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SWFI First Read, May 5, 2017

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Ping An Forms Fin-tech Health-tech Billion Dollar Fund

Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China, Ltd. is the biggest insurance company in China by market value. Ping An has been moving investments from its portfolio from domestic to overseas – as of December 2016 having roughly 5% of insurance assets ex-China. Ping An formed a financial and healthcare technology investment fund to target overseas early-stage companies called Ping An Global Voyager Fund. The fund will have US$ 1 billion in capital and be led by Jonathan Larsen, a former Citigroup executive whose last title was Global Head of Retail Banking. Larsen will be Chief Innovation Officer at Ping An, while also serving as CEO and Chairman of the Ping An Global Voyager Fund. Ping An Global Voyager Fund will be managed from Hong Kong.

JPMorgan Exits R3 Blockchain Group

JPMorgan is leaving the R3 blockchain initiative. Goldman Sachs and Santander had left the blockchain initiative earlier. The R3 blockchain initiative was formed in 2014 by nine banks that included Credit Suisse, JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs.

China Securities Finance Goes Contrarian

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MAS Seeks to Commit $5 Billion to Private Equity and Infrastructure Managers

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From U.S. pension funds to asset-heavy sovereign wealth funds, Singapore is calculating that more institutional investor assets globally are being committed to the Asia region. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), Singapore’s central bank, signaled and planned to commit US$ 5 billion with locally-based fund managers who will invest in private enterprises and infrastructure projects. The beneficiaries of the mandates will be private equity and infrastructure fund managers. MAS is seeking to lure top global asset managers to Singapore and firms that have a significant footprint in Singapore could be eligible for the funds. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Ivanhoe Cambridge Acquires Cap Ampere Campus from Natixis

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In one of the largest transactions in the French office sector, Ivanhoé Cambridge, real estate subsidiary of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), has acquired a 90,000 square meter office-building campus from Natixis, in the Greater Paris area of Saint-Denis Pleyel. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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GIC Supports CapitaLand Shanghai Investment on Haimen Road

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GIC Private Limited, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, has entered into a 50:50 joint venture with Raffles City China Investment Partners III (RCCIP III), a fund controlled by CapitaLand. The joint venture is acquiring Shanghai’s tallest twin towers for an aggregate consideration of RMB 12.8 billion (US$ 1.84 billion). The property is located in Shanghai’s core Central Business District.

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