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LEAGUE TABLES: Bank of America Goes to the Top for 2017

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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.

Legal Advisors
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

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QIA Becomes the Largest Shareholder in Colonial

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The Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) became the biggest shareholder of Inmobiliaria Colonial, SOCIMI, S.A. (Colonial), a Spanish listed real estate company. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Mumtalakat Discloses Investment in Khairat Bahrain

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Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company disclosed an investment in Sudan called Khairat Bahrain. This is an agricultural investment in Sudan. The food and agriculture sector is key investment sector for many Gulf-based state investors. Khairat Bahrain is located in the world’s richest expanse of groundwater (the Nubian Sandstone Basin) occupying an area of approximately 100,000 feddans (400 square kilometers). The Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System is the world’s largest known fossil water aquifer system.

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Temasek Acquires Cybersecurity Firm Sygnia

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Singapore’s Temasek Holdings agreed to acquire Sygnia, Inc., an Israeli cybersecurity technology and services provider. Unverified estimates of the deal amount are around US$ 250 million. Sygnia runs out of Tel Aviv, but has an office in New York. Sygnia assists companies respond to cyber threats.

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