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Khazanah Continues to be Bullish on India

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Khazanah Nasional, a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund plans to invest directly into India in sectors such as financial services, infrastructure, and energy. India is one of the BRIC economies that had increased its economic growth tremendously this past decade. In addition, India is slowly opening up its economy to foreign investors by loosening some investment restrictions and regulations. Earlier in June, Khazanah and the Infrastructure Development Finance Company Limited (IDFC) agreed to set up a joint venture to produce a dedicated infrastructure development company that focuses on road transportation development. Khazanah would hold 80.1% of the equity share of capital in the proposed joint venture.

Khazanah Nasional is also evaluating proposals in India’s geothermal and hydroelectric business segments. In fact, much like the rest of Southeast Asia, India has strong demand for electricity and current power plants are not meeting demand.

Ascendas-Singbridge Acquires Three Hotels in Osaka

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Singapore’s Ascendas-Singbridge has acquired three hotels in Osaka for 10.29 billion JPY to tap tourism growth in Japan’s third-largest city.

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BlackRock Contemplates Stake in Eurizon

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Asset management giant BlackRock is contemplating purchasing a 30% ownership stake in Intesa SanPaolo’s asset management unit called Eurizon Capital SGR S.p.A. BlackRock is keen on growing its technology business and increase market adoption of its Aladdin platform.

Intesa has been working with UBS to seek out strategic options for Eurizon. Intesa is keen on maintaining control over Eurizon.

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SWFI First Read, June 22, 2018

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JPMorgan Fund Buys 40% of Oxford Properties’ French Portfolio

A fund advised by JP Morgan Asset Management committed €400 million in Oxford Properties’ French portfolio. Essentially, Oxford Properties sold a 49.9% non-managing interest in 32 Rue Blanche, 92 Avenue de France and Paris Bastille. Oxford Properties made its maiden investment in Paris in 2014 when it acquired 32 Rue Blanche.

Oxford Properties is the real estate unit of OMERS.

Temasek Explores Further Cash Commitments to FirstCry

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