Friday SWFI News Roundup, January 9, 2015

PIMCO CEO Hodge Bullish on Smart Beta

Since 2009, PIMCO has been attempting to make serious waves in the equity management space. The Newport Beach money manager is joining the smart beta game. PIMCO is teaming up with Research Affiliates to launch a series of funds to track fundamental indexes. Research Affiliates has licensed the use of its proprietary indexes to asset managers such as Invesco Ltd.

Ares Management Raises Two Real Estate Funds

Los Angeles-based Ares Management, L.P. closed two real estate funds. Ares European Real Estate Fund IV, which focuses on UK, Germany and France, closed at $1.3 billion. Ares US Real Estate Fund VIII attracted US$ 824 million in commitments and will target value-add real estate. Some of the real estate fund investors include pensions and sovereign wealth funds. In 2013, Ares Management acquired AREA Property Partners.

OTPP Makes Big Investment in PetVet Care Centers

On January 8th, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) announced they acquired Westport-based PetVet Care Centers, an operator of specialty and general practice animal hospitals in the United States, from private equity firm Catterton for around US$ 440 million. Greenwich-based Catterton will retain a minority interest in PetVet, along with PetVet CEO Gino Volpacchio. PetVet has 19 general practice and 11 specialty hospitals.

RRJ Capital Hopes to Raise $4 Billion for Next Asia Fund

RRJ Capital is looking to raise US$ 4 billion for a third Asian private equity fund. The first fund raised US$ 2.3 billion, while fund II raised US$ 3.6 billion. RRJ Capital is managed by Malaysian brothers, Richard and Charles Ong. Charles Ong is the former chief investment officer of Temasek Holdings.

Investment Corporation of Dubai Moves Closer to Acquiring Ssangyong Engineering & Construction

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