Please find detailed information for all of our Private Equity International Middle East Forum sponsors.
Abraaj Capital is a Dubai based private equity company that invests in the growing economies of Turkey, the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA). In Turkey, Abraaj co-owns Acibadem Healthcare Group, the country's largest privately owned hospital operator, and Numarine, a maker of luxury yachts based in Gebze, outside Istanbul. Acibadem also has smaller insurance, project management and hospital-services units, and employs a total of more than 7,000 people. Abraaj's team of nine in Istanbul is headed by Turkish national Selcuk Yorgancioglu, an experienced financier who was previously CEO of Deutsche Bank in Turkey. Since inception in 2002, Abraaj has raised about US$ 7 billion from professional investors around the world, including East Asia, the Middle East and North America.
The company operates five offices in the MENASA region, including Riyadh, Cairo and Karachi. More than 150 people, including about 75 investment professionals, work in Abraaj, drawn from the region and the global talent pool. Abraaj is a long-term investor, typically three to seven years. It works with its partner companies to develop them into regional and global champions, leveraging Abraaj's capital and expertise in governance, management best-practices and regional contacts. Abraaj Capital Ltd is licensed by the Dubai International Financial Centre and operates according to international regulatory standards. Abraaj is also a Patron of the Arts. This year awarded its US$ 1 million Abraaj Capital Art Prize to famed Turkish artist Kutlug Atman and two others. For more information, visit www.abraaj.com
Dubai International Capital LLC is an international investment company established in 2004 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Dubai Holding. DIC invests private funds on behalf of Dubai Holding and several large third party investors around the world with a mandate to build a portfolio of internationally diversified assets. DIC invests via three core divisions - Private Equity, Public Equity and Emerging Markets.
DIC Private Equity invests in high performing mid-cap companies in Europe and North America with a focus on secondary buyouts that include Travelodge, Merlin Entertainments, Doncasters, FastenTech, Mauser, Alliance Medical, and Almatis. DIC Public Equities takes significant stakes in Fortune 500 companies through the Global Strategic Equities Fund a $1.5 billion fund regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority. The fund has invested in global leaders such as Sony, EADS, and HSBC with an investment horizon of 3 -5 years.
DIC Emerging Markets invests in buyouts, buy-ins, listed equities, single-country funds and sector specific funds with a geographical focus in the Middle East and India. Notable investments include the UAE-based Rivoli Group; Singapore-based True Group; UAE-based KEF Holdings, Oger Telecom and Indian bank ICICI. Jordan Dubai Capital is a US$300 million fund investing exclusively in Jordan and DIC is replicated its success with a second country fund to invest in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Saudi Dubai Capital. Sector-specific funds include the US$300 million MENA Infrastructure Fund and Ishraq, a US$150 million vehicle to launch Holiday Inn Express hotels across the Middle East.
Actis is a leading investor in emerging markets and has been investing exclusively in Asia, Africa and Latin America for over 60 years. Actis has specialist teams dedicated to private equity, infrastructure and real estate and has a track record built on growth capital and leadership in control investing across its markets. Actis has over 100 investment professionals in 9 offices worldwide, managing funds of US$4.8bn on behalf of more than 100 institutional investors. Actis uses sector expertise, global perspective and local insight to help portfolio companies develop into world class businesses.
Actis is associated with some of the landmark transactions in its markets, having:
. led India's first private equity-backed privatisation, Punjab Tractors
. led the investment in Celtel, the leading sub-Saharan mobile phone operator
. led the investment in Suntech, which became the first private Chinese company listed on the NYSE
Citadel Capital (CCAP.CA on the Egyptian Stock Exchange) is the leading private equity firm focusing on building regional platform investments throughout the Middle East and Africa in select industries through acquisitions, turnarounds, and greenfields executed via Opportunity Specific Funds. Citadel Capital's 18 OSFs now control Platform Companies with investments worth more than US$ 8.3 billion in 15 industries, including mining, cement, transportation, food and energy.
