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Markaz is the first Kuwaiti investment banking institution to establish a specialized team dedicated to the Energy Sector. Since then, Markaz has been building its activities to position itself as a leading investment banking institution for the oil and gas sector in Kuwait and the region.

This decision stems from our firm belief that the region will have a multitude of energy related projects to be executed over the next decade that will generate high growth in the region. These major projects will develop additional capacity and upgrade existing infrastructure and facilities across the energy value chain. The execution of such projects will require the participation of well-capitalized local service companies, which Markaz intends to help develop and grow.
Markaz is concurrently establishing itself as a leading financial advisory service provider to the oil and gas sector. Kuwait Petroleum Corporation pre-qualified Markaz on their short list of financial consultants for the privatization of KPC subsidiaries.

The Oil and Gas department manages Markaz Energy Fund “MEF”, a specialized, energy sector focused fund. In addition, the department also provide financial advisory and investment banking services to companies in the oil and gas sector.

About Markaz Energy Fund:

The Markaz Energy Fund (MEF) was successfully placed and became operation in mid 2006 with a variable capital of up to KD 50 million. MEF was also approved by the Ministry of Finance's Offset Program, with a multiplier of 3.5 thereby increasing the attractiveness of the Fund to foreign investors.

MEF seeks to achieve outstanding returns by selectively investing across the exploration & production, midstream, downstream and petrochemicals segments of the Gulf Region's energy value chain.

The Markaz Energy Fund aims to partner with and invest predominately in:

• Service companies that require capital for growth by integration and consolidation, through acquisitions and/or cross-border expansion.
• Joint ventures with international and local firms operating in the Gulf Region.
• Equity shares of entities that are operationally sound but require financial support.
• Consortiums executing Greenfield/Brownfield projects.

MEF has made one significant investment in the Petrochemicals sub-segment and its investment pipeline currently has several transactions in progress in the equipment services and logistics sub-segments.

Markaz Energy Fund Summary
Fund Objective:
The Markaz Energy Fund seeks to achieve outstanding returns by selectively investing across the exploration & production, midstream, downstream and petrochemicals segments of the Gulf Region's energy value chain.

Fund Details

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