TNI Awarded ‘Best Private Equity House’ In The Middle East 2010


DUBAI, UAE, 29 JULY 2010: TNI Private Equity, a division of The National Investor PJSC has won the ‘Best Private Equity House’ award at the Banker Middle East 2010 Industry Awards, which were held on June 16, 2010 at the Emirates Towers in Dubai. The annual award recognizes excellence in the field of private equity investment from amongst the leading private equity investment funds and private equity companies in the GCC region.

TNI Private Equity was first shortlisted as a candidate for the accolade by a jury of the region’s leading investment banking and private equity professionals, and then ultimately judged as the winner by an open, on-line voting system. This is the third industry excellence award that TNI Private Equity has won in the past five years; the division took home the same award in 2005 and in 2009 it won ‘Best Investor in Healthcare’ at the Middle East Investor Summit in Riyadh.

Although TNI’s Private Equity division was launched in 2006, the firm has been making substantial private equity investments since 2003 and has had a strategic role in the success of many of the region’s largest companies, across a range of sectors. TNI Private Equity is based in the DIFC and currently manages the TNI Growth Capital Fund (GCF I), which has so far delivered industry-leading realized returns. At present, TNI have a portfolio of over a dozen investments across the GCC, in various sectors. The division is also working on the launch of two successor funds: TNI Capital Partners II (TCP II), which will be focused on growth capital and leveraged buyouts and etQaan, a Sharia Special Situations Fund. The latter fund will be a joint venture with a leading Kuwaiti asset management firm.

Furthermore, within the year in the award’s review, TNI Private Equity was noted for its key role in the landmark L’Azurde Company for Jewellery leveraged buyout deal, which was the first of its kind in Saudi Arabia.

“We are proud to have won this award, which is a reflection of the confidence our clients have in TNI and an endorsement of our achievements in the MENA private equity landscape. Our goal is to build a leading private equity franchise in the MENA region and deliver above average returns to our investors”, said Orhan Osmansoy, Chief Executive Officer of TNI.

Yahya Jalil, Head of TNI Private Equity commented: “The open voting system, by which we won this award, is a testament to the positive way TNI Private Equity is perceived by the market. TNI is proud of its heritage in private equity and of the tremendous achievements made by the dedicated team of professionals that have helped in the creation of the franchise. The division will continue to be an example of innovation and excellence in its field. We strongly believe the private equity universe across the GCC remains an exciting one, that will allow significant value-creation opportunities in the future, and TNI intends to remain a key player in this market.”

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