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Mubadala Sells JBI Unit to Serco

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.

Asian Sovereign Funds Not Slowing Down on Tech Investing

According to data from SWFI’s Sovereign Wealth Fund Transaction Database, Asian sovereign funds invested US$ 6.05 billion directly into companies and assets in the information technology sector from Jan 2017 to November 22, 2017. In a comparable time frame from Jan 2016 to November 22, 2016, this same group of Asian sovereign funds directly invested US$ 5.02 billion in the sector. These are direct investments, not fund commitments or manager allocations.

Asian sovereign funds such as GIC Private Limited, Temasek Holdings and the Korea Investment Corporation (KIC) have demonstrated bullish signals to the technology community over other sectors. GIC and Temasek have also been major investors in the private side of deals, funding a wide range of tech startups, while providing financial firepower in buyout transactions.

Some notable direct tech investments in 2017 by sovereign funds include Meituan-Dianping, SoundCloud, Nets A/S, Visma AS, Turn, Inc. and Vantiv.

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Future Fund Makes a Guardian Out of Former J.P. Morgan ANZ Chair

The Australian government has appointed Robert Priestley – current non-executive chair of J.P Morgan for Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) and a non-executive director of ASX – to serve on the Future Fund Board of Guardians for a five-year term from November 7, 2017. Priestley replaces former Morgan Stanley Australia chief executive Steven J. Harker.

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Associated British Ports Reboots Property Development Arm to Capitalize on Land Bank

Associated British Ports (ABP) – operator of 21 major ports throughout the United Kingdom – has announced a reboot of its ABP Property division, complete with a new team of specialists in commercial development and logistics led by Huw Turner, in order to identify and develop strategically significant locations in its 2,372 acre land bank.

ABP is owned in large part by a consortium of pensions and sovereign funds, including the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) at 33.88% ownership, OMERS at 30%, Singapore’s GIC Ventures Pte Ltd at 20.00% ownership, and the Kuwait Investment Authority at 10.00% ownership. Large institutional investors such as sovereign funds, pensions, and endowments have slowly increased allocation towards infrastructure over the past six years as an alternative to equities and bonds, according to asset allocation data from SWFI.

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