Since 2004, the firm has returned more than US$ 2.4 billion in cash to investors, more than any other private equity firm in the region. Citadel Capital is the largest private equity firm in Africa by PE assets under management (2004-2009, as ranked by Private Equity International).
For more information, visit www.citadelcapital.com
King & Spalding is an international law firm with more than 900 lawyers in 13 offices across the United States, Europe and the Middle East. For more than 20 years, King & Spalding lawyers have handled client matters in the Arabian Gulf region. The firm has one of the largest presences in the Middle East of any U.S. law firm -- and the only one with offices in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Riyadh -- with lawyers specializing in complex commercial and financial transactions and international arbitration.
King & Spalding's private equity practice in the Middle East is highly ranked in both Chambers Global and in The Legal 500. The firm has long been considered a leader in Islamic Finance, and its energy practice is known worldwide.
For additional information, visit www.kslaw.com.
KPMG has been present in the Lower Gulf (UAE and Oman) for more than 35 years. With over 900 professionals and more than 25 partners, we operate from offices in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Fujairah and Muscat. We also work closely with other KPMG offices throughout the region and across the world.
KPMG is an active participant in the development of an ethical, transparent and competitive business environment in all the markets within which we operate. We believe corporate social responsibility is at the heart of all great organisations, and are committed to making a real difference to the communities in which we operate. We strongly believe that the quality and integrity of the accounting and advisory professions are vital to building and maintaining confidence in the economy.
The quality and integrity of our people and our work is paramount to everything we do.
Qatar First Investment Bank (QFIB) is the first Qatari stand-alone Shari'ah compliant investment bank licensed and regulated by the Qatar Financial Centre. Launched in March 2009, the Bank has an authorized capital of QAR 3.65 billion (US$1 billion) and a paid up capital of QAR 1.6 billion (US$ 430 million).
QFIB was established to capitalize on the opportunities created by the rapidly expanding economies of Qatar and the GCC which have stimulated significant growth and opportunities for investment banking, particularly for Islamic based products and services. The Bank aims to become one of the leading Shari'ah compliant investment banks in both Qatar and the GCC.
QFIB has a solid shareholder base of over 1,000 investors from Qatar and the GCC region made up of prominent individuals as well as institutional investors. These include financial institutions, governments, pension funds and other strategic investors.
QFIB is managed by a select team of multinational investment professionals with extensive experience in the GCC and international markets. It operates four core business lines including; private equity, strategic investments, corporate finance advisory and asset management.
Saffar is a financial services company focused on growth stage opportunities throughout the Middle East. Founded in 2001, Saffar has extensive experience investing in successful companies such as Zawya, Credit Suisse Saudi Arabia and John Charcol Middle East. Via its advisory practice and venture capital fund, Saffar assists entrepreneurs and family-owned companies to launch new businesses or scale an existing interest regionally.
While open to all growth sectors in which it can provide value, Saffar's current focus is to build and grow financial services companies to serve the MENA region. Saffar identifies existing companies for investment or takes a more hands on approach and assembles the right partners, investors and expertise required to make a new business successful.
Armed with an extensive network and proven track record, Saffar is ideally positioned to invest in regional businesses driven by strong local partners and adhering to international practices and standards.
SHUAA Partners is the private equity arm of SHUAA Capital psc, a leading investment banking institution in the Middle East. Based in Dubai, SHUAA Partners has a world-class team of investment professionals with a proven track record and a deep understanding of the Middle East. Its coverage is carried out through a unique network of personal and professional relationships within the business and government communities around the region.
SHUAA Partners follows a systematic investment process that is based upon the following principles:
. Pro-active generation of deal flow
. Comprehensive due diligence
. Innovative transaction structuring
. Disciplined valuation approach
. Continuous investment monitoring and value creation post-acquisition
. Careful exit planning
SHUAA Partners will identify and partner with experienced industry veterans in pursuit of investment opportunities. Operating Executives will be instrumental in the origination and due diligence processes. In addition, SHUAA Partners' partnership with the Operating Executives will enhance the Fund's credibility with business owners and management teams. Operating Executives also play a role building value post-investment, typically assuming the role of portfolio company senior management.
