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The Crown Estate and Oxford Properties Agree on St James’s Market JV

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Every major public investor attracted to European core real estate wants a slice of London. The Crown Estate has been creating joint ventures to revitalize their central London properties. The Crown Estate has established a joint venture with Oxford Properties, the real estate subsidiary of the Ontario Municipal Employees’ Retirement System, to have Oxford Properties take a 50% stake in the £320 million commercial element of the landmark St James’s Market scheme.

Canadian public investors are keen on historic properties in London with high traffic.

Essentially, the deal will create a strategic partnership based on two 50:50 limited partnerships. Each will own 150-year leasehold interests in two blocks located between London’s Regent Street and Haymarket. The Crown Estate will retain the freehold interest and will take the lead to develop the asset. The 10-year strategy will include revitalization of St James’s Market. The Crown Estate is no stranger to large public investors. Earlier they established the Regent Street Partnership with Norway’s sovereign wealth fund.

In a press release, Paul Clark, Director of Investment and Asset Management of the Crown Estate said, “Partnering with an organisation of the calibre of Oxford Properties speaks volumes about the market’s confidence in our specialist approach to managing third party funds. St James’s Market will deliver the most ambitious redevelopment in St James’s in the last century and represents a major tipping point for our strategy for the area.”

Ping An Good Doctor Lures Big Public Asset Owners

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Ping An Good Doctor, formerly known as Ping An HealthCare and Technology Company, is a Chinese online healthcare platform that is part of Ping An Insurance (Group) Company. This unit is planning to be offered in a Hong Kong initial public offering that could raise as much as 8.8 billion HKD in shares at 50.80 or 54.80 HKD per share.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Temasek and Schneider Electric Eye L&T Electrical Unit

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Singapore’s Temasek Holdings and France-based Schneider Electric are in talks to acquire Larsen & Tourbo’s electrical and automation business. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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CalPERS Allocates $1 Billion Internally to a Global ESG Strategy

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In February 2018, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) allocated US$ 1 billion to an internally-managed QSI Global ESG strategy. The internally-managed strategy was developed by New York-based QS Investors, LLC, a subsidiary of Legg Mason. CalPERS entered into a 5-year contract with QS Investors, with a possible spend of over US$ 1 million per annum.

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