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Gulf Capital, a leading alternative investment manager, manages the largest private debt platform in the Middle East. Through Gulf Credit Partners, the firm manages more than US$ 450 million of assets through its two funds, GC Credit Opportunities Fund, L.P. and GC Credit Opportunities Fund II, L.P. The latter fund was launched in January 2016 and is expected to close at US$250 million by the end of 2016, with a hard cap of US$ 300 million. The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group and the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector in developing countries, has invested US$25 million in Gulf Capital’s second fund along with a number of insurance companies, foundations, Sovereign Wealth Funds and regional family offices. IFC is also an investor in the company’s first flagship private debt fund.
Through Gulf Credit Partners, Gulf Capital - which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year - provides innovative financing solutions to companies and private equity firms operating in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, and Fund II now also invests in Sub-Saharan Africa. Funds I and II offer much needed flexibility in situations that range from growth capital, refinancings, acquisition financing, recapitalisations and leveraged buyouts.
Fund II will invest in companies that generate revenues between $10 million and $200 million and operate in growth sectors that are consumer focused and defensive in nature such as healthcare, education, power and water, F&B and FMCG, amongst others. Gulf Capital invests in companies with experienced management teams and a track record of financial performance and helps them grow further through operational improvements while strengthening their corporate governance practices.