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10.1.11

The Rise and Fall of Gulf Finance House

The Rise and Fall of Gulf Finance House
Islamic Finance News
By Mohammed Khnifer (MSc,MBA,CIFP)

This paper dissects the balance sheet and business model of Gulf Finance, and scrutinizes the existence of a "pre-exit premium" in their activities - on top of the usual exit fees and/or performance fees. The study suggests that this practice (uncommon even for conventional Private Equity businesses - much less for an Islamic Private Equity house) was pioneered by GFH and it is this same practice that brought them down to their knees.
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