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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

Marina One and DUO Officially Open

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Khazanah Nasional Berhad and Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited announced the official opening of two major building projects, Marina One and DUO. Together the properties have a gross development value of 11 billion SGD. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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SWFI First Read, January 16, 2018

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BP Plans to Take $1.7 Billion Charge to End Legal Claims on Deepwater Horizon

BP Plc is planning to take a US$ 1.7 billion charge to end legal claims regarding the disastrous 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Ethereum Co-Founder Leaves Fenbushi Capital

Vitalik Buterin, a co-founder of Ethereum, which is a cryptocurrency, exited China-based Fenbushi Capital. Fenbushi Capital was formed in 2015. Buterin is retaining his role as an advisor of Fenbushi Capital. Buterin dropped out of the University of Waterloo in 2014 when he got a Thiel Fellowship. This permitted him to work on Ethereum full time.

Kingdom Holding Sells Four Seasons Beirut Hotel Stake

Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Holding sold its position in the Four Seasons Hotel in Beirut for roughly US$ 100 million. Blominvest, a unit of Blom Bank, advised on the transaction. The Four Seasons will continue to manage the property.

Mercer Signs Deal to Buy BFC

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Deutsche Bundesbank to Slowly Add Renminbi into Foreign Reserve Mix

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Deutsche Bundesbank’s executive board made a decision to invest in Chinese renminbi in the summer of 2017 as part of its foreign currency reserves. The German central bank on January 15, 2018, confirmed it will start investing in Chinese renminbi and also consider investing in additional foreign currencies. The move mimics the European Central Bank (ECB), which already considers the Chinese renminbi as a reserve currency. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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