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

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

Ardian Auctions Off €1 Billion in Infrastructure Assets to APG

French private equity giant Ardian has auctioned off an undisclosed stake in a portfolio of European infrastructure assets valued at €1 billion to Dutch asset owner manager APG Investments. APG, which first invested in the portfolio in 2006, plans on buying out partnership interests in the portfolio held by other investors. French multinational insurance firm AXA SA will retain its stake as a co-owner of the portfolio alongside APG, with Ardian staying on as asset manager and advisor. The transaction remains subject to regulatory approval.

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Tribal Council Approves Cherokee Nation Sovereign Wealth Fund Act

Tahlequah, Oklahoma-based Cherokee Nation Tribal Council approved the creation of the Cherokee Nation Sovereign Wealth Fund Act to establish a fund to ensure the continuation of tribal operations and the general welfare of tribal citizens.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Temasek Participates in Series D Round in Chinese Mafengwo Travel Platform

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Chinese social travel platform Mafengwo has raised US$ 133 million in a Series D funding round with aid from new investors, including private equity investor General Atlantic, tourism-centric Ocean Link, the Yuantai Changqing venture capital fund, Hopu Investment Management, and Singapore’s Temasek Holdings. Existing investors Capital Today, Qiming Venture Partners, and Hillhouse Capital also participated in the latest funding round.

Founded in 2010 by chief executive Gang Chen and chief operations officer Gang Lv in 2010, Mafengwo is popular among the Chinese millennial demographic, who use the app to look up travel information and booking services for nearly 60,000 destinations around the world. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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