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 Saudi Investors of Riyad Valley acquired stake in California firm Solexel for $70 million

Riyad valley CaliforniaRiyadh Valley Company, the VC investment arm of King Saud University of Saudi Arabia, has acquired stake at Solexel, a US-based producer of high-performance solar PV technology in a $70 million round.

Solexel which is based in California, has developed the world’s highest-performance thin wafer silicon solar PV modules. It is backed by venture investors including Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers and DAG Ventures as well as GAF, the largest roofing materials manufacturer in North America. Established to help transform Saudi Arabia’s oil-based economy into a more diversified knowledge-based economy, Riyadh Valley Company is one of the Kingdom’s largest initiatives, developed to help adopt innovation culture and foster entrepreneurship.

Riyadh Valley Company is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code SIJ54.

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 Dubai private equity firm Adenium invested $300 million in Japan solar project

adeniumDubai private equity firm Adenium Energy Capital, in partnership with Hudson Clean Energy Partners, have announced investment of $300 million in a solar project in Japan.

Adenium manages or co-manages over 500 MW of solar PV investments in Italy, Jordan, Egypt and Japan. The Company was founded in 2010 by four investment groups in the Middle East with Wassef Sawaf as Chief Executive Officer.

Adenium is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code AUX711.

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 Middle East investors to spend $15 billion per year in global real estate

cbreAn average of $15 billion per year will flow out of the Middle East into direct real estate globally in the near-term, with investors from the region increasingly targeting U.S markets, according to the latest research from global property advisor CBRE Group.

The Middle East continues to be one of the most important sources of cross-regional capital into the global real estate market, with $14 billion invested outside of the home region in 2014 — the third largest source of capital globally. (Qatar was by far the largest source of outbound capital with $4.9 billion invested. Saudi Arabia has emerged as a significant new source of capital globally, investing $2.3 billion in 2014, up from almost no reported investment in 2013.)

To see listing and contact emails of Middle East real estate investors, check the Middle East Investors Directory.

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 UAE investment firm Lulu acquired London's Scotland Yard headquarters for $170 million

lulu-london.jpgLuLu Group, a UAE-based conglomerate active in retail, manufacturing and trade, has acquired the original Scotland Yard headquarters in London for $170 million.

According to the Guardian, the original Scotland Yard police station is to be turned into a new five-star luxury London hotel with rooms costing up to £10,000 a night. LuLu Group International is a diversified entity, with interests in retail, imports & exports, trading, shipping, IT, travel and education.

To see listing and contact emails of UAE investors similar to Lulu Group, check the Middle East Investors Directory.

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July 28, 2015  | Filed under UAE Investors

 Qatar investor acquired 10% stake in Spanish retail firm for $1.1 billion

qatar-spain.jpgQatar investor, Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al Thani, has acquired a 10 percent stake in Spanish retail firm El Corte Ingles for $1.1 billion.

El Corte Ingles had a turnover of some 14 billion euros in 2013 for a net profit of 174 million euros. The food, clothing and household goods retailer, which is not listed, has about 90 stores in Spain and employs 95,000 people.

To see a list of investor from the Middle East, see the Directory of Venture Capital and Private Equity from the Middle East.

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 A consortium of Middle East investors acquired stake in Canadian food firm

Trussbridge CanadaDubai investment firm Trussbridge led a consortium of Middle East investors to acquire a majority stake in Canadian food firm La Maison Cannelle.

Headquartered in Quebec, Canada, La Maison Cannelle was founded in 2005 and is a provider of 80 different types of Gluten-Free products in Canada. The transaction amount is not disclosed. (Dubai-based Trussbridge is founded by Samer Katerji and Rody Yared, two former investment bankers from JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup, to advise and invest in deals across the world).

Trussbridge is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code SJU219.

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 Dubai venture capital firm Wamda launched $75 million fund and invested in 3 firms

wamda-capital.jpgAlmost four months after raising $55.7 million from 26 limited partners, today Dubai-based Wamda Capital announced launch of its $75 million venture capital fund and investment in 3 firms.

Founded by Fadi Ghandour, angel investor and founder of Aramex, the venture capital fund will focus on growth stage financing across the world. (The other fund headed by Mr. Ghandour, Mena Venture Investments, had its focus on seed investments). Among the 26 limited partners, you can see institutions like International Finance Corporation, the Abraaj Group, Crescent Enterprises and Zain Group. Wamda Capital announced its first three investments in the following firms: News Group International, Jamalon and New York based Little Bits Electronics.

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

Read more details on Wamda here.


 UAE family offices and consortium invested $11 million in online logistics firm

zamil-fetchr.jpgMiddle East family offices Al Kadi and Al Zamil, UAE investment firm Dhabi Holding and Dubai investment firm Delta Partners, as part of a consortium invested $11 million in the online logistics firm The Fetchr.

This series A funding is led by US venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates. The Fetchr's app is tailored for package delivery in places and countries where there are unreliable physical addresses. Fetchr delivers 97 percent of packages same day or overnight, and a return process that picks up within 30 minutes.

Al Zamil Family Office is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code BFD34.

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