Tikehau appoints Middle East advisor to tap Gulf investors

The appointment forms part of Tikehau’s push to build stronger relationship with investors across the MENA region.

Paris-headquartered alternative asset manager Tikehau Capital has appointed Hassan Karimi as a senior adviser based in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

Karimi’s role will be focused on strengthening Tikehau’s existing relationships with investors in the Middle East region as well as developing new partnerships. He will also provide insights on allocation trends as Tikehau seeks to meet growing demand for alternative assets among investors in the Gulf Cooperation Council area, which covers the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

He has 15 years’ experience investing in the Middle East and co-founded Dubai-based asset manager KHK & Partners where he continues to serve as a managing director. Before founding KHK, he spent five years at the Emirates Investment Authority, a sovereign wealth fund for the UAE government. He has also worked for The Carlyle Group and UBS.

Tikehau said the appointment shows its commitment to serving the region and growing its presence across the Middle East and North Africa. It added that it wants to build strategic partnerships in the Middle East that will benefit from Tikehau’s investments in a range of alternative asset classes.

Thomas Friedberger, co-chief investment officer and chief executive officer of Tikehau Investment Management said: “Ensuring that investors globally have access to private markets and alternative investments is a key priority for us. Hassan’s appointment reflects our commitment to building our franchise in the GCC, where we have a number of longstanding relationships and he will be a great asset, both for our clients and for Tikehau Capital.”