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Friday SWFI News Roundup, February 19, 2016

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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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CPPIB Partners with Lendlease on £1.5 Billion U.K. Build-to-Rent Venture

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The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) has announced the launch of a £1.5 billion venture with Australian listed construction giant Lendlease Group centered around the development of build-to-rent private housing in the United Kingdom. The new infusion of capital will bolster the £800 million already committed to various projects in the Britain’s housing sector by Lendlease, which will develop, construct, and manage homes built through the partnership.

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Mubadala-Owned Falcon Bank to Begin Accepting Blockchain

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Zurich-based Falcon Private Bank Limited, which is owned by Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Investment Company, has announced that it will now be accepting wealth originating from new and existing clients’ blockchain assets, reaffirming its position in the private banking industry as a first-mover in adopting distributed ledger technology. Assets will be accepted provided that they pass required due diligence to ensure full compliance with anti-money laundering (AML) and know-your-client (KYC) regulations and laws. The Swiss bank’s auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has reviewed the process, according to a press release.

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Khazanah Launches Sukuk Exchangeable into Citic Shares

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Malaysia’s Khazanah Nasional pushed out an exchangeable sukuk to raise US$ 309.4 million to US$ 320.8 million. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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