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The EMPEA Thread in September 2015.

The Thread provides additional analysis of EMPEA's industry statistics, interviews and insight on emerging markets private equity and venture capital, highlighting data trends, notable developments and challenges facing the industry.

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Staff Picks - September 25, 2015

Posted On: 25 Sep 2015

Recent news and features on private investing in emerging markets, chosen by the EMPEA Research team:

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Iqbal Khan is the Chief Executive Officer of Fajr Capital, a Dubai-based principal investment firm with a focus on strategic, high-growth sectors across key Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) markets. Fajr Capital’s shareholders include sovereign investors from Abu Dhabi, Brunei and Malaysia, and private investors from the Gulf and beyond. In this interview, Mr. Khan provides an overview of the evolution of Islamic private equity, and discusses both what factors distinguish Islamic private equity from conventional private equity and what global investors interested in the growing markets of institutional investors in the OIC world should pay attention to in the coming decade.

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Staff Picks - September 11, 2015

Posted On: 11 Sep 2015

Recent news and features on private investing in emerging markets, chosen by the EMPEA Research team:

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Emerging markets (EM) venture capital (VC) activity—in terms of number of deals completed and total capital invested, and as a percentage of overall EM private investment activity—reached record highs in 2014 and showed no signs of slowing down in the first half of 2015. Fund managers completed 472 investments and deployed US$4.5 billion in emerging markets via VC deals in 1H 2015, corresponding to increases of 40% and 23%, respectively, compared to 1H 2014.

To further assess the state of the VC industry in emerging markets, what VC trends investors should be paying attention to and what challenges lie ahead for this stage of investing, EMPEA recently reached out to relevant members to share their views on VC in the markets in which they are active. These industry experts share their insights... Read more