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Friday SWFI News Roundup, August 7, 2015



GIC Possible Assist in Worldpay Bid

Private equity giants Blackstone Group and Hellman & Friedman are teaming up to acquire U.K.-based Worldpay, a payments processing company that is trying to float £6 billion onto the London stock exchange. The private equity group may include Singapore’s GIC Private Limited to have additional financial firepower in the deal. Worldpay is currently owned by private equity firms Bain Capital and Advent who acquired the company from the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).

New York State Teachers’ Retirement System Awards Grosvenor RE Debt Mandate

The New York State Teachers’ Retirement System (NYSTRS) hired Grosvenor Capital Management to manage a US$ 100 million separate account. The allocation will target real estate debt, placing money with emerging real estate debt managers. The money will target a net IRR of around 9% to 10%.

Furthermore, NYSTRS extended its contract one year starting in September with Cohen & Steers Capital Management on a separate account REIT mandate. NYSTRS invested with Cohen & Steers back in 2007 with a US$ 100 million allocation. As of June 30, 2015, the market value of the account is US$ 165.6 million.

GIC Bets on East Germany Real Estate

In early August, Singapore’s GIC Private Limited acquired a more than 10% shareholding in Berlin-based TLG IMMOBILIEN, a real estate company that targets commercial property in east Germany.

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Oman Antimony JV Slightly Alters Capital Structure to Favor Debt

London-based Tri-Star Resources PLC, a mining company, basically agreed in principle to change the capital structure of its holding joint venture company which is building a 20,000 ton per year antimony processing facility in Oman. The development is part of the greater the Oman Antimony Roaster project. The joint venture company is called Strategic and Precious Metals Processing LLC and Tri-Star Resources owns a 40% stake in it. Other investors in the JV are the Oman Investment Fund and DNR Industries Ltd, which was formerly known as Castell Investments Ltd. Total funding for the project had not been modified from US$ 70 million. What is changing is the mix of funding, using more debt and less equity. Under the amended terms, US$ 15 million in equity is being provided by the JV partners versus the previous US$ 20 million. This is while a US$ 15 million mezzanine loan is being used over the previous US$ 10 million mezzanine loan.

Qatari Diar and JV Partner Unloads 2 London Buildings

The joint venture between Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Co., a unit of the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and Canary Wharf Group (controlled now by QIA and Brookfield Property Partners LP), agreed to sell two London office buildings located in South Bank district to Almacantar SA for more than £550 million pounds. Almacantar is headed by Land Securities Plc executive Mike Hussey.

Origin Energy Lists Stake in Contact Energy for Sale

Macquarie Capital has been hired to sell Origin Energy’s NZ$ 1.81 billion stake in Contact Energy. Possible investors include Australia investors and Asian sovereign wealth funds.

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Reserves Keep Falling

Saudi Arabia’s net foreign reserves dropped to 2.492 trillion riyals (US$ 664.5 billion) in June. This is down 1.2% from May 2015. Reserves are at their lowest levels since March 2013. In June, SAMA sold US$ 32.4 billion of securities, while boosting deposits to US$ 22.9 billion.

Mubadala Invests in No Fly Zone Drone Radar Company



Data Collective led a US$ 15 million Series A round into Salt Lake City-based Fortem Technologies, Inc., a company that works on solutions that can detect, identify and classify drones in real time to maintain airspace safety. Other investors in the round include Boeing, Mubadala Investment Company, Manifest Growth, New Ground Ventures and Signia Venture Partners.

Ibrahim Ajami, Head of Mubadala Ventures said in the press release, ” Mubadala is excited to work with Fortem and its outstanding leadership team to help grow its business to new markets.”

Ajami added, “We strongly believe the TrueView radar is essential to maintain a safe airspace for both the aircraft and the critical infrastructure on the ground.”

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Ireland and China to Open New €150 Milllion Joint Tech Fund



The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) and CIC Capital Corporation – a sovereign wealth enterprise (SWE) of the China Investment Corporation – announced the formation of a joint €150 million fund targeting high-growth Irish technology firms looking to expand into Chinese markets, as well as a special emphasis on Chinese companies hoping to set up shop in Ireland as a base for their European operations.

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How ESG Considerations Can Drive Voting at the Board Level



The Council of Institutional Investor’s spring conference for 2018 – held this week in Washington D.C. at the Omni Shoreham Hotel – was packed with member-hosted panels, where nearly 400 of the top investment professional, regulators, and corporate governance experts gathered together to share their insights and engage in forward-looking discussions on how to drive a multi-stakeholder approach to responsible investment over the long-term.

Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (SWFI) had the opportunity to attend several breakout sessions, including one presented by Maryland-based Institutional Shareholder Services that sought to address one of the most pressing challenges facing institutional investors today: How can environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria help drive voting at the board level? Moderated by Georgina Marshall, Head of Global Research at ISS, panelists provided a diverse array of perspectives on how to harness ESG considerations as an effective decision-making tool.

Player-Coach Model

For Bonnie Saynay, Global Head of Responsible Investments at Invesco, fostering an environment conducive to communication with investment teams using a “player-coach” model is critical. Moreover, Saynay warned investors of thinking too broadly on ESG considerations, and to instead focus in on the criteria that is most important to them as an organization, and to then tailor their stewardship practices to match those priorities: “If everything is important, nothing is important,” she said.

Clare Payne, head of corporate governance for North America at Legal & General Investment Management, highlighted the importance of procuring the latest ranking data from a number of different providers, as well as how to develop one’s own internal system for scoring so as to cut through the clutter and provide a contextualized framework for making investment decisions on your own terms.

Remuneration is the name of the game for Robbie Miles, Vice President and ESG analyst at Allianz Global Investors. Amid the ever broadening scope of influence that responsible investment commands, Miles urged attendees to work with their managers on mandates that link compensation to the long-term performance of the fund, as well as long-term holding periods.

Wrapping up the panel was Stu Dalheim, Vice President of Shareholder Advocacy at Calvert Research Management, advocated for diversity at the board level across a number of different metrics – including ethnicity, gender, and professional backgrounds – in order to reflect the reality of their client base, as well as provide an apparatus for robust debate and adaptation in an ever-changing business environment.

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