Real Estate

VRS Committed $700 Million to 3 Alternative Managers

The US$ 65.2 billion Virginia Retirement System (VRS) committed US$ 500 million to two private equity funds and US$ 200 million to a real estate venture. VRS committed US$ 300 million to Hellman & Friedman Capital Partners VIII, a buyout fund. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to [...]


Norway Sovereign Wealth Fund Acquires 2 Buildings in Munich

Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), the manager of Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, has acquired two office buildings in Munich in the Lenbach Gärten quarter. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]


Eastern Ties: Russian Funds Partner with Chinese Government on High-Tech Parks

The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), the Russia-China Investment Fund (RCIF), the Skolkovo Fund and the People’s Government of Shaanxi Province (China) have reached an agreement to co-develop high-technology parks in both Russia and China. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]


SWF to SWF: NBIM Buys Bank of America Merrill Lynch Financial Centre

Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), the manager of Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, has acquired a 585,000 square foot office complex in London. NBIM paid £582.5 million (US$ 944.5 million) for a 100% interest for the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Financial Centre from Singapore’s GIC Private Limited. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute [...]


NBIM Invests in Enfield Logistics Property

Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), manager of Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, has acquired a 50% interest in a logistics property through its joint venture with Prologis. NBIM paid £55 million for the stake and did not use any debt financing. The property is a building in Enfield, close to London. It has a total leasable [...]


Real Estate: A Powerful Sovereign Wealth Fund Investment Trend

In September this year, Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, in one giant swoop paid US$ 1.5 billion for minority interests in two Boston properties and the former Citigroup Center in Manhattan. The amount of capital floating en route for core real estate is astonishing, more and more sovereign funds are allocating toward properties. In fact, for [...]


Singapore Sovereign Wealth Fund Centers on Italian Shopping Centre

Singapore’s GIC Private Limited owned 50% of RomaEst Shopping Centre through a sovereign wealth enterprise (SWE). The sovereign wealth fund has acquired the other 50% from a fund managed by CBRE Global Investors for an approximate amount of €200 million. The GIC is keen on prime regional centers. Asian institutional investors are grasping for a [...]


Friday SWFI News Roundup, October 3, 2014

NantHealth Raises Series B from Strategic Investors NantHealth, a NantWorks company, raised US$ 320 million in Series B financing. The Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) invested US$ 250 million in the series B round. The KIA had already invested in a previous round – committing US$ 100 million. Other investors are Celgene, Blackberry and the Blackstone [...]


GIC Invests in Spanish Real Estate Group Gmp

A sovereign wealth unit of Singapore’s GIC Private Limited and Spanish real estate group Gmp reached a deal in which the sovereign wealth fund will acquire an approximate 30% stake in Gmp. The GIC is purchasing the stake for more than €200 million. Founded in 1979, Gmp is a large investor in office and business [...]


OTPP in Investor Group to Acquire Cassidy Turley

Founded in Baltimore, Cassidy Turley, a commercial real estate firm, is being bought out by Texas-based TPG Capital, PAG Asia Capital and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP). The investor group plans to merge Cassidy Turley with Chicago-based DTZ, a property services company. DTZ Investment Holdings, backed by the investor group, will acquire Cassidy Turley. [...]


Yngve Slyngstad

Looming Issues: NBIM Ponders Appropriate Benchmarks

Norges Bank Investment Management CEO Yngve Slyngstad gave some remarks on benchmarking at Norway’s Ministry of Finance, poking holes at current indexes. Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global derives its wealth from oil. The fund expanded into public equities in 1998 and in recent years institutional real estate. Norway’s sovereign wealth fund has added overseas real [...]


Texas Permanent School Fund Approves $900 Million in Active Quantitative EM Equities

Mandates on emerging market equities continue to proliferate among U.S. public funds. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]


Friday SWFI News Roundup, September 19, 2014

Scotland Votes “No” for Independence According to the BBC, results for Scottish independence from the United Kingdom show that 55.3% of the people voted “NO”. 44.7% of people voted “YES” for Scottish independence. The question remains if there will ever be a Scottish sovereign wealth fund. Institutional Capital Moves into Mexico for Energy Sierra Oil [...]


Norway Sovereign Wealth Fund Spends $1.5 Billion on NY and Boston Properties

Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), which manages the sovereign wealth of Norway, has inked a deal to acquire a 45% interest in 601 Lexington Avenue (formerly Citigroup Center), in addition to equal shares in two Boston properties for US$ 1.5 billion in cash. This puts the aggregate value of the properties at around US$ 4.06 [...]


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CalPERS Gives Out $2.65 Billion to Real Estate and Credit Managers

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) committed US$ 600 million toward two real estate partnerships. CalPERS added US$ 200 million to Palo Alto-based Pacific Urban Residential, a joint venture partner to the multi-family real estate partnership called Pacific Multifamily Investors. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to [...]


Friday SWFI News Roundup, September 12, 2014

Emaar Malls Group Seeks to IPO Emaar Properties is trying to have an initial public offering for its mall unit Emaar Malls Group. The IPO is targeted to raise approximately US$ 1.44 billion for Emaar Properties. The Emirates Investment Authority (EIA) reserves the right to purchase 5% of the transaction. The UAE federal sovereign wealth [...]


NBIM and TIAA-CREF Finalizes San Francisco Office Property Purchase

Norway’s sovereign wealth fund has made another investment with regard to its joint venture with New York-based TIAA-CREF. Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), the manager of Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, and TIAA-CREF purchased a San Francisco office property for US$ 390 million. The sellers are GE Real Estate and Langley Investment Partners. [ Content protected [...]


NBIM and Prologis JV Acquire Spanish Logistics Portfolio

Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), the manager of Norway’s elephantine sovereign wealth fund, and San Francisco-based Prologis Inc, through their joint venture, acquired a portfolio of industrial real estate in Barcelona and Madrid.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]


Cityhold Buys Hamburg Atlantic Haus Building

Stockholm-based Cityhold Property AB has acquired a Hamburg office property in the city’s Harbour Business District. Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany. Built in 2007, the Atlantic Haus office stands 88 meters tall. Atlantic Haus is comprised of approximately 32,000 square meters of gross rental area. A UBS fund sold the property and [...]


Boustead Projects Partners with Gulf Sovereign Wealth Fund

Singapore-based Boustead Singapore Limited, through its subsidiary, Boustead Projects Pte Ltd, has formed a co-investment partnership with a sovereign wealth fund. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]