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Scepticism over US$6bln Qatari IPO

Posted on 15 April 2013

The Qatar Investment Authority, the Gulf country’s sovereign wealth fund, is planning an IPO of a new US$12bn investment fund in what would be one of the largest ECM deals in the region. But with the sale of shares set to be restricted to investors based in the country, bankers are sceptical that the Qatari market has the capacity to absorb a deal of this magnitude.
The Doha Global Investment Co fund is scheduled to list on the Qatar Exchange in May with a free-float of 50%, suggesting a deal size of US$6bn, which would make it one of the largest IPOs in the EMEA region in the recent past. However, given Qatar’s small population and the size of its stock market, observers doubt that the the deal will go through in its present form………………………………………..Full Article: Source


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