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China Investment Corp May Restructure North American Operations

torontoskyAppointed in January 2011 as the chief representative of the China Investment Corporation’s (CIC) Toronto office, Felix P. Chee is leaving the Chinese sovereign fund at the end of December. When joining the CIC, Chee perceived the job opportunity as working for a US$ 200 billion startup, tactically to help deploy cash to investments and grow returns for the sovereign wealth fund. Before the CIC, he was an investment executive at Manulife Financial Corporation. Initially, the CIC opened up an office in Toronto to strategically take advantage of Canada’s booming energy and resource sectors – evening relocating Chee and Winston Wenyan Ma to Toronto. The CIC has experienced tremendous asset growth. It is nearing US$ 600 billion in assets (see sovereign fund rankings).

Another major development is Mexico passing legislation to begin the process of opening up their heavily guarded energy sector.

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Sovereign Funds Commit to Integrating Climate-Related Risks at One Planet Summit

Representatives from a number of sovereign wealth funds who collectively govern over US$ 2 trillion in assets came together at the One Planet Summit at the Élysée Palace in Paris in order to discuss what public asset owners can do to incorporate climate change-related risks and opportunities into investment considerations.

The newly formed committee – called the One Planet Sovereign Wealth Fund Working Group – includes as its founding members the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA), Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), Norges Bank Investment Management (manager of Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global), Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), and the New Zealand Superannuation Fund.

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bcIMC-Backed Hayfin Capital to Buy CLO Specialist Kingsland Capital

London-based Hayfin Capital Management agreed to buyout New York-based Kingsland Capital Management, LLC, a U.S. collateralized loan obligations (CLO) and leverage credit manager. The transaction permits Hayfin Capital an opening to the U.S. CLO market. Hayfin Capital does not currently manage any live CLOs.

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CPPIB Participates in Peruvian PE Restructuring

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) is part of an investor group that is helping restructure a number of vehicles that are managed by Peru-based Enfoca, a private equity firm.

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