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Mubadala Sells JBI Unit to Serco

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Sowwah Square

Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Development recently sold a commercial property joint venture called John Buck International (JBI) for an undisclosed price. JBI was mainly tasked for the development of Sowwah Square in Abu Dhabi.  The commercial development project is located in Abu Dhabi’s latest business district on Sowwah Island.  In addition, JBI specializes in integrated facilities management.  It manages a number of Abu Dhabi properties such as Sowwah Square, Paris Sorbonne University (Abu Dhabi Campus), and New York University (Abu Dhabi Campus).

The buyer of JBI is Serco, a UK property management and outsourcing business. Serco maintains a strong presence in the United Arab Emirates. Less than 9 months ago, Mubadala paid 83.6 AED million to take control of the full joint venture.

Originally the joint venture was created in 2008 with The John Buck Company, a Chicago property developer. The joint venture called JBI was at first 51% owned by Mubadala Development and the rest by The John Buck Company.

Funds and Ownership, KKR Partners with Shinhan Financial

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South Korean financial giant Shinhan Financial Group Co., Ltd. reached a preliminary agreement with KKR & Co. to form a series of global buyout funds that could raise up to 5 trillion KRW. KKR and Shinhan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Seoul in early October. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Norwegian Government Recommends SWF Remains at Central Bank

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There was speculation that Norway Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) could be managed outside of Norges Bank. The Norwegian government shot down this idea and recommended Norway’s GPFG remain in Norges Bank. This recommendation came in the form of a white paper submitted to the Norwegian Parliament, Stortinget.

Norway’s Minister of Finance Siv Jensen, commented in a press release, “The Government proposes a new and modernised governance structure for Norges Bank. Moving forward, this new structure lays the foundations for the sound management of the central bank and of the GPFG.”

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Invesco Buys OppenheimerFunds for $5.7 Billion

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Invesco Ltd. signed a deal to acquire OppenheimerFunds, Inc. from Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual). In turn, MassMutual and the OppenheimerFunds employee shareholders will receive a combination of common and preferred equity consideration, and MassMutual will become a significant shareholder in Invesco, with an approximate 15.5% stake. This strategic transaction will bring Invesco’s total assets under management (AUM) to more than US$ 1.2 trillion. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2019, pending necessary regulatory and other third-party approvals. The transaction gives Invesco access to more third-party distribution platforms.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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