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Qatar Telecom Doubles Asiacell Stake for $1.5bn

Reuters reports that Qatar Telecom (Qtel) is to double its stake in Asiacell, Iraq’s second biggest mobile operator, to 60 percent for $1.47 billion. Qtel will initially increase its stake to 53.9 percent from 30 percent, with a further increase pending Iraqi government and regulatory approval. Qtel did not identify the sellers of the stake, but […]

Qtel to Buy Out Asiacell Partner?

Reuters, citing banking sources familiar with the matter, reports that Qatar Telecom (Qtel) plans to buy out a private equity partner’s 19-percent stake in Iraqi telecoms operator Asiacell. Qtel, the Gulf state’s former monopoly, has a 30-percent stake in Asiacell, Iraq’s number two operator, while its partner MerchantBridge owns 19 percent. Morgan Stanley is reportedly […]

Lafarge to Triple Cement Production at Karbala

Lafarge plans to triple cement production over the next two to three years at its plant in Karbala, according to Bloomberg. Eric le Blan, Acting Chief Executive Officer of Lafarge’s partner MerchantBridge, told the agency that production at Karbala would increase from 576,000 tons of cement per year to at least 1.8 million tons by 2013 […]

Businessmen Killed in Iraq Plane Crash

Reuters reports that the chief executive of private equity group MerchantBridge and two JPMorgan executives were among seven people killed when a small plane crashed in northern Iraq. The plane went down shortly after takeoff on Friday from Sulaimaniya airport in Kurdistan. MerchantBridge CEO Basil al-Rahim and Abdallah Lahoud, a partner in the company, died […]

MerchantBridge Launches Mesopotamia Fund to Invest in Iraqi Equities

MerchantBridge, the international private equity group with diverse investment interests operating from Iraq, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom, has launched an Iraq equity fund, the “Mesopotamia Equity Fund Ltd“. The Mesopotamia Fund is an open ended fund that will capitalize on the expected long term growth of the Iraqi Stock Exchange (ISX). […]

Iraqi Banks Need to Raise $10bn in Three Years

Iraqi banks need to raise at least $10 billion [12 trillion Iraqi dinars] in fresh capital over the next three years to prepare for the expected oil-fuelled construction boom and meet new regulatory requirements, Reuters quotes an investor. Iraq has signed multi-billion deals with oil firms to boost output capacity to 12 million barrels a […]