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Chinese sovereign wealth fund interested in taking a stake in Fonterra, says Prime Minister Key

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The New Zealand Herald states, “Prime Minister John Key has revealed China’s US$200 billion ($349 billion) sovereign-wealth fund has signaled its interest in a stake in NZ dairy giant Fonterra if it changes its capital structure. China Investment Corp chief executive Lou Jiwei made the fund’s interest in Fonterra, and other New Zealand assets, clear in a meeting with Key at the Boao Forum for Asia two weeks ago.

But Key stressed it was up to Fonterra’s farmer shareholders to resolve the appropriate capital structure. Sources told the Herald Key’s preference would be for the NZ Superannuation Fund – rather than another nation’s wealth fund – to take a stake in Fonterra. The Prime Minister has made clear to Chinese investors that New Zealand would welcome increased investment particularly in greenfields or co-ventures. Key also met a representative from the Canadian suitor for Auckland International Airport whose successful bid for a 40 per cent stake was overturned when Labour Cabinet ministers changed the overseas investment rules.”

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GIC Sells Arizona Biltmore to Blackstone

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Blackstone Real Estate Advisors, part of the Blackstone Group, acquired the 740-room Arizona Biltmore hotel, located in Phoenix, for US$ 403.4 million. The deal closed on April 20, 2018.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Mubadala Acquires Stake in Growing Hedge Fund Phoenician Capital

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Mubadala Investment Company, through its unit Mubadala Capital, purchased a minority stake Phoenician Capital, LLC. Although terms and size of the deal were not disclosed, the agreement grants Mubadala Capital rights to invest in a fund managed by the New York-based firm, which generated respective returns of 40.8% and 33.0% in 2016 and 2017, against benchmarks of 12.0% and 21.8% for the S&P 500. The hedge fund runs the Phoenician Offshore Fund Ltd.

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Large Asset Managers Continue to Move Operations Out of California

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In the 2010s, Fisher Investments, an investment firm run by Ken Fisher, moved a large number of employees from the Woodside and San Mateo campuses to a town called Camas in Washington, near Portland. Vanguard has a large operational presence in Arizona, while Charles Schwab Corporation has expanded its technology operations and client services in places like Denver, Dallas, Austin and Phoenix. Dimensional Fund Advisors moved its headquarters in 2008 from Santa Monica, California to Austin.

While asset managers reap profits and try to lower employee head count costs, looking to fly-over country seems appealing.

The Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO), part of the Allianz family, selected Austin, Texas as its new office to hire more client services and technology talent. The PIMCO Austin office will open later in 2018. PIMCO is headquartered in Newport Beach, California, with an office in New York City.

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