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GIC UNITE JV Acquires Aston Student Village

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Wealth funds and cash-rich pensions are getting more exposure to student accommodation portfolios in Occidental countries. Institutional investors are attracted to the United Kingdom’s higher education sector due to its perceived status. Unite Students, the student accommodation unit of Unite Group Plc, and Singapore’s GIC Private Limited have a 50:50 joint venture. That joint venture acquired Birmingham-based student housing provider Aston Student Village for £227 million (US$ 283 million). [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

CalPERS Commits $5 Billion Toward US Enhanced Equity Strategy

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The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) moved US$ 5 billion toward an internally-managed U.S. enhanced equity strategy. This falls under the global equity bucket at CalPERS.

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Chinese SAFE Investment Company Sells Off Stake in Ropemaker Place

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Singapore-listed property company Ho Bee Land, acquired a prime office at 25 Ropemaker Place, EC2, located in the City of London, for £650 million. The property went up for sale in December 2017.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Norway SWF Adds to Existing Investment in Central London

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On June 15, 2018, Norges Bank Real Estate Management, the manager of Norway Government Pension Fund Global, acquired 25 percent of a long leasehold interest in 30 Warwick Street in central London, in joint venture with The Crown Estate. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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