The Fund will seek Operating Executives who have demonstrated success in guiding rapidly growing companies and integrating acquisitions to achieve operating results consistently better that industry averages.
SHUAA Partners is regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority ("DFSA") and is incorporated in the Dubai International Financial Centre ("DIFC") as SHUAA Partners Ltd.
SJ Berwin LLP is a leading international law firm with offices in Europe, Middle East and Asia. Our 665 lawyers, including 165 partners, deliver corporate, finance and commercial legal advice to businesses determined to succeed in today's competitive business environment.
The private equity practice of SJ Berwin LLP has advised on the structuring of infrastructure funds and the investments by infrastructure funds. The energy and infrastructure practice of SJ Berwin LLP delivers specialised legal services to energy and infrastructure clients worldwide, including private equity and infrastructure investors.
The practice has won multiple awards for its expertise in private equity, including most recently, Fund Formation Team of the Year at the Private Equity News Awards for Excellence in Advisory Services 2009.
For more information, please visit www.sjberwin.com
Denning & Company LLC is a FINRA registered global private equity advisory firm headquartered in San Francisco, California. Founded in 2001, Denning & Company, LLC serves the private equity fundraising needs of both veteran General Partners seeking only to broaden their L.P. base as well as the next generation of Private Equity Managers, requiring a more elaborate fundraising effort.
With over 70 years of combined industry experience, the Denning and Company team has raised capital in excess of $8 billion for General Partners based in the U.S., Japan/Asia, UK/Europe, Russia, and Israel from a Limited Partner base similarly diversified.
Capital IQ is an information platform used by more than 4,200 leading private equity, venture capital, and other investment firms to enhance deal flow, evaluate opportunities more efficiently, and add value to portfolio companies. Web and Excel-based, Capital IQ uniquely combines deep information on public and private companies, investment firms, people, corporate relationships, and transactions with a broad range of easy-to-use tools for financial analyses, screening, targeting, and managing projects.
Capital IQ can help you:
. Streamline Research and Analysis
. Generate Better Ideas
. Leverage Relationships
. Simplify Investment Workflow
EI (NASDAQ: SEIC) is a leading global provider of asset management, investment processing, and investment operations solutions for institutional and personal wealth management. We help private banks, investment advisors, investment managers, institutional investors and affluent individuals create and manage wealth.
SEI offers solutions for:
- Private banks and trust institutions
- Financial advisors
- Institutional investors
- Investment managers
AVCA is a not-for-profit organization founded to promote the development of private equity and venture capital as an alternative asset class in Africa. The Association currently has 92 full and associate members from 18 African countries and 9 countries worldwide. Together, AVCA's members have some USD 5 billion of institutional funds under management.
Our vision is to create a venture capital and private equity industry in Africa that contributes effectively and substantially to Africa's development by growing businesses which create wealth, employment and tax revenues. AVCA is committed to promoting high ethical standards of business conduct and professional competence in the industry.
The Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA) is a global industry association that promotes greater understanding of-and a more favorable climate for-private equity investing in the emerging markets of Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. EMPEA was founded in 2004 with the belief that private equity and venture capital can be critical drivers of economic growth in emerging markets while simultaneously generating strong returns for investors. EMPEA's more than 270 member firms represent more than 50 countries and nearly $500 billion in assets under management. For more information about EMPEA and its programs, please visit www.empea.net.
Investment Community Partner:
Zawya focuses on the developing business and investment environment in the Middle East. The company provides professionals with the means to identify, assess and monitor business and investment opportunities in both the public and private markets.
Thousands of premium members use Zawya's information resources, technology applications and online network to better connect to opportunities across the GCC, Levant, Iraq and North Africa. Zawya operates through two separate divisions, Professional Investors and Business Development Services, specifically set to empower members according to their needs.
Headquartered in Dubai, Zawya also has presence in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Lebanon.