Big story #1:
Exploration and establishment of new, alternative models of private equity
Blind pool funds has resulted in disappointing investment performance for LPs in the past. Now, we are seeing more consideration for SPV/SPEs, investment on a deal-by-deal basis and alternative structures such as holding companies.
Given current market conditions, LPs are looking for greater discretion and to diversify the geographic and sector focus of their investments, while still appreciating the deal sourcing, execution and value-add skills that private equity managers have. How can parties work together to come to the most beneficial model for all parties, in a low-oil environment?
Big story #2:
The rise of tech as a disruptor and new investment thesis
We are now seeing more ‘traditional’ private equity funds target growth-stage investments in ‘new economy’ companies and thanks partly to government initiatives in Dubai and Abu Dhabi pushing for greater entrepreneurship and innovation, venture capital is beginning to become a very interesting proposition.
"Venture capital is beginning to become a very interesting proposition."
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Big story #3:
Filling the SME funding gap: private debt and structured capital in the mid markets
But how real is that gap?
How different is the private debt model in MENA that we are used to seeing in Europe and the USA? And is this really the right funding solution for companies and founders?