July 31, 2014 11:13 PM ET

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Company Overview of Qatar Investment Authority

Company Overview

Qatar Investment Authority is a sovereign wealth fund of the Government of Qatar. It invests in the public equity, fixed income, private equity, startups, real estate, and alternative assets. The firm also makes fund of funds investments across the globe. It does not invest in the Qatar energy sector. It invests in companies operating across diversified sectors. The firm seeks to invest in startups in France. Qatar Investment Authority was founded in 2005 and is based in Doha, Qatar.

P.O. Box 23224



Founded in 2005


974 499 5900


974 499 5991

Key Executives for Qatar Investment Authority

Chief Executive
Age: 37
Global Head of Real Estate
Director of the Asset Management Group and Head of Asset Management
Age: 38
Head of Strategy
Director of Investment Strategy
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Qatar Investment Authority Key Developments

QIA Speculated To Make Renewed Bid For Sainsbury

Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) may renew its bid for J. Sainsbury plc (LSE:SBRY). On July 22, 2014, market sources told Sharecast/Digital Look that Sainsbury is is expected to soon be approached with a bid from QIA. People close to the matter stated that an announcement on the bid, which is understood to be about £5 a share, could come as soon as July 25, 2014. Speculation of a renewed offer from QIA came in March 2014 following a drop in J. Sainsbury’s market share and stocks, due to competition from foreign discounters including Aldi and Lidl. According to the news report, Sainsbury's declined to comment.

Qatar Rumored To Be Eyeing Centrica Assets

Qatar is said to be eyeing power plants from Centrica plc (LSE:CNA). Qatar is in talks with Centrica over investing in UK power plants. According to the news report, Mohammed bin Saleh Al–Sada, Qatar's Energy Minister, and Sam Laidlaw, Centrica’s Chief Executive, both declined to comment on rumors. Saleh Al–Sada said that Qatar was ‘discussing some projects’ in the UK energy sector with Centrica, citing ‘a lot of common interest and values between the two companies’. The minister assed, “We invested together in Canada and we are still discussing other potential investment. We are capitalising on the success and positive commonalities between the two and we were just talking about a few areas of future cooperation.” Mark Hanafin, Head of upstream for Centrica, said, “Nebras was looking with Centrica at the UK's need for more gas–fired power plants and "whether there is potential there because we know how to consent plants, we know how to build them and we know how to run them". He added: "There is a natural conversation to have.” Nebras is a firm created by Qatar Investment Authority and Qatar Electricity & Water Company Q.S.C (DSM:QEWS). Centrica’s shares rose 1.5% on the takeover rumors.

HDFC Property And UIOF Reported To Sell Stake In Metrozone

HDFC Property Fund- HDFC India Real Estate Fund and Urban Infrastructure Opportunities Fund (UIOF) are seeking to sell Metrozone, a mega township project in Chennai with an asking price of INR 8 billion for their 55% stake, people directly aware of the matter said. UIOF, is backed by Anand Jain, and HDFC currently have a 30% and 25% stake respectively. However, the new investors would hold a 65% stake, picking up a further 10%, once Metrozone completes an additional 33 acre juxtaposed land parcel in the coming weeks. Ozone Group, which is the developer, holds the remaining 35% shares. The investors and developer Ozone have approached global private equity investors and sovereign wealth funds with a proposed transaction, which is still in early stages. Ozone has held preliminary talks with The Blackstone Group L.P. (NYSE:BX), Qatar Investment Authority, Oman Investment Fund and The Xander Group Inc. among others, as it seeks a new majority partner. S Vasudevan, Managing Director of Ozone Group, declined to comment to Times Of India.

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