Data & Intelligence

Middle East Data Insight (Mid-Year 2019)

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The private capital space in the Middle East has undergone a transformation over the past decade. Traditional private equity activity has become relatively subdued as the industry continues a process of consolidation and renewal. In its stead, venture capital (VC) fund managers have ramped up deals in the region’s burgeoning technology ecosystem. Even with the increasing focus on VC, activity in the infrastructure segment still has an outsize effect on regional investment totals, with GPs tapping into established energy opportunities in the region. In the first half of 1H 2019, KKR and Blackrock together contributed USD1 billion to the buyout of UAE-based ADNOC Oil Pipelines in the largest disclosed Middle East private capital investment on record at EMPEA. Amidst the rise of VC, deals like ADNOC demonstrate how GPs still find opportunities in the region’s traditional strengths.

EMPEA represents the leading global investors in EM. I look forward to working alongside to drive much-needed capital for financing entrepreneurs and businesses worldwide.

Renuka Ramnath | Founder, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Multiples Alternate Asset Management Private Limited

EMPEA plays an important and energetic role across the markets it represents, driving outreach and research initiatives, and promoting the role of private capital.

Brian Lim | Partner and Head of Asia and Emerging Markets, Pantheon Ventures

The developed markets have no equivalent to the role EMPEA is playing as a convener and source of trusted information in the emerging markets.

David Rubenstein | Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman, The Carlyle Group

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Dr. Andrew Kuper | Founder and CEO, LeapFrog Investments

EMPEA's market and industry intelligence opens doors to new sources of capital.  I look forward to the future success of EMPEA and its members.

Torbjorn Caesar | Senior Partner, Actis

While there are certainly challenges for the industry, the opportunities abound in our target markets and globally, making a global association like EMPEA more relevant than ever.

Drew Guff | Managing Director & Founding Partner, Siguler Guff & Company