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CalPERS Purchases Interest in Power Transmission Line

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According to the press release, “The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) announced today that it has agreed to acquire a stake in a 65-mile submarine electric power transmission line that runs from Sayreville, New Jersey, to Hicksville, Long Island, New York.

The agreement to purchase an interest in the Neptune Regional Transmission System from Arclight Capital marks CalPERS second direct infrastructure investment, following the 2010 purchase of a 12.7 percent equity stake in London’s Gatwick Airport.

“This agreement is a good fit for our growing infrastructure program,” said Joseph Dear, CalPERS Chief Investment Officer. “It’s an income-generating investment with stable revenues located in the United States, very much in line with the type of investment we said we would be looking to make when we described our vision for infrastructure in September.”

Over the next three years, CalPERS plans to invest up to $5 billion in infrastructure projects, including up to $4 billion in the United States and up to $800 million in California. CalPERS plans call for investments in both public and private infrastructure, including, but not limited to, transportation, energy, natural resources, utilities, water, communications and other social support services.

The deal for the transmission line is expected to close in the first quarter of 2012. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.”

Read more: CalPERS Press Release

PNB to Buy Stake from Malaysian Developers in Battersea Power Station Project

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Malaysia-based Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB) inked plans to acquire a stake in the Battersea Power Station from Malaysian developers Sime Darby Property and SP Setia, which between them own 80 percent of the site located on the south bank of the Thames. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Will Saudi Arabian Sovereign Wealth Be the Next Giant in Hollywood?

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Saudi Arabia’s growing Public Investment Fund (PIF) is reportedly looking into investing over US$ 500 million for a 5% to 10% stake in Hollywood’s Endeavor Talent Agency, the holding company for William Morris Endeavor Entertainment LLC (WME). WME is one of the biggest players in the business, representing well-known artists across a number of different mediums – including cinema, television, music, books, and theatre – as well as a roster of professional athletes from the National Football League (NFL) and National Hockey League (NHL). Discussions are in their initial stages, however, and no commitments have been made thus far. WME is constantly gathering new talent. Recently WME signed musician John Mayer and actor Nicolas Cage – both were with Creative Artists Agency (CAA).

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CDPQ Providers Firepower for Blackstone Buyout of PIRET

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Ivanhoé Cambridge, part of CDPQ, is a co-investor in Blackstone Group’s buyout of Pure Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust (PIRET), a listed Canadian warehouse owner. The actual Blackstone buyer is an affiliate of Blackstone Property Partners, its core real estate investment unit. The agreement was revealed on January 9, 2018. Blackstone moved to buy the REIT) for C$ 8.10 per Unit in an all-cash transaction valued at C$ 3.8 billion including debt. The transaction value without debt is C$2.48 billion.

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