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CPPIB to Acquire 49.99% in Grupo Costanera

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CPPIB PensionAccording to the press release, “the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire significant minority stakes in five major Chilean toll roads from the Atlantia Group. The agreement involves CPPIB acquiring a 49.99% interest in Grupo Costanera. CPPIB will commit an equity investment of 560 billion Chilean pesos or approximately C$ 1.14 billion for this transaction.

Andre Bourbonnais, Senior Vice-President, Private Investments for CPPIB, said: “The addition of these five major urban toll roads in Chile is an excellent opportunity to expand our infrastructure portfolio in a developing market. Chile’s strong economic growth prospects and its stable legal and regulatory framework make it an attractive country for investors like CPPIB. As a long-term investor, we seek infrastructure assets that will deliver stable returns over a prolonged period. We look forward to partnering with Atlantia, one of the world’s leading toll road operatiors.”

“With a long-term investment horizon, and the internal expertise to deploy capital in complicated transactions, CPPIB is one of only a few global institutional investors that is able to complete a transaction of this size and complexity,” said Mr. Bourbonnais.

Grupo Costanera is the largest urban toll road operator in Chile and owns a portfolio of five toll roads that span a 188-kilometre network. Four of the toll roads are located in Santiago metropolitan region including two major commuter motorways, Costanera Norte and Vespucio Sur. The fifth toll road is located on the central coast of Chile.

Atlantia Group will continue to own the remaining 50.01% interest in Grupo Costanera.”

Read more: CPPIB Press Release

Nomura and CIC Contemplate Joint Investment Fund

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Japan-based Nomura Holdings is in talks with the China Investment Corporation (CIC) on forming a new investment fund. The fund could be receive commitments up to US$ 1 billion. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Temasek Holdings Dumps More of Celltrion

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On October 22, 2018, Singapore’s Temasek Holdings, through its sovereign wealth enterprise (SWE) Ion Investments, entered into its second block deal in selling shares in Celltrion, a South Korean bio-pharmaceutical company. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Alleged Fraud, Data Breaches, and Bias, Plague Facebook

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In an unfortunate break for Facebook, the true nature of its data breach is more troubling than previously believed. The social media giant revealed that its headline-topping security breach, which affected 29 million accounts, compromised personal information and seemingly confidential contact information. The FBI is said to be investigating. In September 2018, the story broke that user content, email, and phone numbers, along with personal profile information, was swiped from the site. Facebook has admitted the problem, but stopped short of offering users an apology. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Irish Data Protection Commission have questioned Facebook on the matter.

Access Tokens

At the root of the breach were Facebook “access tokens.” These are digital keys that give sites access to keep users logged in and to recognize them upon entry. Unknown hackers reportedly stole these access tokens for 400,000 people. They then used “friends lists” to steal tokens from their networks. Facebook did not shy away from noting that unauthorized access “included username, gender, locale/language, relationship status, religion, hometown, self-reported current city, birthdate, device types used to access Facebook, education, work, the last 10 places they checked into or were tagged in, website, people or Pages they follow, and the 15 most recent searches.” This is, clearly, a staggering amount of personal information and a black eye for the corporation.

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