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SWFI First Read, August 11, 2017

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NRG Energy Potential Asset Sales Draws Public Fund Capital

NRG Energy Inc. is unload as much as US$ 4 billion of assets in a bid to lower debt and reduce costs. Some of the assets includes NRG Energy’s stake in NRG Yield Inc., a solar and wind farm owner and operator. Prospective suitors of these assets include Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), Blackstone Group, GIC Private Limited, KKR, Borealis Infrastructure Management (owned by OMERS), NextEra Energy Inc., and John Hancock Life Insurance Co.

BBK and Osool Asset Management Form Aegila Capital Management

On July 19, 2017, Bahrain-based BBK and Osool Asset Management formed London-based Aegila Capital Management Ltd. Aegila Capital will initially focus on opportunities in the UK and the European commercial real estate market. Aegila is aiming to manage assets worth around US$ 1 billion after the first three years of activity.

L&T Infrastructure Development Projects Limited Seeks to Raise More Money

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PNB to Buy Stake from Malaysian Developers in Battersea Power Station Project

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Malaysia-based Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB) inked plans to acquire a stake in the Battersea Power Station from Malaysian developers Sime Darby Property and SP Setia, which between them own 80 percent of the site located on the south bank of the Thames. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Will Saudi Arabian Sovereign Wealth Be the Next Giant in Hollywood?

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Saudi Arabia’s growing Public Investment Fund (PIF) is reportedly looking into investing over US$ 500 million for a 5% to 10% stake in Hollywood’s Endeavor Talent Agency, the holding company for William Morris Endeavor Entertainment LLC (WME). WME is one of the biggest players in the business, representing well-known artists across a number of different mediums – including cinema, television, music, books, and theatre – as well as a roster of professional athletes from the National Football League (NFL) and National Hockey League (NHL). Discussions are in their initial stages, however, and no commitments have been made thus far. WME is constantly gathering new talent. Recently WME signed musician John Mayer and actor Nicolas Cage – both were with Creative Artists Agency (CAA).

A Logical Connection

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CDPQ Providers Firepower for Blackstone Buyout of PIRET

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Ivanhoé Cambridge, part of CDPQ, is a co-investor in Blackstone Group’s buyout of Pure Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust (PIRET), a listed Canadian warehouse owner. The actual Blackstone buyer is an affiliate of Blackstone Property Partners, its core real estate investment unit. The agreement was revealed on January 9, 2018. Blackstone moved to buy the REIT) for C$ 8.10 per Unit in an all-cash transaction valued at C$ 3.8 billion including debt. The transaction value without debt is C$2.48 billion.

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