Qatar’s Lesha Bank acquires minority stake in leading ICT provider, Starlink 

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Lesha Bank, the first independent Shari’a-compliant Bank in Qatar, has acquired a minority stake in Starlink, a leading provider of ICT, managed services and retailer of technology products as part of its private equity strategy to expand its footprint in Qatar.

Lesha Bank purchased a 27.5 percent stake in Starlink, marking its first deal in 2023 and an exciting addition to the Bank’s Shari’a-compliant private equity portfolio. Launched in 2006, Starlink, is a leading retailer of the latest technology products, mobile, gadgets and accessories.

The company has also successfully created its mark in the ICT services sector in Qatar and other regions of the GCC. Starlink has an omnichannel presence spanning 19 retail outlets in Qatar, an online platform as well as a variety of other supporting channels that provide outsource-managed services in multiple areas such as, IT, installations, maintenance and contact centers.

Abdulrahman Totonji_Lesha Bank acquires Starlink
Abdulrahman Totonji
CEO – Lesha Bank

“This investment marks another landmark for Lesha Bank and a step towards increasing the Bank’s private equity offerings. Starlink, with its market presence as a leading retailer of technology products, mobiles and ICT services presents a unique opportunity for local investors. As we look to explore other industries, this acquisition is in line with our investment strategy to access diverse opportunities in the local market, in an innovative and potentially promising industry. We look forward to working with Starlink’s stakeholders and we believe that the company has great growth potential.” 

The new deal further boosts Lesha Bank’s presence in the local private equity market. It also comes after recent purchases made in the consumer goods, technology and household electronics sectors reaffirming the Bank’s investment strategy to diversify its exposure.  

Mr. Suhaib AlMabrouk, Lesha Bank’s Head of Private Equity and Corporate Banking, said that “We are delighted to add Starlink to our growing private equity portfolio. Starlink has a strong focus on client experience and has built a valued business over the years. I am confident in Starlink’s potential and prospects and pleased that we will be their partner on this journey.”

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