Carlyle Group coming to Egypt

Bloomberg is reporting that the Carlyle Group -- the biggest buyout firm in the US, famous for having allegedly held a meeting on 11 September 2001 that included both a representative of the Bin Laden clan and George H.W. Bush -- will shortly be opening offices in Cairo and seeking to buy out Egyptian companies, probably in financial services.

Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region,