Sovereign Investors and the Shifting Paradigm of Disintermediation

Sovereign wealth funds and other long-term public investors are relying less on Wall Street and other major financial institutions for unique deals, special situations, and now even treasury auctions. The People’s Bank of China can participate in treasury auctions without placing bids through primary dealers. Financial power is shifting from the West to the East and in the next decade, it will begin to shift South.

The US$ 5 trillion investor class is poaching investment executives from leading banks and investment managers. Public investors like the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) have their own private equity deal team. Pulling this off requires long-term serious commitments from board committees, proper long-term incentive programs, and sufficient financial resources.

Increasingly, sovereign wealth funds are being approached by companies for long-term capital. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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