SWFI First Read, May 19, 2016

Qatar Airways Increases Stake in British Airways Parent Company

Qatar Airways increased its stake in International Consolidated Airlines Group SA, the parent company of British Airways, to 15.01%. Qatar Airways in 2015 became the largest shareholder in International Consolidated Airlines Group. Under European Union regulations, foreign investors are limited to holding no more than 49% ownership of a European carrier.

CBRE Group Buys Large Stake in Malaysian Real Estate Services Firm

CBRE Group, Inc. entered into a transaction to buy a 49% stake in C H Williams Talhar & Wong Sdn Bhd, WTW Real Estate Sdn Bhd and WTW Property Services Sdn Bhd. The business will be rebrand as CBRE | WTW. The deal is expected to close during the second quarter of 2016.

Mapletree Buys Reading Property from Oxford Properties

Singapore-based Mapletree Investments has acquired office properties in Reading, United Kingdom, called Green Park from Oxford Properties Group, a unit of OMERS, for approximately £560 million. In November 2011, Oxford Properties Group bought the property from Prudential Property Investment Managers (PRUPIM) for £400 million. The final advisor for Oxford Properties Group was Eastdil Secured.

Japan’s Health and Welfare Ministry Names Two Professors to GPIF Advisory Committee

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