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Regent Street Partnership Makes First Property Purchases

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Karsten Kallevig - NBIM

According to the press release, “The Regent Street Partnership, comprising The Crown Estate and Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), has announced the purchase of two Regent Street properties, 4 Conduit Street and 1 Maddox Street, for £28 million.

The partnership owns Regent Street in its entirety and the purchase was made in the partnership’s 75:25 proportions, for The Crown Estate and NBIM, respectively. The Crown Estate continues to manage the street on behalf of the partnership and retains the freehold interest. NBIM, which manages the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global, has a 150 year lease on a 25 per cent stake in the street.

Maddox House, 1 Maddox Street, was purchased for circa £23 million from pension fund clients of Aberdeen Asset Management. It comprises 17,000 sq ft and is occupied by six office tenants over five floors, together with Regent Street retailers, Hobbs, Barker and Furla. 4 Conduit Street was purchased for £5 million from a private investor; it comprises 6,000 sq ft and is let entirely to the Greek National Tourist Office.

Karsten Kallevig, chief investment officer – real estate at NBIM said: “We’re delighted to have made these purchases and expect to continue to broaden our partnership with The Crown Estate on Regent Street.”

Paul Clark, director of investment and asset management at The Crown Estate, said: “This is an exciting year for the Regent Street Partnership and also The Crown Estate, which remains focused on enhancing its long-term contribution to the Treasury by investing in its core holdings here in the West End, in prime retail outside London, and helping drive forward the offshore renewable energy industry.”

David Shaw, head of Regent Street portfolio at The Crown Estate, added: “These are the Regent Street Partnership’s first major purchases, demonstrating its ongoing commitment to our 20 year regeneration programme that has already transformed Regent Street into an international destination for retail and business.””

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GIC Eyes Provenance Land

GIC Private Limited is nearing a deal to purchase up to 50% of Provenance Land. Provenance Land owns India’s first Four Seasons hotel.

Eduard van Gelderen Leaves UC Regents for PSP Investments CIO Role

Eduard van Gelderen exited his position as Senior Managing Director at the University of California Regents’ Office of the Chief Investment Officer. His role will not be replaced. He accepted an offer to be Chief Investment Officer of the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments).

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Google Fined Big Time by EU Regarding Antitrust Violations

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The European Union (EU), through its competition commissioner, levied a €4.34 billion fine against Alphabet Inc., the owner of Google. The fine is over Google having “imposed illegal restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators to cement its dominant position in general internet search,” according to the European Commission (EC).

The European Commission is requiring Alphabet to cease from its conduct that it is accused of within 90 days or face penalty payments of up to 5% of the average daily worldwide turnover of Alphabet, Google’s parent company.

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said in a press release, “Today, mobile internet makes up more than half of global internet traffic. It has changed the lives of millions of Europeans. Our case is about three types of restrictions that Google has imposed on Android device manufacturers and network operators to ensure that traffic on Android devices goes to the Google search engine. In this way, Google has used Android as a vehicle to cement the dominance of its search engine. These practices have denied rivals the chance to innovate and compete on the merits. They have denied European consumers the benefits of effective competition in the important mobile sphere. This is illegal under EU antitrust rules.”

The EC press release added, “In particular, Google: 1. has required manufacturers to pre-install the Google Search app and browser app (Chrome), as a condition for licensing Google’s app store (the Play Store); 2. made payments to certain large manufacturers and mobile network operators on condition that they exclusively pre-installed the Google Search app on their devices; and 3. has prevented manufacturers wishing to pre-install Google apps from selling even a single smart mobile device running on alternative versions of Android that were not approved by Google (so-called “Android forks”).”

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Mubadala, RCIF and UFC Agree to Form UFC Russia Joint Venture

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Endeavor (formerly WME | IMG) is taking its UFC brand into Russia. Endeavor is financially-backed by investors such as Silver Lake Partners, CPPIB, KKR and Singapore’s GIC Private Limited. The global talent agency company inked a deal with the Russia-China Investment Fund, Mubadala Investment Company (UAE) to form a platform to focus on the development and expansion of UFC’s mixed martial arts (MMA) business in Russia and CIS countries. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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