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|25 April, 2019

New $1bln fund at ADGM

The new enterprise will pursue opportunities that satisfy a mandate of creating a hub for pioneering companies to locate at ADGM

A view of the Abu Dhabi skyline.

A view of the Abu Dhabi skyline.

REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

ABU DHABI- Abu Dhabi Global Market, ADGM, will be home to a newly established US$1 billion fund, Abu Dhabi Catalyst Partners. The new enterprise will pursue opportunities that satisfy a mandate of creating a hub for pioneering companies to locate at ADGM, to generate attractive returns while having a positive impact on the ADGM ecosystem.

Abu Dhabi Catalyst Partners seeks to realise commercial returns by partnering with top tier and up-and-coming investment firms and industry-leading businesses and professionals who will benefit from building a meaningful and sustainable presence in Abu Dhabi Global Market.

The fund will be backed by Mubadala Investment Company with the endeavour to leverage Mubadala’s networks locally and around the world to originate attractive investment opportunities in the region. Where applicable, the firm will also work with Mubadala investment teams and portfolio companies to pursue ADGM-related opportunities.

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Commenting on the announcement, Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, Minister of State and ADGM Chairman, said, "We congratulate Mubadala Investment Company on the launch of Abu Dhabi Catalyst Partners, and we welcome the establishment of their fund in ADGM. "Today’s event embodies the vision and ambition of the leadership of Abu Dhabi in establishing ADGM to enable investments and capital flow through our Capital City. ADGM remains focused on its role and responsibility as a leading International Financial Centre with trusted regulatory, judicial, commercial and dispute resolution regimes and infrastructure supporting the economic development of Abu Dhabi." With an employee base of over ten experienced investment professionals, half of whom are UAE Nationals, the fund will explore opportunities locally and abroad. Abu Dhabi Catalyst Partners will leverage Mubadala’s extensive networks across key capital markets. The new fund will target opportunities across asset management, speciality finance and financial infrastructure, with investees expected to have a presence in ADGM.

Criteria will also include the investees’ impact on job creation and engagement with the broader ADGM-based service ecosystem. Guy Hurley, CEO, Abu Dhabi Catalyst Partners, said, "It’s exciting to be partnering with one of the most influential global investment companies at one of the fastest-growing international financial centres anywhere in the world.

There are tremendous opportunities for strong returns built around Abu Dhabi’s robust economy. As a gateway to the region and major financial markets, the Emirate also offers unrivalled opportunities for companies looking to expand internationally. We have a brilliant team of local and global talent and are looking forward to pursuing our ambitious investment strategy."

© Copyright Emirates News Agency (WAM) 2019.

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