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Coaker Named CIO of San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System



William Coaker was recently named chief investment officer of the US$ 18 billion San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System (SFERS). He is leaving his role as senior managing director in public equities at the University of California’s Office of the Chief Investment Officer.

The executive search lasted just over two years, and he will be replacing Bob Shaw on January 30, who was SFERS’ interim CIO. Mr. Shaw will be returning to his post as managing director for public markets. Mr. Coaker is returning to SFERS, he was a senior investment officer there from 2005 to 2008.

“I am very honored and humbled to return to SFERS as their Chief Investment Officer,” said Mr. Coaker in a statement. “I look forward to working with the Board and staff to further build an outstanding investment division and to best serve the employees, retirees, and beneficiaries who are relying on the investment decisions we make.”

He declined to comment further via email.

Mr. Coaker joins the SFERS at a time when absolute returns may play a secondary role to environmental impact for some groups.

In the SFERS Board October minutes, Commissioner Meiberger mentioned, “He stated that there is no dispute on the reality of global warming, but engagement and alternative energy technology are part of any long-term solution. Energy stocks provide inflation protection to the portfolio, which needs to be addressed as part of any divestment analysis before he could support divestment. He also inquired regarding staff capacity and the budget for outside consultants if required.”, a self-proclaimed grassroots movement set to end climate change, and some SFERS retirees prompted the board in October to consider divesting from fossil fuel investments. Fossil fuel companies represent 3.1% of the total plan assets as of August 30, 2013.

DP World and NIIF Joint Venture Embarks on First Investment



Hindustan Infralog Private Limited, the US$ 3 billion joint venture formed in January 2018 between DP World and the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) to invest in ports, logistics and warehousing, agreed to acquire 90% of Continental Warehousing Corporation (Nhava Seva) Limited for US$ 400 million. 10% is being retained by the company’s founders – the Reddy family. Adi Keshav Reddy is the founder of Continental Warehousing. This is the first investment of the Hindustan Infralog platform.

The sellers include Warburg Pincus India Pvt Ltd, International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Aureos Capital, a joint venture between the CDC and Norfund that was acquired by Abraaj Capital.

Barclays, Citi and Detusche Bank advised on the transaction.

Continental Warehousing was formed in 1997 and is one of India’s biggest container warehousing firms – operating container freight stations and private freight terminals across India. In April 2011, Warburg Pincus invested in Continental Warehousing, committing US$ 100 million. In December 2015, IFC invested US$ 25 million in equity and lent US$ 35 million in debt to Continental Warehousing.

In India, DP World has been operating container port terminals since 1997.

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SWFI First Read, March 18, 2018



Surbana Jurong and China Vanke Tie up Deal for Industrial Town Projects

Surbana Jurong, a real estate development company focused on urban projects, inked a deal with China Vanke to partner on new industrial towns in China’s midwest regions. Surbana Jurong is majority-owned by Singapore’s Temasek Holdings. The first joint project is Vanke’s Jianzhou Dream Town in Chengdu. Surbana will provide the design for this project.

PIF Eyes Hollywood Talent

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) is looking at investing around a 7% stake in Endeavor, LLC, a talent agency holding entity of WME for a reported US$ 400 million. Ari Emanuel is the CEO of Endeavor. PIF’s financial advisor for this deal is Michael Klein & Co. Endeavor is being advised by Ares Holdings.

Alex Wilmot-Sitwell of BAML Resigns

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Mubadala Invests in No Fly Zone Drone Radar Company



Data Collective led a US$ 15 million Series A round into Salt Lake City-based Fortem Technologies, Inc., a company that works on solutions that can detect, identify and classify drones in real time to maintain airspace safety. Other investors in the round include Boeing, Mubadala Investment Company, Manifest Growth, New Ground Ventures and Signia Venture Partners.

Ibrahim Ajami, Head of Mubadala Ventures said in the press release, ” Mubadala is excited to work with Fortem and its outstanding leadership team to help grow its business to new markets.”

Ajami added, “We strongly believe the TrueView radar is essential to maintain a safe airspace for both the aircraft and the critical infrastructure on the ground.”

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