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Bank of China and Temasek Sign Strategic Investment Agreement

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According to the press release, “Bank of China Limited (“Bank of China”) and Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited (“Temasek”) jointly announced today that, following negotiations and discussions by the two entities, Temasek will, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Asia Financial Holdings (‘AFH’), acquire a 10% interest in Bank of China for US$3.1 billion. Temasek has also undertaken to subscribe for an additional US$500 million worth of shares during Bank of China’s initial public offering. This transaction is pending government and other relevant regulatory approvals.

With this agreement, Bank of China has introduced another strategic investor following the signing of the strategic investment agreement with Royal Bank of Scotland on August 18, 2005.

Subject to mutual agreement, Temasek will assist Bank of China in improving corporate governance, including the right to nominate suitable candidates for election to Bank of China’s board of directors. Other areas of collaboration and support are under discussions.

In addition to a strong focus on corporate governance, Temasek will facilitate linkages to other players in the Asian financial sector to support the development of Bank of China’s talent pool and technology base. As major financial institutions in Asia, both entities also agreed to strengthen their cooperation and contribute to the financial sector modernization in Asia.

Bank of China said,”Temasek is a major investor in Asia, with a strong reputation and matured operating mechanism in the area of corporate governance. Bank of China is a banking group with nearly a hundred years of history, and has established a prudent business style and a broad customer network. The cooperation of these two strong financial institutions with complementary strengths will result in enhanced competitiveness. The strategic investment by Temasek will support the deepening of the overall reform for Bank of China. The transaction will help Bank of China further strengthen its capital base, improve its shareholder structure and enhance its corporate governance.”

Temasek said, “We are delighted that an agreement has been reached with Bank of China. This is our largest direct investment in China, and is also a long term investment for us. It underlines our confidence in the long-term growth of China’s economy. More importantly, this investment represents our belief that Bank of China has transformed itself into a strong financial institution with extensive networks in China and overseas. We share the bank’s belief in its tremendous potential and are privileged to be an investor.””

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SWFI First Read, December 13, 2018

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Turkey Wealth Fund Could Tap Debt Markets in 2019

Turkiye Varlik Fonu or Turkey Wealth Fund could be issuing a large bond in 2019. The loan would most likely be short term in nature with a maturity of two years and be syndicated.

Rahm Emanuel Suggests Bonds to Help Support Chicago Pensions

The outgoing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel revealed a plan on possibly issuing US$ 10 billion in bonds in funding Chicago’s underfunded pension funds. Chicago’s four pension funds have an average funding ratio of 26%. In March 2016, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled an earlier pension reform law effecting employees and laborers’ pension funds that was signed by then Illinois Governor Pat Quinn that the law was unconstitutional.

SoftBank and Alibaba Back PT Tokopedia

PT Tokopedia is an Indonesian generalist e-commerce site. Tokopedia raised US$ 1.1 billion in an investment round led by the SoftBank Vision Fund and Alibaba Group. Softbank Ventures Korea and other investors participated in the round as well. William Tanuwijaya is the CEO and Co-Founder of Tokopedia.

Tikehau Capital and Total SA Form Low Carbon Fund

Tikehau Capital and Total SA created a private equity fund to focus on supporting the energy transition to cleaner sources of energy. The fund held a €350 million first close and raised money from investors such as Bpifrance and Groupama as anchor investors.

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Italian ANAS and RDIF Invest and Build the Fourth Section of Moscow’s Central Ring Road

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The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) inked a deal with ANAS S.p.A. (formerly known as Azienda Nazionale Autonoma delle Strade), the Italian state highway management company, to implement a concession agreement to build and operate the fourth section of the massive Moscow Central Ring Road. The transaction expects to be finalized in the first quarter of 2019. This is the final section of Central Ring Road, which is 96.5 kilometers long. According to the RDIF, “Under the terms of the concession agreement, the cost of construction is 85.4 billion rubles, of which the concessionaire will provide 49.7 billion rubles and private investors will provide 35.7 billion rubles.”

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Follow the Money – Episode 48

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This long-form podcast was recorded on December 11, 2018. Michael Maduell dissects the latest geopolitical trends that can impact institutional investors such as pensions, sovereign wealth funds, and endowments. Maduell lends his opinion on the lawsuit of Neiman Marcus and bumps in the road for augmented reality.

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CONTENTS
1:15 Huawei, Canada, Brexit, and Macron Headache
6:30 Sovereign Wealth Fund Asset Allocation
9:58 India Gets a New Central Bank Governor
13:26 Pensions Go Bust on U.S. Retailers
17:04 Augmented Reality and Sovereign Funds
22:00 Former CalPERS CIO Goes to Morgan Stanley Investment Management
24:30 Oman Investment Fund Goes on Defense in Public Markets
25:00 Japanese Scandals and Opportunities

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The views in this media are expressed by Michael Maduell and other participants and are not reflective of the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (SWFI).

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