Abu Dhabi launches $125bn SWF with state funds merger

Mubadala Investment Company becomes the world's 14th-largest sovereign wealth fund.

Abu Dhabi has completed the merger of two state funds, creating the world's 14th largest sovereign wealth fund.

Mubadala Investment Company will invest in sectors including private equity, real estate and infrastructure.

MIC combines the emirate's stakes in Mubadala Development Company and International Petroleum Investment Company. The firm will invest in a range of sectors including acquisitions, construction and financing and has been established as a joint stock company. It has around $125 billion in assets.

The aim of the merger, announced in June, was to allow the newly formed investment firm to “create greater benefits and enhanced economic value” to the Abu Dhabi government by investing in sectors including financial investments, energy and utilities, technology, aerospace, healthcare and real estate.

Sister title Secondaries Investor understands that Mubadala Capital, the group's in-house asset and investment management unit, is separately in “reasonably advanced” talks with investment firm Ardian to acquire a portion of Abu Dhabi's stakes held in its private equity portfolio. The process, run by Campbell Lutyens, may involve moving Mubadala Development's private equity assets into a new fund and is expected to close by the end of March, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

The sovereign wealth fund holds stakes in investment firms including Carlyle, Investcorp, and Mubadala Infrastructure Partners, a fund also backed by GE and Credit Suisse, according to its website. It also holds stakes in companies including EMI Music Publishing and has invested in a €300 million co-investment fund with Caisse des Dépôts' investment arm, focusing mainly on French private equity, real estate and infrastructure opportunities.

Mubadala Investment's eight-member board of directors includes chairman Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and vice-chairman Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Campbell Lutyens declined to comment. Ardian did not return a request for comment.