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Temasek to invest up to $300 million in China AgBank IPO: source

According to Reuters, “Singapore’s state investment fund Temasek plans to invest up to $300 million in the Agricultural Bank of China, ahead of its roughly $20 billion IPO, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Saturday. Temasek’s commitment to China’s third largest bank is a positive step for the offering, though it is less than the $1 billion that AgBank’s underwriters are hoping to get from Middle East and Asian sovereign wealth fund cornerstone investors.

So-called cornerstone investors are a key layer of financial backing for an IPO. AgBank’s Shanghai-Hong Kong listing will be the world’s largest ever IPO if it exceeds $21.9 billion. Temasek declined to comment. AgBank could not immediately be reached. The source was not authorized to speak on the record about the deal.

Reuters earlier reported that Temasek, and sovereign funds from Kuwait and Qatar were expected to sign on to AgBank’s offering.

The Beijing-based bank, founded in 1951 by Mao Zedong as the rural unit of the central bank, is still known a customer base spread across China’s far-flung parts, though it does a have a major presence of most of the country’s major cities.”

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Central Huijin, part of the China Investment Corporation has a large stake in the Agricultural Bank of China.

Learn more about past direct SWF transactions: Sovereign Wealth Fund Transaction Database (SWFTD).

Asian Sovereign Funds Not Slowing Down on Tech Investing

According to data from SWFI’s Sovereign Wealth Fund Transaction Database, Asian sovereign funds invested US$ 6.05 billion directly into companies and assets in the information technology sector from Jan 2017 to November 22, 2017. In a comparable time frame from Jan 2016 to November 22, 2016, this same group of Asian sovereign funds directly invested US$ 5.02 billion in the sector. These are direct investments, not fund commitments or manager allocations.

Asian sovereign funds such as GIC Private Limited, Temasek Holdings and the Korea Investment Corporation (KIC) have demonstrated bullish signals to the technology community over other sectors. GIC and Temasek have also been major investors in the private side of deals, funding a wide range of tech startups, while providing financial firepower in buyout transactions.

Some notable direct tech investments in 2017 by sovereign funds include Meituan-Dianping, SoundCloud, Nets A/S, Visma AS, Turn, Inc. and Vantiv.

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Future Fund Makes a Guardian Out of Former J.P. Morgan ANZ Chair

The Australian government has appointed Robert Priestley – current non-executive chair of J.P Morgan for Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) and a non-executive director of ASX – to serve on the Future Fund Board of Guardians for a five-year term from November 7, 2017. Priestley replaces former Morgan Stanley Australia chief executive Steven J. Harker.

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Associated British Ports Reboots Property Development Arm to Capitalize on Land Bank

Associated British Ports (ABP) – operator of 21 major ports throughout the United Kingdom – has announced a reboot of its ABP Property division, complete with a new team of specialists in commercial development and logistics led by Huw Turner, in order to identify and develop strategically significant locations in its 2,372 acre land bank.

ABP is owned in large part by a consortium of pensions and sovereign funds, including the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) at 33.88% ownership, OMERS at 30%, Singapore’s GIC Ventures Pte Ltd at 20.00% ownership, and the Kuwait Investment Authority at 10.00% ownership. Large institutional investors such as sovereign funds, pensions, and endowments have slowly increased allocation towards infrastructure over the past six years as an alternative to equities and bonds, according to asset allocation data from SWFI.

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