Gulf Capital is a leading alternative asset manager focused on the Middle East region, investing across several asset classes including Private Equity, Credit and Mezzanine and Real Estate. The Company currently manages over $3.5 billion of assets across 7 funds and investment vehicles. Gulf Capital’s mission is to grow capital and build value with world-class expertise and best practices to generate sustainable superior performance for all stakeholders. Gulf Capital invests its own capital alongside its fund investors’ capital in all of the funds it launches. In Private Equity, Gulf Capital is focused on acquiring strategic stakes in highly profitable and rapidly growing companies within a select number of fast-growing industries in the GCC and Egypt and through deep operational and financial improvements, on accelerating and enhancing their profitability and size. Gulf Capital was awarded the “Best Private Equity Firm in the Middle East” Award by Banker Middle East Magazine in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 and the “Best Private Equity Firm” in the Middle East and North Africa by Private Equity International, as well as “Best SMEs Credit Fund in the Middle East’ in 2015. The Firm is actively involved in real estate development through Gulf Related, its joint venture with the Related Companies, the leading private real estate developer in the United States. Gulf Related is focused on pursuing marquee large-scale mixed-use and residential real estate development opportunities in the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Gulf Capital also launched a Credit and Mezzanine Business, Gulf Credit Partners, to meet the financing needs of fast-growing companies and to provide acquisition finance across the Middle East. With its private equity, real estate and credit initiatives, Gulf Capital is today one of the largest and most diversified alternative investment managers in the Middle East.
For more information about Gulf Capital PJSC, please visit Gulf Capital’s website at www.gulfcapital.com
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 recent years. 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 35 years.
Our Dubai office is recommended as a leading law firm in both Corporate/M&A and Investment Funds by the 2015 editions of Chambers Global and Legal 500 EMEA.
One of the world’s leading global law firms with over 1,200 lawyers in offices in the Middle East, the United States, Europe, South America and Asia. 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.
Campbell Lutyens is a leading independent private equity, infrastructure and private debt advisory firm founded in 1988.
Campbell Lutyens comprises over 85 professionals, advisers and staff across offices in London, New York and Hong Kong. Its fundraising practice acts as a placement agent to private equity, infrastructure, energy and debt fund managers, raising capital from investors globally. Its secondary advisory practice advises institutional investors on the secondary sale, or restructuring, of portfolios of direct or fund interests in private equity, infrastructure and private debt.
Please visit Campbell Lutyens’ website at www.campbell-lutyens.com
Founded in 1978, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice is a private investment firm with an investment strategy predicated on producing financial returns through building stronger, more profitable businesses. Since inception, CD&R has managed the investment of $21 billion in 65 businesses with an aggregate transaction value of $100 billion. To learn more about CD&R, please visit www.cdr-inc.com.
Established in 1984, EFG Hermes is the leading investment bank in the Arab world, draws on 30 years of experience to serve as the preeminent investment bank in the region to provide a comprehensive spectrum of financial services including Investment Banking, Asset Management, Securities Brokerage, Research and Private Equity. Additionally, EFG Hermes owns a 63.7% majority stake in the Lebanese commercial bank Crédit Libanais.
Through its operations in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and with more than 800 employees of 25 nationalities, EFG Hermes serves a considerable and diversified client base from the Middle East and North Africa to Europe, Africa and the United States. Our clients include governments, corporations, financial institutions, high net worth clients and individual customers among others.
In 2015, the firm announced the start of operations for EFG Hermes Leasing, a wholly-owned subsidiary offering leasing services and highly sought-after value-added advisory to large corporations and SMEs across Egypt. For further information about EFG Hermes, please visit www.efghermes.com.
First Equity Partners is a private equity manager established in 2011. FEP specializes in turnaround situations to convert distressed and underperforming ventures into high performance businesses that generate attractive investor returns over a competitive timeframe. FEP has a portfolio of USD 3 billion assets under management invested in diversified sectors such as steel, building materials, real estate, trading and SMEs, with presence across 8 locations in MENA and Europe.
Havenvest was one of the first private equity firms in the region, and has developed a strong MENA practice with a mid-market focus since its formation in 2001. It has distinguished itself as growth-capital specialists that go beyond the investment. Rebranded as Havenvest in 2012 after the reorganisation of HSBC Private Equity Middle East Limited, it is majority owned by a management partnership. Members of Havenvest's senior management team each have over 20 years' experience investing in the region over several complete economic cycles. It manages three funds with total committed capital of $600 million. The funds are invested as growth capital in companies that create long-term value through partnerships with management and key stakeholders.
Founded in 1997, Idinvest Partners is a leading independent European Private Equity investment manager focusing exclusively on small and mid-market companies. Idinvest Partners manages over $7bn of assets from a diversified client base of over 100 institutional and private banks.
