Arch To Offer China-Focused Private Equity Energy Fund

Nov 19 2007 | 12:04pm ET

London-based Arch Financial Products is launching a private equity fund focused on Chinese energy assets next month.

Arch hopes to raise up to $500 million for the China AME Energy Fund, which will have a target return of over 20% net of fees annually.

The fund–a three-way partnership between Arch, Financial Partners Bank and Future Trends International Group–will invest in mid-market companies and projects in China, broader Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. It will focus on traditional energy assets such as oil, natural gas and coal producers, and will also look at a broader range of segments including oilfield services, energy infrastructure and alternative energy products, such as biofuel producers and gasification projects.

“With China’s economic engine still growing at 8% per annum and increasing, the country’s annual crude and refined oil market at 10%-plus, and the gas market at just under 20%, there is still an undeniable attraction in both opportunity and return profile within this market alone,” said Stephen Decani, a senior partner at Arch.

“The partnership underpinning the China AME Energy Fund will provide investors with a unique blend of Chinese and regional coverage across energy, infrastructure and cross-border trade; extensive Far East & Middle East on the ground transactional expertise; and in-depth portfolio management, structuring, corporate finance and private equity experience”.

The fund will target institutional investors including pension funds, family offices, banks, and high net-worth individuals in Europe, Middle East, Asia and the U.S.

Arch was founded in 2002 as a structured product provider and launched its investment management business in July 2006. Since then, the firm Arch has accumulated assets of over $1.2 billion in its private finance, sustainable opportunities and private equity strategies.

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