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Sovereign Wealth Funds Pursue Institutional Real Estate

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Ever since the end of 2010, direct sovereign wealth fund transactions in institutional real estate have risen. Larger sovereign funds tend to take on direct investment opportunities, while public investors under US$ 30 billion in assets rely heavily on real estate funds. Sovereign wealth funds with renewed confidence are investing directly into core real estate, creating competition among pension funds, REITs and real estate fund managers. Quantitative easing has demolished interest rates, making real estate assets particularly attractive. Risk-averse sovereign funds favor major European and American cities in prime markets, especially when investing without real estate fund managers.

Sovereign wealth funds are enhancing allocation to real estate.

Traversing up the risk spectrum, some sovereign wealth entities like Qatari Diar have mandates to partake in co-investment developmental projects. CityCenterDC and Hudson Yards are two major developmental projects in the Eastern United States where Gulf government investors have allocated capital.

Direct Sovereign Wealth Fund Transactions – Real Estate – Billions in USD – Click to Enlarge Graphic
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Source: Sovereign Wealth Fund Transaction Database

According to data from the Sovereign Wealth Fund Transaction Database, 2012 was a noteworthy milestone for direct sovereign fund real estate transactions touching US$ 15.13 billion. Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global had a major impact on the figure, choosing to go direct versus allocating purely to commingled real estate funds.

2013 results are over US$ 5 billion so far.

SWFI First Read, June 21, 2018

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PSP Investments Nears Deal on Azelis

PSP Investments and EQT Partners (through fund EQT VIII) are in exclusive talks to acquire Belgium-based Azelis S.A. from funds managed by Apax Partners. Formed in 2001, Azelis is a specialty chemicals and food ingredients distributor. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals.

Oxford Properties Wins Rights on Barangaroo Office Development

Melbourne-based Grocon Pty Ltd selected Oxford Properties, the real estate unit of OMERS, as a preferred partner for it’s a A$ 2 billion, 5.2-hectare Barangaroo Central project development. This is an office tower development. Oxford Properties essentially won the rights toward the project (rumored at a price of A$ 100 million), freeing the developer from a high-cost finance deal with Maxcap, a lender.

Investment Management Corporation of Ontario Selects Jean Michel as CIO

The Investment Management Corporation of Ontario named Jean Michel as chief investment officer. This role is effective July 3, 2018. Michel was executive vice president, advisory services to depositors and strategic analysis, at Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec (CDPQ).

Wil Warren Named President of Lexington Partners

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Large Public Asset Owners Commit to Goodman Brazil Logistics Partnership

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Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) unveiled plans to commit 500 million BRL (C$ 175 million) in equity for a 20% interest in the newly established Goodman Brazil Logistics Partnership to invest in prime logistics and industrial assets in the key gateway cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Mubadala Supports Two European Aquaculture Transactions

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Mubadala Investment Company is keen on growing exposure to agribusinesses whether in farming or aquaculture. With money from Mubadala and AMERRA Capital Management LLC, Andromeda Group acquired Nireus SA (at 74.34% stake) and Selonda SA at (79.62% stake), two European aquaculture companies that focus on sea bream and sea bass. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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