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Press Release: EMPEA Special Report: Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

EMPEA today announces the release of a new Special Report: Private Equity in the Middle East and North Africa, EMPEA’s first in-depth, comprehensive look at the asset class in a richly diverse region that has historically been viewed more as a source of capital than as a destination for funds. The region’s macroeconomic strength is driving a number of private equity opportunities—with a US$3.3 trillion economy, the Middle East and North Africa is one of the larger emerging market economic blocs and will be the third-fastest growing region in the world in 2015 according to the IMF. In addition to strong projected growth at home, local companies are benefiting from greater regional integration and strengthening ties with Sub-Saharan Africa and developed markets, enabling them to grow through new export channels.

The Special Report: Private Equity in the Middle East and North Africa provides a data-driven analysis of the broad range of private equity opportunities across the region—with a deep dive into the fundraising and investment dynamics in both the Middle East and North Africa. 

Key findings of this Special Report include:

– Private equity offers investors greater access to the strong consumer opportunity in the Middle East and North Africa in comparison to the public markets
– The current roster of fund managers making these investments is comprised of seasoned professionals who have negotiated previous waves of political and economic volatility
– Following the global financial crisis, value creation and operational improvements have become a key focus for the region’s private equity firms, which has translated into strong deal-level returns
– An improving exit environment has the region’s private equity industry optimistic on the future

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