Abu Dhabi’s ADIA & Rockpoint unite to invest in industrial real estate

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Rockpoint, a Boston-based real estate investment management firm, has formed a platform with UAE’s largest sovereign wealth fund, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) in order to invest in industrial real estate.

The company said that “the platform will target industrial investment opportunities representing approximately $2 billion in gross asset value.”

Further, the new investment vehicle will focus primarily on build-to-core industrial investments in high barrier-to-entry locations across infill, demand-driven, gateway, and growth markets in the US.

This platform follows Rockpoint’s announcement in February 2021 that the firm had formed a strategic partnership with leading industrial real estate investor and operator, Mr. Ben Harris.

According to the statement, “This strategic partnership has generated and is expected to continue to generate significant industrial investment opportunities for Rockpoint’s existing opportunistic and growth and income funds in addition to opportunities for the new platform.”

Mr. Harris is an industrial sector veteran with over 24 years of multi-cycle experience and has acquired, developed, and operated nearly 500 million square feet of industrial properties across 50 markets.

“The platform announced the closing of its first investment, 865 Embedded Way, a 117,520 square foot, class A industrial development project on a 10.6-acre site, located in Silicon Valley’s supply-constrained South San Jose submarket,” the company added.

Mr. Mohamed AlQubaisi, Executive Director of the Real Estate Department at ADIA commented that, “We have built a sizeable portfolio of industrial real estate assets and continue to see attractive opportunities in the sector. This new platform with Rockpoint aligns with our approach of investing with proven partners to target specific areas of value.”

“We are excited to partner with ADIA in a lower-risk vehicle that complements our existing funds and allows us to continue expanding our capabilities and platform in the industrial sector,” said Mr. Bill Walton, Co-Founder and Managing Member at Rockpoint.

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