Temasek Prepares for European Opportunities

Singapore’s Temasek Holdings is following the path of other sovereign funds and Canadian pensions by establishing an entity in the United Kingdom. Keeping an ear to the ground allows public investors the possibility of greater access to the latest deals, gossip and emerging trends. Temasek International (Europe) Limited is a new unit that will be led by John Cryan, the former group chief financial officer of UBS AG. For now, John Cryan will be based out of Singapore. There are no immediate plans for a Temasek office in London, but creating an entity was a step in that direction.

Asian sovereign wealth funds are eager to invest directly in strategic deals across Europe. While passive-oriented investors are allocating even less to Europe, institutional investors following opportunistic direct strategies are feeding in. Temasek Holdings had some notable European transactions including Markit Group Limited, Evonik Industries AG and Repsol SA.

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