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Sovereign Funds Go Surgical on Healthcare Investing

According to data from SWFI’s Sovereign Wealth Fund Transaction Database, sovereign investors directly invested US$ 6.61 billion into the healthcare sector in 2015 – a staggering amount compared to previous years. However, 2016 has been off to a tepid start. Preliminary data from the first two quarters of 2016 (data is still being tabulated until the end of June 2016), wealth funds, so far have directly invested US$ 285 million into the healthcare sector, compared to US$ 3.75 billion in the first two quarters of 2015. Again, to be accurate, not all the transaction data has been tabulated for the first half of 2016. The preliminary transaction data for 2016 does encapsulate the feeling that wealth funds are more cautious on healthcare companies and could be more selective for the remainder for 2016.

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CIC Sells 10% Logicor Stake to Blackstone Fund

The China Investment Corporation (CIC) is selling a 10% stake of in European warehouse firm Logicor Ltd to a real estate fund managed by The Blackstone Group. Furthermore, CIC also hired Blackstone to oversee and manage Logicor’s warehouses and logistic properties portfolio.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Fintech Affirm Raises $200 Million in Series E Led By Singapore’s GIC

Affirm Inc., a financial technology firm which provides instant loans to consumers as an alternative to credit cards for their online shopping, has raised US$ 200 million in a Series E round lead by Singapore’s GIC Private Limited, with participation from Khosla Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Spark Capital, Caffeinated Capital, and Ribbit Capital. The new infusion of capital brings the San Francisco-based company’s total funding to US$ 450 million and a reported valuation of US$ 2 billion.

The company is founded by Max Levchin, a co-founder of PayPal (part of the PayPal mafia, dubbed by the tech press). Max Levchin is also an advisory board member of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFSB) in the United States.

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CHANGE: Saudi Arabia to Re-Open Movie Theaters, PIF Inks MoU with AMC

The Saudi Arabian government is ending its 35-year ban on cinemas. Next year, the government will allow cinemas to open. This watershed moment provides opportunities for entertainment companies to invest in Saudi Arabia and the surrounding region.

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