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Goldman Sachs, Mubadala ink $1bn APAC credit partnership

ABU DHABI, February 26, 2024

Goldman Sachs and Mubadala Investment Company have signed a $1 billion separately managed account (Partnership) in which Mubadala and Goldman Sachs Alternatives will co-invest in private credit opportunities throughout the Asia Pacific region.
The partnership will be managed by Private Credit at Goldman Sachs Alternatives, with a dedicated on-the-ground team across multiple Asia Pacific markets.
The global Private Credit team consists of 165 seasoned credit investment professionals overseeing more than $110 billion in assets under management (AUM) and drawing on the network, expertise and capabilities of Goldman Sachs to source and underwrite global lending opportunities.
Since 1998, Goldman Sachs has invested across multiple Asia Pacific markets, including Australia and New Zealand, India, Southeast Asia, China, Korea and Japan.
This mandate will enable both firms to continue scaling their investment activity in the large and growing Asia Pacific credit market. The Partnership will aim to deploy $1 billion of long-term capital, offering customised private credit solutions to high-quality companies and sponsors throughout the Asia Pacific region. 
The Partnership will invest across the private credit spectrum and is expected to invest across multiple Asia Pacific markets, focusing on India.
In 2023, Goldman Sachs announced that it is expanding its footprint in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region by opening a new office in Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the international financial centre of the UAE’s capital city.
The new office will complement the firm’s growing regional presence, allowing it to deepen relationships with clients and meet them where they are. Establishing a new office in ADGM is part of the firm’s long-term strategy to continue growing its footprint and client offering in the region.
Marc Nachmann, Global Head of Asset and Wealth Management at Goldman Sachs, said: "We are pleased to announce the partnership between Mubadala and Goldman Sachs Alternatives. This tieup bolsters the expansion of our Asia Credit platform and investment in new opportunities across the Asia Pacific region where bespoke credit solutions are needed."
"We continue to believe our rigorous underwriting and dedicated on-the-ground sourcing provide us with differentiated investment opportunities. We look forward to working closely with Mubadala and growing this Partnership between our firms," he noted.
Greg Olafson, Global Head of Private Credit at Goldman Sachs Alternatives, said: "The opportunity in private credit in Asia Pacific is expansive. With strong economic growth in the region and favourable conditions for private lenders to support the growth of leading companies by providing flexible, long-term capital, we believe we are at the early stages of a defining era for private credit in Asia Pacific. Through this Partnership with Mubadala, we look forward to expanding our long-established investment focus on the region."
Omar Eraiqat, Deputy CEO of Diversified Investments at Mubadala, stated, “The diverse and rapidly growing economies, as well as the increasing private equity deal volumes, are significantly driving demand in Asia Pacific for customised credit solutions from non-traditional lenders. This Partnership with Goldman Sachs compliments our aspirations to grow our private credit exposure in APAC, a region that is central to Mubadala’s strategic growth initiatives.”
Fabrizio Bocciardi, Head of Credit Investments at Mubadala, noted, “We look forward to working alongside Goldman Sachs to unlock new opportunities throughout the Asia Pacific region, a leading driver of global economic growth. India, in particular, stands out as a key market with significant opportunities in private credit, and where Goldman Sachs has strong exposure and capabilities.”
Since 2009, Mubadala’s Credit Investments unit has been investing in private debt opportunities, focusing on direct lending to middle-market and large-cap companies across various industries and asset classes. 
Geographically, the unit’s focus has primarily been on North America and Europe, but has recently been strengthening its exposure in the rapidly growing Asia Pacific credit market.-TradeArabia News Service


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