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JLL, Macquarie Lead SWFI Financial Advisory League Tables for H2 Y2014

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league tablesThe Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (SWFI), through its proprietary database, tracks transactions by sovereign wealth funds, pensions and other public funds. In addition, fund commitments make up a minute proportion of the SWFI transaction database. For 2014, sovereign wealth fund and public fund transactions in real estate totaled US$ 44.5 billion versus US$ 30.1 billion in 2013.

For the second half of 2014, the top two financial advisors ranked by number of transactions are Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) at #1 and Macquarie ranked at #2. Tied for spot #3 are HSBC, Citigroup, Barclays and JP Morgan. For example, JP Morgan represented Korea’s National Pension Service (NPS) in helping sell HSBC headquarters in Canary Wharf to the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA). The bidding for the tower was managed by Jones Lang LaSalle and GM Real Estate. Some notable financial advisor mentions are Goldman Sachs, Eastdil Secured and Nomura.

Legal Advisor Ranking

For the second half of 2014, the top two legal advisors ranked by number of transactions are tied at #1, Linklaters and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Coming in at second is Clifford Chance. Tied for third are Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Ashurst.

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Source: SWFI – Sovereign Wealth Fund Transaction Database -www.swftransaction.com, January 26, 2015

ADIA Seeks to Sell KIC Headquarters

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The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) is seeking to sell the building that houses the headquarters of the Korea Investment Corporation (KIC). [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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BMO and OTPP Test Blockchain Canadian Dollar Debt Deal

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The Bank of Montreal (BMO) and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) participated in a landmark blockchain Canadian-dollar debt transaction. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Just Group Acquires Corinthian Pension Consulting

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Just Group plc acquired a 75% ownership stake in the holding company of Corinthian Pension Consulting Limited (Corinthian Pension Consulting). Operating in the institutional world for over 12 years, Corinthian Pension Consulting provides advisory services to defined-benefit pension scheme trustees and scheme sponsors undertaking bulk scheme exercises. The remaining 25% will be retained by current shareholders of Corinthian Pension Consulting. Robert MacGregor will continue to lead Corinthian Pension Consulting, as its Chief Executive Officer. Furthermore, Corinthian Benefits Consulting Limited and Corinthian Affinity Solutions Limited will continue to operate as before, becoming part of a newly formed holding company, Corinthian Group Holdings Limited.

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