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 Dubai Nexus Investment Group acquired Singapore Zurich Life

nexusaue.jpgDubai-based Nexus group, has announced acquiring Zurich Life Singapore with all of its 160 appointed financial advisers.

Established in 2006 in the Middle East through a management buy-out of the distribution arm of Zurich International Life, Nexus Middle East has over 370 professional consultants. (The financial adviser representatives transferring to the newly-established Nexus Singapore operation will be independent of the Zurich going forward). Terms of the deal is not disclosed.

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 Dubai firm Al Ahli Group acquired US media company theAudience

al-ahli-los-angeles.jpgDubai investors of Al Ahli Holding Group acquired theAudience, a Los Angeles social media publishing firm.

Established in 2011 and with 75 employees, theAudience is a publisher of social and digital content. It syndicates more than 5,000 pieces of branded content each month to more than 1 billion consumers through its network of more than 6,000 celebrities and influencers. With around 9,000 employees, Al Ahli Holding Group is headquartered in the UAE, with representative offices across 20 countries globally. The deal amount in not disclosed. (According to The New York Times, Mohammed Khammas, CEO of Al Ahli Holding called CEO of theAudience out of the blue about nine weeks ago and the deal was concluded in about half that time.)

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 UAE and Saudi investors acquired $3 million stake in financial website compareit4me

stc-ventures.jpgSaudi venture capital firm STC Ventures and a consortium of UAE investors acquired stake in financial website compareit4me for $3 million.

Currently in seven countries, the websites help users find and compare financial products including personal loans, credit cards and bank accounts. The company is saying it is generates more than 45,000 finance applications per month. Other investors include Dubai-based Wamda Capital and Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority. (The company had raised an initial round of angel funding back in March 2014 from Dubai angel investor Jonathan Hall from Mulverhill Associates).

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

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 The National Geographic article on Saudi Al Shiddi Group investments in Europe

alshiddi saudiThe National Geographic has an interesting article on how Saudi investors of Al Shiddi Group has funded the Sarajevo City Center, a 70,000-square-meter mall in Europe.

Opened in 2014, the Sarajevo City Center has a five-star hotel, commercial and office spaces and a shopping center in the Bosnian Capital. Al Shiddi Group was founded in 1975 and today it employs more than 1,000 employees all over Europe, Africa and Asia. Group conducts business in various fields, including construction, investments, real estate, agriculture and hotel industry.

Al Shiddi Group is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code SE812.

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 Dubai investment firm Abraaj acquired majority stake in Latin American Urbano logistics

abraaj-urbano.jpgDubai-based investment firm Abraaj Group has acquired a majority stake in Urbano Express, a Latin American logistics firm for between $20 and $50 million.

Established in Ecuador in 1996, Urbano specializes in document delivery services in the three countries. It expanded to El Salvador in 1998 and Peru in 2003. The amount of the deal is not disclosed, but some sources are quoting Abraaj managers the price range of $20 to $50 million.

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

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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.)

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