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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.

Learn more about the Sovereign Wealth Fund Transaction Database

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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Mergermarket Gets Ready to be Sold

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Private equity firm BC Partners hired Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. to advise on the sales of Acuris. Acuris is a collection of financial news and data sites, which includes Mergermarket, Dealreporter, and Debtwire. In 2017, BC Partners sold around a 30% stake in GIC Private Limited.

Before the rebranding to Acuris, Mergermarket was part of The Financial Times Group until 2013 when it was sold off to BC Partners.

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Why Japan Post Sees Promise in Aflac

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Aflac Inc. is an American insurance company founded in 1955. The company is the biggest provider of supplemental insurance in the United States. Aflac also has major operations in Japan.

In December 2018, Japan Post Holdings (JPHLF) signaled it was spending US$ 2.64 billion for a 7-8 % stake in Aflac. The goal is that, in four years time, Aflac will become an affiliate of Japan Post. Japan Post hopes to accomplish this by becoming the largest voting shareholder of the company. The world’s 13th largest company, with 400,000 employees, Japan Post needs to expand to chase further growth, mainly because Japan Post expects the postal business to decline. Diversification is seen as the optimal route to long term stability for the holding company. Japan’s economy is worrying. Japan’s aging population means that many insurance companies are facing a shrinking customer base, Japan Post settled on a plan to expand overseas.

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RDIF and Development Agency of Serbia Agree to Explore Joint Investments

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The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and the Development Agency of Serbia, also known as Razvojna agencija Srbije, reached an agreement to work together to identify attractive investment projects to strengthen bilateral economic ties and increase investment flows between Russia and Serbia. Russian capital and businesses are keen on investing in Serbia.

In addition, the two countries signed an agreement to cooperate on civil nuclear energy, according to state-owned Russian reactor builder Rosatom (Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation). Rosatom continues to expand it business of nuclear cooperation deals in a wide number of countries.

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