Abraaj Capital, a private equity manager, today announced the completion of the acquisition of Aureos Capital, a private equity fund management group investing in small and mid-cap companies in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
With this acquisition, Abraaj Capital now has approximately $7.5 billion in assets under management, a presence in over 30 countries, and over 150 investments.
Tom Speechley, Senior Partner at Abraaj Capital, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Aureos Capital with overall responsibility for the firm’s SME assets under management of $1.75 billion.
Arif Naqvi, Founder and Group Chief Executive, Abraaj Capital, said: “The acquisition of Aureos is a pivotal moment for Abraaj as it consolidates our position as the pre-eminent private equity fund manager in global growth markets. As a result, Abraaj is able to provide investors with a unique opportunity to invest in high growth markets through multiple platforms.
“The acquisition is a significant step in executing the vision we set ourselves just over a decade ago of creating a dedicated global growth markets private equity firm. We share a common philosophy with Aureos, combining a track record of strong investor returns with an appreciation of the long-term social and economic benefits that our model of investing in growth markets can deliver”.
Sev Vettivetpillai, Executive Chairman, Aureos said, “We are delighted to have completed this transaction with Abraaj which sets the strategic path for Aureos’ long-term growth and allows us to deliver value to our investors by bringing our portfolio of partner companies into new markets and developing mutually beneficial relationships with the Abraaj portfolio. From the outset, it has been clear that the business models, working cultures, and operational footprint of our two businesses fit together extremely well.”