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RDIF Leads Consortium in the Russian Tire Industry

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tire_1The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Titan International Inc. and One Equity Partners LLC have reached an agreement with Russian tire producer Cordiant to invest in Voltyre-Prom, a Russian agricultural and industrial tire manufacturer. To shed additional detail on the involved entities, Titan International Inc., is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of agricultural and industrial tires that makes them under the Titan and Goodyear brands. One Equity Partners is a subsidiary of JP Morgan Chase & Co that manages private equity investments.

This consortium will own a controlling stake in Voltyre-Prom with Titan International as the managing partner. Titan International is keen on growing their tire business in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent State countries. The company is bullish on Russia’s burgeoning farming and mining industries.

Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of the RDIF, said, “RDIF completed this deal alongside world class strategic partners from both the global industrial and financial sectors. The involvement of investors of such scale underlines the growth prospects in the Russian agricultural sector. The expertise and knowledge of our partners will help shift the production of world-class tires that currently takes place overseas to Russia. This investment meets the fund’s objectives and represents an exciting opportunity to get a foothold in this sector.”

Planned Signing – General Electric MoU
The Russian Direct Investment Fund plans to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with General Electric on June 21, 2013 to create a joint venture for the construction of mini power plants for Russian manufacturing companies. Autonomous electric power systems can help Russian companies meet some energy needs without the cost to build transmission lines.

Shaktikanta Das Named as New CB Governor for India

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The Indian government named Shaktikanta Das as the new Governor of the Reserve Bank of India. He will be the 25th governor to lead the central bank. Das is India’s former economic affairs secretary who stepped down in May 2017.

Das replaces Urjit Patel, who stepped down as central bank governor for “personal reasons.”

Urjit Patel had been arguing with India’s finance ministry on matters such as easing lending policies versus what the appropriate size of foreign reserves should be.

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UBS and APG Form Japanese Residential Property Venture

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Long horizon institutional investors are keen on taking advantage of appealing underlying fundamentals in select Japanese residential submarkets that have experienced population growth versus rural areas. The housing market in Tokyo has decoupled from the rest of Japan due to attractive demographics and low interest rates. Real estate valuations for Japanese housing in Tokyo is still at a distance relative to the very-much inflated market of the late 1980s. UBS Asset Management Real Estate & Private Markets business and APG Asset Management, which oversees the assets of Stichting Pensioenfonds ABP, formed a new property joint venture to invest in residential properties in Japan. UBS Asset Management will manage the fund and partnership, while APG will play a strategic role. APG will contribute US$ 175 million into the venture.

This platform will pursue a build-to-core investment strategy with some allocation to the reconfiguration of income-producing operating assets in cities such as Tokyo and Osaka.

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GIC Sells 2 Chifley Square to Charter Hall

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Singapore’s GIC Private Limited sold a 100% ownership stake in a large building in Sydney, 2 Chifley Square, for A$ 98.5 million to the Charter Hall Prime Office Fund, a wholesale real estate fund. Charter Hall Group owned the building next to Chifley, the Gresham building at 167 Macquarie Street.

Advisors for the transaction are Colliers International and KPMG Real Estate Advisory.

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