After a successful spin-off from Allianz Group, the company keeps entrepreneurship in its heart and aims to contribute as an active partner to the sustainable growth and international development of the invested companies.
Idinvest Partners has financed over 3500 companies in Europe at all stage of development, across a range of financial products, ranging from growth capital through LBOs, mezzanine and structured private debt. Idinvest Partners has demonstrated a successful track record since 1997 with a top quartile performances across all strategies.
The Carlton Group is an international commercial real estate private equity banking firm based in Manhattan. In business since 1991, Carlton Group has completed over $125 billion in commercial and residential real estate transactions. Carlton Group specializes in accessing capital for projects via sophisticated, highly structured debt and equity solutions. Over the last two decades, Carlton has amassed relationships with both traditional and off the radar balance sheet investors. Carlton Group often raises 90-95 percent of the equity needed for a particular project, along with organizing the best possible debt structure.
Carlton Group also has a growing merchant banking division and owns and manages in excess of three million square feet of commercial, residential and retail space. Carlton Group frequently co-invests with clients either by investing in deposit money or co-investing in the sponsor equity. Carlton Group also executes an aggressive international advisory platform which is currently executing well over three billion dollars of equity, debt and investment sale advisory business throughout Europe.
EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.
EY refers to the global organization, and may refer to one or more, of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit ey.com.
The MENA practice of EY has been operating in the region since 1923. For over 90 years, we have grown to over 5,000 people united across 20 offices and 15 countries, sharing the same values and an unwavering commitment to quality. As an organization, we continue to develop outstanding leaders who deliver exceptional services to our clients and who contribute to our communities. We are proud of our accomplishments over the years, reaffirming our position as the largest and most established professional services organization in the region.
Private Equity in the Middle East presents exciting yet challenging opportunities on both the buy and sell side. It is important to us that you are fully informed so you can make the right decisions. This is where PwC can support you. With access to unrivalled local knowledge and global connections, we tap into our industry and product experts to provide you with a suite of tailored services including M&A tax; financial, commercial and operational due diligence; valuations; structuring; investment appraisals and sales and purchase agreements.
Established in the Middle East for 40 years, PwC has firms in Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, the Palestinian territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, with around 3,000 people.
White & Case is a truly global law firm, uniquely positioned to help our clients achieve their ambitions in today’s G20 world. As a pioneering international law firm, our cross-border experience and diverse team of local, US and English-qualified lawyers consistently deliver results for our clients. In both established and emerging markets, our lawyers are integral, long-standing members of the community, giving our clients insights into the local business environment alongside our experience in multiple jurisdictions. We work with some of the world’s most respected and well-established banks and businesses, as well as start-up visionaries, governments and state-owned entities.
Jersey Finance promotes and develops the long-established International Finance Centre of Jersey, which has significant expertise in delivering fund services, and is a primary jurisdiction in the fund management and administration of private equity and venture capital asset classes, with strength and depth of principal experts.
With a focus on the UK, Europe, USA, GCC, India, Greater China and Africa as key target markets, Jersey offers a variety of qualified professionals and service providers who are able to advise on the most appropriate structures. These include major accountancy firms as well as seven first tier legal practices.
Jersey is the first third country to offer the option of a fully-compliant AIFMD regime, whilst also offering a regime that falls outside the scope of the AIFMD. Jersey’s approach to EU regulation together with its specialist global hedge fund, real estate and private equity expertise, affirms its position as the leading domicile for funds business in Europe.
All this, combined with Jersey’s internationally recognised robust regulatory framework, a tax neutral platform and its favourable geographic position, means that Jersey continues to attract deposits and investments from institutions and private clients across the world.
For further information, visit www.jerseyfinance.je or contact:
Elliot Refson, Jersey Finance Business Development Director – 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, energy, 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
eVestment provides a flexible suite of easy-to-use, cloud-based solutions to help the institutional investing community identify and capitalize on global investment trends, better select and monitor investment managers and more successfully enable asset managers to market their funds worldwide. With the largest, most comprehensive global database of traditional and alternative strategies, delivered through leading-edge technology and backed by fantastic client service, eVestment helps its clients be more strategic, efficient and informed.
SunGard is one of the world’s leading financial software companies, with annual revenue of $2.8 billion. We provide solutions for financial services, the public sector and education. Our software is delivered via Software as a Service (“SaaS”), in the cloud and on premises, surrounded by an extensive suite of service offerings. Through the depth and breadth of our solution portfolio, global capabilities and domain expertise, we are uniquely capable of supporting virtually every type of financial organization, including the largest and most complex institutions in the world. SunGard’s approximately 13,000 employees proudly serve approximately 14,000 customers in more than 100 countries, bringing fresh ideas and inventive solutions to help our customers adapt and thrive. For more information, please visit www.sungard.com
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.
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