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CSRC Approves QFII Quota for Brunei Investment Agency

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The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) added four more organizations to the large list of 285 firms approved in the Qualified Foreign Institutional Investors (QFII) program. One of those newly-added organizations is the Brunei Investment Agency (BIA) – the country’s only sovereign wealth fund.

Increasingly, sovereign wealth funds, pensions and other institutional investors want more direct access to Chinese equity markets. From China’s side, the country is looking to fasten the yuan’s convertibility. The QFII program was introduced in 2003.

Ascendas-Singbridge Acquires Three Hotels in Osaka

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Singapore’s Ascendas-Singbridge has acquired three hotels in Osaka for 10.29 billion JPY to tap tourism growth in Japan’s third-largest city.

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BlackRock Contemplates Stake in Eurizon

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Asset management giant BlackRock is contemplating purchasing a 30% ownership stake in Intesa SanPaolo’s asset management unit called Eurizon Capital SGR S.p.A. BlackRock is keen on growing its technology business and increase market adoption of its Aladdin platform.

Intesa has been working with UBS to seek out strategic options for Eurizon. Intesa is keen on maintaining control over Eurizon.

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SWFI First Read, June 22, 2018

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JPMorgan Fund Buys 40% of Oxford Properties’ French Portfolio

A fund advised by JP Morgan Asset Management committed €400 million in Oxford Properties’ French portfolio. Essentially, Oxford Properties sold a 49.9% non-managing interest in 32 Rue Blanche, 92 Avenue de France and Paris Bastille. Oxford Properties made its maiden investment in Paris in 2014 when it acquired 32 Rue Blanche.

Oxford Properties is the real estate unit of OMERS.

Temasek Explores Further Cash Commitments to FirstCry

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