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Abu Dhabi’s SWF said to eye $200m Indian buys
July 14, 2013, 10:34 am
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Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) plans to invest about $200m in Indian real estate, two sources said, underscoring a trend for large Gulf sovereign wealth funds to diversify away from traditional developed markets such as Europe. ADIA, which manages the surpluses the Gulf emirate earns from oil exports, has appointed Kotak Realty Fund, run by Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd, to invest the money, one of the sources familiar with the matter said.

Earlier this month, Oman's State General Reserve Fund and the Government of Singapore Investment Corp (GIC) and Temasek committed to invest $200m in a real estate fund run by India's biggest mortgage lender, Housing Development Finance Corporation. In May, Qatar paid $1.26bn for a 5 percent stake in Indian telecoms firm Bharti Airtel Ltd, the world's fourth-biggest mobile phone company by customers. India's finance minister P Chidambaram visited the Gulf region in May for the second time in two months seeking investment in Asia's third-largest economy.

ADIA has investments of about $400- $500m in India which includes an 11.22 percent stake in Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services and a $50m investment in Red Fort Capital, a real estate private equity fund. Kotak's appointment comes a little over a year after ADIA hired an Indiadedicated investment manager for real estate and infrastructure to look at direct investment opportunities in the country.

ADIA, whose assets range from Citigroup bonds to a stake in Britain's Gatwick airport, allocates between 5 to 10 percent of its portfolio to real estate and prefers to invest mainly through thirdparty fund managers or joint venture agreements. The sovereign fund's real estate portfolio is widely believed to be skewed towards developed countries but it said in its review it is seeking more investments in emerging markets. 

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