Millennium Private Equity Holds First Close On Global Funds

Apr 22 2008 | 9:55am ET

Millennium Private Equity has held a first close on its inaugural Shariah-compliant funds.

Its Global Energy Fund has raised $200 million, and its Telecoms, Media & Technology Fund at $150 million. Both are targeting US$1 billion in equity. 

Sponsors of the funds include Dubai Islamic Bank, United Gulf Bank, the Bahrain-based investment banking arm of the KIPCO Group of Kuwait, and the Saudi Arabian Islamic Development Bank, each of which has committed $50 million to each fund, as well as Kuwait Finance House, which will only invest in the Global Energy Fund with a $50 million comitment.

The funds will have a life of seven years and are aiming for a gross internal rate of return in excess of 20% a year. It will invest between $20 million and $100 million in each portfolio company.

“The first close of Millennium Private Equity's TMT and Global Energy funds is a milestone in the development of the private equity industry in the Middle East,” said Keba Keinde, chief executive of Millennium Finance Corporation and chairman of Millennium Private Equity. “It is a unique pan-GCC platform, sponsored by prominent institutions from the UAE, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.”

Millennium Private Equity, a subsidiary of Millennium Finance Corp., is based at the Dubai International Financial Centre.

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