MENA Infrastructure Seeks to Raise $500 Million for Second Fund

Dubai-based MENA Infrastructure is seeking to raise a second US$ 500 million Shari’a-complaint infrastructure fund, MENA Infrastructure Fund II, will focus on Middle East, North Africa and Turkey. MENA Infrastructure is owned by HSBC Bank Middle East Limited, Fajr Capital and Waha Capital. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please [...]

Public Funds Eye Associated British Ports

Goldman Sachs and UK-based Prudential plc, through its infrastructure investing arm called Infracapital Partners LP (managed by M&G Investment Management), are seeking to sell their combined 33% stake in Associated British Ports Holdings Ltd. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

Dangote Transaction: Dubai Money Flows Into West Africa

Nigeria-based Dangote Cement is a publicly-traded company on the Nigeria Stock Exchange, with a market capitalization of approximately US$ 24.5 billion (largest company in Nigeria by market capitalization). Founded by businessman Aliko Dangote, Dangote Cement received a US$ 300 million investment from the Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD). In return, ICD received a minority stake [...]

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PSP Investments and Arcus Infrastructure to Finalize Bid for TDF

France-based Arcus Infrastructure Partners and PSP Investments, a Canadian public pension investor, are nearing an agreement to acquire French broadcast operator Telediffusion de France (TDF) for approximately €3.55 billion (US$ 4.7 billion). TDF’s current owners are Charterhouse Capital Partners, Ardian, TPG Capital, state-backed Bpifrance Participations SA and company management. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth [...]

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Putin to Limit Usage of Russia’s Sovereign Fund

Russian President Vladimir Putin mentioned on September 1, 2014, that Russia cannot spend more of its National Welfare Fund on growing capital expenditures. This is after the Russian government augmented the cap on the amount allocated toward domestic investments. 40% of the National Welfare Fund can be spent on domestic investments. The Ukraine conflict has [...]

Norway Sovereign Wealth Fund Approaching $900 Billion

For the second quarter of 2014, Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) returned 3.3%. For that time period, equity investments returned 4.01%, fixed income 2.04% and real estate 3.04%. 61.3% of the sovereign fund is invested in equities, 37.6% in fixed income and 1.2% in real estate. Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) has split up [...]

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CalPERS Inches Toward Selecting Infrastructure Consultant

CalPERS has narrowed down its choice for an infrastructure investment consultant. CalPERS desires the proposed consultant to act as an independent fiduciary for its investment committee. CalPERS issued the request for proposal on April 25, 2014. The contract is anticipated to last 5 years.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please [...]

OTPP Builds European Airport Portfolio

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) has been an airport infrastructure investor since 2002. For many large pensions and sovereign wealth funds, international airports in core markets are regulated assets that have high barriers to entry and typically have inflation-linked stable cash flows.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe [...]

Friday SWFI News Roundup, August 15, 2014

Malaysian Airlines to be Fully Acquired by Khazanah Nasional The plagued Asian airlines, Malaysia Airlines, is going to be taken private by Khazanah Nasional, the country’s sovereign wealth fund. The carrier has suffered tremendously after two key disasters in a four month span. Khazanah is currently the largest shareholder in the airlines with a 69% [...]

LDP’s Shiozaki Calls for GPIF to Invest in Private Companies

Yasuhisa Shiozaki, deputy policy chief of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), has called for Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) to be allowed to invest in unlisted companies, specifically unlisted ventures and small-to-medium enterprises. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

Friday SWFI News Roundup, August 8, 2014

Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority to Manage US$ 350 Million for NBET On July 24, the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) and Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET) signed a funds management agreement. US$ 350 million is being allocated to the NBET from the US$ 1 billion Eurobond issued by the Nigerian government in July 2013. [...]

CalPERS and UBS Create $500 Million Infrastructure Partnership

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and UBS Global Asset Management (Americas) Inc. have created Golden State Matterhorn, LLC, a strategic infrastructure partnership targeting infrastructure investment opportunities across core, OECD markets. CalPERS made a US$ 485 million capital commitment to the partnership, while UBS kicked in US$ 15 million. UBS is the the managing [...]

Asian Sovereign Wealth Fund Withdraws £4 Billion from Aberdeen

Aberdeen Asset Management PLC suffered a £4 billion withdrawal from an Asian sovereign wealth fund. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

CPPIB Invests in Parking Garages in Belgium and Germany

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), through CPP Investment Board European Holdings S.àr.l, has signed an agreement to invest approximately €376 million for a 39% stake in Interparking Group S.A./NV. This deal was announced on July 18, 2014. Brussels-based Interparking is one of Europe’s biggest car parking management companies. Founded in 1958, Interparking has [...]

Friday SWFI News Roundup, July 18, 2014

Aquila Capital and APG Create Hydropower Investment JV APG Asset Management and Hamburg-based Aquila Capital have created a partnership to invest €500 million toward European hydropower plants. The Dutch pension fund asset manager will contribute €250 million to the joint venture to make investments in operational plants and greenfield projects. Aquila Partners will provide the [...]

BRICS Making a Bank, RDIF Gets Involved

The BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) nations are making their own bank – countering the influence of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The BRICS member nations have been disappointed with the non-implementation of the 2010 IMF reforms. Leaders of the nations signed an agreement to create the New Development Bank (NDB) to [...]

Islamic Development Bank Launches Mega Infrastructure Fund

The IDB Infrastructure Fund II is the largest private equity infrastructure fund aimed at the 57 member countries of the Islamic Development Bank. A core focus of the fund will lie with the larger member countries of Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. All infrastructure sectors will be considered, but the infrastructure fund will mostly focus [...]

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority Releases 2013 Annual Report

The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) has released its 2013 annual report. The Gulf sovereign wealth fund detailed its 2013 experiences and organizational changes. ADIA’s Managing Director Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan commented in the report that, ” Beyond China, the emerging market world is becoming far more diverse, and less easy to classify. Meanwhile, [...]

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Largest Sovereign Wealth Fund Makes Strategic Changes

Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) released its 2014-2016 strategy report, highlighting significant changes in how it will invest sovereign wealth assets and manage risk. After studying other asset owners and institutional investors like the CPPIB, Singapore’s GIC Private Limited and the New Zealand Superannuation Fund, the fund is adopting some attributes of the opportunity [...]

Thames Water Seeks Institutional Investors for Supersewer Project

The United Kingdom is keen on attracting more infrastructure funds, sovereign wealth funds and pensions to invest in developmental infrastructure projects. According to the Sovereign Wealth Fund Transaction Database, the UK was able to attract more than US$ 20 billion in direct sovereign wealth fund investment in 2013. Thames Water, the largest water company in [...]