Tikehau Capital expands its international presence with the opening of its first office in the GCC region

Tikehau Capital, the global alternative asset manager, today announced the expansion of its global footprint with the opening of its 15th office in Abu Dhabi, as a first step in establishing the Group’s presence in the GCC region.

Investors globally are increasingly looking to diversify their assets and investments. Tikehau Capital seeks to build a strong local presence in the Middle East, expanding its offering and well-recognised expertise in alternative assets to local investors to meet the growing demand driven by structural market shifts. Tikehau Capital has a long and dedicated track record in financing mid-market companies, supporting them to accelerate their internationalisation, drive their digital transformation and assist their transition towards sustainability.

Tikehau Capital has established client relationships across the UAE over the past few years. With this new permanent presence in Abu Dhabi, Tikehau Capital intends to serve the UAE’s vibrant ecosystem of leading financial institutions, sovereign wealth funds, corporates and entrepreneurs, drawing on its expertise, resources, and global network across its various asset classes (private debt, real assets, private equity, and capital markets strategies). 

With a dedicated local team on the ground, this office opening is intended to strengthen Tikehau Capital’s existing relationships with key local players and is in line with the Group’s announcement in February 2021 of Hassan Karimi’s appointment as a senior advisor in the region.

Gustave Laurent, who was part of Tikehau Capital’s M&A strategy department based in Paris, relocated to Abu Dhabi to help coordinate business development and office operations. Gustave will work alongside the Group’s senior management team and our local senior partners to help develop long-term and collaborative relationships with local investors and promote the growth of our portfolio companies across the region.

In line with the Group’s DNA, Tikehau Capital also aims to build strategic partnerships with local actors and leverage its investment expertise in the decarbonisation of our economies and strategic sectors such as food security and cybersecurity, among others in order to actively contribute to the development of Abu Dhabi’s ecosystem.

“We are thrilled to announce the opening of Tikehau Capital’s first office in the Gulf Cooperation Council region, marking a significant milestone in our global expansion. This strategic move strengthens our presence in the United Arab Emirates and sets the foundation for further regional growth. Our commitment to building long-term relationships, fostering collaboration, and contributing to Abu Dhabi’s ecosystem sets us apart. We are excited to embark on this journey and develop our trusted partnerships in the GCC region further,” said Antoine Flamarion and Mathieu Chabran, co-founders of Tikehau Capital.

“The opening of an office in Abu Dhabi Global Market is testament to Tikehau Capital’s long-term and local commitment to each market it enters. We believe our differentiated value-added approach and entrepreneurial heritage will be highly relevant in the GCC region. Tikehau Capital is fortunate to have established existing trusted relationships which we look forward to developing further,” declared Frédéric Giovansili, deputy CEO of Tikehau Investment Management.

“ADGM is pleased to welcome Tikehau Capital to ADGM’s dynamic financial ecosystem as it secures its Financial Services Permission (FSP) from ADGM’s Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA). Beginning this exciting journey within ADGM’s progressive regulatory environment will help this well-established alternative asset management company cement its first foothold in the region. We are confident that Tikehau Capital’s unique approach and commitment to delivering excellence will drive unprecedented growth and collaboration within ADGM, as well as Abu Dhabi and the wider region. With the addition of another major global asset management player, ADGM reiterates its commitment to evolving the thriving asset management landscape in the ‘capital of capital’,” said Arvind Ramamurthy, Chief of Market Development at ADGM.