The Middle East and North African (MENA) private equity industry operates very differently than the international industry. The chief reasons for this include the relative newness of the industry in the MENA region, the level of development and the needs of the regional corporate world. Experts at Wharton and Amwal AlKhaleej say private equity strategies in the region must recognize these differences when it comes to creating value in investee companies. They identify six key areas where regional firms can add value to portfolio companies: business networks, geographical expansion, professionalizing management, financial expertise, corporate governance and liquidity events.

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