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SWFI First Read, November 27, 2016

State Street Sells Back Complementa Investment-Controlling to Company Management

State Street Corporation sold its ownership of Swiss data and analytics firm Complementa Investment-Controlling to its management. Complementa CEO Heinz B. Rothacher purchased 100% of the shares in Complementa plus it subsidiaries. The company is based in St. Gallen and has branches in Zurich and Frankfurt. In 2011, State Street acquired Complementa Investment-Controlling from the company’s founder Michael Brandenberger.

British Business Bank Invests in Seraphim Space Fund

Sheffield-based British Business Bank plc, a state-owned economic development bank established by the U.K. government, committed £30 million to a fund being managed by London-based Seraphim Capital. Seraphim Capital is launching a £80 million fund called the Seraphim Space Fund to invest in technologies in the space sector covering artificial intelligence (AI), software, hardware and nanomaterials. In addition, aerospace giant Airbus participated in the fund investment round as well. Michael Jones, the founder of the virtual map platform Google Earth, is taking a role as the fund’s managing partner.

Vertex Ventures Invests in Spacemob

Vertex Ventures, a venture capital unit of Singapore’s Temasek Holdings, led an investment round in Singapore-based share office space provider Spacemob. The seed investment round was worth US$ 5.5 million. Other investors in the round include Alpha JWC Ventures, which has a strong presence in Indonesia, as well as angel investors.

Co-operative Group Limited Awards PGIM Real Estate with Property Mandate

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SWFI First Read, December 15, 2017

Gaw Capital Sells Cross Tower Shanghai Building

Hong Kong-based Gaw Capital Partners has agreed to sell the Cross Tower, a 24-storey commercial building in Shanghai, to World Union Investment Management, for 2.66 billion RMB (US$ 402 million). The tower is located in the Huangpu district.

RDIF Portfolio Company Geopharm Plans to Increase Insulin Production

Russia-based Geopharm is a portfolio company of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF). Geopharm signed a special investment agreement with the City of St. Petersburg, Russia. Geopharm plans to invest more than 3.3 billion rubles in building a complex to meet insulin production demands.

Norway’s KLP to Exclude Companies with Oil Sands Extraction via Revenue Threshold

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NZ Super Resumes Government Contributions

The New Zealand Superannuation Fund (NZ Super) has resumed receiving contributions from the New Zealand government in the face of rising obligations as an increasing proportion of the country’s population approaches retirement. According to a statement released by the fund’s managing Board of Guardians, the government plans on investing US$ 5.3 billion into NZ Super between now and June of 2022, with the first payment scheduled for December 15, 2017.

Policymakers believe the resumption of government contributions, which were halted in July of 2009, is expected to ease the burden on the country’s current taxpayers and future generations. Withdrawals from NZ Super are expected to peak in 2078, at which point the fund will be covering 12.8% of New Zealand’s pension obligations. The new wave of contributions will initially be invested in passive, low cost equity and bond investments, according to Catherine Savage, Chair of the Guardians.

Recent Performance & Leadership Change

NZ Super has enjoyed one of its best annual performances since its founding in 2001, with a reported return of 20.7% before tax for a 12-month trailing period ended June 30, 2017, up 5 billion NZD (US$ 3.6 billion) compared to 2016. NZ Super generated 21.85% annual return in its global equities, developed market portfolio, according to its 2017 annual report.

NZ Super faces a changing of leadership in the coming year with the exit of chief executive Adrian Orr, who will leave the Fund officially in March of 2018 to serve a five-year term as Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. Mr. Orr has earned a spot numerous times in the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute’s Public Investor 100 annual ranking over the years, most recently in 2017 at #3.

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iZettle Raises US$ 47 Million in Series E, Prepares for 2018 Listing

Card transaction platform iZettle AB has raised another US$ 47 million in Series E funding, this time with new backing from Sweden’s AP4 and early-stage venture capital firm Dawn Capital. Previous investors in the Stockholm-based payments business include American Express, MasterCard, Intel, and Spain’s Santander Group. With US$ 235 million in equity to date, iZettle is quickly approaching an estimated valuation of US$ 1 billion.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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