Mubadala-backed Catalyst Partners ready to raise more funds, says CEO

The fund was set up by Abu Dhabi state fund Mubadala and U.S. alternative asset manager Falcon Edge Capital in 2019 with $1bln in capital

  
The Abu Dhabi Downtown Skyline and Corniche with the newly developing Central Market Towers at dusk. Image used for illustrative purpose.

The Abu Dhabi Downtown Skyline and Corniche with the newly developing Central Market Towers at dusk. Image used for illustrative purpose.

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DUBAI - Mubadala-backed fund Abu Dhabi Catalyst Partners is ready to raise more capital after investing close to $1 billion over the last 18 months, its chief executive said.

The fund was set up by Abu Dhabi state fund Mubadala and U.S. alternative asset manager Falcon Edge Capital in 2019 with $1 billion in capital.

CEO James Munce told Reuters Catalyst Partners had so far made 21 investments with an average ticket size of $50 million, with some deals investing up to $100 million.

"The plan is to go again. I think we have gone faster than expected," Munce said in reference to adding more capital.

No decision had been made on when or how much more capital would be committed, he said.

"My view on it is this can grow to be another $1 billion and we have $2 billion deployed over the next 18 months from here. That will be a four year-track record of a $2 billion fund and we would start to get some relevance in the region," he said.

Catalyst Partners was set up to support the development of Abu Dhabi's ADGM financial centre, which opened in 2015, while also achieving financial returns, according to its website.

Its investments have included an American financial technology startup developing blockchain tools for banks and an Abu Dhabi-based aircraft leasing firm.  

(Reporting by Alexander Cornwell; Editing by Edmund Blair) ((Alexander.Cornwell@thomsonreuters.com;))


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