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NOMINATIONS - Qatar First Bank Best Private Equity Firm

June 1, 2014

What is QFB's investment strategy? "QFB's strategy embodies the spirit of prudence and progress. To date, QFB has executed 18 transactions across different sectors and jurisdictions. These accomplishments were possible thanks to QFB's unique approach and ability to leverage on its strong network of relationships across the GCC, MENA and globally to engage in a wide range of attractive investment opportunities.

"Over the years, QFB has been one of the most active private equity (PE) players in the region and has attained a prestigious reputation within the financial industry. This has led to increased proprietary deal-flow and access to world-class investment opportunities.

"QFB's executed transactions are a clear indication of its ability to undertake multiple transactions across different sectors and jurisdictions as well as its ability to achieve high returns, with realised IRRs of between 30-60 per cent on exited investments. This places QFB in a position to expand and grow its PE activities further with upcoming plans to third party funding by offering investment opportunities to its shareholders and other regional private equity stakeholders.

"In the context of investment strategy, QFB places emphasis on Shari'ah-compliant, profitable and successful companies operating in a fundamentally sound macro and micro economic environment. QFB looks for scalable operations in the region, leveraging on existing management's solid track record."

What are QFB's sectors of focus?

"QFB's regional focus is placed on the potential of MENA and Turkey regions, and opportunistically QFB also considers investments outside these areas including the United Kingdom. QFB focuses on direct private equity opportunities within the following sectors:

??Energy: All areas of the energy sector, with special attention to strong partnerships and value creation

??Food & Beverage: Primarily on the processing of raw food materials, manufacturing and F&B retail segments

??Healthcare: All areas of healthcare mainly in the MENA and Turkey regions to capture governmental strategic initiatives and the evolving industry dynamics

??Industrials: Opportunity-based investments within the domain of industrial and manufacturing sectors

?Education: Primarily in UAE and Saudi Arabia's K-12 and higher education segments due to the large student age population and the number of opportunities

??Luxury Goods: Strategy to build a balanced portfolio across various luxury goods sub-sectors including hard luxury (jewellery), apparel, leather goods and accessories

?Real Estate: In subsectors which can benefit QFB's shareholders the most with the investment team's expertise. The objective is to create balanced income through rental yield and capital appreciation

?Retail: All areas of retail space, especially in the textile/home retail sector in Turkey and the food retail segment in the MENA region."

How does QFB create value to its shareholders, partners and investee companies?

"QFB aims to cross-sell products and services and offers to its clients' lucrative co-investment opportunities and exclusive access to off-market private equity transactions. This presents a unique access point to otherwise inaccessible PE opportunities for its shareholders and clients.

"QFB remains involved in post- acquisition activities within its investee companies, helping its partners to grow the company, improve corporate strategy and governance and prepare the company for the next stage of growth and IPO readiness, where applicable."

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Source: Banker Middle East

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