Dubai regulator imposes $315m fine on troubled buyout firm Abraaj

Visual from Abraaj website

Dubai’s market regulator imposed a $315 million fine on Abraaj Group, the collapsed buyout firm that’s already facing legal action in the U.S.

The Dubai Financial Services Authority, which regulates the city’s financial freezone, imposed two fines on Abraaj Capital Ltd. and Abraaj Investment Management Ltd. for “serious wrongdoing” and “misusing investors’ monies,” it said in a statement on Tuesday.

The fine is the largest imposed by the regulator and comes more than a year after the buyout firm’s downfall.

Abraaj, which once managed about $14 billion, was forced into liquidation last year after being accused of mismanaging investor funds. Before that, it had been one of the world’s most influential emerging-market investors with stakes in health care, clean energy, lending and real estate across Africa, Asia, Latin America and Turkey.

“The size of these fines reflects the seriousness” of the wrongdoing, DFSA Chief Executive Officer Bryan Stirewalt, said in the statement. “Senior management rode roughshod over their compliance function and the misconduct and deceit were pervasive and persistent.”

The DFSA will “pursue the persons or entities who perpetrated this activity, including those who allowed this to happen through major corporate governance breaches, to the full extent of our powers.”

Bloomberg

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In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

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  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.