ADQ and IHC to launch investment manager

Two Abu Dhabi investment companies are planning to jointly create what they claim will be the largest alternative asset management firm in the Mena region.

ADQ and International Holding Company (IHC) are the two founding shareholders, and the new firm will manage a portfolio of assets from both founders as well ADQ’s alternative investments platform Abu Dhabi Growth Fund.

Investments will be made via fund of funds, direct investments, credit and co-investments.

Strategic support will be provided by US-based private equity firm General Atlantic.

The move has been inspired by the growth of the alternatives market in the region, according to IHC chief executive Syed Basar Shueb.

“Research is showing the global market for alternative investments will continue to grow in the next five years,” he said.

“With these positive indicators, we believe there is a compelling opportunity to invest at scale.”

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