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Barwa Real Estate to Sell $7.1 Billion in Assets

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qatari_diarQatari Diar, a sovereign wealth enterprise of the Qatar Investment Authority, is looking to purchase 26 billion Qatari riyals (US$ 7.1 billion) worth of assets from Barwa Real Estate. Established on November 15, 2005, Qatari Diar owns 45% of Barwa Real Estate. In terms of real estate development, Barwa Real Estate is the biggest listed real estate company in Qatar.

Barwa Real Estate is looking to reduce debt, some of the assets to be sold include:

  • Barwa Commercial Avenue
  • Barwa Al Sadd
  • Barwa City projects
  • Assets within Barwa’s investment portfolio
  • Asset sales will be finalized by the end of 2013.

    Funds and Ownership, KKR Partners with Shinhan Financial

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    South Korean financial giant Shinhan Financial Group Co., Ltd. reached a preliminary agreement with KKR & Co. to form a series of global buyout funds that could raise up to 5 trillion KRW. KKR and Shinhan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Seoul in early October. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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    Norwegian Government Recommends SWF Remains at Central Bank

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    There was speculation that Norway Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) could be managed outside of Norges Bank. The Norwegian government shot down this idea and recommended Norway’s GPFG remain in Norges Bank. This recommendation came in the form of a white paper submitted to the Norwegian Parliament, Stortinget.

    Norway’s Minister of Finance Siv Jensen, commented in a press release, “The Government proposes a new and modernised governance structure for Norges Bank. Moving forward, this new structure lays the foundations for the sound management of the central bank and of the GPFG.”

    Some Central Bank Recommendations

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    Invesco Buys OppenheimerFunds for $5.7 Billion

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    Invesco Ltd. signed a deal to acquire OppenheimerFunds, Inc. from Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual). In turn, MassMutual and the OppenheimerFunds employee shareholders will receive a combination of common and preferred equity consideration, and MassMutual will become a significant shareholder in Invesco, with an approximate 15.5% stake. This strategic transaction will bring Invesco’s total assets under management (AUM) to more than US$ 1.2 trillion. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2019, pending necessary regulatory and other third-party approvals. The transaction gives Invesco access to more third-party distribution platforms.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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