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Simpson Thacher Takes First for 1H 2017 PI Legal Advisor

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP (Simpson Thacher) took first place in the public institutional investor transaction database for the first half of 2017 for legal advisors. SWFI’s public investor database tracks direct deals and transactions made by institutional investors such as sovereign wealth funds and public pensions. Simpson Thacher was involved in numerous transactions with public institutional investors including the recapitalization of Pharmaceutical Product Development, LLC with sovereign wealth fund capital from Asia and the Middle East. The law firm was also engaged in the Ascend Learning, LLC transaction. Simpson Thacher pegged six deals, while Kirkland & Ellis LLP wasn’t far behind at 5. For example, Kirkland & Ellis advised the Alberta Investment Management Corporation’s investment in San Antonio-based Howard Midstream Energy Partners’ deal with Oklahoma-based WPX Energy to develop crude oil and natural gas gathering and processing infrastructure in the core of the Delaware Basin.

Tied for third was Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

Legal Advisor League Table – H1 2017

Position Firm Transactions
1 Simpson Thacher 6
2 Kirkland & Ellis 5
3 Skadden 4
3 Weil Gotshal 4
4 Clifford Chance 3
4 Latham & Watkins 3
4 Torys 3
4 Ropes & Gray 3
4 Sidley Austin 3
4 White & Case 3

Source: Sovereign Wealth Fund Transaction Database, Extracted: July 24, 2017
Data from the report is pulled at a certain time, there may be discrepancies between both sets.

First Half 2017 League Table Page

SWFI First Read, June 21, 2018

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PSP Investments Nears Deal on Azelis

PSP Investments and EQT Partners (through fund EQT VIII) are in exclusive talks to acquire Belgium-based Azelis S.A. from funds managed by Apax Partners. Formed in 2001, Azelis is a specialty chemicals and food ingredients distributor. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals.

Oxford Properties Wins Rights on Barangaroo Office Development

Melbourne-based Grocon Pty Ltd selected Oxford Properties, the real estate unit of OMERS, as a preferred partner for it’s a A$ 2 billion, 5.2-hectare Barangaroo Central project development. This is an office tower development. Oxford Properties essentially won the rights toward the project (rumored at a price of A$ 100 million), freeing the developer from a high-cost finance deal with Maxcap, a lender.

Investment Management Corporation of Ontario Selects Jean Michel as CIO

The Investment Management Corporation of Ontario named Jean Michel as chief investment officer. This role is effective July 3, 2018. Michel was executive vice president, advisory services to depositors and strategic analysis, at Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec (CDPQ).

Wil Warren Named President of Lexington Partners

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Large Public Asset Owners Commit to Goodman Brazil Logistics Partnership

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Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) unveiled plans to commit 500 million BRL (C$ 175 million) in equity for a 20% interest in the newly established Goodman Brazil Logistics Partnership to invest in prime logistics and industrial assets in the key gateway cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Mubadala Supports Two European Aquaculture Transactions

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Mubadala Investment Company is keen on growing exposure to agribusinesses whether in farming or aquaculture. With money from Mubadala and AMERRA Capital Management LLC, Andromeda Group acquired Nireus SA (at 74.34% stake) and Selonda SA at (79.62% stake), two European aquaculture companies that focus on sea bream and sea bass. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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