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25 Jan. 2018
IFC and DGGF commit to “EIP Levant Fund”
Emerging Investment Partners (EIP), a private equity fund management company, announced that its “EIP Levant Fund” has received formal approval for investment from the “International Finance Corporation” (IFC – member of the World Bank Group) and the Dutch Good Growth Fund. EIP stated that the fund with a target size of USD 50-60m, is on track to a first close in Q1 2018, with the participation of regional and international investors.
“EIP Levant Fund” will aim to deploy capital into about 10 SMEs in the next 4 years with investment tickets ranging from USD 2m – 7.5m. Target countries include Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq. Both the Fund and the fund manager will be licensed by the Malta Financial Service Authority.
The Fund will target growth stage SMEs in a variety of sectors that are typically export oriented and resilient to economic challenges, including Healthcare, Education, Agribusiness, Industry, FMCF and logistics. EIP will work on enabling these high potential companies to expand and scale their activities in the Middle East and Africa and become regional leaders.
According to EIP, founded by Obegi and Al Fadel groups with its Managing Directors Wassim Heneine and Karim Burhani, the fund will aim to promote environmental, social and governance (ESG) best practices as well as economic inclusion in its portfolio companies. It will contribute to creating value and making an impact on the local communities through fostering economic development and job creation.
Commenting on this announcement, Wassim Heneine, Managing Director said: “We are privileged to have received the approvals of IFC and DGGF to invest in the EIP Levant Fund. This shows confidence in the team’s capability and the fund strategy. It also reflects belief and commitment to our region despite its economic challenges”.  He added: “we are currently evaluating investment opportunities and will be ready to invest in Q2 2018.” He explained that the fund aims to invest in equity (significant minority stakes) and quasi equity (including Mezzanine) instruments. 
Karim Burhani, Managing Director said: “We believe in the potential of Lebanon and our region and we will  contribute to close the gap in financing for companies in the Levant by providing equity and quasi-equity instruments”. He said the fund “will accompany successful companies and entrepreneurs in their journey to become regional leaders in the various industries we invest in”.  He stressed that the fund “will play an active role in its portfolio companies on a strategic level”. 
About IFC: IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. Working with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, IFC uses its capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in the toughest areas of the world. In FY17, IFC delivered a record $19.3 billion in long-term financing for developing countries.
About DGGF: The Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF) provides financing to SMEs in developing countries and emerging markets by investing into intermediary funds. It has a size of $327.5m and is owned by the Dutch government which has made it a key priority to create more job opportunities and economic inclusion in Lebanon and other countries in the Levant region.
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