Istithmar World expands into credit-related investment activities

Published April 28th, 2008 - 12:28 GMT

Istithmar World expands into credit-related investment activities

Istithmar World Capital, the private equity and alternative investment arm of Istithmar World, announced today that it has agreed to acquire a majority stake in Gulf Stream Asset Management LLC, a leading US-based institutional asset manager. Gulf Stream currently manages approximately US$3.8 billion of corporate credit portfolios for global institutional investors. Under the terms of the agreement, the remainder of the business will continue to be owned by Gulf Stream Asset Management's Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Mark Mahoney, and his team.

"Our investment in Gulf Stream comes in line with Istithmar World's strategy to expand beyond our core focus on private and alternative equity investing into credit and credit-related investment activities," said Adel Al Shirawi, Vice Chairman of Istithmar World.

He added, "We believe that the current state of the credit markets provides Gulf Stream Asset Management with unparalleled growth opportunities in credit and credit-related investing.  The financial vertical of Istithmar World continues to demonstrate stellar performance, and this transaction represents another significant achievement. We look forward to supporting Mark Mahoney and his team as we grow the business together."

David Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of Istithmar World Capital, said: "The current conditions in the credit market provide a good window of opportunity for growth. Istithmar World is well poised to capitalise on this growth opportunity by partnering with Gulf Stream whose investment experience and judgment in credit related vehicles will be an invaluable asset. This investment supports Istithmar World's strategy of unlocking growth and expansion potential in credit-related investment activities, as it continues to broaden its private equity initiatives."

"The entire firm is delighted to partner with Istithmar World in the next stage of Gulf Stream's evolution," said Mahoney. "By becoming part of Istithmar World's portfolio, we will have the capability to capitalise upon expansion opportunities the two firms have jointly identified. The opportunity to build a global asset management platform in conjunction with the resources of Istithmar is extremely exciting for our team."

Lehman Brothers Inc. served as financial advisor to Istithmar World Capital.

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