Reliance Money forays into Saudi Arabia

July 3rd, 2008 - 8:52 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, July 3 (IANS) Reliance Money, the brokering arm of the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG), has launched a joint venture in Saudi Arabia with Bahrain-based advisory firm Riyada Consulting. Riyada Reliance Money, the new joint venture company, plans to raise $53.34 million (Rs.2.3 billion) in the first phase through sale of a stake to Gulf institutional investors, said a statement issued by Reliance Thursday.

Reliance Money chief executive and director Sudip Bandyopadhyay said: “We plan to have a significant footprint in the region. We will be seeking regulatory approvals and also be looking at strategic dilution of equity to institutional investors in the Gulf region.”

However, he said Reliance will retain management control post.

The venture will seek regulatory approvals for launching services, including brokering, corporate finance, investment banking and asset management.

“We already have a presence in Oman and Dubai, and our presence in Saudi Arabia will further complement our efforts to have a larger role in the region,” said Bandyopadhyay.

Reliance has already made forays into Hong Kong, and plans to expand its operations in over 15 countries spread across Europe (London), North Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia by 2009.

“We aim to generate 50 percent of our revenues from overseas markets by 2012 and capture a bigger share of the record $19.5 bn invested in India last year by overseas funds,” said Bandyopadhyay.

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