- Fund launch to support high growth GCC and Indian companies looking to expand in GCC region
Dubai: Gulf Islamic Investments (GII), UAE based leading Shari’ah-compliant global alternative investment company is launching a $100million Debt Fund – GII Debt Fund-I (“GDF-I” or the “Fund”).
GDF-I will focus on supporting high growth companies in resilient sectors such as Consumer, Healthcare, Education, Logistics, Technology, and Technology enabled businesses in the GCC region and high growth Indian companies looking to expand in the GCC and internationally.
Total VC funding activity reached record level of $2.6billion in 2021 in GCC region with UAE and KSA leading with major reforms and policy innovations presenting growth opportunity for home grown and international businesses.
Globally, venture debt is an important asset class for high growth companies to support the growth between two equity raises. Companies typically use the capital for team building, working capital, and capex investments. In US, the venture debt industry is c.15-20% of venture capital investments over long term. The market is underpenetrated in GCC and India region.
Mohammed Al Hassan co-Founder and co-CEO of Gulf Islamic Investments said: We actively seek companies that are backed by established venture capital investors and work with these companies to provide venture debt and build the business. This presents a new opportunity for our investors to diversify in different high growth asset classes with attractive returns.
Pankaj Gupta co-Founder and co-CEO of Gulf Islamic Investment added: One of our principles is to provide diverse opportunities and GDF-I truly reflects that as it provides income and growth to our investors by supporting high growth companies reaching next stage. GII has developed a robust underwriting approach based on our experience working with high growth companies across developed and emerging markets.
About Gulf Islamic Investments
Gulf Islamic Investments LLC (GII) is a leading Shariah compliant global alternative investment company. With over $3 billion of assets under management, GII seeks to achieve superior & sustainable returns and long-term value for its investors & shareholders, by investing in curated growth & income opportunities. GII believes in ‘innovation with a purpose’ and hence works towards the sustainability of the ecosystem it operates in. Under the leadership of a committed management team supported by prominent shareholders from the region, GII deploys private capital across diverse asset classes including real estate, private equity, and venture capital. GII’s client network includes UHNWIs, family offices, banks, institutions, and sovereign wealth funds in the GCC and Asia. GII is headquartered in the United Arab Emirates with offices in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Frankfurt and London. GII is regulated by the Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA).