What Pokémon and Sovereign Funds Have in Common

Pokémon Go, a mobile game, has taken the world by storm. The popular mobile game is built on Unity Technologies’ game engine. Bellevue-based Unity Technologies which develops game engine software, tools that help people create video games faster, raised US$ 181 million. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe […]


SWFI First Read, July 14, 2016

Rolls-Royce and Mubadala Ink Aerospace Plans Rolls-Royce and Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Development Company are moving forwarding on building a new maintenance center. The maintenance center will target to service up to 150 engines a year in a new facility located at the Nibras Al Ain Aerospace Park. This is the second approved maintenance center that […]


Korea’s NPS May Sue Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Over Accounting Shenanigans

Korea’s National Pension Service (NPS) revealed that it may file a damages suit against Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd (DSME) on suspicions of accounting fraud. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]


South Africa’s PIC Kicks in $730 Million Toward Mortgages

South Africa’s Public Investment Corporation (PIC) which oversees the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) invested 10.5 billion ZAR (US$ 730 million) in Durban-based SA Home Loans Ltd., the fifth largest mortgage provider in South Africa. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]


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Ascott-QIA Partnership Acquires Melbourne Serviced Residence Property

The Ascott Limited has made its first purchase in serviced residence properties in Docklands, Melbourne as part of its A$ 500 million strategic partnership with Quest Apartment Hotels (Quest), one of the biggest serviced apartment operators in Australia. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]


GIC Dips Hand in South Korean Logistics

South Korea’s logistics and warehouse market has attracted large public institutional investors such as APG, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and Singapore’s GIC Private Limited. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]


SWFI First Read, July 13, 2016

OPTrust Embraces Smart Beta [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]


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State Street to Pilot DTCC-Euroclear Margin Settlement Service

Driving standardization, greater transparency and increasing efficiency appear to be common themes when it comes to the margin settlement process. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]


Chile FinMin Suggests Possibility of Tapping Wealth Funds in 2017

Facing a sharp fall in the price of copper greatly caused by reduced Chinese demand, Chile’s Ministry of Finance may tap into its sovereign funds in 2017. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]


Qatari Diar Backs Long Island Development in Queens

Real estate developer and operator Tishman Speyer is starting construction on a 1.1 million square foot Long Island City (LIC) office and retail development. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]


Mubadala and Solvay Form JV in UAE to Expand 777X Supply

Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Development Co., through its unit Strata Manufacturing, had formed a joint venture with Brussels-based Solvay SA, a Belgian chemical and advanced materials company. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]


SWFI First Read, July 11, 2016

Deutsche AM Nabs Prudential Real Estate Executive for APAC Deutsche Asset Management hired Victoria Sharpe as managing director and head of real estate, Asia Pacific. Based in Singapore, she will report to Pierre Cherki, Head of Alternatives at Deutsche Asset Management. Most recently, Sharpe was Head of the Global Client Capital Group at TH Real […]


Maduell on CNBC: How Brexit Impacted the Sovereign Wealth Fund Universe

This is an interview with Michael Maduell on Squawk Box via CNBC Asia. To play the VIDEO, go to CNBC Asia here CNBC interview: “Investments during the first half of 2016 dropped 42 percent on-year to $73 billion, says Michael Maduell of the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute,” says Michael Maduell from SWFI. Date: July 8, […]


SWFI First Read, July 8, 2016

Japan LDP Lawmakers Contemplate Japanese Sovereign Fund Some Japanese Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers are debating whether to form a sovereign wealth fund for the country. The wealth fund could possibly manage part of Japan’s elephantine foreign exchange reserves. By Japan having a sovereign fund, it could help make Tokyo into a greater financial center, while […]


Sahara Group Unloads Three Luxury Hotels to QIA for $1.6 Billion

Opportunistically, the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) is moving forward on buying Sahara Group’s ownership stake in its three marquee hotels for US$ 1.6 billion. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]


SWFI – Movers and Shakers – July 8, 2016

HSBC Hires Paul Heffernan [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]


Highest Year of Divestment for Temasek

Singapore’s Temasek Holdings recently released its latest annual report. Temasek’s net porfolio value was S$ 242 billion as of March 2016 versus S$ 266 billion from March 2015. The total shareholder return for the annual period was -9.02%, versus a strong return of 19.2% for the 2015 fiscal year. Temasek’s energy and natural resource investments […]


Follow the Money – Episode 14

In this episode, I rekindle my interview with Don Steinbrugge, Managing Partner of Agecroft Partners LLC. I ask Don about his thoughts on Brexit and the long-term impact to asset owners and the hedge fund community. We also dive into where some hedge funds may enter or exit certain markets in Europe when it comes […]


COMEBACK: Goldman Sachs Tops SWFI Financial Advisory League Table for H1 2016

Sovereign wealth funds are significant actors when it comes to the world of direct investing. Since the 2000s, the number of wealth funds has blossomed. However, over the past year, there has been a recognizable slowdown in the dollar amount of cross-border SWF investment as deal making activity considerably subsided. For the first half of […]


Follow the Money – Episode 13

This is the fourth episode of Global Connections. We continued the fast-paced discussion on Brexit and its impact on institutional investor confidence. Rachel and I wove a number of issues together such as asset owners and infrastructure, real estate and M&A in the Middle East, particularly on NBAD’s future corporate strategy. We tossed around the […]


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