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GM Plan Seeks to Unload Woodfield Mall, CalPERS Interested

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The pension plan of General Motors Co. is currently in the process of divesting large swaths of real assets including private equity interests and properties. The US$ 94 billion plan is shedding illiquid assets as it transferred certain salaried retiree benefit obligations in the approximate amount of US$ 26 billion to the Prudential Insurance Company of America. In return, General Motors will purchase a group annuity contract from Prudential.

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) owns 50% of Woodfield Mall, which based in Schaumburg, Illinois, is a joint-venture property investment with the General Motors’ plan. Part of the joint venture agreement enables CalPERS the right to have the first glance at buying GM plans’ interest in Woodfield Mall. CalPERS is eager to purchase the remaining interest in the regional shopping center for around US$ 500 million. The GM pension plan purchased the Woodfield Mall interest fourteen years ago.

Long-term investors are deeply interested in high-quality malls that can generate stable cash flows.

Woodfield Mall is the ninth largest shopping center in the United States. Buying trophy malls that provide strong cash flows is a rarity as many owners would refuse selling such an asset in a low-yield fixed income environment.

Mergermarket Gets Ready to be Sold

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Private equity firm BC Partners hired Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. to advise on the sales of Acuris. Acuris is a collection of financial news and data sites, which includes Mergermarket, Dealreporter, and Debtwire. In 2017, BC Partners sold around a 30% stake in GIC Private Limited.

Before the rebranding to Acuris, Mergermarket was part of The Financial Times Group until 2013 when it was sold off to BC Partners.

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Why Japan Post Sees Promise in Aflac

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Aflac Inc. is an American insurance company founded in 1955. The company is the biggest provider of supplemental insurance in the United States. Aflac also has major operations in Japan.

In December 2018, Japan Post Holdings (JPHLF) signaled it was spending US$ 2.64 billion for a 7-8 % stake in Aflac. The goal is that, in four years time, Aflac will become an affiliate of Japan Post. Japan Post hopes to accomplish this by becoming the largest voting shareholder of the company. The world’s 13th largest company, with 400,000 employees, Japan Post needs to expand to chase further growth, mainly because Japan Post expects the postal business to decline. Diversification is seen as the optimal route to long term stability for the holding company. Japan’s economy is worrying. Japan’s aging population means that many insurance companies are facing a shrinking customer base, Japan Post settled on a plan to expand overseas.

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RDIF and Development Agency of Serbia Agree to Explore Joint Investments

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The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and the Development Agency of Serbia, also known as Razvojna agencija Srbije, reached an agreement to work together to identify attractive investment projects to strengthen bilateral economic ties and increase investment flows between Russia and Serbia. Russian capital and businesses are keen on investing in Serbia.

In addition, the two countries signed an agreement to cooperate on civil nuclear energy, according to state-owned Russian reactor builder Rosatom (Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation). Rosatom continues to expand it business of nuclear cooperation deals in a wide number of countries.

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