Largest 10 Direct Sovereign Wealth Fund Deals of 2015

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Large real estate developments like Manhattan West and vast portfolios of industrial properties dominate as some of the biggest sovereign wealth fund transactions in 2015. Despite lingering low oil prices, sovereign wealth funds’ interest in direct deals shows very little signs of abating. Wealth funds backing these monstrous deals are the China Investment Corporation (CIC), Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), Norway’s sovereign wealth fund and the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA). Surprisingly, two large technology plays made the top 10 list this year. A few widely reported deals such as ADIA and CIC buying interests in Autobahn Tank & Rast Holding Gmbh failed to make the final cut. Some notable financial advisors in these deals are UBS, Morgan Stanley and CBRE.

As the average size of sovereign wealth funds expand, gradual increased proportion of assets dedicated to alternatives and growing use of in-house talent, how will this impact the world of cross-border privately-negotiated transactions? Should private equity funds be concerned?

“The constant expansion of sovereign funds as a class of institutional investors is remarkable,” commented Michael Maduell, President of SWFI, on this article.

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The SWFI research team compiled a list of the top 10 direct deals by sovereign wealth funds for 2015. This proprietary data comes from SWFI’s Sovereign Wealth Fund Transaction Database. The database also tracks other public investors such as pensions and endowments.

Largest 10 Direct Sovereign Wealth Fund Deals of 2015

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