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Norway’s Oil Fund to Make First Property Investment in France

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According to the press release, “the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global agreed today to buy 50 percent of seven properties in and around Paris from AXA Group, the fund’s first real estate investment in France.

The purchase price is set at 702.5 million euros, or approximately 5.5 billion Norwegian kroner. The properties constitute about 156,000 square metres of largely office space in the western and central business districts of Paris. NBIM and AXA will form a joint venture where AXA Real Estate provides asset management services.

“The investment is in line with our strategy to initially invest in the biggest European property markets before expanding into other regions,” says Karsten Kallevig, chief investment officer for real estate at Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), which manages the fund. “It also reflects our preference to form partnerships with investors that both own and operate properties.”

AXA will hold the remaining 50 percent of the properties on completion of the transaction, which is expected in the third quarter. The properties are as follows:

  • 12-14 Rond Point des Champs-Elysées, Paris 8e
  • 1-3 / 2 rue des Italiens, Paris 9e
  • 16 avenue Matignon, Paris 8e
  • 24-26 rue Le Peletier, Paris 9e
  • Meudon Campus, 92 Meudon
  • OPUS 12, 92 La Défense
  • 31-33 rue de Verdun, 92 Suresnes

Source: Norges Bank Investment Management

SWFI First Read, September 21, 2018

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U.S. Public Becomes More Aware that Gmail Scans Emails

Alphabet is a major stock holding for sovereign wealth funds and large pensions. Search giant Google is under fire for allowing third-party partners and companies, like Return Path Inc and other advertisers, to share data from Gmail accounts. Many experts and tech observers already knew this, but more people in the public are becoming aware of Google’s practices when it comes to privacy. Google disclosed in a letter to U.S. lawmakers this finding. The Wall Street Journal reported that in some instances, app companies were able to read people’s emails in order to improve their algorithms. In 2017, Google said they would stop scanning all of one’s Gmail messages for the goal of personalized ads.

GPIF Infrastructure Exposure Almost Reached 200 Billion Yen in March 2018

Japan Government Pension Investment Fund’s (GPIF) exposure to infrastructure real estate was 196.8 billion JPY at the end of March 2018. At that period, 57% of the exposure was to the UK, 15% was to Australia, 15% to Sweden, 10% to Spain and 3% to Finland. 21% of GPIF’s infrastructure portfolio was linked to airports versus 27% to ports.

AIMCo-backed sPower Closes $498.7 Million Bond Deal

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Iceland Contemplates a Sovereign Wealth Fund

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The Government of Iceland is looking to possibly form a sovereign wealth fund to stabilize the country from unforeseen shocks to the national economy. The Iceland government released a statement saying, “The state’s contributions to the Fund will be equivalent to new revenues from publicly owned power production companies which are expected to accrue in the coming years.”

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CBRE Global Wins First GPIF Global Real Estate Mandate

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Japan Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) awarded its first global real estate mandate by hiring CBRE Global Investment Partners Limited. This is a global core real estate fund-of-funds separate account. Overseeing this mandate as a gatekeeper is Asset Management One Co., Ltd., which is a unit of Mizuho Financial Group. This RFP was launched in April 2017.

CBRE Global Investment Partners is the multi-manager arm of CBRE Global Investors.

In addition, on August 8, 2018, GPIF hired two custodians for short-term investments. These custodians are Trust & Custody Services Bank, Ltd and The Master Trust Bank of Japan, Ltd.

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