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Libya Looks at Taking Stake in Italy’s Enel

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According to the Wall Street Journal, “Libya’s sovereign-wealth fund may take a minority stake in Enel SpA as part of the Italian utility’s planned capital increase, according to Enel’s chief executive and Libya’s ambassador to Italy. In an interview, Enel CEO Fulvio Conti said the Libyan Investment Authority had recently expressed interest in taking a minority stake in the Italian utility. The fund could either buy shares in the open market or subscribe to an €8 billion ($10.9 billion) capital increase that Enel is planning in order to cut its debt load, Mr. Conti said.

‘We would welcome their ideas. It is premature to say how much and if and when they would participate,’ Mr. Conti said.

Mr. Conti has been making the rounds with investors in recent weeks to drum up support for the capital increase. A week ago, the executive traveled to Libya to make a presentation about Enel to Abdulhafid Zlitni, head of the LIA, said Hafed Gaddur, Libya’s ambassador to Italy.”

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GIC Sells Arizona Biltmore to Blackstone

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Blackstone Real Estate Advisors, part of the Blackstone Group, acquired the 740-room Arizona Biltmore hotel, located in Phoenix, for US$ 403.4 million. The deal closed on April 20, 2018.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Mubadala Acquires Stake in Growing Hedge Fund Phoenician Capital

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Mubadala Investment Company, through its unit Mubadala Capital, purchased a minority stake Phoenician Capital, LLC. Although terms and size of the deal were not disclosed, the agreement grants Mubadala Capital rights to invest in a fund managed by the New York-based firm, which generated respective returns of 40.8% and 33.0% in 2016 and 2017, against benchmarks of 12.0% and 21.8% for the S&P 500. The hedge fund runs the Phoenician Offshore Fund Ltd.

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Large Asset Managers Continue to Move Operations Out of California

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In the 2010s, Fisher Investments, an investment firm run by Ken Fisher, moved a large number of employees from the Woodside and San Mateo campuses to a town called Camas in Washington, near Portland. Vanguard has a large operational presence in Arizona, while Charles Schwab Corporation has expanded its technology operations and client services in places like Denver, Dallas, Austin and Phoenix. Dimensional Fund Advisors moved its headquarters in 2008 from Santa Monica, California to Austin.

While asset managers reap profits and try to lower employee head count costs, looking to fly-over country seems appealing.

The Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO), part of the Allianz family, selected Austin, Texas as its new office to hire more client services and technology talent. The PIMCO Austin office will open later in 2018. PIMCO is headquartered in Newport Beach, California, with an office in New York City.

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