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State Street Financial Center Gets Some Refinancing, Foreign Investors Participate

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The skyline-piercing, 36-storey State Street Financial Center, located in Boston’s Financial District, is owned by patriarchs of the Brooklyn-based Kestenbaum family through Fortis Property Group, LLC. Fortis Property Group is based in New York and has amassed a real estate empire through a variety of means. In 2003, State Street Financial Center, originally conceived as One Lincoln Street, was built through a group of players including the Gale Company (family-owned real estate company led by Stan Gale), State Teachers’ Retirement System of Ohio (STRS Ohio) and a Morgan Stanley real estate fund. In February 2004, the building was sold 100% to American Financial Realty Trust.

State Street Bank made the building its headquarters, leasing it through its unit SSB Realty, LLC. Later on, law firm K&L Gates LLP became a key tenant in the building.

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Saudi Aramco and PIF See Opportunities in Russia

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Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) is currently exploring opportunities within Russia. PIF is working with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) on a number of fronts. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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HNA Group Aims to Shrink and Sell

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Chinese conglomerate HNA Group is on a selling spree due to an order from the government in Beijing to scale back on debt. HNA Group joins Anbang Insurance Group and Dalian Wanda Group in deleveraging from global assets, particularly in hotels and real estate. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Central Bank of Hungary Buys Mounds of Gold

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In October, the Central Bank of Hungary (MNB) boosted its gold reserves by 10 times, from 3.1 tons to 31.5 tons. This was revealed on October 16, 2018. The gold acquired by the central bank in October has a holding value of US$ 1.24 billion.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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