According to a Research Note released in April 2011 by Tadhamon Capital, Private Equity (PE) announced transactions in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region increased by 67% in 2010 over 2009. This increase translates to a transaction value of just over $1 billion which however is 47% lower than the 2005-2009 average. Fund raising in comparison was considerably lower in 2010, and at $448 million was close to levels seen in 2004. The Note further analyses fund raising and investments by geography, sector and transaction size during 2005-2010, presents key challenges in light of the financial crises and presents an outlook for PE investments in 2011 and beyond.
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