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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. ]

Scatec Solar Places Big Solar Bet in Bangladesh

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Oslo-based Scatec Solar ASA, a publicly-traded independent power producer operating in the emerging market solar development space, plans to construct and own a 800 mega watt photovoltaic solar power plant in Chandpur, Bangladesh. Scatec Solar has solar assets scattered across numerous emerging markets such as South Africa, Rwanda, Honduras, Egypt, Jordan and the Czech Republic.

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APFC Sells $1.4 Billion Stake in Simpson Housing

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The Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation (APFC) embarked on a major shift in its real estate portfolio by selling a 50% ownership stake in Denver-based Simpson Housing LLLP for US$ 1.4 billion. Simpson Housing had made up roughly 24.7% of APFC’s US$ 5.6 billion real estate portfolio. The other owner of Simpson Housing is that State of Michigan Retirement Systems.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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ISIF Invests in Cybersecurity Firm Vectra

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The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) committed €10 million to Vectra Networks, Inc., a San Jose, U.S.-based cybersecurity company. The investment capital will assist Vectra in creating a research and development center in Dublin.

ISIF is part of a larger funding round of €30 million. These other investors include Khosla Ventures, Accel Partners, DAG Ventures, AI Ventures, AME Cloud Ventures and Wipro Ventures.

Kevin Dillon, who is the former Head of Microsoft Ireland and a Managing Partner at Atlantic Bridge, will join the board of directors at Vectra.

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