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SWFI First Read, April 14, 2017

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Slight Postponement in QIA-BRF Deal for Banvit

The Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and BRF SA’s deal to acquire Banvit Bandirma Vitaminli Yem Sanayii AS (Banvit), Turkey’s largest poultry producer, has been briefly postponed due to document and precondition issues. In a public filing, Banvit revealed paperwork wasn’t ready in time for the company’s annual general meeting. A new closing date is being worked out.

Greystar Real Estate Partners and Macquarie Make Progress on Asia-Pacific Rental Housing Platform

Charleston, South Carolina-based Greystar Real Estate Partners and Macquarie Capital had formed an Asia-Pacific rental housing platform dubbed Greystar Asia-Pac back in October 2016. Greystar Asia-Pac plans to raise institutional capital to acquire, develop, reposition and manage rental residential assets across the region with an initial focus on Shanghai, Beijing, Sydney and Melbourne. Joining the platform is Charles Ma and Chris Key as Managing Directors. Previously, Ma was Managing Director and Head of Strategic Investments and Business Development for Vanke China.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch – Brazil Names New CEO

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China Helps Pakistan’s Foreign Reserves

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Despite Pakistan witnessing an increase in exports, the rapid increase in crude prices and lackluster financial inflows, have affected the country’s balance of payments position. Trying to avoid a full-scale currency crisis, Pakistan is also dealing with a fiscal budget deficit and a current account deficit. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Russia-Japan Investment Fund to Back Wood Pellet Production in Russia

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The Russian Far East has a lot of timber, and for that wood pellets is a source of biofuel. A while back, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) formed the Russia-Japan Investment Fund (RJIF) with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). RDIF and JBICIG Partners as part of RJIF, together with RFP Group and Japan’s Prospect Co., Ltd. have agreed to collaborate and consider potential investments in Russia’s biofuel industry. JBICIG Partners is a subsidiary of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation.

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RDIF Lures Asian Investors Toward Russian Surgical Robot Project

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The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) is partnering with a number of unnamed Asian co-investors to allocate capital toward a project to create and manufacture Russian surgical robots. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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