Raise Capital in the Middle East with the 2018 US Commerce Dept Private Equity, Venture Capital & Real Estate Trade Mission

For the past five years, the US Commerce Department has been providing US managers an opportunity to meet directly with active LPs around the world under the auspices of the International Trade Administration and with the help of US Embassies and Ambassadors (see photos of our delegations here). The goal of these Certified Trade Mission is to increase the foreign investment into funds based in or investing in the United States (the Virtual Mission is for non-US GPs). 


Chad Gracia is the private sector Mission Leader for the Middle East. He built a career as a speechwriter for Saudi ambassadors and an advisor to the Saudi Royal Court, and in 2013 was asked by the Commerce Department to help recruit GPs and LPs for the missions in the Middle East. Since then, he has introduced more than 50 GPs to hundreds of active allocators in the Middle East, including sovereign wealth funds; banks, pensions and other institutions; and family offices in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, the UAE, Qatar and Oman. (He is a registered broker and has raised more than $1 billion for his clients, but takes no success fees from investments generated on these missions.) After each trip, participants share their experiences here

 Cocktail reception for US GPs at the Home of US Ambassador to Oman, after a long day of meetings with Omani LPs (May, 2017).

Cocktail reception for US GPs at the Home of US Ambassador to Oman, after a long day of meetings with Omani LPs (May, 2017).

On the heels of a successful trip in spring 2017, the team is now planning another Trade Mission of private equity and real estate managers to the region from October 21st-24th. We will begin in Abu Dhabi meeting LPs and a US Embassy event, then spend Monday in Oman (during the day we'll meet with LPs and then head to a cocktail reception at the home of the US Ambassador). After that, our team will arrange personalized trips for each delegate to Saudi Arabia and elsewhere in the region during the remainder of the week. (Early bird price until April 15th, 2018.) 

Saturday, October 20th: Welcome Dinner in Abu Dhabi (optional).
Sunday, October 21st: US Embassy event and one-on-one introductions to LPs.
Monday, October 22nd: One-on-one meetings with LPs and cocktail reception at US Ambassador's residence.
Tuesday - Wednesday, Oct. 23 - 24th: Individualized itinerary for each GP to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain or Qatar, depending on individual schedules and LP interest.

Alternatively, if you'd like an introduction right away to the LP investors we met in Saudi Arabia, Oman and the UAE (as well as more than 100 active allocators through the GCC), please consider our Virtual Mission. Links to registration are below. 

Comments from 2017 Participants

"I was very impressed by the connections we made during our trade mission trip to Saudi Arabia and Oman with Gracia Group. I was particularly impressed by the investors we met, specifically that they were not simply sovereign wealth funds or other entities we would have found on our own. Rather, we were introduced to leading private businesses and family offices that we would not have identified otherwise. Chad Gracia's long history in the region has created a great network." - Tom Darden, Cherokee Funds

 US Delegation Meeting local LPs.

US Delegation Meeting local LPs.

"As a venture capital firm, Chad Gracia’s trade mission to the Middle East was very worthwhile for us. We had many productive meetings in a condensed time frame. It was a great use of our time, and we hope to attend the next one.” - Tom Tsao, Gobi Ventures

Meet Saudi and Other LPs Now

Tax changes in the US coupled with regional instability are making 2018 one of the strongest years in decades for GCC investment into the US. If you have any interest in expanding your LP base, the next few months provide an excellent opportunity to do so, and there is no more cost-effective or time-efficient manner than these trade missions.

Details are here -- the mission will take place October 20th - 24th, 2018 and will provide you with personal introductions to more than 100 active LP allocators to US funds throughout the MENA region: sovereign wealth funds, pensions and other institutions, and family offices. 

Learn More

Testimonials from Your Peers
Photos from Past Trade Missions
Interview with US Commerce Department Official

Full In-Person Trade Mission

Ten GPs will be invited to join the 2018 mission. Early bird pricing available until April 1st, 2018. 

Meet active allocators to private equity, venture capital and real estate funds. Our trade missions take place with the support of the US Commerce Department and local embassies, and offer an informal environment in which to meet LPs for one-on-one conversations.

Two delegates from each GP included.


Virtual Mission

Virtual Trade Mission
2,495.00 4,995.00

Get introduced now to active LP investors in the Middle East through our Virtual Mission.

Twice each year we introduce American and other GPs to the same group of pre-screened LPs that we invite to our in-person trade missions. This is the most cost efficient manner to start your dialogue with Middle East LPs interested in allocating to international funds.

Returning GP Delegates

Returning delegates can always join our Virtual and In-Person Trade Missions for a substantial discount. 

The price includes both a Virtual Mission and an in person mission for two participants from each firm.