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Abu Dhabi Investment Authority Makes Senior Hire in Real Estate

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The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority said today that it has appointed Tom Arnold as Head of Americas, Real Estate, with immediate effect. Mr. Arnold, 51, will be responsible for developing and implementing ADIA’s real estate investment strategy in the Americas region. He will be based in Abu Dhabi and report to Bill Schwab, Global Head of Real Estate.

With a career spanning more than 25 years, Mr. Arnold joins ADIA from Cerberus Capital Management, where he was a Managing Director since 2003 with responsibility for the origination and execution of real estate, lending, and private equity transactions. Prior to this, Mr. Arnold spent five years at ING as a Managing Director and senior real estate acquisitions officer, overseeing portfolio management and coordinating financing facilities. He also previously served as a senior acquisitions officer and strategic asset manager at Credit Suisse and Salomon Brothers (now Citigroup). He began his career in the early 1980s as a lawyer specialising in securities, tax, and real estate matters.

Commenting on the appointment, Bill Schwab, Global Head of Real Estate at ADIA, said: “Tom is a highly respected investment professional with wide-ranging experience and deep relationships across the industry. His arrival will further strengthen our team and play a crucial role in the development of ADIA’s strategy in the important Americas region.”

Mr. Arnold said: “ADIA is a unique organisation with a well-deserved reputation as a prudent and sophisticated investor and trusted partner. In real estate, ADIA has been particularly successful in nurturing partnerships with other leading investors that are mutually beneficial while remaining consistent with its strategic vision. I feel very fortunate to be part of such a world class institution.”

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QIA Becomes the Largest Shareholder in Colonial

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The Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) became the biggest shareholder of Inmobiliaria Colonial, SOCIMI, S.A. (Colonial), a Spanish listed real estate company. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Mumtalakat Discloses Investment in Khairat Bahrain

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Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company disclosed an investment in Sudan called Khairat Bahrain. This is an agricultural investment in Sudan. The food and agriculture sector is key investment sector for many Gulf-based state investors. Khairat Bahrain is located in the world’s richest expanse of groundwater (the Nubian Sandstone Basin) occupying an area of approximately 100,000 feddans (400 square kilometers). The Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System is the world’s largest known fossil water aquifer system.

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Temasek Acquires Cybersecurity Firm Sygnia

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Singapore’s Temasek Holdings agreed to acquire Sygnia, Inc., an Israeli cybersecurity technology and services provider. Unverified estimates of the deal amount are around US$ 250 million. Sygnia runs out of Tel Aviv, but has an office in New York. Sygnia assists companies respond to cyber threats.

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