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Holding company
Industry Financial services
Founded 1997[1]
Headquarters Manama, Bahrain
Key people
Atif A. Abdulmalik, CEO
Hisham Al Raee
Martin Tan
Mohammed Chowdhury
US$11.4 million [2]
Number of employees
Parent Arcapita Group Holdings
"Crescent Capital Investments" redirects here. For the Los Angeles-based private equity firm, see Crescent Capital Group.

Arcapita Bank (formerly Crescent Capital Investments) is a Bahrain-based holding company, formed in 1996 as the First Islamic Investment Bank. Arcapita Bank has offices in Bahrain, Atlanta, London, and Singapore.[3] It owns the Delaware, US-incorporated holding and real estate company Arcapita, Inc. (formerly known as Crescent Investments, Inc.), headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, which buys American companies for between $200 million and $1 billion, and sells them four to six years later.[4][5]

Name change[edit]

On March 15, 2005, parent company First Islamic Investment Bank and its subsidiaries changed their name to Arcapita and adopted a new logo.[6] The name "Arcapita" is a combination of the words "arc" and "capital", "arc" symbolizing the company's global span, from Atlanta to London to Bahrain. The firm indicated that its name change did not relate to potential anti-Islam sentiments in the regions in which it was operating.[7]

The name change resulted in some controversy as to whether it was done to hide the company's Middle Eastern roots. According to the company, the unified name was introduced to avoid confusion about the relationships between the parent company, First Islamic Investment Bank, and its subsidiaries, Crescent Capital in the U.S. and Crescent Capital (Europe) Ltd., based in London. The company also wanted to reassure investors who were uneasy about the perceived religious association of the old name.[5]

September 11 boycott[edit]

In response to the September 11th terrorist attacks, a boycott was initiated against the coffee chain Caribou Coffee, which Crescent Capital had acquired in 2000. According to Fred Taub, president of Cleveland-based Boycott Watch, some people objected to Muslim ownership of the U.S.-based coffee chain.[5] However, the boycott did not have a significant effect on the growth of the chain, which grew from 175 stores in 2001 to more than 400 in 2006.[5]

Compliance with Sharia[edit]

Every investment made by Arcapita Bank and its subsidiary corporations is approved by a four-member Sharia advisory board. The board includes a retired judge from Saudi Arabia's Supreme Court, and religious scholars from Pakistan and Bahrain. In accordance with Islamic Sharia law, the company does not invest in any businesses which offer credit or charge interest, or sell pornography, alcohol, or pork products.[5]

According to representatives of the company, the Sharia advisory board does not make decisions about the financial merits of investments, and does not play a role in hiring or promotion of employees.[5]


Arcapita filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in March 2012.[8]

In January 2014, Arcapita sold its U.S.-based firm Varel International to the Swedish engineering firm Sandvik for a total of $740 million.[9]


Arcapita's holdings include:[5]

Former investments[edit]


  1. ^ "Crescent Capital Announces Majority Investment in Cirrus Industries, Leading Airplane Manufacturer, in $143 Million Deal". Business Wire. August 22, 2001. Retrieved 2008-06-21. 
  2. ^ a b "Financial Information – Financial Highlights" (PDF). Arcapita Bank. Retrieved 2016-07-06. 
  3. ^ "Corporate Information – Overview". Arcapita Bank. Archived from the original on 22 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-21. 
  4. ^ Larson, Eric (July–August 2004). "Honoring Shari'ah". Duke Magazine 90 (4): 3. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Paul, Peralte C.; Shelia M. Poole (July 30, 2006). "Branching out, with limits". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Archived from the original on 18 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-21. 
  6. ^ "Crescent Capital soon to be Arcapita". Atlanta Business Chronicle (American City Business Journals, Inc.). February 28, 2005. Retrieved 2008-06-21. 
  7. ^ Parker, Mushtak (28 February 2005). "First Islamic Changes Its Name". Arab News. Retrieved 2008-06-21. 
  8. ^ Fitch, Asa (March 19, 2012). "Arcapita Files for Bankruptcy Protection as Debt Talks Fail". Bloomberg. 
  9. ^ David French (3 February 2014). "Arcapita to sell Varel International to Sandvik for $740 million". Reuters. 
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