Guidance Financial Group brings deep financial investment and management experience to its clients and partners as a result of its own capabilities, accomplishments and activities and those of its parent company, Capital Guidance.
The Guidance companies also have developed strong relationships with strategic and development partners over decades of shared investment and management, to the benefit of our clients. Examples of strategic partners include:
Our attractiveness to leading international fund managers is based on our creativity, expertise, trustworthiness, multicultural staffing and experience, research and analysis capability and deep knowledge of Islamic Finance. We bring capital, ideas, innovation, a global network of institutional investors and an ability to execute on ideas. Our strategic partnerships enable us to create fresh, innovative and relevant high-quality investment
opportunities for institutional investors.
Our partners have impressive credentials and have contributed significantly to the growth and success of Guidance Financial Group.
Guidance Investments worked with ATEL to develop and fund the Shariah-compliant ATEL Leasing Income Fund, L.P. This product consists of investments in a relatively low-risk, high quality diversified portfolio of equipment leases to investment grade U.S. Fortune 1000 corporate lessees such as General Electric , Wal-Mart, Exxon Mobil, Cargill and IBM. The leased assets in the fund are long-life, low obsolescence, business essential equipment.
ATEL was founded in 1977 and is now one of the largest independent, privately-held leasing companies in the United States, having leased more than $2 billion of equipment to Fortune 1000 companies. ATEL is headquartered in San Francisco, California and provides full- service asset management capabilities.
Guidance Investments developed the Guidance China Opportunity Fund in 2006 with CBRE Global Investors (previously ING Real Estate Investment Management) as an investment product specializing in residential real estate in China. The fund offers institutional investors an opportunity to capitalize on the strong economic and demographic fundamentals in the Chinese residential market sparked by a rapidly growing middle class, rising incomes, urbanization, and smaller household size.
We have worked with Freddie Mac for many years as a vital strategic partner for our U.S. consumer finance company, Guidance Residential. Freddie Mac is an officially adopted acronym for the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, a U.S. government sponsored enterprise that purchases residential mortgages on the secondary market and pools them into mortgage-backed securities to sell to investors on the open market. The company was created by the U.S. Congress in 1970 to increase the amount of capital available for mortgages and thereby help stimulate home ownership in the United States.
Kempinski Hotels is one of the world’s most prestigious and experienced hotel companies, tracing its history back to 1897. Kempinski owns and operates an international portfolio of over 60 hotels throughout the world that reflect the finest traditions of hospitality, winning numerous awards for their quality and service. We welcomed Kempinski as operating partner early in the development of our unique Shaza Hotel luxury brand. Kempinski contributes to the management of the two Shaza hotels now open and the six Shaza hotels that will open by 2016.
Guidance Investments has collaborated with Navis nearly since its inception to develop five private equity funds, beginning in 2003 with a parallel Shariah-compliant buy-out fund investing in companies in Southeast Asia. Similar funds were launched in 2005, 2007 and 2010, primarily in Southeast Asia, with one of the 2007 funds including public as well as private equities.
Navis was established in 1998 by key consultants of Boston Consulting Group who specialized in Asian markets. Over its history, Navis has reviewed more than 1,500 investment opportunities in Asia and invested in 37 companies. Navis has the largest team of investment professionals in Asia, with over 75 investment and support staff across seven offices in Australia, Hong Kong, India (Mumbai and Delhi), Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Navis has completed more control buyouts in Asia than any of its peers and retains an extensive and loyal backing from local investors.
Dar Al Tamleek, a housing finance company created and developed by Guidance, has worked closely with the Saudi Public Pension Agency, a part of the Ministry of Finance, to provide housing finance to civilian and military public employees in Saudi Arabia. Its involvement serves as a benefit to these employees and fosters the growth of home ownership in the Kingdom. The Saudi Public Pension Agency is an investor in Dar Al Tamleek.
Guidance Investments advises a joint venture of SBI Holdings, a Japanese financial services company, and the Brunei Ministry of Finance in the development of a Shariah-compliant Private Equity fund chartered to invest in minority stakes in attractive Asian companies. The fund was launched in December 2010.
SBIH was established as a financial services company in Tokyo in 1999. SBIH has been expanding its businesses in emerging countries with high potential for growth through the launching of joint venture funds with prominent overseas partners. Through its relationship with the new fund management company in Brunei, Guidance Investments is helping SBIH to build broader, stronger partner and investment networks in the Islamic world.