Bahrain’s GFH inks deal with Schroders Capital amid expansion

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Bahrain-based Islamic investment bank, GFH Financial Group (GFH) has entered into a strategic partnership with Schroders Capital, one of Europe’s largest real estate managers to expand its global investment footprints. 

Schroders Capital, which has $70 billion of assets under management, is the private markets investment arm of Schroders, the global asset management group with $968 billion of assets on behalf of its clients.

As part of this strategic partnership, GFH will engage with Schroders Capital to make discretionary investments in private equity and venture capital deals as well as across a range of defensive and downturn resistant sectors such as healthcare, education, technology and consumer.

The partnership will significantly strengthen GFH’s global private equity investments platform with access to attractive buyout and growth companies in Europe and the Americas.

One of the keys co-investments already undertaken is in a global healthcare education provider, which has a large network of 35,000 students across 10 countries with 140 sites worldwide, has implemented strong digital capabilities and is solidly profitable with tremendous growth potential.

Hammad Younas
Hammad Younas

“This strategic partnership with Schroders Capital strongly aligns with GFH’s vision of building a robust European and American private equity investment platform, an area where we continue to focus and expand both organically as well as inorganically through partnerships, JVs and acquisitions of GP stakes. We believe Schroders is the right partner for us given their market-leading position and strong track record across private market strategies, particularly high growth segments such as healthcare and tech.”

“Consistent with GFH’s philosophy of investing in resilient, ESG impact sectors, we’re also pleased to sign our first co-investment with Schroders in the healthcare space,” Mr. Younis added.

Mr. Rainer Ender, Head of Private Equity, Schroders Capital, said, “We are pleased to work with GFH on attractive private equity and venture capital investment opportunities and are looking forward to collaborating on further investments.”

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