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Fall Surprise: Direct Lending Funds Attract US Pensions

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Direct lending funds are continually attracting U.S. pension fund investors. These pension funds are searching for yield and in effect, the committed capital can be perceived as high-risk bank lending. These commitments are falling under many pensions’ high-yield allocation. For example, in late October, the Orange County Employees’ Retirement System (OCERS) committed up to US$ 60 million to OCP Asia’s Orchard Landmark direct lending fund. Formed in September 2009, OCP was created by Stu Wilson and Teall Edds, both from Stark Investments. Essentially, OCP was a spin-off of Stark Investments’ Asian investment operations.

Tighter financial regulation and banks retreating from the frontlines have spurred a decrease in traditional financing choices for mid-sized business in the US.

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Chinese SAFE Investment Company Sells Off Stake in Ropemaker Place

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Singapore-listed property company Ho Bee Land, acquired a prime office at 25 Ropemaker Place, EC2, located in the City of London, for £650 million. The property went up for sale in December 2017.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Norway SWF Adds to Existing Investment in Central London

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On June 15, 2018, Norges Bank Real Estate Management, the manager of Norway Government Pension Fund Global, acquired 25 percent of a long leasehold interest in 30 Warwick Street in central London, in joint venture with The Crown Estate. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Crown Property Bureau Moves Assets to Thailand King Under 2017 Law

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In December 2016, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn became King of Thailand, succeeding his father King Bhumibol Adulyadej who passed away in October 2016. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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