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SWFI First Read, May 17, 2017

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APG Continues to Play in Dutch Residential Leasing Market

APG Asset Management is part of a group of investors to kick in an additional €280 million into a portfolio of Dutch residential rental properties overseen by Rotterdam-based Vesteda. The money will target opportunities in the areas of Ranstad, Brabant and other cities in Netherlands. Vesteda was advised by Kempen & Co on the capital raise.

Minnesota SIB Plans to Draft Inaugural Investment Beliefs Statement

The Minnesota State Board of Investment plans to join the crowd of U.S. public pension plans drafting investment beliefs. The investment belief statement for the pension system plans to be reviewed at the August 14, 2017 investment committee advisory meeting. In addition, the pension plan asked one of its consultants, PCA, to analyze and review the environmental, social and governance (ESG) policies of the system’s external fund managers. Those findings are due by November 20, 2017.

China Development Bank Leads Venture Funding Round for Chinese app maker Wacai

China Development Bank Capital, a subsidiary under China Development Bank (CDB), led a US$ 42 million funding round for Wacai, a Chinese provider of personal finance apps. Other investors in the round were New Horizon Capital, Qiming Venture Partners, CBC Capital and Ally Bridge Group. Wacai was formed in 2009.

Sigit Prasetya Named Head of Asia for CVC Capital Partners

CVC Capital Partners named Sigit Prasetya as head of Asia. This is a promotion. Previously, he was a Managing Director at CVC Capital Partners. Prior to joining CVC in 2007, Prasetya was Head of Southeast Asia for Henderson Equity Partners.

First State Investments Hires Former Deutsche Asset Management Client Executive for North American Distribution Role

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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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