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Friday SWFI News Roundup, February 19, 2016

Ardian Infrastructure to Bid for 2 French Regional Airports

Ardian Infrastructure confirmed its application to bid in the upcoming tender for the privatization of the Nice Côte d’Azur Airport. Ardian Infrastructure will bid as part of a consortium of French and international investors. Ardian Infrastructure is a key shareholder of London Luton airport, which is the fifth largest airport in the United Kingdom and one of Europe’s busiest airports for private jet movements. Ardian Infrastructure is also an institutional investor in Italian airport group, 2i Aeroporti, which has holdings in six major Italian airports including Milan, Turin and Naples.

Largest SWF Can Now Invest in Iranian Government Bonds

Norway’s Ministry of Finance announced the country’s sovereign wealth fund will be allowed to invest in Iranian government bonds after the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action by Iran. Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) was prohibited to invest in government bonds in Syria, North Korea and Iran since January 2014.

APFC to Have Special Meeting to Discuss Pending Legislation

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Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew Joins Lindsay Goldberg

New York-based buyout firm Lindsay Goldberg LLC has announced that Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew will join the company as a partner focusing on investments across sectors, institutional relationships, and firm management, according to an announcement released on Monday, November 20. Lindsay Goldberg is a private equity firm co-founded by Alan E. Goldberg and Robert D. Lindsey, both veterans of Morgan Stanley in which they worked in the Transaction Development Group.

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San Diego City Employees Retirement System to Reduce PE and Infrastructure for FY 2018

The San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System plans to reduce annual commitments to private equity and infrastructure down to US$ 75 million for fiscal year 2018. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Institutional Investors Remain Skeptical as Bitcoin Continues to Rise

Bitcoin has continued to rally over the past month – hitting a record US$ 8,224 in the early hours of November 20 – and institutional investors are beginning to take notice of the cryptocurrency’s increasing popularity. With a market value of more than US$ 130 billion, the digital currency has seen unprecedented growth of over 700% over the past year. But Bitcoin’s rise has also been marked by a number of volatile slumps, leaving institutional investors divided over its durability as a long-term store of value and wondering whether to get in on the action. Despite these headwinds, more than 100 hedge funds have been formed to trade in digital currencies.

Split Consensus on Wall Street

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