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Sovereign Funds and Successful Private Equity Firms

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It is a nebulous swamp for private equity firms to navigate nowadays. Fee compression, competition from other public investors, regulatory changes, quality deal flow, and the challenge of raising non-redeemable capital commitments to new and successor private funds are just a few of the tough challenges private equity firms are dealing with. Tighter financing is crimping the buyout industry. The final slap is the anemic IPO market.  Public investors are still upbeat about private equity.  War chests are still being raised.

The model of private equity is slowly morphing, especially as sovereign wealth funds and public pension funds desire a preference to alternative private equity fund structures such as managed accounts, smaller funds, and co-investment vehicles. To go even further, increasingly several large public investors are insourcing their own investment professionals and make direct investments in alternative investments without the use of private equity advisers. Public funds that can compete with compensation packages in the private sector are more likely to build their own internal deal team. It is simple economics. In fact, they may become the private equity firm’s competitors in the long run.

With that being said, what are a few essential factors for being a successful, long-lasting private equity firm in today’s market?[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

Funds and Ownership, KKR Partners with Shinhan Financial

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South Korean financial giant Shinhan Financial Group Co., Ltd. reached a preliminary agreement with KKR & Co. to form a series of global buyout funds that could raise up to 5 trillion KRW. KKR and Shinhan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Seoul in early October. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Norwegian Government Recommends SWF Remains at Central Bank

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There was speculation that Norway Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) could be managed outside of Norges Bank. The Norwegian government shot down this idea and recommended Norway’s GPFG remain in Norges Bank. This recommendation came in the form of a white paper submitted to the Norwegian Parliament, Stortinget.

Norway’s Minister of Finance Siv Jensen, commented in a press release, “The Government proposes a new and modernised governance structure for Norges Bank. Moving forward, this new structure lays the foundations for the sound management of the central bank and of the GPFG.”

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Invesco Buys OppenheimerFunds for $5.7 Billion

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Invesco Ltd. signed a deal to acquire OppenheimerFunds, Inc. from Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual). In turn, MassMutual and the OppenheimerFunds employee shareholders will receive a combination of common and preferred equity consideration, and MassMutual will become a significant shareholder in Invesco, with an approximate 15.5% stake. This strategic transaction will bring Invesco’s total assets under management (AUM) to more than US$ 1.2 trillion. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2019, pending necessary regulatory and other third-party approvals. The transaction gives Invesco access to more third-party distribution platforms.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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