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eWTP Arabia Capital’s Technology Fund I Recognized as Top Performing VC Fund in the Preqin League Tables

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, May 19, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — eWTP Arabia Capital Technology Fund I (“Techology Fund I”), managed by eWTP Arabia Capital (“eWTPA”), one of the leading private equity firms in the Middle East, was listed in the Preqin League Tables as the the fifth top-performing VC funds in the US$250 Million to US$499 Million category by net Internal Rate of Return (IRR) for vintages between 2015-2020.

“We’re delighted by the recognition of our Technology Fund I as a top-performing VC fund in our sector,” expressed Jessica Wong, Founder and Managing Partner of eWTPA. “This milestone underscores the commitment of our team and the robustness of our investment strategy. It also underscores the significant growth potential of the Middle East and North Africa market, particularly in Saudi Arabia, warranting attention. As a pivotal driver of technological advancement in the region, we’re steadfast in our mission to empower entrepreneurs and deliver value to our investors.”

“Being recognized by Preqin validates our hard work and dedication to supporting and actively contributing towards building the Saudi digital ecosystem,” said Jerry Li, Founder and Managing Partner of eWTPA. “As eWTPA continues to grow and expand its investment portfolio, it remains committed to fostering innovation and driving positive change in Saudi, the GCC and the global emerging markets ecosystem.”

eWTPA has demonstrated exceptional performance, solidifying its position among industry leaders. This recognition underscores eWTPA’s commitment to identifying high-potential market opportunities and generating returns for its investors.

The Preqin League Tables are regarded as a comprehensive and authoritative ranking system for private equity and venture capital performance. Preqin, a leading data provider in the alternative assets industry, compiles these league tables based on various performance metrics, including net Internal Rate of Return (IRR) and other key indicators.

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eWTPA’s success reflects its strategic approach to investing high-growth sectors in the MENA region. The firm’s portfolio includes a diverse range of companies poised to make a significant impact on their respective industries.

Acting as a bridge between Asia and the Middle East, eWTPA’s Technology Fund I has achieved significant success since its inception in 2019. The Fund has invested in over 18 companies, several of which have successfully established themselves in KSA, like J&T Express, Raha, Sahm and COFE.

About eWTPA:

Founded in 2019, eWTP Arabia Capital is an investment firm based in Saudi Arabia and China. Backed by marquee regional and international Sovereign Wealth Funds, Institutional investors, and family offices, eWTPA helps create robust local digital ecosystems in the MENA region by partnering with market-leading international businesses and providing a gateway for these companies to establish a strong and sustainable presence in the region. To date, eWTPA has invested in over 18 companies, 13 of which have already established themselves successfully in KSA.

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Agora acquires Clearshift’s real estate division

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Agora, a provider of real estate investment management solutions, has acquired Clearshift’s real estate division to “reinvent cross-border payments in investment management.”

The division has utilized Clearshift’s international payments infrastructure to facilitate mass payouts and capital investments between foreign investors, asset managers, real estate property managers, and fund administrators.

While the financial details of the acquisition remain undisclosed, Agora will now serve as the division’s primary client-facing interface, offering “user-friendly investment management tools.” Clearshift will retain responsibility for payment execution and compliance functions.

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For existing Clearshift clients, this integration into the Agora platform promises “enhanced capabilities.” Agora’s clients, not currently subscribed to Clearshift, will gain “a transparent solution to foreign exchange activity” that enables “seamless distributions and contributions in any currency worldwide.”

Ari Dobner, CEO of Clearshift, noted, “After years of refining our fund manager payment solution, it became clear to us that our clients would truly benefit from a full investor management solution with seamless payment integration.”

Bar Mor, co-founder and CEO of Agora, added that the acquisition will enhance their platform with “streamlined and cost-effective international payments,” leveraging the “substantial customer overlap between Agora and Clearshift.”

This acquisition follows the recent closure of Agora’s $34 million Series B funding round, backed by Qumra Capital, Insight Partners, and UK-based investment firm Aleph.

Source: fintechfutures.com

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InScope secures $4.3m to revolutionise financial reporting and auditing

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InScope, a newly launched FinTech company, has successfully raised $4.3 million to expand its innovative financial reporting and auditing platform.

According to PYMNTS, the funding round included significant contributions from prominent investors such as Lightspeed and Better Tomorrow Ventures.

InScope is focused on transforming the traditional processes of financial reporting and auditing for private companies. The company leverages advanced technologies, including generative AI and large language models, to automate and streamline the compilation of financial statements—tasks that have historically been prone to errors and required extensive manual effort.

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The new capital will be used to enhance InScope’s platform capabilities. The company aims to shift accountants’ focus from laborious manual tasks to more strategic initiatives, thereby empowering finance professionals with tools to complete reporting and auditing tasks quickly and efficiently.

InScope’s system compiles data from a company’s core systems, such as ERP, along with publicly available information, and transforms these inputs into GAAP-compliant financial and audit documents.

InScope CEO and co-founder Mary Antony stated, “Our technology dramatically reduces the time and effort required for financial reporting and auditing, eliminating the need for outdated manual processes.” Her co-founder and COO, Kelsey Gootnick, also emphasized the transformative potential of InScope, which they conceived out of their own frustrations with existing financial processes.

The company has already begun collaborating with a select group of companies to refine and enhance their financial reporting capabilities. JC Bahr-de Stefano, a venture capital investor at Better Tomorrow Ventures, commented on this partnership: “InScope is already working with a handful of companies to help streamline their financial reporting needs and enable accountants to complete their reporting tasks in minutes instead of months.”

Source: fintech.global

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Citi extends USD Clearing service to Middle East in partnership with Emirates NBD

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Citi has partnered with Dubai-based banking group Emirates NBD to launch its USD Clearing service in the Middle East.

Through this collaboration, Emirates NBD will offer the USD Clearing service, along with its commercial and treasury payment execution capabilities, to corporate and retail clients via its branch networks in the UAE and Saudi Arabia. This service will enable clients to make cross-border USD payments with continuous availability, addressing current payment flow challenges posed by varying transaction cut-off times in the UAE.

“The introduction of 24/7 USD Clearing will support the growth ambitions of our clients by giving them the ability to seamlessly transfer funds in a timely manner without having to worry about cutoffs and holidays,” said Ahmed Al Qassim, group head of wholesale banking at Emirates NBD.

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Following the initial launch, the service will be extended to all Emirates NBD branches in the Middle East and globally, including partnerships with third-party institutions.

According to its website, Emirates NBD currently operates 853 branches in the UAE, Egypt, India, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the UK, Austria, Germany, Russia, and Bahrain.

Shahmir Khaliq, Citi’s head of services, described the collaboration as “an important step in our journey to creating a multibank solution that is designed to deliver an end-to-end, ‘always on’ experience for participant banks and their customers.”

“Our 24/7 USD Clearing service is a clear differentiator in the market,” Khaliq continued. “It demonstrates the full value of our globally leading cross-border payments and clearing capabilities, which enable our clients to make payments faster and in a more efficient and transparent manner.”

Source: fintechfutures.com

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