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Australia Considers Tax Exemptions for Sovereign Wealth Funds

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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 sovereign wealth funds that possess passive investments in Australian assets.

Most nations agree that passive governmental investment is a plus for the economy.  When sovereign investors engage in commercial activity, most of the time, they lose their exemption with that source of income.  Other Western nations have already adopted exemptions for sovereign investors.  Tax exemption laws for sovereign wealth funds (foreign governmental investors) vary by country.  In the United Kingdom, foreign governments have sovereign immunity from UK tax, except in the case of commercial income.  [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

ADIA Seeks to Sell KIC Headquarters

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The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) is seeking to sell the building that houses the headquarters of the Korea Investment Corporation (KIC). [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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BMO and OTPP Test Blockchain Canadian Dollar Debt Deal

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The Bank of Montreal (BMO) and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) participated in a landmark blockchain Canadian-dollar debt transaction. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Just Group Acquires Corinthian Pension Consulting

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Just Group plc acquired a 75% ownership stake in the holding company of Corinthian Pension Consulting Limited (Corinthian Pension Consulting). Operating in the institutional world for over 12 years, Corinthian Pension Consulting provides advisory services to defined-benefit pension scheme trustees and scheme sponsors undertaking bulk scheme exercises. The remaining 25% will be retained by current shareholders of Corinthian Pension Consulting. Robert MacGregor will continue to lead Corinthian Pension Consulting, as its Chief Executive Officer. Furthermore, Corinthian Benefits Consulting Limited and Corinthian Affinity Solutions Limited will continue to operate as before, becoming part of a newly formed holding company, Corinthian Group Holdings Limited.

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