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IDFC and Khazanah Create a Infrastructure Development Company

The IDFC press release states, “IDFC and Khazanah have agreed to enter into a joint venture (JV) to set up a dedicated infrastructure development company with a focus on road sector in India. Khazanah would hold 80.1 % of the equity share capital in the proposed JV and the balance would be held by IDFC. Khazanah and IDFC also propose to invest in convertible instruments issued by the JV.

The first investment of this JV will be in Jetpur Somnath Tollways Limited (JSTL), subject to receipt of necessary regulatory approvals and permissions, including those from the National Highway Authority of India. JSTL undertakes development of a project involving four-laning the Jetpur-Somnath section of the National Highway-8D in the State of Gujarat. 74% of the share capital of JSTL is currently held by IDFC Projects Limited (IDFCPL). The JV will initially acquire 48% of the share capital of JSTL from IDFCPL and will ultimately acquire the entire shareholding of IDFCPL in JSTL and hold 74% of the share capital of JSTL.”

Source: Infrastructure Development Finance Co Press Release

Concerns Raised at Potential BlackRock Takeover of CalPERS’ Private Equity

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) has been analyzing options on what to do with its massive US$ 26 billion private equity program. The pension system has embraced the mantra of reducing cost, reducing complexity and reducing risk, the hallmark of its program called “INVO 2020”. CalPERS also wants less, but more strategic relationships with external money managers. At one point, CalPERS was contemplating increasing its direct investment staff to model Canadian pension funds such as Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), OMERS and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension plan. The pendulum has begun to swing the other way as reported earlier by SWFI research staff.

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CDP Signs €1.7 Billion Infrastructure Loan Agreement with Atlantia Group

Cassa depositi e prestiti S.p.A. (CDP) and Atlantia Group’s Autostrade per l’Italia (ASPI) have signed a €1.7 billion loan contract dedicated to upgrading motorways in Italy under concession to ASPI. €1.1 billion will come in the form of a term loan with a 10-year tenure, with the remaining €600 million wrapped up in a five-year revolving loan.

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Sovereign Funds Commit to Integrating Climate-Related Risks at One Planet Summit

Representatives from a number of sovereign wealth funds who collectively govern over US$ 2 trillion in assets came together at the One Planet Summit at the Élysée Palace in Paris in order to discuss what public asset owners can do to incorporate climate change-related risks and opportunities into investment considerations.

The newly formed committee – called the One Planet Sovereign Wealth Fund Working Group – includes as its founding members the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA), Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), Norges Bank Investment Management (manager of Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global), Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), and the New Zealand Superannuation Fund.

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