|This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (May 2009)|
|Founded||Kuwait City, Kuwait (2005)|
|Founders||Consortium of Kuwaiti merchants|
|Area served||Kuwait, Dubai, Istanbul, Cairo|
|Parent||National Bank of Kuwait|
Watani Investment Company (NBK Capital) is a financial services firm with operations across the Middle East. NBK Capital was established in July 2005 as a fully owned subsidiary of the National Bank of Kuwait (NBK), the largest Kuwaiti bank and the highest-rated in the Middle East.
Operating regionally from Kuwait, Dubai, Egypt and Turkey with over 170 investment professionals, NBK Capital prides itself on a reach and scale that is global, a focus that is regional and a service level that always remains personal.
The Alternative Investments group at NBK Capital manages three funds under its two main divisions –
• Private Equity – o NBK Capital Equity Partners Fund, a $ 250 million regional private equity fund; o Kuwait Investment Opportunities Fund, a Kuwaiti $120 million private equity fund launched in 2008.
• Mezzanine – o NBK Capital - GSC Group Mezzanine Fund, a $200 million mezzanine fund
The Asset Management group manages 49 investment funds with assets under management exceeding $10.2 billion. The funds are diversified across asset classes and include Money Markets, Equities, Islamic, Alternative Investments, and Real Estate.
The Brokerage & Research group at NBK Capital provides a full brokerage service which offers online, institutional, and personal brokerage services. This comes hand in hand with the published research, in which NBK Capital aims to provide objective fundamental research on Middle East and North Africa (MENA) capital markets.