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COMPETITION: Sovereign Wealth Funds Spice Up Deal Activity in Asia

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Sovereign wealth funds continue to expand their reach in a variety of transactions across Asia. The Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) is competing against Goldman Sachs on the acquisition of the Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower. The 72-story tower is the tallest building in Hanoi and is worth an estimated US$ 1 billion. Korea-based Keangnam Enterprises, Ltd is the developer and seller of the tower.

Goldman Sachs’ offer would be assuming project-financing debt of US$ 900 million and formation of a special purpose vehicle to take over control of the tower. The QIA’s offer is to acquire the whole tower for US$ 800 million in cash. The New York office of Colliers International is the lead manager of the sale. Major companies such as KPMG, Standard Chartered and PwC have reserved space to setup offices in the tower. The tower includes an InterContinental hotel.

Temasek Eyes Postal Savings Bank of China

BNP Paribas, UBS and Temasek Holdings are among a selection of institutional investor bidders attempting to acquire up to a 10% stake in Chinese state-owned Postal Savings Bank of China (PSBC) for at least US$ 3 billion. PSBC is China’s largest bank in terms of outlets (around 40,000 branches), not in assets. The bank is preparing its initial public offering (IPO) for 2016, looking to raise US$ 25 billion. The Government of China would be open to selling a larger stake and is keen on selling to strategic investors versus typical commercial investors.

China International Capital Corporation (CICC) and Morgan Stanley are arranging the pre-IPO sale.

Sovereign Wealth Funds Makes Dough on Chinese Bank Investments

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Concerns Raised at Potential BlackRock Takeover of CalPERS’ Private Equity

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) has been analyzing options on what to do with its massive US$ 26 billion private equity program. The pension system has embraced the mantra of reducing cost, reducing complexity and reducing risk, the hallmark of its program called “INVO 2020”. CalPERS also wants less, but more strategic relationships with external money managers. At one point, CalPERS was contemplating increasing its direct investment staff to model Canadian pension funds such as Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), OMERS and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension plan. The pendulum has begun to swing the other way as reported earlier by SWFI research staff.

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CDP Signs €1.7 Billion Infrastructure Loan Agreement with Atlantia Group

Cassa depositi e prestiti S.p.A. (CDP) and Atlantia Group’s Autostrade per l’Italia (ASPI) have signed a €1.7 billion loan contract dedicated to upgrading motorways in Italy under concession to ASPI. €1.1 billion will come in the form of a term loan with a 10-year tenure, with the remaining €600 million wrapped up in a five-year revolving loan.

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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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