Gulf Capital is a leading alternative asset manager focused primarily on investing capital in the GCC region. Incorporated in Abu Dhabi in 2006 as a Private Joint Stock Company, Gulf Capital was established with a capital base US$330 million from 300 of the most prestigious institutional and individual investors in the Gulf. It currently manages in excess of US$3 billion in assets under management, the majority of which has been raised from outside of the Gulf region. With its private equity, real estate and credit initiatives, Gulf Capital is today one of the largest and most active alternative asset managers in the Middle East. Gulf Capital was awarded the “Best Private Equity Firm in the Middle East” Award by Banker Middle East Magazine in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
As one of the world's leading global law firms, Gibson Dunn is a market leader in MENA and global private equity and M&A, having handled some of the most high profile private equity transactions in the MENA region in the past year. We have over 1,000 lawyers in offices in the Middle East, the United States, Europe and Asia.
Gibson Dunn has been advising leading Middle Eastern financial sponsors, sovereign wealth funds, banks and companies on their global and regional transactions for more than 30 years. We also advise on the most complex litigation and arbitration matters, and as such were named 2010 Litigation Department of the Year by The American Lawyer. Our Dubai office is recommended by the 2010 editions of Chambers and Partners Global and Legal 500 EMEA in the fields of Corporate/M&A and Investment Funds.
Our Dubai team works seamlessly with our lawyers throughout the world, providing the highest quality client care and legal service on a 24/7 basis.
For further information on Gibson Dunn, please visit www.gibsondunn.com.
Campbell Lutyens is a leading independent private equity advisory firm founded in 1988.
As a leading secondary advisor, it provides sell-side advice to institutional investors on the secondary sale of portfolios of private equity funds, infrastructure funds and portfolios of direct investments. It also advises on global fund placements of private equity and infrastructure funds.
The firm has offices in London, New York and Hong Kong and comprises a team of nearly 60 international staff with global and broad-ranging expertise in the private equity and infrastructure sectors.
IDG Capital Partners is a leading Chinese private equity firm with nearly $5 billion in total assets under management. Founded in 1993, it was the first foreign VC firm to invest in China. IDG Capital Partner's deep roots in China and in-depth understanding of the market are matched by a rich network of connections in overseas markets. As a result, the firm has invested in over 300 fast growing and high quality companies, including innovative leaders like Baidu, Tencent and Qihoo. The aggregate market value of the total portfolio currently exceeds US$200 billion. IDG has one of the largest professional investing teams in the country. Partner team working together cohesively for more than 10 years, weathering different and difficult market conditions.IDG Capital Partners has been nominated annually for more than ten years as the Best Foreign Venture Capital Firm in China.*
* Note: All TMT investments, including early and growth stage, are categorized as venture investments in China.
First Reserve is the largest global private equity and infrastructure investment firm exclusively focused on energy. With over 30 years of industry insight, investment expertise and operational excellence, the Firm has cultivated an enduring network of global relationships and raised more than USD $26 billion of aggregate capital since inception. First Reserve has completed more than 475 transactions (including platform investments and add-on acquisitions) on six continents. Its portfolio companies operate in approximately 50 countries and span the energy spectrum from upstream oil and gas to midstream and downstream, including resources, equipment and services and infrastructure. First Reserve has offices in Greenwich, CT; Houston, TX; London, U.K. and Hong Kong. Please visit www.firstreserve.com for more information.
SJ Berwin and leading Asia Pacific firm King & Wood Mallesons have entered into a ground-breaking combination to create a genuine new choice among the traditional global elite legal brands.
The King & Wood Mallesons network is now one of the top 25 law firms in the world, with more than 2,700 lawyers, including more than 550 partners in 30 locations across the world, including China, Hong Kong, Australia, the United Kingdom, continental Europe, the Middle East, Japan, and the US.
The combined firms use the name King & Wood Mallesons globally, and King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin in the UK, Continental Europe and the Middle East.
More information can be found at www.kwm.com
Abu Dhabi Islamic Capital (ADIB Capital), a member of Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank Group and one of the first Shari’a compliant investment banking companies in Egypt, was founded in 2012 as a joint stock company, with a clear mission of achieving excellence in providing investment banking products and services in the rapidly growing Egyptian finance market.
ADIB Capital strategically positions itself to offer investment banking solutions to meet customers’ specific and funding needs through advanced structured and easier execution capabilities.
ADIB Capital’s areas of specialization include:
Mergers and acquisitions: Advising on Mergers, buy side and sell side acquisitions, divestures and leveraged as well as management buyouts in Egypt as well as cross border.
Debt Capital Marketing: Advising and arranging Sukuk, issuing Shari’a compliant bonds issuance and placement as well as securities trading. The company’s services extend to balance sheet restructuring, refinancing, arranging debt packages including Shari’a compliant syndications, club deals, mezzanine finance, project finance and structured finance.
Equity Capital Market:Additionally, it provides advising on public and rights offerings, private placements and Shari’a compliant hybrid securities.
ADIB Capital services a wide range of clients including government entities, large institutions and middle market firm through a highly qualified team to structure and deliver tailored financial solutions to clients.
