Alternative Investment Awards 2017 23 Ventures LTD Company: Centaur Ventures Ltd Contact: Sabrina Zaidi Email: [email protected] Address: Emaar Boulevard Plaza Tower 1, Level 11, Unit 1102, Sh. Mohd, Bin Rashid Boulevard, P.O. Box 26878, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Phone: +971 4 2752000 Web Address:; AI170011 Centaur Centaur Ventures is one of the Venture Capital divisions of the multi-award winning Centaur Holdings Group. Sabrina Zaidi talks us through this vital subsidiary’s work and the range of services it provides. Centaur Ventures was established with a specific focus on investments in the mining and natural resources sectors in South Africa, USA, UK and Australia. Supporting a wide range of clients including junior miners, through to international commodity traders such as Vitol and Duferco, the firm explores a vast array of investment opportunities, creating value through rigorous analysis and selection of prospective investments, proactive portfolio monitoring and management, and carefully identified exit strategies, as Sabrina explains. “Whilst the Centaur Group typically focus on sourcing companies, projects and/or investment opportunities in the asset management, wealth management, private equity, venture capital, mining and natural resources, and agricultural sectors, either undervalued by the market, or lacking in development capital, we are not prescriptive and remain opportunistic, open to any geographical region, sector or any division of a company or its asset base. “As part of our approach we use a disciplined investment approach to evaluate potential transactions and constantly review and reassess our portfolio companies and the markets they operate in. Potential portfolio companies must demonstrate the ability to generate sufficient cash to ensure recovery of the invested capital in a commercially reasonable period, whilst the growth strategy is implemented, and throughout the investment period. “Through our international network and on-the-ground presence in multiple jurisdictions, we seek to identify attractive investment oppor- tunities that benefit from the long-term attractive fundamentals of the market they operate in. Thanks to this broad approach we are able to offer a variety of investment opportunities including investments funds, bonds and managed portfolios are packaged and managed by our sister company Centaur Asset Management.” To ensure that it consistently offers strong returns, Centaur serves all its stakeholders, investors and employees through transparency, integrity and excellence and aims to operate with prudence, financial discipline, and committed performance. Looking to the future, this approach will continue as the firm focuses on growing it portfolio and building upon its current success, as Sabrina concludes. “Moving forward, our aim is grow our natural resources’ assets under management to US$2 billion and the physical commodity trading side of the business to a turnover of US$500 million by early 2018.” Award for Excellence in Venture Capital Investments- MENA