GIC Picks Up Interest in Japan Renewable Energy

Singapore’s GIC Private Limited embarked on its first venture into Japan’s clean energy market with the announcement that one of its affiliates will invest in GS Renewable Holdings GK, the parent company of Goldman Sachs-backed Japan Renewable Energy Corporation (JRE). GS Renewable Holdings received initial funding from Japanese capital and GS Infrastructure Partners II, a […]

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Saudi PIF Wears the RE Finance Hat Now

In a series of moves by the Saudi government, a number of state-owned catalyst companies are being formed and pushed under Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund’s purview. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Meituan-Dianping Leaps in Unicorn Rankings with $4 Billion Funding Round

Meituan-Dianping, a Chinese group buying website and now the world’s fourth most valuable startup, has raised US$ 4 billion in its latest funding round for a post-money valuation of US$ 30 billion. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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China Minsheng Financial Tests Blank Check Company Opportunity

China Minsheng Financial Holding Corporation Limited is looking to get into the blank check company business. The listed company is seeking to raise US$ 150 million for CM Seven Star Acquisition Corporation, the Hong Kong-based blank check company, in a U.S. initial public offering (IPO).[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. […]

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Masdar to Lead Joint-Venture of Serbia’s Largest Wind Farm

Masdar, the renewable energy arm of Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Investment Company, has agreed to lead the development of a 158 MW wind farm outside Belgrade in collaboration with the farm’s original developer, Cibuk Wind Holdings. Vetroelektrane Balkana – the project company behind the farm – is wholly owned by Tesla Wind, a 60:40 joint-venture between […]

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ABP Buys Controlling Interest in Telecom Tower Group OTC

The Rabo Bouwfunds Communication Infrastructure Fund (CIF) has sold a 75% controlling interest in Open Tower Company (OTC), a Netherland’s major independent provider of telecommunication sites, to the Dutch government pension fund Stichting Pensioenfonds ABP through its asset manager subsidiary, APG Asset Management, for an undisclosed amount. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute […]

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CDPQ Leads Series D for Lightspeed POS

E-commerce software provider Lightspeed POS Inc. has closed a series D venture funding round led by a US$ 136 million investment from Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ). [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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    Italy F2i Seeks Investors for Fund III Milan-based F2i is an Italian infrastructure fund company that is 14% owned by Italian state lender Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP). F2i is in talks to raise a fund to reach at least 3 billion EUR in assets. This fund is called Fund III and is being advised […]


    Saudi PIF Forms Super Esco

    Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) is moving to form another company – this time a new energy services company called Super Esco. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]


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    Qatar Shifts $20 Billion in Sovereign Wealth to Buffer

    Qatar remains a key exporter in liquefied natural gas (LNG). [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]


    Northern Trust Names Michael G. O’Grady CEO

    Northern Trust gave its President Michael G. O’Grady an additional duty. O’Grady will also be CEO of Northern Trust Corporation, effective January 1, 2018. He is replacing Frederick “Rick” H. Waddell, who will be resigning from the role. Waddell will remain Chairman of Northern Trust. Waddell joined Northern Trust in 1975 in its commercial lending […]


    Follow the Money – Episode 39

    Michael Maduell, President of SWFI, interviews Noah R. Wortman, Managing Director, Americas & Global Head of Class Action Services, Goal Group of Companies. Michael and Noah discuss trends in the class action space with regard to institutional investors such as sovereign wealth funds, pensions, endowments and other share owners. Download the Episode CONTENTS 1:40 Why […]


    Macau’s Forex Reserves Fall after Disappointing Golden Week

    Following a poor turnout at casinos over China’s Golden Week, the Monetary Authority of Macau quickly reevaluated preliminary estimates of Macau’s foreign exchange reserves for the month of September 2017 to 157.9 billion MOP (US$ 19.63 billion), down 1.0% from the previous month. The pataca experienced a similar decline in its trade-weighted effective exchange rate […]


    GIC Among Cornerstone Investors in $680 Million Vincom IPO

    Vincom Retail JSC, a subsidiary of Vingroup JSC and Vietnam’s largest mall operator, attracted orders from Singapore’s GIC Private Limited and eight other cornerstone investors in an initial public offering that could raise a record-breaking US$ 680 million on the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange, according a prospectus on the deal. According to transaction […]


