QIA takes Park Lane off Mubadala’s hands and adds another pin to Midtown Manhattan

28th August, 2023

On Monday, the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) closed the acquisition of Park Lane Hotel in Midtown Manhattan for US$ 623 million, according to news provider PincusCo and to New York’s Office of the City Register.

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Hard Lessons in Indian Venture Capital as PharmEasy Valuation Hits SWFs

24th August, 2023

At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, venture capital investment in e-commerce and healthtech was a no-brainer – and India’s PharmEasy, valued at US$5.6 billion in 2021, provided an ideal opportunity for sovereign investors to jump on the bandwagon in a massive, fast-growing emerging market.

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Indian Tycoon Ambani Breaks Records as Qatar Backs his Retail Giant

23rd August, 2023

Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund has agreed to buy a 1% stake in India’s massive Reliance Retail Ventures Ltd (RRVL) chain for US$1 billion – a valuation that has boosted the value of existing sovereign investor stakes by more than 60% since they bought into the firm in late 2020.

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Qatar's QIA Could Back Ambani's Retail Empire in India

27th July, 2023

Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund could soon be joining its Abu Dhabi (ADIA and Mubadala), Saudi (Public Investment Fund (PIF)), and Singapore (GIC) peers as well as private equity giants KKR and General Atlantic with a potential investment in Reliance Retail Ventures Ltd (RRVL), the retail arm of the massive Reliance Industries conglomerate, according to the Financial Times.

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Tide Turns In Favor of Hospitality: State Investors Rush to the Resorts

16th June, 2023

The post-Covid revival in tourism is encouraging a tide of sovereign fund investment in hotel and leisure, with a focus on Europe and a significant shift towards large-scale resorts.

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Spain's Sovereign Fund Looks to Foreign Support for Co-Investment and Social Impact

15th June, 2023

Two new funds focusing on co-investments and social impact were launched this month by Spain’s sovereign wealth fund, Compañía Española de Financiación del Desarrollo (COFIDES), as the country’s government follows France and Italy in catalysing private sector capital for strategic economic development.

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Qatar regroups and reshapes its strategy

23rd May, 2023

On May 16, the Government of Qatar issued a rare Amiri decree to reorganize its SWF, allowing the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) take a more active role in the development of the local market and in the attraction of foreign direct investment. A day later, the fund announced the establishment of a US$ 275 million market-making program at the Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE), which is solely owned by the QIA.

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Sovereign Investors Hit By Banking Stocks Turmoil

16th March, 2023

The sovereign investor universe is being pummelled by the turmoil in the trade of banking stocks on global markets, revealing yet again doubts over strategy that had previously been highlighted in crypto-related investments.

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Changes in Abu Dhabi: A Tale of Two Brothers, Two Sons, and Two Key Advisors

9th March, 2023

Since Sheikh Khalifa’s demise on May 13, 2022, there has been a lot of speculation in Abu Dhabi, recently dubbed the Capital of Capital, around the new sharing of responsibilities, both political and financial.

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QIA Gets Ready to Invest Gas Windfall

23rd February, 2023

The Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) is set for a big cash injection from the Gulf state’s natural gas bonanza, just as the fund is pushing ahead with an investment strategy that increasingly focuses on venture capital.

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Saudi Fund Joins the Agtech Farming Revolution

2nd February, 2023

In an era of climate change, pressures on water resources and a burgeoning global population reaching 10 billion, indoor vertical farming is emerging to overcome the challenges and address growing food demand.

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PIF: Saudi Arabia’s Banyan Tree

12th January, 2023

The Public Investment Fund (PIF) is growing more and more like a banyan tree: developing accessory trunks that allow it to spread outwards indefinitely. The Saudi SWF has a central strategy, which is “driving the growth of new sectors, companies and jobs, as a catalyst of Vision 2030” but is writing history as it goes.

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