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SWFI First Read, November 4, 2015

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Japan Post, 3rd Biggest IPO in Japanese History

Japan Post became the third largest initial public offering in Japanese history. The parent entity Japan Post Holdings Co., as well as its two units, Japan Post Bank and Japan Post Insurance, listed its shares on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE). After the IPO, investors control 11% of Japan Post Holdings Co. In addition, investors control 11% of Japan Post Bank and Japan Post Insurance. The Japanese government maintains ownership of 89% in the parent and the other two units. The IPO was a decade in the making, opening up the 144-year-old entity to outside investors.

JP Morgan Forms New Infrastructure Unit

JP Morgan has formed a new global infrastructure team focused on infrastructure finance. The U.S. banking giant named Daniel Zelikow as co-head of the new Infrastructure Finance and Advisory (IFA) division. In 2010, JP Morgan re-hired Daniel Zelikow when he left the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington DC. Zelikow joined JP Morgan for the first time in 1999. The other co-head is Huw Richards. This unit will advise clients on structured finance regarding global infrastructure projects and developments.

CapitaLand Leaves Asia Square Tower Talks

Singapore-based CapitaLand withdrew from negotiations to acquire Asia Square Tower 1 in Singapore. CapitaLand disagreed with the terms of the deal. The real estate developer was working with Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) on the deal. The seller of the 43-storey building is BlackRock.

PGGM and USS Victorious in Globalvia Infraestructuras Acquisition

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SWFI First Read, May 25, 2018

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MedInvestGroup Pushes Investment into Russian High-Tech Oncology Centers

The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and Mubadala Investment Company have attracted MedInvestGroup, which manages a network of the PET Technology regional oncology and radiological centers, as a strategic investor in the joint management and development of a network of cancer diagnosis and treatment centers. The deal aims to significantly improve the efficiency of the already functional centers in Podolsk and Balashikha. The corresponding agreement was announced today at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

Southern Satellite City and RDIF Reach a Financing Agreement

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French Industrial Giants Find Opportunity with RDIF

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A number of French industrial companies continue to invest within Russia, finding opportunities within the mega country. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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CPPIB Targets 33% in Emerging Markets by 2025

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The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) generated a net return after expenses and pension contributions of 11.6% for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018, versus its reference portfolio of 9.8%. For the reported fiscal year, CPPIB grew its net assets to a new high of C$ 356.1 billion (US$ 277.2 billion), compared to C$ 316.7 from the year previous.

Mark Machin, President and Chief Executive Officer at CPPIB, attributed the performance to the rising tide in public equity markets across most geographies, whose volatility in recent months was buoyed by significant fourth quarter earnings in the fund’s private holdings. Public and private equities, CPPIB’s first and third largest asset classes by exposure at 38.8% and 20.3%, saw estimated returns of 11.4% and 16.1%, respectively. Machin joined CPPIB in 2012 and was moved to the top in June 2016, following the departure of Mark Wiseman. Machin has a knack for the Asian region, being CPPIB’s first president for Asia and also spent nearly 20 years in Asia, working at Goldman Sachs. CPPIB plans to continue heavily investing in the APAC region, along with India.

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“By 2025, we will invest up to a third of the Fund in emerging markets, which by that time are anticipated to account for 47% of global GDP,” said Machin in his section of the annual report outlining the pension’s updated strategic plan. CPPIB currently has C$ 56.1 billion invested in emerging markets, C$ 22.4 billion of which is wrapped up in China.

Foreign and emerging markets continued to dominate in CPPIB’s private equity investments with returns of 16.0% and 19.5%, compared to 1.8% for their Canadian counterparts. Asia was a standout market for the pensioner, which raised its exposure to private equity deals in the region by nearly 28% from C$ 13.4 billion to 17.1 billion, closed six direct investments worth C$ 1.6 billion, committed C$ 1.7 billion towards eight funds, and completed three secondary transactions for C$ 400 million.

With 275 global transactions completed over the fiscal year, CPPIB’s geographic exposure places 15.1% of its assets at home in Canada, 37.9% in the neighboring United States, 13.2% in continental Europe, 5.6% in the United Kingdom, 3.1% in Australia, and a whopping 20.4% in Asia.

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