Zawya – The Lionhart Group, an alternative investment management group that specialises in global multistrategy arbitrage, aims to attract $2 billion (Dh7.4bn) of investment from the Gulf in the next few years through its new branch at the Dubai International Financial Centre.
The regional office has two main roles. The first is to pull in cash from the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) for its investment and hedge funds, and the second is to expand the group’s investments in regional markets.
"We have had relations with GCC investors for a long time," Jim Quinn, Chief Operating Officer of Lionhart Middle East, told Emirates Business. "Around 10 per cent of our assets under management are from the region and these relations started 10 years ago.
"We are planning to build on these relations to attract around $2bn of GCC investments into our funds during the next two to three years. "We are opportunistic and the Mena region is witnessing major economic developments. We have two flagship investment funds with total assets under management of $500m.