.

The funds will be used to help fund its expansion plans including its recently launched insurance business in the UAE (which since its launch in March, have already sold close to $2 million in policies). Other investors include Dubai-based Wamda Capital and Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority.

STC Ventures is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code SIN1303.

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