SWFI First Read, November 8, 2015

Institutional Investors Examine Northern Australia

Australia’s far north has received far fewer infrastructure investments compared to other regions of the country. However, the north attributed with a more tropical climate, has drawn the attention of some mega institutional investors and global corporations. Australian Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb is hoping the 3-day Northern Australia Investment Forum, based in Darwin, will start getting investors thinking about the Northern half of Australia. Some of the expected attendees include: China Investment Corporation (CIC), Korea Investment Corporation (KIC), Saudi Agricultural Livestock Investment Company, India’s Bharat Biotech International and São Paulo-based JBS S.A.

BlackRock Watch Out, Amundi is Ready

Paris-based Amundi just raised a fresh load of cash and has €954 billion in assets under management. Amundi’s CEO Yves Perrier made it clear he wants to build a massive global brand by making a number of future acquisitions. Perrier was also a force behind the creation of Amundi. With €1.3 billion ready to be deployed and a goal to keep 40% of annual earnings for future deals, Amundi is looking to seize market share.

KKR and The Chernin Group Form Asian Media Venture

KKR and Los Angeles-based The Chernin Group, LLC formed Emerald Media, a new fund to target media and entertainment assets in Asia. KKR committed US$ 300 million to the venture, through its KKR Asian Fund II, while the Chernin Group will join as a minority co-investor. Furthermore, KKR acquired a minority interest in CA Media, the existing Asian media portfolio of The Chernin Group. The Chernin Group touts backers such as Providence Equity Partners, LLC and Qatar Holding.

S&P Dow Jones Indices Launch 2 New Smart Beta Pan-Arab Indices

Late last month, S&P Dow Jones Indices launched the S&P Pan Arab Low Volatility High Dividend Index and the S&P Pan Arab Composite Shariah Dividend Index which includes the highest dividend paying stocks – consistent with Islamic finance principles.

PUSHBACK: Qatar Airways CEO Says Few Companies Can Meet Stringent Standards Set by Authorities

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