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Russia Sells Large Rosneft Stake to Qatar SWF and Glencore

The Russian government spent considerable time, effort and resources meeting with more than 30 potential buyers from around the world with regard to its partial stake sale in oil giant Rosneft PJSC. In May 2016, Intesa Sanpaolo SpA, a major Italian bank, was hired to advise the Russian government on its 19.5% stake sale in […]

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EXCLUSIVE: A Conversation with State Super CEO John Livanas

Australian super funds are encountering a number of headwinds, including operating in a low-yield world, all while trying to meet their ever-shifting and, at times daunting, liabilities. Passive equity investing, though low in cost, has proven to be too volatile for many of these super funds to embrace. So the question remains, how can they […]

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China’s NSSF Awards Mandates for PPF Scheme

China’s National Social Security Fund awarded a ton of mandates regarding its new public pension fund (PPF) scheme. The Asian public fund institutional investor plans to have more Chinese provincial assets under its watch, needing to dole out money to external fund managers. NSSF named some 21 domestic fund managers to its list. To see […]

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Trump Victory Excites Japanese Institutional Investors

Will there be a resurgence of Japanese capital into the United States? In the 1980s and 1990s, Japan was a major foreign investor into the United States, buying up equities and prized real estate. Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) earlier indicated that a push for U.S. infrastructure spending would intrigue the public fund into […]

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Progress on Saudi Aramco’s IPO Inches Forward

With equity capital markets taking a different turn in recent weeks, Saudi Arabia is getting closer for its initial public offering (IPO) of Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco), a state-owned oil monopoly, for the domestic market. Furthermore, there is a key reason why Saudi Arabia changed its mind and reasoned that the Organization of […]

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BRIEFING: Annual Strategic Briefing 2016 on Sovereign Funds and Pensions

This is a concise executive briefing on trends that could impact the asset management industry into 2017 by sovereign investors, pensions and other public funds. The way asset owners perceive risk and costs is fundamentally changing the landscape in the investment management industry. The Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (SWFI) has commissioned this report to discuss […]

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SWFI First Read, December 6, 2016

BlackRock Hires Former CMO and CCO at Buzzfeed to Lead Marketing Efforts BlackRock Inc. hired the former Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Creative Officer at Buzzfeed, Frank Cooper, to be the firm’s new global chief marketing officer. Frank Cooper will report to BlackRock CEO Laurence “Larry” Fink. Cooper had stints at PepsiCo Inc., AOL, Warner […]

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    Ithmar Capital and NSIA Back Trans-Africa Pipeline

    The Trans-African Pipeline project, an endeavor that will involve joint developing a new regional gas pipeline connecting Nigeria to Morocco, is currently slowly moving forward. The pipeline development hopes to stimulate large-scale economic growth across west Africa. In addition, the pipeline should be able to boost energy exports to continental Europe, linking Nigerian gas to […]


    Asian SWF Invests in Korean Mobile Content Unit

    Asian sovereign investors are keen on getting exposure to consumers. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]


    GIC Forms Partnership with Largest Indonesian Theater Operator

    Singapore’s GIC Private Limited has boosted deals in Indonesia in recent times. The Asian sovereign investor is keen on investing in Indonesia’s rising consumer class. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]


    GIC Participated in Allied Minds Private Placement

    On December 1, 2016, Boston-based Allied Minds, a company that backs inventions, raised approximately £64 million in equity in a private placement, placing 17,448,847 in new ordinary shares at a price of 367 pence per placing share. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]


    CDPQ and DP World Form Investment Vehicle Partnership

    Canadian pensions are keen on port infrastructure, viewing some as operating similar to a utility. Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) and DP World Limited formed an investment platform. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]


    SWFI First Read, December 4, 2016

    BREAKING NEWS 4:40 PM PST Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said he will resign after a defeat in a referendum over his plan to reform the constitution. “The ‘no’ won in an incredibly clear way,” Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said from the Chigi Palace. Lukoil Sells Arkhangelsk Diamond Mine Moscow-based Lukoil, a giant Russian […]


    QIA Buys St. Regis SF Hotel

    Sovereign wealth is centering around luxury hotels in touristy cities. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]


    Friday SWFI News Roundup, December 2, 2016

    In case you missed – Follow the Money – Episode #25 Jo Taylor Promoted to Senior Managing Director, International Bjarne Graven Larsen, Chief Investment Officer, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP), announced that Jo Taylor has been promoted into the new role of Senior Managing Director, International, effective January 1, 2017. Taylor joined OTPP in 2012 […]


