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Singapore’s GIC Participates in Laxfield Capital’s UK Commercial Mortgage Programme

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The press release states, “Laxfield Capital, the commercial mortgage origination, investment management and advisory business, today announced the launch of a new UK commercial lending programme.

The programme will invest up to £1 bn in UK commercial mortgages over the next 24 months. The real estate arm of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC) has provided initial investment in the programme.

The Laxfield Capital programme will provide individual loans of between £40-£185 mln, 5-7 years duration and up to 75% loan-to-value (LTV) to a wide variety of commercial property sectors, including office, retail, industrial, residential and leisure across the UK.

The programme will provide whole loans and syndicate up to 75% of each mortgage to other preferred investors. GIC will retain a substantial junior investment in each loan.

Adam Slater, Managing Director of Laxfield Capital, said: “The Laxfield Capital programme will fill a gap in the large-ticket commercial mortgage sector as few lenders are currently able to provide whole loans in excess of £100m at up to 75% LTV, particularly outside core locations or prime assets. I believe the programme will have a considerable impact on the UK property market with a significant injection of liquidity at a time when traditional sources of funding are contracting. This is a good example of how alternative sources of capital are successfully entering the space traditionally dominated by banks. The investment from GIC is a strong vote of confidence in our programme and in UK commercial mortgages, and provides an ideal market entry point for other investors seeking access to quality mortgage investments. “

Chris Morrish, regional Head of Europe, GIC real Estate, said: ‘We look forward to our partnership with Laxfield Capital, which has demonstrated strong capabilities in loan origination and has generated value for commercial mortgage investors.

The programme complements our existing direct junior debt investment strategy which we will continue to pursue.'”

Read more: Laxfield Capital Press Release

Trump Goes Across the Political Aisle to Nominate Nellie Liang to Federal Reserve Board

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U.S. President Trump nominated Nellie Liang to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. She is a long-time staff member of the Federal Reserve, joining in 1986 as a research economist. Liang must still be confirmed by the U.S. Senate pending the job post. She is a graduate of University of Notre Dame in 1979 and received her doctorate from the University of Maryland in 1986.

Ms. Liang is a registered Democrat.

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Ivanhoé Cambridge to Acquire Callahan Capital Properties

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Ivanhoé Cambridge, a unit of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), signed a deal to acquire Callahan Capital Properties (CCP). Eastdil Secured advised on the transaction. CCP is Ivanhoé Cambridge’s investment partner of six years.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Manager of China’s Foreign Reserves Could be CalPERS Next CIO

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Numerous financial media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), are reporting that Ben Meng is in key position to become Chief Investment Officer of CalPERS. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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