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Karim El Solh
GCC: A Reinvigorated Growth Story Driven Largely by the Rise of the Millennials
Fahad Al Turki
Macroeconomic outlook for the Middle East
Saudi Arabia: developments and opportunities for private equity
Demosthenes James Peterson
Putting together a global investment jigsaw
Longview Global Advisors
Early Morning Sessions
What are GPs doing in order to ensure they can deploy the capital they have raised? What can be done by investors to not only identify the best opportunities, but to access them at the right valuation in the current environment? How is the dynamic between private equity and corporate investment developing?
What are the fundamentals driving opportunity in the region? What are the reasons for a positive outlook, and what are the causes for concern?
Six GPs exclusively present their funds to a closed group of LPs, one at a time. GPs have 10 minutes each to make their case, including time for audience Q&A.
Presentation 1: Invictus Equity Group
Presentation 2: 500 Startups
Presentation 3: Kallas Asset Management
Presentation 4: Mediterrania Capital Partners
If you are an LP and interested in attending, please contact Chloe Elliott on email@example.com
What opportunities in the Middle East are piquing the interest of investors? Who is allocating to the region and how does it fit into portfolio construction? What drives commercial LP interest? Where and when are DFIs able to invest?
Late Morning Sessions
‘Buying low’ and ‘selling high’ is no longer enough to produce outsized returns for private equity. Now more than ever, managers need to demonstrate their ability to add value to portfolio companies – and one of the most untapped and underused opportunities is digitisation. How much more is there to be done, and what is the best way to do it? What more do investors and managers need to know about the potential effects of digitisation on portfolio company performance?
What are the current trends and opportunities of private equity and private debt investing on a global scale? How can Middle Eastern investors access the right opportunities and find the best ways to partner with GPs? What products are being created with the Middle Eastern investor in mind?
Early Afternoon Sessions
In light of reforms and currency flotation, what does the private equity opportunity look like in Egypt? How can international investors ensure they are getting exposure to the most lucrative deals and sectors?
What are the key indicators investment consultants look for in a private equity manager? What indicators do MENA private equity funds need to be aware of to attract non-MENA institutional investors?
Is now the time for sector specialisation to come to the fore in MENA? How can LPs accurately assess the specialist credentials of a management team? What part do sector specialists play in economic diversification?
How can Saudi Arabian investors help to demystify Saudi Arabia for the international counterparts and investors in funds? What opportunities does the Vision 2030 process bring for the private sector, and how can private equity find returns?
How does the Indian market need to continue to develop in order to justify the risk of investing? What reforms are ongoing and what makes this attractive to the Middle Eastern investor?
What are GPs doing to add to their capability to add value to the companies they invest in? How do you work with management teams, especially in family-owned businesses, to pursue change? Are GPs adding Operating Partners to their teams or outsourcing this function, and what are the challenges to each approach?
Is investment activity on hold in Turkey or do the fundamentals still make it a ripe opportunity for private equity? How can GPs get their investors comfortable with Turkey as an investment opportunity? How do you manage intermediation?
How do you find the right buyer for an asset in the Middle East? With a significant number of exits globally being from private equity house to private equity house, what is being done to develop the MENA secondary market? Will the restructuring activity of some of the larger Middle Eastern investors create opportunity for attractive assets to be bought on the secondary market in the near future, and if so, how do you access those deals?
Late Afternoon Sessions
When compared to other investment destinations, how risky really is the Middle East? What do you need to be aware of and how does it fit into the context of other emerging markets investments? Do we need to rethink our risk/return analysis of developed vs. emerging markets?
Take the opportunity to sit down with leading figures in some of the most important sectors in the Middle East. Each discussion table runs twice for 30 minutes, giving the chance to get discuss two sectors of your choice.