    POSSIBLE: 75% Equities for Norway’s Sovereign Fund

    Faced with restrictions on investing in private equity and infrastructure, in order to boost returns, Norway’s sovereign wealth fund may increase its exposure to stocks by around US$ 130 billion. This would increase its allocation to equities at 75% from 60%. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to […]


    SWFI First Read, December 1, 2016

    Columbia Investment Management Company Promotes Tim Donohue to CIO Columbia Investment Management Company is naming Tim Donohue as chief investment officer. This is in concert of Peter Holland becoming chief executive officer of Columbia Investment Management Company. Columbia Investment Management Company is the manager of the endowment of Columbia University. Donohue joined Columbia Investment Management […]


    Follow the Money – Episode 25

    Rachel and I do a brief episode on “Follow the Money – Global Connections”. We touch upon JASTA and recent changes at Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF). Rachel chats briefly about institutional real estate. Download the Episode CONTENTS 1:05 Quick Market Recaps 1:47 JASTA and Gulf Sovereign Funds 5:00 Saudi Public Investment Fund Being […]


    National Council for Social Security Fund Awards Four Custodial Mandates

    China’s National Council for Social Security Fund has awarded a number of mandates to custodial banks. The mandates are for the basic insurance pension fund. The four banks that won the mandate to be custodial banks for the basic insurance pension fund are: Bank of China, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), China Merchants […]


    Dallas Mayor Wants to Halt Pension Withdrawals

    Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, in a bid to preserve the Dallas Police and Fire Pension Fund, has called for the halting of lump sum withdrawals from the pension. The mayor penned the letter to the Board of the Dallas Police and Fire Pension Fund. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. […]


    SWFI – Movers and Shakers – November 30, 2016

    Trump Intends to Nominate Mnuchin for U.S. Treasury Secretary U.S. President-Elect Donald J. Trump intends to nominate Steven Mnuchin for the position as U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. Mnuchin held a number of roles including Chief Information Officer at Goldman Sachs, Founder and Co-CEO of Dune Capital Management (a hedge fund) and Founder of OneWest […]


    SWFI First Read, November 30, 2016

    Trump Selects Elaine Chao for Secretary of Transportation U.S. President-Elect Donald J. Trump named Elaine L. Chao to be his choice to be the next U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Chao was the U.S. Secretary of Labor under U.S. President George W. Bush. Chao served as Deputy Transportation Secretary under U.S. President George H. W. Bush. […]


    Saudi King Salman Approves New Funds for PIF

    According to a statement by Saudi news agency SPA, Saudi King Salman mandated the moving of 100 billion SAR (US$ 26.67 billion) to be moved from the country’s foreign reserves to the Public Investment Fund (PIF). The moved capital will be used to back local and overseas investments.


    PARALLEL CURRENCY: Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Issues Bond Notes

    Zimbabwe is encountering a wide-spread U.S. dollar cash crunch. The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, the country’s central bank, announced on November 28, 2016, they issued US$ 10 million in bond notes, creating a controversial quasi-currency to placate citizen frustrations. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. […]


    Betting on U.S. Growth Post-Election, KIC Eyes Luxury Hotels

    The U.S. stock market rose to record highs on the future of a Donald Trump presidency, coupled with the GOP controlling both the U.S. Senate and House. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) has skyrocketed 800 points since Trump’s win. Asian sovereign funds are taking a deeper focus into U.S. mezzanine debt markets, especially in […]


    SWFI First Read, November 29, 2016

    Mubadala and HNA Group Ink MoU Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Development Co. inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with HNA Group, the large Chinese conglomerate that acquired a majority ownership stake in SR Technics from Mubadala, that involves both entities identifying potential investments in aerospace, real estate, financial services and advanced manufacturing. Mubadala had retained a […]


    3 Questions: Getting to Know Ithmar Capital

    Increasingly, long-term institutional investors are seeing opportunities in investing in renewable energy assets and climate change mitigation strategies, while trying to incrementally lower the carbon footprint. Ithmar Capital, a public investment fund from Morocco, has taken center stage on renewable investments. In November, the United Nations hosted the climate change summit in Marrakesh, Morocco. SWFI […]


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