SWFI released its annual league table report for 2017 covering financial advisors and law firms in the public asset owner space of sovereign funds and public pensions.
Top Financial Advisors for 2017
Top financial advisors for 2017 were Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) at #1, just ahead of JPMorgan. Goldman Sachs was dethroned from the top spot from 2016 tying with Citi and Barclays for fourth place. Morgan Stanley played a steady hand at third place. Other notable mentions include Eastdil Secured, CBRE, RBC and Credit Suisse.
For calendar year 2017, the top legal advisor for public fund transactions in the direct space was Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (Skadden). Linklaters was the top for 2016. Taking second place is Weil Gotshal. Tied for third are law firms Clifford Chance, Torys LLP and Kirkland & Ellis. Other notable mentions include Simpson Thacher, Ropes & Gray, Linklaters, Sidley Austin, Hogan Lovells, Shearman & Sterling, Latham & Watkins, Freshfields and White & Case.
The report details trends on direct deals.
The report is available for subscribers at www.swfi.com – UNDER REPORTS
Bentall Kennedy Buys Stockton Logistics Center
Bentall Kennedy, through a U.S. fund it manages, acquired a NorCal Logistics Center in California for US$ 105 million. The property is located at: 4611 Newcastle Rd, Stockton, CA 95215.
Point Raises $122 Million
Point is a company that provides shared home equity financing. Point raised US$ 122 million in funding in an investment round led by Prudential Financial and DAG Ventures. Other investors in the round include Andreessen Horowitz, Ribbit Capital, Bloomberg Beta, Financial Venture Studio, and Enterprise Community Partners.
FBI Probes Boeing over 737 MAX
The Seattle Times reports the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is conducting a criminal probe into the Boeing 737 Max. Part of the probe includes whether Boeing staff had unduly influence and possible kickbacks to government officials at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The Cassa Depositi e Prestiti Group (CDP) and its investee companies, which include Fincantieri, Italgas, Snam, and Terna, have reached an agreement with the Municipality of Naples and the Authority of the Central Tyrrhenian Sea Port System. The entities will cooperate to provide for the development of Naples and its surrounding area. There will be a focus on helping the institutions and the community at large through financial support, real estate, and infrastructure investment, and support for local businesses. Signatories can help to provide technical expertise and planning, loans, and oversee public projects. Further, assistance and consulting will be provided, particularly as they relate to interventions and renegotiation of contract terms for the purposes of freeing up capital. Sustainable mobility will be a priority, with natural gas and biomethane forming the core fuels of the future. The group will be developing the ports, which will include the construction of emission-reducing structures.
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The Federal Reserve made a decision to hold interest rates steady and indicated that no more hikes will be coming for 2019. Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell addressed the media saying that the Chinese and European economies have slowed ‘substantially’. Despite low U.S. employment, Powell explained to the media that the U.S. has the lowest labor force participation rate among developed nations.
There were four interest rate hikes in 2018.
The Federal Reserve committee intends to conclude the reduction of its aggregate securities holdings in the System Open Market Account (SOMA) at the end of September 2019. Essentially, the Federal Reserve is ending quantitative tightening in September 2019. Furthermore, the committee intends to slow the reduction of its holdings of Treasury securities by reducing the cap on monthly redemptions from the current level of US$ 30 billion to US$ 15 billion beginning in May 2019.
In a March 20, 2019 statement called “Balance Sheet Normalization Principles and Plans”, a portion of it reads, “The Committee intends to continue to allow its holdings of agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS) to decline, consistent with the aim of holding primarily Treasury securities in the longer run.
Beginning in October 2019, principal payments received from agency debt and agency MBS will be reinvested in Treasury securities subject to a maximum amount of $20 billion per month; any principal payments in excess of that maximum will continue to be reinvested in agency MBS.
Principal payments from agency debt and agency MBS below the $20 billion maximum will initially be invested in Treasury securities across a range of maturities to roughly match the maturity composition of Treasury securities outstanding; the Committee will revisit this reinvestment plan in connection with its deliberations regarding the longer-run composition of the SOMA portfolio.
It continues to be the Committee’s view that limited sales of agency MBS might be warranted in the longer run to reduce or eliminate residual holdings. The timing and pace of any sales would be communicated to the public well in advance.”
source: Federal Reserve website
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