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NBK launches Kuwait fund

NBK Capital, one of the leading regional investment banks, has launched the Kuwait Investment Opportunities Fund with assets under management of US$125 million (Dh458m).

The fund is focused on investing in private equity opportunities in Kuwait and is approved by the National Offset Company (NOC) as a vehicle for foreign contactors to fulfil their Offset obligations.

It will invest in high-growth sectors such as education, healthcare, manufacturing, and technology in Kuwait. It intends to invest in growth capital but will also participate in specific early-stage opportunities that offer a favourable risk/return profile.

In addition, it will actively pursue opportunities that will further the NOC's objective to cultivate social, economic, and technological developments for the State of Kuwait. The fund will enable foreign contractors to transfer the burden of arranging their offset obligations to NBK Capital, relieving them of the requirement to invest resources in identifying, analysing, operating, monitoring and eventually exiting offset business ventures.

Amjad Ahmad, Chief Executive FOR Investment and Merchant Banking at NBK Capital, said: "Our aim is to invest alongside solid partners and actively help them achieve their strategic and operating goals to build sustainable companies.

"The expertise of the Fund's management team, supported by the full services of NBK Capital is a key asset and differentiator that will contribute to the success of each portfolio company within the Fund."

Faisal Al-Hamad, who is leading the fund's management team, said: "Kuwait has benefited from strong economic growth in recent years as a result of the surge in oil prices and reinvestment of petrodollars and this, coupled with a substantial increase in government spending and an appealing demographic profile, has resulted in significant investment opportunities in Kuwait's economy."