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Mexican Debt Presents an Opportunity for Sovereign Wealth Funds

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The Mexican peso had been bruised since the culmination of Donald Trump’s U.S. presidential victory on worries of trade flow changes and a border tax. The Mexican economy is highly-reliant on the United States for exports with trade renegotiations of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) being a center issue for the united Mexican states. However, in recent weeks, an intense renegotiation of NAFTA appears to be an unlikely scenario, thus giving the Mexican peso some breathing room. From an institutional investor standpoint, Mexico falls into the emerging market category, ripe with risk and opportunity with linkages to the United States. According to SWFI research, sovereign wealth and pension investor activity in Mexico had steadily increased over the years, but remains mired as currency issues draw major concerns. For some investors, the precipitous fall in Mexican bonds and its currency, has been perceived as too excessive, without properly accounting Mexico’s economic fundamentals.

At the end of 2016, Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global held 54,214 million NOK in Mexican government debt. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

MAS Seeks to Commit $5 Billion to Private Equity and Infrastructure Managers

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From U.S. pension funds to asset-heavy sovereign wealth funds, Singapore is calculating that more institutional investor assets globally are being committed to the Asia region. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), Singapore’s central bank, signaled and planned to commit US$ 5 billion with locally-based fund managers who will invest in private enterprises and infrastructure projects. The beneficiaries of the mandates will be private equity and infrastructure fund managers. MAS is seeking to lure top global asset managers to Singapore and firms that have a significant footprint in Singapore could be eligible for the funds. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Ivanhoe Cambridge Acquires Cap Ampere Campus from Natixis

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In one of the largest transactions in the French office sector, Ivanhoé Cambridge, real estate subsidiary of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), has acquired a 90,000 square meter office-building campus from Natixis, in the Greater Paris area of Saint-Denis Pleyel. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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GIC Supports CapitaLand Shanghai Investment on Haimen Road

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GIC Private Limited, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, has entered into a 50:50 joint venture with Raffles City China Investment Partners III (RCCIP III), a fund controlled by CapitaLand. The joint venture is acquiring Shanghai’s tallest twin towers for an aggregate consideration of RMB 12.8 billion (US$ 1.84 billion). The property is located in Shanghai’s core Central Business District.

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