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CIC, Mongolia-focused Iron Mining International Ltd. Reach Deal

According to the WSJ, “China Investment Corporation has reached a deal to invest up to $700 million in Mongolia-focused Iron Mining International Ltd., the latest move by the sovereign wealth fund to plow cash into commodities.

CIC is rapidly deploying its capital this year to try to catch the upside of a global economic recovery by buying into natural resources and property assets. On Wednesday, CIC Chairman Lou Jiwei told a forum that CIC has allocated $110 billion for overseas investments and deployed around half. Commodities have been a major focus of the fund’s investing strategy and asset allocation, he said.

Originally, CIC was expected to allocate only about a third of its initial $200 billion in capital, or just $67 billion, for overseas investments. Mr. Lou’s comments indicate that CIC has pumped around $40 billion of its cash hoard into other assets this year after having invested a total of $13.52 billion by the end of 2008, according to data from CIC’s annual report. The terms of CIC’s investment in Iron Mining International involve a $500 million convertible loan, with an option for the company to increase the loan to $700 million, according to people familiar with the situation. The company, formerly known as Hong Kong Lung Ming Investment Holdings Ltd., is planning to raise $1 billion through an initial public offering in Hong Kong during the second quarter of next year, one person said. CIC’s investment is structured so that the loan will become ordinary shares at the time of Iron Mining International’s IPO at a discount to the IPO price, the person said.”

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Asian Sovereign Funds Not Slowing Down on Tech Investing

According to data from SWFI’s Sovereign Wealth Fund Transaction Database, Asian sovereign funds invested US$ 6.05 billion directly into companies and assets in the information technology sector from Jan 2017 to November 22, 2017. In a comparable time frame from Jan 2016 to November 22, 2016, this same group of Asian sovereign funds directly invested US$ 5.02 billion in the sector. These are direct investments, not fund commitments or manager allocations.

Asian sovereign funds such as GIC Private Limited, Temasek Holdings and the Korea Investment Corporation (KIC) have demonstrated bullish signals to the technology community over other sectors. GIC and Temasek have also been major investors in the private side of deals, funding a wide range of tech startups, while providing financial firepower in buyout transactions.

Some notable direct tech investments in 2017 by sovereign funds include Meituan-Dianping, SoundCloud, Nets A/S, Visma AS, Turn, Inc. and Vantiv.

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Future Fund Makes a Guardian Out of Former J.P. Morgan ANZ Chair

The Australian government has appointed Robert Priestley – current non-executive chair of J.P Morgan for Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) and a non-executive director of ASX – to serve on the Future Fund Board of Guardians for a five-year term from November 7, 2017. Priestley replaces former Morgan Stanley Australia chief executive Steven J. Harker.

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Associated British Ports Reboots Property Development Arm to Capitalize on Land Bank

Associated British Ports (ABP) – operator of 21 major ports throughout the United Kingdom – has announced a reboot of its ABP Property division, complete with a new team of specialists in commercial development and logistics led by Huw Turner, in order to identify and develop strategically significant locations in its 2,372 acre land bank.

ABP is owned in large part by a consortium of pensions and sovereign funds, including the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) at 33.88% ownership, OMERS at 30%, Singapore’s GIC Ventures Pte Ltd at 20.00% ownership, and the Kuwait Investment Authority at 10.00% ownership. Large institutional investors such as sovereign funds, pensions, and endowments have slowly increased allocation towards infrastructure over the past six years as an alternative to equities and bonds, according to asset allocation data from SWFI.

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