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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

PSP Investments and Blue Sky Alternative Investments End Strategic Partnership Agreement

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Blue Sky Alternative Investments Limited informed Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) that it agreed to terminate its strategic agreement effective March 31, 2019. In December 2017, Blue Sky Alternative Investments forged an agreement with PSP Investments to assist in committing capital in a number of agricultural investments.

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Yield-Hungry Korean Insurance Capital Backs TSX Broadway

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Mirae Asset Daewoo Co., Ltd., the Seoul-based investment banking firm, has provided a US$ 375 million loan for a redevelopment in New York’s Times Square. It joins L & L Holding Company, Maefield Development, and Fortress Investment Group who are bringing the development known as TSX Broadway to life. The building is at 1568 Broadway in Manhattan. TSX Broadway, a US$ 2.5 billion project when all equity financing is added in, will allow for renovations and expansion of the 46-storey building. An LED screen, which is not an uncommon sight in the Big Apple, will wrap around the corner of the tower. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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OFFICIALS: Saudi Crown Prince Denies Interest in Acquiring Manchester United

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The Saudi Arabian government dispelled rumors that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will acquire football club Manchester United. However, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) had talks regarding sponsorship with the football club. Manchester United signed a partnership deal with Saudi Arabia’s General Sports Authority in 2017.

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