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Bell Capital general counsel Tom Bartos has left the role for an M&A position at the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), the state-owned investment arm of the Gulf state.
Bartos, who was the director of Barclays Capital for over seven years, left for the Doha-based role last month. The Qatari sovereign fund, estimated to hold in excess of $60bn in assets, owns Harrods, Beckham’s Paris Saint-Germain, and is the largest shareholder in Sainsbury’s.
The QIA also became the biggest shareholder in Barclays in 2008, when it invested £5.3bn into the bank at the height of the financial crisis (31 October 2008).Clifford Chance advised long-standing client Barclays while Latham & Watkins acted for QIA subsidiary Qatar Holdings.
Bartos left Clifford Chance for Barclays in 2003 and remained at the bank until 2010, during which time he advised on structured finance, investment banking and capital markets transactions.
It is not yet clear what Bartos’ new title will be, although insiders close to the situation have said that he will be managing all QIA’s global M&A deals.
Herbert Smith and Latham bagged lead roles on the £1.5bn sale of Harrods to the investment arm of the QIA in 2010 (10 May 2010). Latham acted for QIA subsidiary Qatar Holdings on the transaction with London managing partner Nick Cline leading alongside fellow corporate partner Mike Bond.
The QIA was not available for comment at the time of writing.