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Deutsche Bank Series: Part 1, HBJ and Qatari Emir Buy Stake in Deutsche Bank Using Offshore Vehicles

Posted: November 6th, 2017 continues our deep dive research into the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and the Al Thani royal family of Qatar. Today we are highlighting a substantial investment made by the former prime minister of Qatar, Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani (known by his initials "HBJ") and his cousin the seventh Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.

Tagged: More On Qatar - About the QIA, More on Qatar - Al Thani Family

WikiLeaks Reveals Al Thani Royal Family Maintains A "Tight Grip On Power"

Posted: November 2nd, 2017

The journalistic transparency group WikiLeaks has publically disclosed millions of internal diplomatic documents and cables leaked from the U.S. Government. The documents reveal the realities of international diplomacy—often with unvarnished candor. In particular, the diplomatic communications reveal much about Qatar, its royal Al Thani family, the nation’s sovereign wealth fund, and relations with the United States. has already cited many WikiLeaks sources throughout our Qatar reporting. Today we want to assemble the WikiLeaks sources in one location.

Tagged: More On Qatar - About the QIA, More on Qatar - Al Thani Family

Santa Monica Tenant Sues Douglas Emmett for Breach of Contract

Posted: November 1st, 2017

In August 2012, TrueCar, Inc., formerly known as, Inc., which leased office space at the Douglas Emmett-owned facility at 120 Broadway in Santa Monica, filed suit against the Douglas Emmett, Inc. subsidiary Douglas Emmett 1998, LLC, along with another tenant, Darden Restaurants, Inc., alleging charges of “Breach of Contract,” “Inducing Breach of Contract” and “Nuisance…

Tagged: Tenant Issues - Lawsuits

Beverly Hills Doctor Sues Douglas Emmett for Fraud, Breach of Contract

Posted: October 30th, 2017

In April 2016, Dr. Jamshid Nazarian, a medical doctor practicing at the Douglas Emmett-owned facility at 8920 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, filed suit against the Douglas Emmett, Inc. subsidiary Douglas Emmett 1998, LLC, alleging charges of “Breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing; fraud; breach of contract; and specific performance…

Tagged: Tenant Issues - Lawsuits

Updates to Lease Library, Building Database

Posted: October 24th, 2017 has included 15 new building leases to our Lease Library, which now stands at 81. We have also added these new leases to the respective properties in our Building Database. Readers can peruse these open source data repositories to learn more about their buildings and compare conditions, leases and rents. Check back regularly for source updates.

Tagged: Tenants Issues - Leases & Rents, Tenant Issues - Building Records

Qatari Elite Linked to Icelandic Market Manipulation, Part 4: Panama Papers Offer Key Insights

Posted: October 23rd, 2017 is researching the business transactions and holdings of the Qatar Investment Authority and Qatari elites – particularly the country’s ruling Al-Thani family. Previously (Part 1, Part 2, & Part 3), we detailed how investments made by a Qatari royal Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al-Thani into Icelandic bank Kaupthing were actually financed by proceeds of a loan made by Kaupthing to Al-Thani. The loan and reinvestment prompted an investigation by Icelandic authorities into Kaupthing bankers (but not Al-Thani). Bankers were ultimately indicted and convicted. Today’s brief post looks at how the Panama Papers database, established from leaked offshore documents acquired and posted online by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), offers insight into the Kaupthing bank affair…

Tagged: More On Qatar - About the QIA, More on Qatar - Al Thani Family, More on Qatar - Offshore Assets

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