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The CIC and Being on Equal Footing in Europe

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Jin Liqun

In recent weeks, the China Investment Corporation (CIC) has been in the news headlines for its economic view on Europe and current investment activity in the region. It is well known over the past three decades, more importantly this last decade; China has accumulated vast foreign reserves. Created in 2007, the CIC was tasked to manage a portion of China’s financial resources.

Europe is in the midst of troubling economic times. The Chinese government has been supportive of Europe, but the real question is what will be their level of involvement in the European sovereign debt crisis? If China were to increase investment into Europe via sovereign bonds or other non-firm investments, then it must be convinced that Europe has changed.

The people in China are cognizant in where China invests and are keen for the Government of China to be a responsible commercial investor.

Europe is known for its welfare state mentality, but the world is rapidly changing and to pay for the welfare state, economies must grow by a certain percentage. Taxing and budget cuts are only short-term fixes, structural labor changes are a necessity. According to Jin Liqun, supervising chairman of the China Investment Corporation (CIC), some countries in Europe have “an incentive system totally out of whack.”[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

SWFI First Read, June 21, 2018

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PSP Investments Nears Deal on Azelis

PSP Investments and EQT Partners (through fund EQT VIII) are in exclusive talks to acquire Belgium-based Azelis S.A. from funds managed by Apax Partners. Formed in 2001, Azelis is a specialty chemicals and food ingredients distributor. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals.

Oxford Properties Wins Rights on Barangaroo Office Development

Melbourne-based Grocon Pty Ltd selected Oxford Properties, the real estate unit of OMERS, as a preferred partner for it’s a A$ 2 billion, 5.2-hectare Barangaroo Central project development. This is an office tower development. Oxford Properties essentially won the rights toward the project (rumored at a price of A$ 100 million), freeing the developer from a high-cost finance deal with Maxcap, a lender.

Investment Management Corporation of Ontario Selects Jean Michel as CIO

The Investment Management Corporation of Ontario named Jean Michel as chief investment officer. This role is effective July 3, 2018. Michel was executive vice president, advisory services to depositors and strategic analysis, at Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec (CDPQ).

Wil Warren Named President of Lexington Partners

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Large Public Asset Owners Commit to Goodman Brazil Logistics Partnership

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Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) unveiled plans to commit 500 million BRL (C$ 175 million) in equity for a 20% interest in the newly established Goodman Brazil Logistics Partnership to invest in prime logistics and industrial assets in the key gateway cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Mubadala Supports Two European Aquaculture Transactions

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Mubadala Investment Company is keen on growing exposure to agribusinesses whether in farming or aquaculture. With money from Mubadala and AMERRA Capital Management LLC, Andromeda Group acquired Nireus SA (at 74.34% stake) and Selonda SA at (79.62% stake), two European aquaculture companies that focus on sea bream and sea bass. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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