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BIG DEAL: CIC Acquires Logicor

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The China Investment Corporation (CIC) beat out other bidders to acquire Logicor for €12.25 billion from The Blackstone Group. London-based Logicor is Blackstone’s pan European logistics company that operates a portfolio of logistics assets totaling 147 million square feet, in 17 countries with over 70% concentrated in the U.K., Germany, France and Southern Europe. The Blackstone Group brought in Mo Barzega to run Logicor. He was Managing Director of Europe for AMB Property Corporation (AMB) until 2011, when AMB then merged with Prologis. Blackstone built Logicor through over 50 acquisitions.

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Ascendas-Singbridge Acquires Three Hotels in Osaka

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Singapore’s Ascendas-Singbridge has acquired three hotels in Osaka for 10.29 billion JPY to tap tourism growth in Japan’s third-largest city.

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BlackRock Contemplates Stake in Eurizon

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Asset management giant BlackRock is contemplating purchasing a 30% ownership stake in Intesa SanPaolo’s asset management unit called Eurizon Capital SGR S.p.A. BlackRock is keen on growing its technology business and increase market adoption of its Aladdin platform.

Intesa has been working with UBS to seek out strategic options for Eurizon. Intesa is keen on maintaining control over Eurizon.

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SWFI First Read, June 22, 2018

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JPMorgan Fund Buys 40% of Oxford Properties’ French Portfolio

A fund advised by JP Morgan Asset Management committed €400 million in Oxford Properties’ French portfolio. Essentially, Oxford Properties sold a 49.9% non-managing interest in 32 Rue Blanche, 92 Avenue de France and Paris Bastille. Oxford Properties made its maiden investment in Paris in 2014 when it acquired 32 Rue Blanche.

Oxford Properties is the real estate unit of OMERS.

Temasek Explores Further Cash Commitments to FirstCry

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