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Arab-Russian Infrastructure Investment Ties Strengthen

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Courted by the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), sovereign wealth funds and large institutional investors are allocating capital to Russian companies, infrastructure and other assets. In previous months, Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Development Co. became part of a US$ 2 billion fund with the RDIF to invest in various Russian industries.

Sovereign wealth funds like the State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ) and public pensions like CalPERS have embraced Russian real estate, especially in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. However, policymakers in Russia want to drive institutional investment toward Greenfield developments and infrastructure like the Central Ring Road around Moscow.

The government of Abu Dhabi may invest up to US$ 5 billion toward Russian infrastructure through a venture with a state-backed private equity fund. This fund would target toll roads, ports and airports. Already, the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and Abu Dhabi Investment Council are major investors in infrastructure.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is bent on improving Russia’s transportation infrastructure which is critically in facilitating economic growth.

Chinese SAFE Investment Company Sells Off Stake in Ropemaker Place

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Singapore-listed property company Ho Bee Land, acquired a prime office at 25 Ropemaker Place, EC2, located in the City of London, for £650 million. The property went up for sale in December 2017.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Norway SWF Adds to Existing Investment in Central London

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On June 15, 2018, Norges Bank Real Estate Management, the manager of Norway Government Pension Fund Global, acquired 25 percent of a long leasehold interest in 30 Warwick Street in central London, in joint venture with The Crown Estate. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Crown Property Bureau Moves Assets to Thailand King Under 2017 Law

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In December 2016, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn became King of Thailand, succeeding his father King Bhumibol Adulyadej who passed away in October 2016. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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