Abraaj Group, the buyout fund that’s undergoing a court-supervised restructuring, reached an agreement to sell its stake in Middlesex University’s Dubai campus to Amanat Holdings for about $100mn, people with knowledge of the matter said.
An initial agreement has been signed and the deal is yet to close, the people said, asking not to be identified because the information is private.
Spokespeople for Dubai-based Abraaj and Amanat declined to comment.
A court in the Cayman Islands last week appointed provisional liquidators for the holdings and investment management units of Abraaj, which was once one of the developing world’s most influential buyout firms. The move comes after investors, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, commissioned an audit to investigate the alleged mismanagement of funds.
Amanat, which owns 35% in Abu Dhabi University Holding Co and 21.7% in Taaleem Holdings, is seeking to expand its presence in the Middle East education sector. The company has about 1.8bn dirhams ($490mn) to spend on acquisitions in healthcare and education, managing director Shamsheer Vayalil said in December.
The Dubai Middlesex campus opened in January 2005 and has more than 3,000 students from over 100 nations. It offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs in a wide range of subjects.
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