SALT Voices: Bob Diamond | Founding Partner & Chief Executive Officer, Atlas Merchant Capital | Summary and Q&A

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January 9, 2020
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SALT Voices: Bob Diamond | Founding Partner & Chief Executive Officer, Atlas Merchant Capital

TL;DR

Bob Diamond discusses the evolution of Abu Dhabi as a financial capital and the growing investor appetite for the city's fintech investment area.

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Questions & Answers

Q: How has Abu Dhabi's investor appetite changed over the years?

Abu Dhabi's investor appetite has shifted from relying on external managers to becoming a direct investor in the US and China. This change has led to increased sophistication and involvement in the global economy.

Q: What excites Bob Diamond about the Salt Abu Dhabi forum?

Bob Diamond is optimistic about the thriving economy in Abu Dhabi. He finds the opportunity to be part of a thought leadership forum of such stature in the city exciting and views it as fuel for his optimism.

Q: Is Abu Dhabi ready to take external investment into its financial sector?

Abu Dhabi has the opportunity to become a regional financial center, but the readiness to attract external investments into its financial sector is still a question. Bob Diamond is interested in exploring this possibility.

Q: How can Atlas Merchant Capital contribute to the regional financial services in Abu Dhabi?

Atlas Merchant Capital, along with Mubadala and Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, is interested in investing in the regional financial services of Abu Dhabi. They aim to bring not just capital but also international experience, skills, and talent.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • In the early 2000s, sovereign wealth funds like Abu Dhabi Investment Authority started taking shape, leading to a long-term relationship between Barclays and Abu Dhabi.

  • Abu Dhabi has transformed from being a client with external managers to becoming a direct investor in the US and China.

  • The Abu Dhabi Global Markets present an opportunity for the city to become a regional financial center and attract external investments.

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