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Al Masah Capital offers access to MENA in UCITS IV format

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

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Akber Naqvi
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:

United Arab Emirates-based Al Masah Capital is a niche investment firm focused on private equity, real estate and asset management. The firm offers access to the Middle East and North Africa through those investment lines and has been involved in these markets for a number of years. Recently, they started offering investors access to the region through a UCITS IV format vehicle, which Akber Naqvi, Executive Director at Al Masah explained in a recent Opalesque TV interview.

"We felt there was a specific demand that could cater to this structure," Naqvi explains. "Not only in the region, but obviously internationally, for international investors who want to invest in regional markets."

He notes that investors are starting to pivot out of fixed income and into riskier assets as markets slowly improve. As such, the UCITS vehicle includes listed equities that were beneficial and of interest to the firms current investor base. "What we found is that a dividend strategy, especially when it comes to this region, is a very unique proposition right now, that is providing above average returns compared to the rest of the world and the research supports this," he says.

So far, the firm is only looking at 15-20 stocks in the MENA region, which offer a dividend return between 6-7%. Naqvi explains that if expanded to the top 50 companies in the r......................

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