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CIC pushes for Walkie-Talkie stake

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According to the Independent, “China’s biggest sovereign wealth fund is in talks to buy a stake in one of London’s tallest skyscrapers being developed by Britain’s largest property company.

The China Investment Corporation (CIC) has approached Land Securities about taking an equity stake of up to 25 per cent in the proposed “Walkie-Talkie”, the 500 ft tower at 20 Fenchurch Street designed by Rafael Vinoly. Land Securities won planning consent for the Square Mile site two years ago after a public inquiry sparked when English Heritage and others objected to its impact on the sight lines to St Paul’s Cathedral. The 36-storey building (down nine floors from the original plan) will cost an estimated £300m to build and is scheduled for completion in 2014.

It is nicknamed the Walkie-Talkie because of its top-heavy shape, designed to maximise high-rent floor space on the upper stories.

The FTSE-100 company entered into exclusive discussions with Canary Wharf Group to jointly develop the site in June. As part of the proposed deal, Canary Wharf would build the tower. These talks are still ongoing but it is thought that CIC, a wholly owned state company based in Beijing, has entered the negotiations.”

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Antares Bain Capital Complete Financing Solution Backs symplr Deal

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On December 10, 2018, Antares Bain Capital Complete Financing Solution provided a senior secured unitranche credit facility for Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. to acquire symplr, a healthcare governance, risk, and compliance software-as-a-service platform from Pamlico Capital and The CapStreet Group. Golub Capital provided financing for the transaction as well.

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PSP Investments Exits Antelliq

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On December 14th, Private equity firm BC Partners, Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments), and other minority co-investors have signed a definitive agreement with Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, to sell Antelliq Corporation, a Vitré, France-based provider of digital animal identification, traceability, and monitoring solutions. Upon close, Antelliq will be a wholly owned and separately operated subsidiary within the Merck Animal Health Division. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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JPMorgan Edges Out Hamilton Lane on Florida SBA In-State Mandate

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The Florida State Board of Administration (SBA) manages a plethora of Florida state funds, including the state’s defined benefit plans. Florida’s SBA awarded a private equity portfolio mandate which targets high-technology businesses in Florida to J.P. Morgan Asset Management. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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