Investcorp, a Bahrain-based alternative asset manager, is aiming to raise between 2 billion and 4 billion yuan ($270-$550 million) for its first private equity fund in the Chinese currency as more Middle Eastern money flows into the world’s second largest economy.
"I hope over time, we will be more than just a Middle East investor in China. I want us to be perceived also as a local Chinese investor," Investcorp Co-CEO Hazem Ben-Gacem told Reuters in an interview published Tuesday.
He said the final amount of funds raised will depend on market conditions.
Ben-Gacem said his company plans to apply for a license with Chinese regulatory bodies in the coming months that will allow it to start raising capital from domestic institutions starting in 2024.