EXCLUSIVE: Gulf Family Offices And European Distressed Assets - An Analysis

The Financial Times published an article about Gulf sovereign wealth funds which are mobilising to buy assets whose valuations have been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Sadly, distressed assets will no doubt soon be flooding the market looking for rescue investors. Yet there may be problems for bankers and asset managers taking potential deals to the sovereign wealth funds. The oil price is at a 20-year low as coronavirus depresses demand, and Gulf countries may need to support their domestic economies. Secondly, sovereign wealth funds have high visibility and there is strong competition for their attention. Much less is known about family offices. The Single Family Offices Database from Highworth is an online resource which provides detailed profiles of over 900 single family offices globally, including a number of sovereign family offices in Gulf countries.