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Friday SWFI News Roundup, March 6, 2015

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Future Fund Invests in Couture Website Moda Operandi

Australia’s Future Fund was a late-stage institutional investor in New York City-based Moda Operandi in 2014. Moda Operandi raised a round of Series E financing for US$ 60 million. Other investors besides the Future Fund includes Fidelity Investments. New Enterprise Associates (NEA) is an investor in Moda Operandi and the Future Fund has allocation to the venture capital firm. The Future Fund has allocated capital to around 10 venture capital firms globally.

Khazanah Nasional Looks to Target Southeast Asian Healthcare Companies

Khazanah Nasional is planning to invest in more Southeast Asian life and health insurance companies through its sovereign wealth enterprise (SWE) called Avicennia Capital Sdn Bhd. There is a secondary preference toward general insurance companies. Key potential markets include Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia.

GIC Increases Stake in Merlin Entertainments PLC

Singapore’s GIC Private Limited has accrued a 5.185% stake in UK-based Merlin Entertainments PLC. Merlin Entertainments operates Madame Tussauds waxworks and LEGOLAND. GIC raised its position from 27.6 million shares to 52.6 million shares. In early March, LEGO unveiled the Star Wars Death Star model display at LEGOLAND.

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U.S. Public Becomes More Aware that Gmail Scans Emails

Alphabet is a major stock holding for sovereign wealth funds and large pensions. Search giant Google is under fire for allowing third-party partners and companies, like Return Path Inc and other advertisers, to share data from Gmail accounts. Many experts and tech observers already knew this, but more people in the public are becoming aware of Google’s practices when it comes to privacy. Google disclosed in a letter to U.S. lawmakers this finding. The Wall Street Journal reported that in some instances, app companies were able to read people’s emails in order to improve their algorithms. In 2017, Google said they would stop scanning all of one’s Gmail messages for the goal of personalized ads.

GPIF Infrastructure Exposure Almost Reached 200 Billion Yen in March 2018

Japan Government Pension Investment Fund’s (GPIF) exposure to infrastructure real estate was 196.8 billion JPY at the end of March 2018. At that period, 57% of the exposure was to the UK, 15% was to Australia, 15% to Sweden, 10% to Spain and 3% to Finland. 21% of GPIF’s infrastructure portfolio was linked to airports versus 27% to ports.

AIMCo-backed sPower Closes $498.7 Million Bond Deal

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Iceland Contemplates a Sovereign Wealth Fund

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The Government of Iceland is looking to possibly form a sovereign wealth fund to stabilize the country from unforeseen shocks to the national economy. The Iceland government released a statement saying, “The state’s contributions to the Fund will be equivalent to new revenues from publicly owned power production companies which are expected to accrue in the coming years.”

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CBRE Global Wins First GPIF Global Real Estate Mandate

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Japan Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) awarded its first global real estate mandate by hiring CBRE Global Investment Partners Limited. This is a global core real estate fund-of-funds separate account. Overseeing this mandate as a gatekeeper is Asset Management One Co., Ltd., which is a unit of Mizuho Financial Group. This RFP was launched in April 2017.

CBRE Global Investment Partners is the multi-manager arm of CBRE Global Investors.

In addition, on August 8, 2018, GPIF hired two custodians for short-term investments. These custodians are Trust & Custody Services Bank, Ltd and The Master Trust Bank of Japan, Ltd.

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