Qalaa Holdings S.A.E. is a private equity and venture capital firm specializing in growth capital, turnarounds, leveraged buyouts, consolidations, industry roll-ups, greenfields, and distressed investments. The firm typically invests in energy, cement and construction, specialty real estate, mining, consumer foods, food, agrifoods, agribusiness, foundry and ceramics, glass manufacturing, transportation, logistics, solid waste energy management, metallurgy, infrastructure and resources, oil and gas, minerals, financial services including microfinance, agriculture, alternative energy resources, water utilities, food products, alchohol beverage and tobacco distribution, textiles, recycling facilities, containers and packaging , and other non-core companies and resource-extraction plays. It primarily invests in companies based in Middle East and Africa with a particular emphasis on opportunities in North Africa and East Africa with a focus on Algeria, Egypt, Sudan, Libya, Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. The firm seeks to invest 10-20% of the equity component in its portfolio companies. It It seeks majority ownership in its portfolio companies and seeks to co-invest with other investors. The firm also makes socially responsible investments. Qalaa Holdings S.A.E. was founded in 2004 and is based in Cairo, Egypt with an additional office in Algiers, Algeria.