    APG Lands 25% Stake in Lendlease Retirement Living Business

    Dutch public institutional investor APG Asset Management N.V. has managed to outbid Singapore’s GIC Private Limited and China Investment Corporation to secure a 25% ownership in Lendlease’s A$ 1.7 billion (US$ 1.33 billion) portfolio of Australian retirement villages for a reported amount of A$ 470 million (US$ 368.7 million).[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund […]


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    Under Pressure to Raise Capital, ANZ Sells Pension Business to IOOF

    IOOF Holdings Ltd (IOOF) agreed to acquire Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd’s (ANZ) OnePath pensions and investment unit and four aligned dealer groups – collectively known as ANZ Wealth Management – for A$ 975 million (US$ 766 million) in a deal expected to close within the next 12 months. The transaction will substantially […]


    Mubadala Renews Commitment to Silicon Valley and Startups

    Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Investment Company is moving to join the ranks of sovereign wealth funds who have offices in Silicon Valley and the rest of the San Francisco Bay Area. Khazanah Nasional, GIC, Temasek Holdings and the Qatar Investment Authority have all committed to running offices in Northern California. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth […]


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    Temasek Participates in Series D in Augmented Reality Startup Magic Leap

    Singapore’s Temasek Holdings participated in a Series D venture funding round in the mysterious startup Magic Leap, Inc., which is working on mixed reality technologies. The funding round apparently was US$ 502 million, giving a post-money valuation of roughly US$ 5 billion. Other investors in the round include EDBI of Singapore, Janus Henderson Investors and […]


    Temasek Adds More Duties for Senior Executives

    Singapore’s Temasek Holdings added more duties for a number of its senior executives. Lee Theng Kiat, CEO of Temasek International, will also take on duties as Deputy Chairman of Temasek International. Ho Ching remains Chairman of Temasek International and CEO of Temasek Holdings. Ho Ching was ranked #9 in SWFI’s Public Investor 100 back in […]


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    Mexico Government Hedges Oil at $46 for 2018

    The Mexican Ministry of Finance completed its annual oil hedge, also known as the Hacienda hedge, for 2018 securing the average export price of US$ 46 per barrel of crude oil. The Mexican government conducts these operations by purchasing puts from a select group of Wall Street banks. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund […]


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    BNY Mellon Wins Global Custodial Mandate from Singapore NTUC Income

    Bank of New York Mellon (BNY Mellon) won a global custodial mandate from NTUC Income Insurance Co-operative Limited, a Singapore-based insurer that was formed in 1970. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]


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    SoftBank Forms JV to Hold 8,000 U.S. Cellular Sites with Lendlease

    Sydney-based Lendlease Group formed a joint venture with Japan-based SoftBank Group Corporation to acquire and own telecommunication infrastructure assets in the United States. The joint venture is being called Lendlease Towers. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]


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    QIA Hired Kulbinder Garcha for TMT Job

    The Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) continues to hire talent from Wall Street. It was revealed that the QIA hired Kulbinder Garcha in September 2017 to become a Sector Head of TMT. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]


    New Zealand Superannuation Fund Releases 2017 Annual Report

    The New Zealand Superannuation Fund (NZ Super) released its 2017 annual report. NZ Super posted a 20.71% return for the year ended June 30, 2017. NZ Super generated a 21.85% annual return in its global equities – develop market portfolio. 1.7% of NZ Super’s assets are invested in natural catastrophe reinsurance and life settlement investments. […]


    Foreign Asset Owners and SWF Retreat from CIMB

    Some major institutional investors are selling shares in CIMB Group Holdings, the second largest bank in Malaysia, due to demand from other domestic investors. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]


    ADIA to Invest $1 Billion in NIIF Master Fund

    According to SWFI transaction data, the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) is a major sovereign wealth fund institutional investor in India, in terms of flows, outcompeting many other sovereign funds in real estate and infrastructure allocations. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]


    Saudi PIF Reveals Plans for Recycling Catalyst Company

    Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) revealed plans to form a recycling company to invest in projects to enhance recycling throughout the country. This is part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 plan. The company aims to be profitable, while reducing the amounts sent to landfills. PIF could also seek to use some of the waste […]


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