Topics: Private Equity

Private Equity Struggling to Raise Funds in the Middle East

Private Equity Struggling to Raise Funds in the ...

Private equity and venture capital funds are not performing strongly in the Middle East, according to the latest reporting. MENA Private Equity Association published its annual report, which shows a 41% drop in private equity and venture capital funds last year. In terms of the region’s winner, UAE attracted the most interest from private equity funds.   The report’s findings [...]

MENA Private Equity Association: State of Middle East’s PE Industry

MENA Private Equity Association: State of Middle ...

  The non-profit organisation MENA Private Equity Association has published its latest report in the private equity and venture capital industry of the Middle East and North Africa. The ninth report found that private equity in the region continues to interest investors and deal volumes in the region are growing.   The Findings   The report found that the region [...]

Experts: Private Equity Has More Growth Potential in the Middle East 

Experts: Private Equity Has More Growth Potential in...

Experts believe appetite for private equity remains strong in the Middle East and North Africa and believe the private equity industry in the region is ripe for further growth. But analysts also told in the recent debate that the region’s private equity industry still has some room for improvement in terms of financial reporting and transparency.   The ICAEW Debate [...]

Private Equity Firms Clearing Out Assets

Private Equity Firms Clearing Out Assets

The start of the year has been defined by a large number of private equity firms clearing out assets and finding ways to withdraw from investments. There have been unusually many of these buyout firm withdrawals – much more so than private equity firms acquiring new assets in terms of volume. But what is behind this deal activity and what [...]

How Currency Volatility Impacts Private Equity Firms

How Currency Volatility Impacts Private Equity Firms

The past few weeks have seen plenty of speculation that China might be about to devalue the yuan. Although private equity firms don’t typically need to worry about currency fluctuation and volatility, the prospect of devaluation could potentially cut of profit margins for many of the worlds PE funds. So how serious is the impact of currency volatility and what [...]

Private Equity Firm Gulf Capital Aiming for 4-6 Acquisitions

Private Equity Firm Gulf Capital Aiming for 4-6 ...

Middle Eastern private equity firms are going through an exciting period, as more doors are opening up to them around the world. During the weekend, Gulf Capital announced that it is looking to continue its investments by finding four to six acquisitions this year. This despite the slow down of economic growth in the region created due to the declining [...]

ClickTale Raises $35 Million With the Help of Private Equity Firm KKR

ClickTale Raises $35 Million With the Help of ...

Israeli company, ClickTale, has announced it has raised $35 million in its most recent funding round. The company, which provides software to allow website owners see what people do on their site, managed to raise most of the funds with the help of the private equity firm KKR.   ClickTale Looking for Global Growth The aim of the fund is [...]

Israel Shows Strong Private Equity Performance in First Sector

Israel Shows Strong Private Equity Performance in ...

Private equity in Israel bounced back from a less stellar than expected 2013 with a strong first quarter 2014 performance. Jewish and Israeli news source The Algemeiner reported that total investment in the country across the first quarter totalled $349million, representing a massive 141% year on year increase against 2013’s $145million worth of investments. The total sum invested was an [...]

Private Equity Boosts Global Shipping Industry, But is it a Wise Move?

Private Equity Boosts Global Shipping Industry, But ...

The Gulf Times website reported over this past weekend that the global private equity (PE) marketplace has boosted the shipping industry to the tune of $32billion in recent times, based on an estimate provided by Tufton Oceanic.   While most industries would welcome such a huge cash injection from any source, the spending of this money is starting to raise [...]

Israel Looking to Attract Investments beyond Start-ups

Israel Looking to Attract Investments beyond ...

It is well known throughout the finance sector that Israel is currently the world’s most successful haven and incubator for start-up businesses. The much vaunted Silicon Wadi area, in particular, is famous for its attractiveness to private equity (PE) funds and investors, while a growing number of Israeli businesses find themselves the subjects of buyouts or mergers and acquisitions that [...]

Blackstone Set for Israel Office Opening as Interest Grows

Blackstone Set for Israel Office Opening as Interest...

Blackstone Group have publicly admitted that they are considering opening an office in Israel. This admission comes in light of increased interest in the region from buyout firms. Israel have forged a reputation in recent years as being the most popular place on Earth for start-ups, particularly in the technology industry. However, buyout firms are looking at a number of [...]

Can Middle Eastern PE Markets Finally Recover?

Can Middle Eastern PE Markets Finally Recover?

Those on the outside of the private equity (PE) marketplace frequently view the Middle East as a potentially lucrative opportunity. The same can be said of those who observe but only know little about public markets, assets, and commodities, too.   Given the picture of wealth and opportunity we frequently see, particularly in the Emirate nations, it is easy to [...]

Israel’s PE Sector Plunged in 2013 despite Strong Reputation

Israel’s PE Sector Plunged in 2013 despite Strong ...

Israel has become renowned as a strong start-up haven over the last year, with its technology sector, in particular, proving particularly strong. Indeed, Israel’s technology hub, dubbed Silicon Wadi, is widely seen as second only to California’s Silicon Valley in terms of important tech centres on Earth. At the same time, the whole country is being seen as an attractive [...]

Exploring Israel’s Popularity as a Start-up Hub

Exploring Israel’s Popularity as a Start-up Hub

Although Israel is situated in a volatile part of the world, in recent years it has emerged as one of world’s great start-up hubs.   Research conducted by Professor Glenn Yago, a Fellow at the world-renowned Milken Institute, indicates that 82% of all venture capital and private equity investment in Israel goes into start-up businesses, compared with a more balanced [...]

Bouncing Back: MENA Region’s Improving PE Market

Bouncing Back: MENA Region’s Improving PE Market

The private equity industry in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region continued recovered in 2012, according to a report in the Saudi Gazette, citing data from MENA Private Equity Association released this week. The mid-market is proving to be attractive for investors, despite a slower pace of fundraising for the region. Total number of investments grew to 91 [...]