Jul 05 2012
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Deloitte: Private Equity deals on the rise in 2012 in Middle East
Middle East private equity investors are increasingly seeking opportunities in defensive sectors, according to Deloitte. Education, healthcare, oil and gas services and basic consumer necessities are also amongst the top most sought-after industries in Private Equity (PE) in the GCC.
"The Private Equity market in the Middle East makes up only a small part of the overall Merger and Acquisition (M&A) marketplace. However, it is in a very healthy state with deal volumes and values significantly increasing in 2012, as compared to previous years," said Richard Clarke, managing director, Transaction & Restructuring Services, Deloitte Middle East . "The financial crisis has impacted the number of active PE funds in the region, resulting in a reduction in total active firms. Yet, the positive side for PE firms is that there is reduced competition for assets," he added.
Many Private Equity firms in region are still in the fund deployment mode, and have not yet entered the harvest phase of their fund cycles. Deloitte experts believe that early fund investments in the Middle East are entering the market either by way of secondaries, IPO's or trade sales. In addition, findings point to the successful practices of strong PE firms in the region, that have spent the past few years preparing their portfolio companies for sale.
"This capital structure gap is ideal for growth capital focused PE funds. It also allows founders to grow their businesses in a controlled way while still retaining equity upside, a flexible structure which the banking community and a large corporate partner may not be able to accommodate," commented Clarke.
Deloitte experts point to compliance with Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the UK Bribery Act, to be the forefront of PE Executives' concerns. Both these acts have significant repercussions around the globe, with many corporate clients ensuring their suppliers are in accordance with these acts.
Deloitte refers to one or more of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, a UK private company limited by guarantee, and its network of member firms, each of which is a legally separate and independent entity. Please see www.deloitte.com/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited and its member firms. Deloitte provides audit, tax, consulting, and financial advisory services to public and private clients spanning multiple industries. With a globally connected network of member firms in more than 150 countries, Deloitte brings world-class capabilities and high-quality service to clients, delivering the insights they need to address their most complex business challenges. Deloitte's more than 195,000 professionals are committed to becoming the standard of excellence. Deloitte's professionals are unified by a collaborative culture that fosters integrity, outstanding value to markets and clients, commitment to each other, and strength from cultural diversity. They enjoy an environment of continuous learning, challenging experiences, and enriching career opportunities. Deloitte's professionals are dedicated to strengthening corporate responsibility, building public trust, and making a positive impact in their communities.
Deloitte & Touche (M.E.)
Deloitte & Touche (M.E.) is a member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL) and is the first Arab professional services firm established in the Middle East region with uninterrupted presence for over 85 years. Deloitte is among the region's leading professional services firms, providing audit, tax, consulting, and financial advisory services through 26 offices in 15 countries with over 2,500 partners, directors and staff. It is a Tier 1 Tax advisor in the GCC region (International Tax Review World Tax 2010, 2011 and 2012 Rankings) and was recognized as the 2010 Best Consulting Firm of the Year in the Complinet GCC Compliance Awards. In 2011, the firm received the Middle East Training & Development Excellence Award by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).
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