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ADIA has no plan to cut Europe exposure

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According to Reuters, “The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) is not planning to cut its exposure to debt-ridden Europe, saying a stable regulatory, legal and tax framework make it an attractive place to invest.

“No, (we) maintain a stable view,” Jean-Paul Villain, strategy unit head at ADIA, told Reuters when asked whether the fund was looking to reduce its exposure in the face of Europe’s debt crisis. “These markets are efficient,” he said.

Sovereign funds, which together manage around $3 trillion of assets, are turning aggressive after cutting back their holdings in 2008 at the height of the credit crisis when they lost billions on banks such as UBS and Citigroup.  Speaking to Reuters on the sidelines of the Europlace Financial Forum in Paris, Villain said developed markets still offered attractions.

“The legal framework and tax framework is very stable. If you buy an infrastructure asset in the UK (for example), you have a clear … structure of regulation,” the former BNP Paribas executive said.

ADIA has assets of between $500 billion and $700 billion with investments ranging from Citigroup bonds to a stake in Britain’s Gatwick Airport.  State-owned ADIA invests funds generated by the United Arab Emirates, the world’s third-largest oil exporter, into overseas stocks and bonds as a means of diversifying away from the hydrocarbons sector.”

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APG, QIC, and Swiss Life Buys MIRA Stake in Brussels Airport

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APG Asset Management, QIC (Queensland Investment Corporation), and Zurich-based Swiss Life Group, spent about €2 billion for Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets’ (MIRA) 36% stake in Brussels Airport. APG and QIC will each have a stake of 16.8% in the airport asset with Swiss Life having a 2.4% ownership stake. QIC will hold its airport stake in its Global Infrastructure Fund, which has third-party investors. Since 2011, the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan (OTPP) still holds a 39% stake in the airport, while the Belgian government retains a 25% ownership stake.

APG Asset Management manages assets for a number of investors including Stichting Pensioenfonds ABP.

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CIC Seeks Allies for Belt and Road Cooperation Fund

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The China Investment Corporation (CIC), which indirectly controls China’s largest banks, is seeking allies to form a cross-border investment vehicle to support One-Belt, One-Road projects – also known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The CIC is calling it the Belt and Road Cooperation Fund. The fund’s size and specific investment methods are in the preliminary phase. The BRI has been underway for the last five years.

The multi-lateral fund will be another way to funnel capital into specific belt and road projects. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Fidelity National Information Services to Acquire Worldpay

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Jacksonville, Florida-based Fidelity National Information Services, Inc., better known by the abbreviation FIS, agreed to acquire payments processor Worldpay, Inc. for approximately US$ 35 billion (not including debt) in cash and stock, or US$ 112.12 per share. Around 19 months ago, Cincinnati-based credit card processor Vantiv, Inc. acquired Worldpay for just under US$ 10 billion, while FIS agreed to acquire First Data for US$ 22 billion in January 2019.

The combined company will keep the name FIS and be headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. The transaction is subject to receipt of required regulatory and shareholder approvals and other customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the second half of 2019.

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