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In the spotlight

Shirish Saraf, co-founder and vice chairman of Samena Capital, is out to convince you that private equity is exciting while telling you that what was old is now new again.

Gulf Royal-Backed Samena to Raise $700 Million for Asia

Samena Capital, an investment firm managing about $650 million, plans to raise as much as $700 million for a special situations fund to invest in the Indian subcontinent and Asia.

Samena Capital founder sticks with merchant banking principles

Samena Capital founder sticks with merchant banking principles Frank Kane September 15, 2015 Updated: September 15, 2015 06:55 PM One-page article Shirish Saraf likes to take a long-term view. “There were 200 years of merchant banks, so the last 20 years of modern-style investment banking must be seen as an aberration. Now the times are changing again,” he...

14th Strategic Ownership Group Meeting, April 2016

On the 9th and 10th April, Samena Capital hosted its 14th Strategic Ownership Group Meeting at the Four Seasons Resort, Jumeriah.

Apple, Cartier, Coca-Cola and Facebook Among 118 Brands named -Brand of the Year- At The 2015 World Branding Awards

Apple, Cartier, Coca-Cola and Facebook Among 118 Brands named “Brand of the Year” At The 2015 World Branding Awards September 24, 2015 04:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In a glittering ceremony at the State Apartments of Kensington Palace in London this evening, 118 brands from 30 countries were honored at the prestigious World Branding...

Kleinwort Benson Bank secures strategic investor and partner in Samena Capital

Return to relationship-driven roots of merchant banking for new growth market May 26, 2015 - Kleinwort Benson, a leading merchant bank with principal activities in private banking, asset management and financial markets and corporate advisory, is pleased to announce the sale of a significant equity stake in its London-based private banking and corporate advisory...

Mahindra Two Wheelers Set To Acquire 51% Stake In Peugeot Motocycles

October 7, 2014, Mumbai, India (Mahindra): Mahindra Two Wheelers Ltd. (MTWL), an unlisted subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra Limited and a part of the USD 16.5 billion Mahindra Group, has made a binding offer to acquire a 51% stake in Peugeot Motocycles (PMTC), part of the Euro 54 billion PSA Group based in France. PMTC (a.k.a. Peugeot Scooters), a key player in urban...

Mahindra Two Wheelers To Acquire 51% Stake In Peugeot’s Scooter Unit

Source: VC Circle Early this year Samena Capital acquired minority stake in Mahindra Two Wheelers. October 7, 2014 Indian automobile major Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd's two-wheeler unit Mahindra Two Wheelers Ltd (MTWL) has agreed to acquire 51 per cent equity stake in France-based PSA Peugeot Citroen's scooter business, as per a stock market disclosure. As...

Samena Capital Completes Investment In Flemingo International

Third private equity investment this year Dubai, UAE; October 01, 2014: Samena Capital, a principal investment group focused on the Subcontinent, Asia, Middle East and North Africa (collectively known as the SAMENA region), announced today that it recently completed the acquisition of a stake in Flemingo International, one of the world’s leading emerging markets...

Samena completes deal to buy RAK Ceramics stake from UAE royal

Source: Arabian Business Samena completes deal to buy RAK Ceramics stake from UAE 15 June 2014 Investment group Samena Capital said on Sunday it has completed a deal to acquire more than 30 percent of Ras Al Khaimah Ceramics from the firm's founding shareholder. Under the terms of the transaction, Samena Capital will be represented on the board of RAK...

Press Coverage: Samena Capital agrees to buy 31% stake in U.A.E.’s RAK Ceramics

Source: The National Ras Al Khaimah ruler sells shares in RAK Ceramics April 29, 2014 Updated: April 29, 2014 20:26:00 The ruler of Ras Al Khaimah has sold 30.5 per cent of the shares in RAK Ceramics, the world’s largest maker of ceramic tiles to the private equity company Samena Capital. Cayman Islands-based Samena Limestone, a subsidiary of London, Dubai...

H.H. Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Al-Nahyan’s speech at Samena Capital’s 11th Strategic Ownership Group Meeting

Dubai, 22 April 2014 - Distinguished Guests, Members of the Samena Capital Family, Ladies and Gentlemen: The year 2014 brims with promising investment opportunities, and I welcome all of you from the SAMENA region who have assembled to promote prosperity. I wish that young people from the different countries represented here could observe your actions and hear your...

Kinetic Divests Entire Mahindra Two Wheelers’ Stake To Samena Capital

24 February, 2014 (Mahindra): Mahindra Two Wheelers, part of the US$ 16.7 billion Mahindra Group, and Kinetic Engineering (KEL) announced today that KEL has sold its entire equity stake in Mahindra Two Wheelers Limited (MTWL) to Samena Capital, a private equity investment group focused on Asia and the Middle East. Kinetic Group had originally acquired the stake in...

Samena Capital Marks Fifth Anniversary

Dubai, 22 April 2013 - Samena Capital, the principal investment group focused on investments across multiple asset classes in the subcontinent, Asia, Middle East & North Africa, today announces the official opening of its DFSA-regulated office in Dubai to coincide with fifth anniversary celebrations for the firm. The bespoke - designed office is located in the...

How Asia Competes

8 November, 2012 (The Economist) - Asia’s growing competitiveness and its relative resilience have been an important support to the nascent recovery in the global economy argues Ramesh Venkataraman, Senior Partner and Head of Direct Investments at Samena Capital. It strikes me that Asia competes on four important dimensions, all of which I have seen in action on a...

Samena Capital Announces The Initial Closing Of Its Second Special Situations Fund At US$350 Million

30 June 2011 - Samena Capital, a premier investment group focused on principal investments in the Subcontinent, Asia, Middle East and North Africa, (collectively known as the SAMENA region), is pleased to announce the Initial Closing, at US$350 million, of the Samena Special Situations Fund II L.P. (SSSF II or the Fund), the successor Fund to its flagship Samena...

REYL & CIE And Samena Capital To Form Cross-Border Asset Management Joint Venture

Hong Kong, 19 April 2011 - REYL & CIE, an independent banking group created in 1973, and Samena Capital, a premier investment group focusing on principal investments in the Subcontinent, Asia, Middle East and North Africa (SAMENA), announced today the creation of a joint venture to integrate complementary business resources. This partnership will combine Samena...

Samena Capital Realises Significant Profits In Eicher Motors

14 March 2011 - Samena Capital, a premier investment group focusing on principal investments in the Subcontinent, Asia, Middle East and North Africa, collectively known as the SAMENA region, is pleased to announce the first round of investment exits in its flagship Samena Special Situations Fund. Samena Special Situations Fund, with AUM in excess of US$200MM, aims to achieve...

Samena Capital Planning New Fund For Asia Hedge Fund Startups

9 April 2010 (Bloomberg) - Samena Capital, backed by fund managers and entrepreneurs in Asia, Middle East and North Africa, plans to raise a new pool of money for strategic investments in Asia-focused hedge funds later this year. The Hong Kong and London-based company’s hedge fund seeding unit plans to start the Angel Fund II in the second half, Managing Director...