Sovereign Investment Partnerships


Mubadala Capital’s Sovereign Investment Partnerships (“SIP”) business has been managing commercially driven co-investment programs between the United Arab Emirates (“UAE”) Government and foreign counterparts that include key partnerships in China, France and Russia since 2013. These partnerships consist of strategic government mandates that aim to deliver sustainable financial returns to the UAE, while further developing and strengthening long-term partnerships with the respective country. The SIP team is comprised of investment professionals based in Abu Dhabi, Moscow and Hong Kong.

Investment Approach

Built on established private equity investing principles, the SIP team’s philosophy also maintains the flexibility to employ new strategies to capture prospective opportunities given the themes and investment landscape of the corresponding country.

The program is driven by the following key principles:

  • Fundamental-driven investment strategy with a focus on long-term value creation and capital preservation.
  • Proactive and agile investment style demonstrated by the ability to execute investments in a nimble and efficient manner to capitalize on high-quality opportunities.
  • Deep relationships with best-in-class financial and strategic partners in target country to generate differentiated deal flow and insights.

Partnership Guiding Principles

While each bilateral partnership is distinct, they all adhere to the following guiding principles:

  • Investment portfolio managed by a dedicated in-house team who works with the corresponding sovereign partner through a well-defined operating model.
  • Active presence maintained in the target country with a commitment to expand resources on the ground once scale is achieved.
  • Disciplined investment program whereby capital and resources are deployed deliberately in accordance with experience and opportunity in the host country.

Portfolio Overview

Each partnership has its own investment portfolio jointly managed with the respective sovereign partner. Currently, the active investment programs include: 

  • China

    China Development Bank Capital (“CDBC”), The State Administration of Foreign Exchange (“SAFE”)

  • Russia

    Russia Direct Investment Fund (“RDIF”)

  • France

    Banque Publique d'Investissement (“Bpifrance”)

  • Greece

    Greece’s New Economy Development Fund S.A. (“TANEO”)

  • Kazakhstan

    National Managing Holding Baiterek (“Baiterek”)

Typical Investment Parameters

While the specific investment strategy will vary across each partnership, the investment program is driven by the following key principles:


Generalist approach with occasional sector focus depending on local market conditions.

Asset Class

While there is flexibility to invest across all asset classes, each SIP may develop investment preferences depending on the economic landscape and country risk profile. 

Investment Size

U.S. $50-250 million with the flexibility to pursue transactions outside of the targeted range and across the capital structure (equity, debt, mezzanine).

Transaction Type

Control or minority investments, with a preference for investing alongside a well-aligned sponsor or strategic investor. Lead, co-lead, syndicated co-investments and LP commitments to private equity funds.

Ownership / Governance Model

Active portfolio management approach with a preference for board seats at portfolio companies where the investment team has the ability to contribute distinctive expertise and create value over time.

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