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Temasek Holdings Plans on Office in India

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The press release states, “Temasek Holdings (Temasek) is expanding its focus on India and will be opening an office in Mumbai, India. This move reflects Temasek’s optimism in the potential of the Indian market, as well as Temasek’s commitment to participating in and contributing to the growth and success of India, at a time when the Indian economy is at a point of inflexion.

Leading the team in India would be Mr Manish Kejriwal, who is joining Temasek as its Managing Director, India. Mr Kejriwal will be responsible for overseeing Temasek’s interests in India. Mr Kejriwal will be supported in India by Mr Ravi Krishnasamy, currently a Director of Investments at Temasek.

In India, Temasek is open to evaluating opportunities in multiple sectors and at different stages, but the focus will mainly be on making direct investments into companies with good growth potential. In addition, Temasek will work with the Temasek-Linked Companies (TLCs) to identify investment opportunities in India.

As an indication of Temasek’s interest in India, it has made a few investments in India recently. Temasek has invested a 5.2% stake in ICICI Bank, and has set up the US$100 million Merlion India Fund which aims to invest in promising mid-to-late stage Indian companies.

Mr. Kejriwal joins Temasek from McKinsey & Company, Inc. where he is a Partner. He is the hub leader for McKinsey’s corporate finance & strategy practice in India, and was responsible for all merger & acquisition engagements for both Indian and international companies looking at entering the Indian market. He is also the co-leader of McKinsey’s business process outsourcing & offshoring practice in India and is in the global leadership team of the private equity practice. Mr Kejriwal has previously been based in New York and Cleveland.”

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Goldman Sachs Buys Weyerhaeuser Spin Off AM Unit from Lindsay Goldberg

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Increasingly, Goldman Sachs is buying up small alternative asset management groups across the United States. Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) is part of Goldman Sachs Group. GSAM inked a deal to purchase Aptitude Investment Management LP, a hedge fund-of-funds manager, from Lindsay Goldberg & Bessemer II AIV LP, a vehicle managed by Lindsay Goldberg. Aptitude Investment Management oversees around US$ 3.5 billion in discretionary assets. Aptitude Investment Management operates out of Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Before the creation of an in-house unit at Weyerhauser, Morgan Stanley was the sole investment manager of Weyerhauser’s retirement assets. Salim Shariff, formerly of Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners, and Jeff Klein were hired as CIO and Deputy CIO of Weyerhaeuser Asset Management LLC in 2004. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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GIC Gets Exposure to Exchange Tower through Primewest Vehicle

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Singapore’s GIC Private Limited funded a deal through a fund to acquire the Exchange Tower in Perth. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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SWFI First Read, December 13, 2018

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Turkey Wealth Fund Could Tap Debt Markets in 2019

Turkiye Varlik Fonu or Turkey Wealth Fund could be issuing a large bond in 2019. The loan would most likely be short term in nature with a maturity of two years and be syndicated.

Rahm Emanuel Suggests Bonds to Help Support Chicago Pensions

The outgoing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel revealed a plan on possibly issuing US$ 10 billion in bonds in funding Chicago’s underfunded pension funds. Chicago’s four pension funds have an average funding ratio of 26%. In March 2016, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled an earlier pension reform law effecting employees and laborers’ pension funds that was signed by then Illinois Governor Pat Quinn that the law was unconstitutional.

SoftBank and Alibaba Back PT Tokopedia

PT Tokopedia is an Indonesian generalist e-commerce site. Tokopedia raised US$ 1.1 billion in an investment round led by the SoftBank Vision Fund and Alibaba Group. Softbank Ventures Korea and other investors participated in the round as well. William Tanuwijaya is the CEO and Co-Founder of Tokopedia.

Tikehau Capital and Total SA Form Low Carbon Fund

Tikehau Capital and Total SA created a private equity fund to focus on supporting the energy transition to cleaner sources of energy. The fund held a €350 million first close and raised money from investors such as Bpifrance and Groupama as anchor investors.

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