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Singapore’s GIC, Jefferies Group, and LoanCore Capital Form JV Real Estate Finance Company

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According to the press release, “Jefferies Group, Inc. and the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC) announced today that, through affiliates, they and LoanCore LLC, led by Mark Finerman, have formed Jefferies LoanCore LLC, a new joint venture commercial real estate finance company with $600 million in initial equity commitments that will be leveraged appropriately. Jefferies LoanCore will originate commercial real estate debt through a team of professionals led by Mr. Finerman, with the support of the broad real estate, investment banking and securitization capabilities of Jefferies, and the deep real estate and mortgage investment expertise of GIC Real Estate, the real estate investment arm of GIC.

“We are very excited to partner with GIC Real Estate to launch Jefferies LoanCore LLC, which further expands Jefferies’ investment banking and trading franchise by offering commercial real estate investors further access to capital,” said Richard B. Handler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Jefferies Group. “Mark Finerman has an outstanding track record as a leader in the commercial real estate finance sector, and we are pleased to be working with Mark and his talented team.”

“We welcome the opportunity to establish a long-term partnership with Jefferies Group in commercial real estate finance,” said Dr. Seek Ngee Huat, President of GIC Real Estate. “We have worked successfully with Mark Finerman for several years and look forward to expanding our relationship with this further commitment.”

“Jefferies LoanCore expects to respond to the capital needs of commercial real estate owners and investors across the United States,” said Mr. Finerman, CEO of Jefferies LoanCore. “As our industry recovers from the disruption of the recent financial crisis, we expect Jefferies LoanCore to be a leader in providing creative capital solutions.””

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Italian ANAS and RDIF Invest and Build the Fourth Section of Moscow’s Central Ring Road

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The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) inked a deal with ANAS S.p.A. (formerly known as Azienda Nazionale Autonoma delle Strade), the Italian state highway management company, to implement a concession agreement to build and operate the fourth section of the massive Moscow Central Ring Road. The transaction expects to be finalized in the first quarter of 2019. This is the final section of Central Ring Road, which is 96.5 kilometers long. According to the RDIF, “Under the terms of the concession agreement, the cost of construction is 85.4 billion rubles, of which the concessionaire will provide 49.7 billion rubles and private investors will provide 35.7 billion rubles.”

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Follow the Money – Episode 48

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This long-form podcast was recorded on December 11, 2018. Michael Maduell dissects the latest geopolitical trends that can impact institutional investors such as pensions, sovereign wealth funds, and endowments. Maduell lends his opinion on the lawsuit of Neiman Marcus and bumps in the road for augmented reality.

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CONTENTS
1:15 Huawei, Canada, Brexit, and Macron Headache
6:30 Sovereign Wealth Fund Asset Allocation
9:58 India Gets a New Central Bank Governor
13:26 Pensions Go Bust on U.S. Retailers
17:04 Augmented Reality and Sovereign Funds
22:00 Former CalPERS CIO Goes to Morgan Stanley Investment Management
24:30 Oman Investment Fund Goes on Defense in Public Markets
25:00 Japanese Scandals and Opportunities

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The views in this media are expressed by Michael Maduell and other participants and are not reflective of the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (SWFI).

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Danica Pensions Sells Danica Pension Sweden

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Danica Pension sold Danske Pension Försikringsaktiebolag (publ) (also known as Danica Pension Sweden) to a group of investors for around 2.6 billion SEK. Danica Pension is part of Danske Bank A/S. Of the total amount, 2.3 billion SEK is being paid in cash, while the rest is in the form of a debt instrument from Danica Pension.

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