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iircitiz-db.jpgIt is a pleasure for us to announce that DubaiBeat.com is an official partner of the Citizenship by Investment & International Residence Middle East 2014 as its "Regional Private Equity Portal". The summit, which is being held in Dubai 28-29 April 2014, is the premier independent economic immigration summit for the region . Find more details about the event on its website.

Among other sponsors and partners you can find Arton Capital and APEX capital partners.

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

April 22, 2014  | Filed under announcements

 Silicon Valley VC firm seeks Middle East investors for $100 million fund

fenoxvc.jpgFenox VC, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm is looking to raise a $100 million fund from Middle East investors to invest in early-stage startups - The Wall Street Journal is reporting

The firm has $10 million committed and is on the hunt for more cash from Middle East investors. “I know of no other time that a Silicon Valley VC has used capital from Middle East investors to promote entrepreneurship in the local region,” Brent Traidman, Fenox general partner said. (Its current investment portfolio includes Dream Link Entertainment, which recently listed in Tokyo, and Lark, a wearable technology company)

To see listing and contact emails of investors from the Middle East, check the 2014 edition of Middle East Investors Directory

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 Berlusconi family seeking Middle East investor for AC Milan

ac milanAC Milan co-chief executive Barbara Berlusconi, daughter of Silvio Berlusconi, said she would travel to the Middle East to seek investors for the club.

The family of former Italian premier is considering selling a stake of up to 30 percent in AC Milan. Some other Italy clubs are already controlled by foreign investors: Indonesian business tycoon Erick Thohir and partners bought a majority stake in Inter Milan last November. Fellow Italian club AS Roma is controlled by an American investment group.

To see listing and contact emails of investors and family offices from the Middle East, check our 2014 edition of Middle East Investors Directory

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 Saudi and Bahrain investors acquired Byrne for $160 million

vcbank-hanco.jpgVenture Capital Bank Bahrain and Saudi leasing company Hanco has acquired Byrne, a leasing, car rental, and fleet management company for around $160 million.

Established 20 years ago, Byrne is the largest general rental company in the Middle East with 450 employees and 13 offices and rental depots all over the GCC. The sellers in the deal are Havenvest Private Equity Middle East and HSBC Bank Middle East. The transaction was partly financed by UAE's First Gulf Bank.

Venture Capital Bank Bahrain is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code BFD126

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 Middle East investors account for 30% of European hotel investments

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European hotel transaction volume reached a new peak in 2013, with Middle East investors now making up to 30% of transaction volume compared to only 12% one year ago.

The European hotel transaction volume by Middle East investors has grown in absolute terms from €646 million to €2.3 billion - according to the "2013 European Hotel Transactions Report" by HVS London. Investors from the Middle East are looking to diversify their holdings and to invest in more stable markets than some of those closer to home, which should continue to drive interest in key European markets, the report says.

To see listing and contact emails of investors from the Middle East, check our recently updated Middle East Investors Directory

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 Middle East investors of Arlington invested $450 million in UK student accommodation

arlington.jpgA group of family offices from the Middle East, led by Arlington Investors, completed a $450 million acquisition of a portfolio of eight student accommodation sites in the UK.

This acquisition is the first transaction of Arlington Investors, an investment company established in London in 2013, representing a group of family offices from the Middle East. (The investment comprises eight student accommodation sites in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Newport and Nottingham and is a 50/50 equity partnership with Campus Living Villages). The investors are advised by Arlington Advisors founded by George Shweiry.

To see listing and contact emails of investors and family offices from the Middle East, check our recently updated Middle East Investors Directory

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 The oldest surviving bank in the world selling stake to Qatar investors

qatar-italybank.jpgMonte dei Paschi di Siena, the oldest surviving bank in the world and Italy's third largest bank, is in talks to sell a 15-20% stake to the sovereign wealth fund of Qatar.

Reuters is reporting that Loss-making Monte dei Paschi, which received 4.1 billion euros ($5.58 billion) of state aid last year after being hit by the sovereign debt crisis and a derivatives scandal, is looking to raise 3 billion euros in fresh capital. A sovereign fund in Oman is also interested in acquiring stake.

Qatar Investment Authority is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code BD44

More details from Reuters here.


 Middle East investors eye Italy's $8 billion jewelry industry

italy arab investorItaly's $8 billion jewelry industry is drawing interest from Middle East investors, with one deal to be announced very soon - Reuters is reporting.

"We've seen acquisitions in recent years of companies like Pomellato and Bulgari and it's not over. We should see something very soon from a Middle East player," says Corrado Facco, managing director of VicenzaORO fair, one of the world's top gold jewelry fairs. "A lot of foreigners are looking and we've had a series of offers", Italy's famous jeweler Roberto Coin told Reuters.

(And if Italian jewelry industry is not enough, Middle East investors can, meanwhile, acquire Italian football clubs; Cagliari is close to being taken over by a Qatar investment group for around $100 million)

To see listing and contact emails of investors from the Middle East, check our recently updated Middle East Investors Directory

More details from Reuters here.




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