Ras Al Khaimah – The United Arab Emirates became an ambitious market for specialized enterprises. But what kind of service offers First Investments FZE?
Professor Ulrich Pape from the ESCP Europe Business School in Berlin defines the term „financial investment“ as „long-term oriented acquisition of financial assets“. Financial investments include equity securities (for example, shares) and creditor rights (for example, bonds or loans), according to Pape. Unlike a strategic company participation (Mergers & Acquisitions) financial motives are in the foreground here.While many financial service providers specialize and offer their clients only certain investment offerings, there are also „generalists“ with an almost all-encompassing portfolio. These include consulting, finance, investment, mergers, acquisitions, fund management and asset management services.
One of these companies is First Investments FZE with locations in Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah and Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. It is one of the more than 13,000 companies that bundle their skills in the Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ) and expand worldwide from this infrastructural hub. The Arab finance company is active in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America and has been able to realize many projects in the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain and Italy. For this project financing, it relies on a global network of investors, sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, banks, insurers, university foundations and corporate clients focused on technology, education, energy, real estate and manufacturing.
Arab investors are now well known for entering into strategic investment alliances beyond purely financial investments. Through trading venues such as Dubai, they are forging networks in the Arab, African and Asian regions, thus opening up completely new market access for their customers. German SMEs have long benefited from this. The markets continue to grow together and financial services providers in the Middle East have become the focal point for capital flows. Arab investment companies often have special expertise in risk capital, private capital and silent participations. This also applies to First Investments FZE. Earlier this year, it was announced that the budding investment house has already funded 91 projects worth $ 4.1 billion and has access to a pool of more than 1,500 refinancers. According to company information, there are currently 217 active customers and 153 investments worldwide.
The own performance profile is described in this way: „We specialize in providing investment solutions to business enterprises and institutional clients. The services provided by us include, financial planning, business funding, investment and project management. Our main aim is to equip financial support to extraordinary companies through our expertise in private equity, silent partnership and venture capital. We serve our clients with a powerful combination of global perspective and local experience which empower our clients to achieve more. Our highly skilled team is enriched with international business experience as well as in-depth understanding of investment management.“ Sounds good so far.