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SWFI First Read, May 11, 2017

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Sino-Ocean Land Acquires SOMA Office Property in San Francisco

Beijing-based Sino-Ocean Land, which is owned by COFCO, has acquired an office building at 1161 Mission Street in San Francisco. The anchor tenant for the building is WeWork. The seller of the building is Los Angeles-based Downtown Properties, a property business formed by Goodwin Gaw. In addition, Goodwin Gaw is the Founder and Chairman of Gaw Capital Partners.

PIC is Open to Namibian Infrastructure

South Africa’s Public Investment Corporation (PIC) is keen on investing in infrastructure in Namibia. This was revealed when PIC’s CEO spoke at an Eos Capital business breakfast. The PIC had invested in Nigeria, but its CEO at the conference said the returns were not good.

EIA Board Meeting Leads to Formation of Executive Committee

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Scatec Solar Places Big Solar Bet in Bangladesh

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Oslo-based Scatec Solar ASA, a publicly-traded independent power producer operating in the emerging market solar development space, plans to construct and own a 800 mega watt photovoltaic solar power plant in Chandpur, Bangladesh. Scatec Solar has solar assets scattered across numerous emerging markets such as South Africa, Rwanda, Honduras, Egypt, Jordan and the Czech Republic.

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APFC Sells $1.4 Billion Stake in Simpson Housing

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The Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation (APFC) embarked on a major shift in its real estate portfolio by selling a 50% ownership stake in Denver-based Simpson Housing LLLP for US$ 1.4 billion. Simpson Housing had made up roughly 24.7% of APFC’s US$ 5.6 billion real estate portfolio. The other owner of Simpson Housing is that State of Michigan Retirement Systems.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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ISIF Invests in Cybersecurity Firm Vectra

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The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) committed €10 million to Vectra Networks, Inc., a San Jose, U.S.-based cybersecurity company. The investment capital will assist Vectra in creating a research and development center in Dublin.

ISIF is part of a larger funding round of €30 million. These other investors include Khosla Ventures, Accel Partners, DAG Ventures, AI Ventures, AME Cloud Ventures and Wipro Ventures.

Kevin Dillon, who is the former Head of Microsoft Ireland and a Managing Partner at Atlantic Bridge, will join the board of directors at Vectra.

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