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SWFI First Read, January 19, 2018

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RDIF Portfolio Company PhosAgro Raises Bond Issue

PhosAgro is a portfolio company of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF). The company price out a US$ 500 million 5.25-year Eurobond issue that has a coupon of 3.949%.

Alison Swonnell Named Global Head of Institutional Marketing at Fidelity International

Alison Swonnell was hired on as Global Head of Institutional Marketing at Fidelity International. She will be based in London and report to Chuch McKenzie, the firm’s global head of institutional clients. Before Fidelity, Swonnell was Director of Fund Operations for LCM Partners, an alternative investment management firm.

NY Governor Cuomo Seeks to Treat Carried Interest as Ordinary Income for State Taxes

On January 18, 2018, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed he had submitted a bill to the New York State Legislature that seeks to treat carried interest as ordinary income rather than capital gains in regard to state taxes. Governor Cuomo in his press release said that the federal carried interest tax provision costs New York roughly US$ 100 million per year.

William Bain – Bain Founder Passes Away

Dated January 18, 2018, William Bain Jr. passed away at his home in Naples, Florida at the age of 80. Bain started at the Boston Consulting Group and left in 1973 to form Boston-based Bain & Co. By 1984, Bain formed Bain Capital alongside a number of colleagues including former 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. In a statement to the Boston Globe, Romney said, ” It’s hard for me to imagine my life and career without Bill Bain’s mentoring.”

Prostar Capital Gets Controlling Stake in Socar Aurora Fujairah Terminal

Prostar Capital now has a 90% control stake in Socar Aurora Fujairah Terminal FZC by purchasing 100% of the shares of Socar Aurora Terminals S.A. The Prostar Capital entities investing in the asset are Prostar Asia-Pacific Energy Infrastructure Fund and a co-investment fund managed by Prostar Capital for a large U.S. state pension plan. The storage terminals acquired in the Port of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates.

Socar Aurora Fujairah Terminal FZC is a joint venture between State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR), Swiss-based commodity trader AURORA Progress, and the Government of Fujairah.

Prostar Capital started buying the terminal back in 2013 at 18.6%. The private equity firm eventually moved its ownership up to 40% on August 14, 2015.

Koch Brothers Kick Big Money into ERP Cloud Software Company Infor

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New York-based Infor is an enterprise cloud software company. Infor raised US$ 1.5 billion from existing shareholders, Golden Gate Capital and Koch Equity Development LLC. Koch Equity Development is the investment and acquisition subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc. Infor has 17,300 employees. At fiscal year 2018, Infor claims it generated over US$ 3 billion in revenue. Infor states that over 72% of all hospitals in the United States run Infor applications. Infor could be heading toward an initial public offering (IPO) or possibly be acquired by a company like Oracle Corporation or Salesforce. Charles E. Phillips is the CEO of Infor and before heading it was Co-President of Oracle from 2003 to 2010.

On February 21, 2017, Koch Equity Development invested US$ 2 billion into Infor. Koch Industries was a customer of Infor before it became an investor in the company. Golden Gate Capital made its first investment in Infor in 2002.

Matt Flamini is the President of Koch Equity Development. Jim Hannan is Koch Executive Vice President and CEO of Enterprises for Koch Industries, Inc.

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Could Australia’s Future Fund Offer a Low-Fee Superannuation for its Citizens?

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Australia’s Scott Morrison government may soon allow the country’s Future Fund to offer low-fee superannuation accounts. Aware of the proposal, Prime Minister Morrison stressed that offering Australia a low-fee, government-managed superannuation fund as a default option is not government policy.

However, many proponents of this model believe it would create competition in the country’s US$ 2.7 trillion dollar retirement system. The Future Fund Chairman, Peter Costello, and economist Nicholas Gruen, CEO of Lateral Economics, put forth the idea, and it is quickly gaining support. This comes in the wake of Australians learning that they were losing US$ 3.8 billion annually in high-fee, underperforming accounts, and many were mistakenly being charged fees with no accompanying service provided. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Saudi and Other Gulf Country Bonds to Join JPMorgan Emerging Market Bond Index

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In a boost for Gulf-based debt, JPMorgan is adding their debt compositions to two influential emerging market bond indexes. These emerging market indexes are the most widely tracked among asset managers in the industry. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Qatar are being added to the J.P. Morgan EMBI Global Diversified Index and the EMBI Global, starting January 31, 2019. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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