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NBK CAPITAL Fund II raises $310 mln

NBK Capital said Monday it closed its latest private equity fund with US$310 million in capital commitments. NBK Capital Equity Partners Fund II was oversubscribed and exceeded its US$300 million target. Dubai-based NBK Capital focuses on growth investments in middle market companies in the MENA region specifically in the GCC and Turkey.

PRESS RELEASE

Dubai – 20/10/14:
NBK Capital announced today that it has successfully closed its latest private equity fund, NBK Capital Equity Partners Fund II, with US$310 million in capital commitments. The fund was oversubscribed and exceeded its US$300 million target, driven by strong demand from institutional investors and family offices.
The fund will continue the firm’s successful investment strategy of acquiring stakes in middle market companies across the MENA region. Amjad Ahmad, Senior Managing Director and Head of Alternative Investments at NBK Capital commented, “We will continue to focus on middle market private equity investments where we believe there are significant opportunities to drive value and returns. Our team’s intense focus on developing and growing companies will continue to be a key factor in delivering strong returns for investors.”
The management team has implemented an effective hands-on investment approach to drive growth and efficiency in companies primarily in consumer sectors such as consumer staples, consumer discretionary, education and healthcare. The team’s track record has been one of the most consistent in the region achieving top quartile returns for their first fund relative to global and emerging market comparable funds during the same period.
NBK Capital Equity Partners Fund II has already invested in two companies: Shakespeare and Co., a popular casual dining restaurant chain based in the UAE and Yatsan, a leading mattress manufacturer and retailer based in Turkey. The team is completing the third investment and there are several other investments in various stages of development.
About NBK Capital Equity Partners Fund II L.P.
NBK Capital Equity Partners Fund II L.P., a Cayman Islands based private equity fund placed through the firm’s subsidiary in the DIFC, is managed by NBK Capital Alternative Investments Group which focuses on growth investments in middle market companies in the MENA region specifically in the GCC and Turkey. The group specializes in an active investment approach to create long-term sustainable value through financial, strategic, operating and corporate governance enhancements.
About NBK Capital Alternative Investments Group
NBK Capital has been a leader in alternative investments in the MENA region since its launch in 2005 raising US$720 million from institutional investors and family offices. The firm successfully launched its inaugural private equity fund in 2007, NBK Capital Equity Partners Fund I, followed by the region’s first credit fund in 2009, NBK Capital Mezzanine Fund I. The firm is focused on growth investments in middle market companies operating in the MENA region specifically in the GCC and Turkey. Today, the firm boasts an investment platform with an experienced team of 20 professionals operating from Dubai, Kuwait and Istanbul.