With $19 billion of assets under management, American Capital, both directly and through its global asset management business, originates, underwrites and manages investments in middle market private equity, leveraged finance, real estate, energy and infrastructure investments and structured products. For the energy and infrastructure investment strategy, American Capital invests predominately in power generation assets in high-growth markets and midstream assets in North America. American Capital and its affiliates seek to invest between $50 million and $200 million in energy related opportunities, but has the capability and resources to consider investments even larger.
Bureau van Dijk (BvD) is one of the world’s leading providers of business intelligence and company information. BvD is best known for its range of international company information products that combine multiple high-quality data sources with flexible software to allow users to manipulate data for research, marketing intelligence and analysis. Products include Orbis, Amadeus, Bankscope, Isis and Osiris. BvD also publishes the global M&A database, Zephyr. www.bvdinfo.com Zephyr, published by BvD is an information solution containing M&A, IPO, venture capital and private equity deals and rumors with links to detailed financial company information. Zephyr covers various deal types including M&A activity, IPOs, joint ventures and private equity deals. The deals on Zephyr are linked to the company financials and peer reports on BvD's product range for company valuation and benchmarking. Zephyr contains information on over 1 million deals going back to 1997. Approximately 75,000 deals are added each year depending on levels of deal activity.
As the world’s leading offshore centre (GFCI, March 2014), Jersey offers a broad range of fund regimes from the regulated end of the market through to options for more sophisticated and institutional investors. With a net asset value of funds under administration close to US$400bn, Jersey has in more recent years evolved into a specialist centre for alternative investments, which account for around 70% of Jersey’s overall funds business. Jersey retains easy access to Europe under AIFMD through private placement regimes and was the first ‘third country’ to offer a fully compliant opt-in AIFMD solution. At the same time, Jersey remains attractive for the servicing and domiciliation of funds globally under its existing regime.
Jersey maintains strong links with the Middle East, having signed a MoU with the ESCA earlier this year, whilst four UAE banks operate in or through Jersey. Jersey Finance has had an office in the UAE since 2011. Read more at: www.jerseyfinance.je/funds
Waha Capital is an Abu Dhabi-based publicly listed investment company, whose aim is to deliver attractive and sustainable returns to its shareholders by deploying and managing capital in areas where the company sees opportunity and can add value. Waha Capital is active in Principal Investments, Capital Markets and Industrial Real Estate. The company’s portfolio consists of direct investments across a number of sectors which include aircraft leasing, healthcare, consumer finance, offshore oil & gas services, infrastructure and industrial real estate. Waha Capital operates at the heart of a strong business network in the United Arab Emirates and the broader Middle East region, and enjoys a close affiliation with some of Abu Dhabi's most prominent investment and financial institutions. Waha Capital's institutional shareholders include Mubadala Development Company. For more information, please visit www.wahacapital.ae
PineBridge Investments Middle East B.S.C (c) (PBME) is a member of PineBridge Investments. PBME is headquartered in Bahrain and regulated by the Central Bank of Bahrain as a Category 1 Investment Firm. PBME offers world-class investment management services, with a global perspective and a regional focus across four core areas: real estate, private equity, investment management, and global distribution. PineBridge is a global asset manager with nearly 60 years of experience in emerging and developed markets, delivering innovative alpha-oriented strategies across asset allocation, equities, fixed income and alternatives.
Itqan Capital is a Saudi Arabia-based investment company licensed by the Capital Market Authority, headquartered in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Its four main lines of business are asset management, principal investment, investment banking, and custodial services. Itqan Capital is a member of Al Baraka Banking Group, an international Islamic bank headquartered in Bahrain with presence in 15 countries, 495 branches, and total assets in excess of $ 22 billion.
• Itqan Capital is in the process of launching a number of private equity funds, the first of which is scheduled for 2014 with a target capital of USD 200 million focusing on K-12 private education in the Saudi market. Other private equity initiatives include the healthcare sector as well as SMEs.
• Itqan Capital is also a leading asset manager in the real estate sector with four funds launched since 2012 capitalizing on income generation and reals estate development in Saudi Arabia.
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The Egyptian Private Equity Association (EPEA) is a non-profit seeking association committed to supporting and developing the Private Equity and Venture Capital industry in Egypt and the surrounding region(s). The Association aims to foster private investment in Egypt, as well as to boost communication and knowledge sharing among the region’s private equity and venture capital networks. EPEA seeks to serve as the hub for private equity and venture capital professionals, organizations and stakeholders in Egypt, and be their gateway to the international community and counterparts. On the local level, EPEA aims to serve the current needs of the local industry in the areas of capacity building, networking and policy advocacy. On the regional and international levels, EPEA is looking forward to contribute to the growth and development of the industry, through assessing potential opportunities and partnering with similar associations. EPEA was founded in 2011 by distinguished founding members, including leading experts as well as major corporate players in the private equity industry on the local and regional levels.
Established in 2007, DubaiBeat.com provides insight, analysis and research on Middle East private equity, real estate and venture capital investors. They cover cover private equity, venture capital, hedge funds and real estate investors from the Middle East and broader MENA region.
Their publication “Middle East Investors Directory” is widely used as a reliable source on information about investors in the Middle East.