Archive | April, 2011

Qatari SWF Money Benefits Swiss Hotel Redevelopment

Gulf sovereign wealth funds have provided lifesaving capital to a variation of economic silos. When the major banks needed money to increase their capital base, sovereign wealth funds bailed them out. Times have changed and the majority of Swiss banks have tighter lending standards. Now that Swiss banks are reluctant to lend money to medium-sized […]


China’s NCSSF to Invest $1.5 Billion in China Development Bank

China’s National Council for Social Security Fund is planning to invest $1.5 billion in the China Development Bank. The money will be used to help strengthen the capital base of the bank. The fund can hold up to a 2.19% stake in the bank. The National Council for Social Security Fund has also invested in […]


China SWF May Become a Lender for Indonesian Infrastructure

According to an interview by Reuters, Gita Wirjawan, Chairman of the Badan Koordinasi Penanaman Modal (BKPM), says the China Investment Corporation is planning to offer $4 billion in infrastructure project loans. The BKPM is an investment board that coordinates business between businesses and government. Its aim is to increase foreign direct investment in Indonesia. Another […]


SWFs and Their Economic Marriage to Buyouts

Leveraged buyouts have been a popular private equity strategy for numerous sovereign funds, especially in 2007 and 2008. It proved to be so popular that sovereign wealth funds have been investing in buyout firms. The latest was a sovereign investment in TPG, a well known Texas private equity firm. Sovereign funds firmly understand that buyout […]


Public Release – 1Q 2011 Linaburg-Maduell Transparency Index Ratings

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Australia Considers Tax Exemptions for Sovereign Wealth Funds

Tax considerations influence sovereign wealth fund investment behavior.  Australia does not want to deter passive foreign investment, especially in a challenging economic environment. Australia is already a favorite destination for many SWFs due to its vast natural resources, mature real estate market, and transparent capital markets.  The Government of Australia is contemplating tax exemptions for […]


Qatar Owns More than 10% of HOCHTIEF AG

On March 23, 2011, Qatar Holding, the sovereign wealth enterprise of the Qatar Investment Authority, exceeded the investment threshold of 10%. Qatar Holding has invested a large sum of money into HOCHTIEF AG, one of Germany’s largest builder companies. The sovereign wealth enterprise intends to have representation on the supervisory board of the firm.[ Content […]


India is Slowly Opening up to Sovereign Wealth Funds

Historically, investment access to India’s equity markets has created several problematic issues and headaches for sovereign wealth funds. Currently, sovereign wealth funds are grouped under the category foreign institutional investor or FII defined by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). A few current sovereign-entity FIIs registered include: Abu Dhabi Investment Authority Abu Dhabi […]


Temasek Holdings and RRJ Capital Agree to Purchase 70% Position in Frac Tech Holdings LLC

Frac Tech Holdings LLC is a Texas based provider of oil and natural gas well stimulation services. They have expertise in high-pressure hydraulic fracturing. The company has operations across the United States. Temasek Holdings is on a campaign to booster its energy industry portfolio. Maju Investments formed a consortium to purchase a 70% stake in […]


Patient Real Estate Investing for Norway’s GPFG

One year ago in Europe and North America, real estate prices especially in core office and retail markets were very attractive for sovereign funds. The real estate core investment model has shifted into the expensive category in 2011; investors have begun crowding, pushing up purchase prices. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard […]


SMIC to Receive Investment from CIC

According to the press release, “Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (“SMIC”; NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 0981.HK), China’s largest and most advanced semiconductor foundry, announced today a definitive investment agreement between SMIC and China Investment Corporation (CIC). Under the terms of the agreement, CIC will invest US$250 million in SMIC, acquiring 360,589,053 convertible preferred shares at HK$5.39 per […]


Mapletree Commercial Trust Goes Forward with IPO

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What is a Strategic Development Sovereign Wealth Fund (SDSWF)?

Strategic Development Sovereign Wealth Fund (SDSWF) – It is a sovereign wealth fund that can be utilized to promote national economic or development goals. It is commonly accepted that most sovereign funds have a commercial objective which is to earn a positive risk-adjusted return on their pool of assets. There are some SWFs known to […]


Temasek Holdings to Invest in Energy Ventures Fund IV

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Financial Advisor League Tables

We have Financial Advisor League Tables available for the following Sovereign Wealth Funds: Financial Advisor League Tables – China Investment Corporation Financial Advisor League Tables – Korea Investment Corporation Financial Advisor League Tables – GIC Financial Advisor League Tables – Qatar Investment Authority


Kuwait Investment Authority Bullish in Egypt

Kuwait is strengthening its economic position in Egypt. The Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) is planning to set up a sovereign wealth enterprise to invest US$ 1 billion in Egypt’s stock market. This is a significant symbol of confidence in the Egyptian capital markets after the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth […]


Norway’s GPFG to Slowly Reduce Allocation to Europe

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Occidental Economies Yearn for their own Sovereign Funds

Australia and Italy are two occidental nations in the latest conversation on sovereign fund creation. In recent news, Italy wants to follow an identical path like France in creating a defensive sovereign wealth fund. In fact, the proposed state fund will most likely be modeled as a strategic investment fund to knock off potential takeovers […]


Qatar Holding Raises Position in Songbird Estates

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Qatari Diar Finances $700 Million in CityCenterDC

The real estate sovereign wealth enterprise of the Qatar Investment Authority, Qatari Diar, is financing $700 million in the development of CityCenterDC. CityCenterDC is a 10-acre project located in Washington DC, covering 4.5 city blocks. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]