The Anatomy of Private Equity Investments in the MENA Region
Private equity (Private Equity) investors worldwide have been rattled by the consequences of the global financial crisis. This has certainly been true of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, where a Private Equity market of limited maturity has taken a significant hit in fundraising and seen its peculiar investment landscape change in different ways: from longer investment holding periods to government reforms that could pave the way for larger deal sizes in the long-term than the existing mid-cap market has to offer. Although the regulatory landscape remains somewhat restrictive, and government control over certain industries quite strict, the MENA Private Equity market has historically thrived in the middle market space and is expected to continue to do so as it exits the recession.
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