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CalPERS Adds Invesco Real Estate as Multifamily Real Estate Manager

According to the press release, “The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) has selected Invesco Real Estate as a new manager for its Multifamily Real Estate Program. The partnership, named Institutional Core Multifamily Investors, will invest in multifamily properties, focused in the western US region.

“Invesco Real Estate’s extensive experience and proven track record in multifamily investing make them a great fit for this program,” said Joe Dear, CalPERS Chief Investment Officer. “We’re excited to work with them as we identify and acquire multifamily assets with both strong returns and the potential for future appreciation.”

The Institutional Core Multifamily Investors partnership is a multiyear program that will fund with an initial allocation of $250 million. The partnership will seek to build a stable income-oriented portfolio of institutional-quality core apartment assets focusing on select target markets in the West and Midwest U.S.

“We believe adding a measured allocation to high-quality apartment assets will enhance the overall risk and return profile for CalPERS investment portfolio,” said Ted Eliopoulos, Senior Investment Officer for CalPERS real estate program.

CalPERS currently holds approximately $2 billion in assets in its multifamily program, with a total of $24.5 billion in the Real Assets portfolio.”

Read more: CalPERS Press Release

SouthGobi’s CEO Arrested, CIC Struggles with Investment

The China Investment Corporation (CIC) has long struggled with its investments in coal assets, specifically in globally-listed coal miner SouthGobi Resources Ltd, which operates its flagship coal mine in Mongolia. In November 2009, CIC and SouthGobi Resources inked a convertible debenture deal. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Qatar Central Bank Deals with MSCI

MSCI, a stock index company whose benchmarks influence investor behavior, has tremendous indirect power impacting the stock markets of smaller economies. In 1988, MSCI released its emerging markets index, a now-widely-used benchmark for many institutional investors wanting access to growth markets. China and South Korea make up the majority of the benchmark, but smaller economies such as Poland, Chile and even Qatar make up other pieces of it.

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bcIMC Buys into Bottling Business with PAI in €1.623 Billion Takeover of Refresco

Dutch soft-drink bottler Refresco Group N.V. has agreed to a buyout offer for all 81.2 million of its shares from French private equity firm PAI Partners SAS (PAI) and Canadian pension manager British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (bcIMC) in exchange for €20 in cash per ordinary share for a total consideration of €1.623 billion. Refresco’s major shareholders, which includes 3i Group, and shareholding members of its boards, who represent 26.5% of outstanding shares, have said they stand behind the deal.

Refresco’s board rejected an initial offer from PAI in April 2017 of €1.4 billion, which they felt did not adequately capture the value added by their plans to bolster its presence in North America through the acquisition of Canadian bottler Cott TB, a deal that went through in July for US$ 1.25 billion.

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