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The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority is a Buyer of Hotels

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Michael Maduell, President - Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute

Michael Maduell, President – Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute

The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) is a major purchaser of U.S. institutional real estate through various sub-entities. It often buys partial interest ownerships with leading real estate managers. Gulf sovereign wealth investors are keen to hotels, especially in gateway cities. By interpreting data through the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute’s transaction database, ADIA has been a direct investor in hotels for quite some time. For example, ADIA through a subsidiary was the majority owner of the 1,190-room Hilton San Diego Bayfront which they sold for $475 million to Sunstone Hotel Investors in mid-April 2011.

“In the range of $500 to $650 billion of sovereign wealth fund assets are allocated to real estate investments, excluding publicly-traded real estate securities,” commented Michael Maduell, President of the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute. “According to our research and sovereign wealth fund transaction data, hotels are a strategic real estate investment for many Gulf sovereign investors.”

Australian Hotel Real Estate
The demand of Australian hotel real estate has exceeded supply as large foreign buyers seek to acquire assets near business hubs. Due in part to competition between ADIA, local investors, Asian investors and Canadian pension funds, hotel transactions have greatly increased in Australia in the past three years. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

SA FinMin: PIC CEO Plans to Resign

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Dr Dan Matjila, the Chief Executive Officer of the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) of South Africa, plans to resign according to South Africa’s finance ministry, which oversees the organization. The finance ministry commented that PIC’s board was dealing with Matjila’s intentions. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Goldman Sachs Sued by Abu Dhabi SWF Unit

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International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC), which is now wrapped up into Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Investment Company, is suing Goldman Sachs over its role in the 1MBD international corruption scandal. IPIC, through its unit Aabar Investments, was once an investment partner of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (IMDB). In the lawsuit, Aabar believes Goldman Sachs conspired with others to bribe both IPIC and Aabar Investment former executives. SWFI and other media outlets have written extensively on the matter.

In the fall, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) already unsealed criminal charges against key players in the massive fraudulent scheme, while Malaysian government officials have jailed its former prime minister Najib Razak.

Lloyd Blankfein, the recent former CEO of Goldman Sachs, attended a 2009 meeting with Malaysian financier Jho Low (name: Low Taek Jho). According to various media sources, Blankfein is the unidentified Goldman executive who attended the 2009 meeting in New York in the U.S. court documents.

Goldman Sachs faces a plethora of lawsuits and regulatory probes stemming from its involvement in the 1MDB scandal.

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EXPORT DREAMS: American Reliance on World Oil at an Inflection Point

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Remember the days of experts talking about peak oil. The peak oil concept is the point in which the global petroleum production rate starts its inevitable historic decline. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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