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SWFI First Read, December 16, 2015

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UC Investment Office Backs Vivek Ranadivé’s Venture Fund

Vivek Ranadivé, founder of TIBCO Software and owner of the Sacramento Kings, is heading a fund that will target innovation opportunities emerging from the University of California. The University of California Board of Regents will be an anchor investor in the fund, kicking in US$ 250 million. Originally, in September 2014, the UC Board of Regents approved of an in-house innovation fund to be called UC Ventures. The regents found it was more effective to back a private venture fund instead. Since 1980, more than 800 startup companies with UC patents have been founded.

DRA Advisors to Acquire Inland REIT

New York-based DRA Advisors LLC is purchasing all the shares of Oak Brook-based Inland Real Estate Corporation, a publicly-traded real estate investment trust (REIT), in a transaction valued at US$ 2.3 billion. DRA Advisors will assume Inland Real Estate’s debt. REIT shareholders are expected to get US$ 10.60 per share. Upon completion of the deal, Inland will become a private REIT. Inland Real Estate owns and operates shopping centers in the United States. Since 2010, Inland Real Estate has entered into a number of property deals with PGGM. The legal advisor for Inland was Proskauer. BMO Capital Markets Corp. and Silver Portal Capital acted as financial advisors for Inland. Blank Rome LLP acted as legal counsel to DRA Advisors.

Fullerton India to Inject Money into New Lending Subsidiary

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Follow the Money – Episode 45

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This longer-than-normal episode covers a wide range of issues including such as sovereign wealth funds, bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, Indian real estate, ESG, investment exclusions, central banking and more.

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CalPERS Board Elects Priya Mathur as Board President

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The board of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) elected Priya Mathur as board president. The current president Rob Feckner was named vice president of the board. Feckner previously served as board president and vice president.

Priya Mathur is serving her fourth term on the CalPERS Board of Administration. Mathur is a principal financial analyst for Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART). Mathur represents public employees on the CalPERS Board, which she joined in 2002. She currently serves on four committees: Governance, Investment, Pension & Health Benefits, and Risk & Audit. She chairs the Pension & Health Benefits Committee and is vice chair of the Governance Committee.

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Oman SGRF Contemplates $1 Billion Infrastructure Fund

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Oman’s State General Reserve Fund (SGRF) is in discussions on forming a US$ 1 billion infrastructure fund. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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