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Australia Future Fund on track to become the Australia’s biggest landlord

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Australian Business reports, “In 2020, the Future Fund will be Australia’s biggest property landlord as the $67 billion listed property trust sector cedes its dominance to big sovereign wealth funds and super fund investors. Among other big trends, the property industry will be grappling with population growth, an ageing population, climate change and the challenge to supply infrastructure. In Australia, the annual population growth rate doubled in the past 10 years to 443,000 in the year to June. At the same time, the country attracted 290,000 migrants in net terms.

“I don’t think that will significantly ease up,” demographer Bernard Salt says.

This month, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced state governments and local councils will have to agree to better standards of planning in capital cities to qualify for future federal infrastructure funding to ensure they can properly handle growth, with the population set to reach 35 million by 2049. In the corporate world, analysts expect big superannuation funds and the increasingly dominant sovereign wealth funds to become landlords of much more property. The race is already on for Australian property companies to snag these big-ticket investors as partners. Lend Lease chief executive Steve McCann and his team are in the box seat as retail property fund manager for Australia’s $64 billion Future Fund with a joint bid to take over ING’s unlisted $1.4bn retail fund.”

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KIC to Manage a Portion of Korea Post Assets

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In late February, the Korea Investment Corporation (KIC) inked an agreement to manage some of Korea Post’s global assets. KIC also seeks to provide investment training and research to Korea Post.

“As part of effort for Korea Post to allocate part of global investment assets to KIC, both agencies agreed to discuss details during the first half of this year, including the manner in which joint investment and asset allocation will be made,” KIC said in a statement.

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Singaporean Sovereign Wealth Capital Participates in DoorDash Series F Round

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San Francisco-based DoorDash Inc., a food delivery company, raised US$ 400 million in a Series F investment round. The investment round was led by Singapore’s Temasek Holdings and San Francisco-based Dragoneer Investment Group, LLC. Post-raise, DoorDash has raised US$ 1.4 billion in equity capital. This gives DoorDash a post-money valuation of US$ 7.1 billion. DoorDash competes against publicly-traded company Grubhub, Postmates, and UberEats, a service of Uber Technologies.

Other investors in the Series F round include SoftBank Vision Fund (managed by SoftBank Group), DST Global, Coatue Management, Singapore’s GIC Private Limited, Sequoia Capital, and Y Combinator.

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CPPIB and Sterling Partners Exit Livingston International

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Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and U.S. private equity firm Sterling Partners are exiting their investment in Livingston International Inc., an international trade-services firm based in Toronto, Ontario, which specializes in customs brokerage, freight forwarding, and trade consulting. Livingston International is Canada’s largest customs broker and third-largest entry filer in the United States.

U.S. private equity firm Platinum Equity is buying Livingston International from CPPIB and Sterling Partners. Platinum Equity is a private equity firm founded by Tom Gores in 1995.

Livingston International was founded in 1945 by Gerry Livingston. In 2002, the company went public after backing from CAI Capital Partners. In 2010, CPPIB and Sterling Partners acquired the company for US$ 324 million. On May 8, 2012, Livingston International acquired New Orleans, Louisiana-based M.G. Maher & Company, Inc. and MCLX, Inc. Maher is an international freight forwarder, customs broker and logistics provider. In 2013, the owners of Livingston International refinanced debt raising US$ 555 million in senior secured credit facilities.

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