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France’s Sovereign Fund to Invest $1.3 Billion by End of Year

Bloomberg reports that, “France’s sovereign wealth fund may spend 900 million euros ($1.3 billion) before the end of the year and increase aid to the auto industry in 2010, as the recession batters companies’ finances. The 20 billion-euro investment pool, set up last year by President Nicolas Sarkozy, may provide capital to suppliers of Airbus SAS and Safran SA and open a fund for smaller companies, said Gilles Michel, managing director of the fund.

‘The effect of the crisis on companies is worsening,’ Michel said in an interview in Paris late yesterday. ‘Many companies are facing financial pressure.’

The fund, created last year to protect companies the government considered strategic from “foreign predators,” has spent almost 600 million euros so far this year, meaning total investment may reach 1.5 billion euros in 2009. French gross domestic product may shrink 3 percent this year, the most since 1949, the national statistics agency estimates.”

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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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bcIMC-Backed Hayfin Capital to Buy CLO Specialist Kingsland Capital

London-based Hayfin Capital Management agreed to buyout New York-based Kingsland Capital Management, LLC, a U.S. collateralized loan obligations (CLO) and leverage credit manager. The transaction permits Hayfin Capital an opening to the U.S. CLO market. Hayfin Capital does not currently manage any live CLOs.

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CPPIB Participates in Peruvian PE Restructuring

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) is part of an investor group that is helping restructure a number of vehicles that are managed by Peru-based Enfoca, a private equity firm.

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