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SWFI First Read, January 27, 2017

OFFICIAL: OMERS Kicks in Juice for Fairfax Allies World Deal

Toronto-based Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited and the Ontario Municipal Employees’ Retirement System (OMERS) announced that they have entered into an agreement pursuant to which OMERS will invest US$ 1 billion in order to indirectly acquire approximately 21% of the issued and outstanding shares of Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, AG, simultaneously with the previously announced acquisition of Allied World by Fairfax and subject to certain regulatory approvals. OMERS will get about a 21% percent stake in Allied World Assurance Co. Holdings.On December 18, 2016, Fairfax and Allied World revealed that they had entered into a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which Fairfax will make an offer to Allied World shareholders to acquire all of the outstanding registered ordinary shares of Allied World. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2017.

Abu Dhabi Investment Council’s Share Ownership in Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank Increases by Share Reduction

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Ardian Auctions Off €1 Billion in Infrastructure Assets to APG

French private equity giant Ardian has auctioned off an undisclosed stake in a portfolio of European infrastructure assets valued at €1 billion to Dutch asset owner manager APG Investments. APG, which first invested in the portfolio in 2006, plans on buying out partnership interests in the portfolio held by other investors. French multinational insurance firm AXA SA will retain its stake as a co-owner of the portfolio alongside APG, with Ardian staying on as asset manager and advisor. The transaction remains subject to regulatory approval.

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Tribal Council Approves Cherokee Nation Sovereign Wealth Fund Act

Tahlequah, Oklahoma-based Cherokee Nation Tribal Council approved the creation of the Cherokee Nation Sovereign Wealth Fund Act to establish a fund to ensure the continuation of tribal operations and the general welfare of tribal citizens.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Temasek Participates in Series D Round in Chinese Mafengwo Travel Platform

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Chinese social travel platform Mafengwo has raised US$ 133 million in a Series D funding round with aid from new investors, including private equity investor General Atlantic, tourism-centric Ocean Link, the Yuantai Changqing venture capital fund, Hopu Investment Management, and Singapore’s Temasek Holdings. Existing investors Capital Today, Qiming Venture Partners, and Hillhouse Capital also participated in the latest funding round.

Founded in 2010 by chief executive Gang Chen and chief operations officer Gang Lv in 2010, Mafengwo is popular among the Chinese millennial demographic, who use the app to look up travel information and booking services for nearly 60,000 destinations around the world. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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