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Top 10 Sovereign Wealth Fund Game-Changers of 2014

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Smart beta, healthcare investing, private equity, institutional real estate and multi-asset strategies were some popular themes for institutional investors in 2014. Highlighting the importance of sovereign investors, sovereign wealth funds surpassed US$ 7 trillion in assets, being a bigger investor market, in terms of asset under management, compared to U.S. defined-benefit plans. Year over year, more sovereign wealth funds are engaging in direct transactions and participating in co-investments with private equity funds, pensions and specialist investors. According to SWFI’s proprietary Sovereign Wealth Fund Transaction Database, funds like Singapore’s GIC Private Limited and Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) have contributed to boosting direct deals in the world of SWFs. Our staff has formed a list of the top ten game-changers that will set the pace for sovereign wealth funds in 2015.

10.) Real Estate Investment in Asian Emerging Markets
With greater frequency, sovereign wealth funds have been allocating toward real estate in emerging markets in Asian countries such as India, Indonesia and Malaysia. Even massive Canadian pension giants like CPPIB have been investing in Indian real estate. In February, CPPIB Credit Investments Inc., a subsidiary of CPPIB, and Piramal Enterprises Limited agreed to a deal for providing rupee debt financing to residential developments across India’s urban corridors. In November, GIC Private Limited entered into a deal with Rajawli Group, an Indonesian developer, to jointly invest up to US$ 500 million in equity toward Indonesian property projects.

9.) More Sovereign Wealth Funds Embracing Smart Beta
A number of sophisticated institutional investors like Norway’s sovereign wealth fund are alienating traditional fund managers for specialist funds and strategies. Globally, more sovereign wealth funds are taking a greater look at smart beta or factor-based strategies. In September, New Mexico State Investment Council (NMSIC) embarked on a search for one or more smart beta managers to manage US$ 1 billion. Learn more about our smart beta study: here

8.) Ground Game in America
A number of sovereign funds dialed back investments in emerging markets such as Mubadala Development Co. Deal data from SWFI’s Sovereign Wealth Fund Transaction Database astutely pointed out that America was in vogue financially speaking in 2014. With more investment activity in the U.S., sovereign wealth funds have begun augmenting staff, forging alliances and hiring advisors. In June, Temasek Holdings opened a New York office to complement offices in Mexico City and São Paulo. Norway’s sovereign wealth fund hired more people in New York, adding to its real estate capabilities.

7.) Sovereign Wealth Centers on Successful Startups
Sovereign wealth funds are investing in some of the most popular late-stage startups covered by trend technology blogs such as TechCrunch, PandoDaily and Re/code. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

SWFI First Read, January 19, 2018

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NY Governor Cuomo Seeks to Treat Carried Interest as Ordinary Income for State Taxes

On January 18, 2018, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed he had submitted a bill to the New York State Legislature that seeks to treat carried interest as ordinary income rather than capital gains in regard to state taxes. Governor Cuomo in his press release said that the federal carried interest tax provision costs New York roughly US$ 100 million per year.

William Bain – Bain Founder Passes Away

Dated January 18, 2018, William Bain Jr. passed away at his home in Naples, Florida at the age of 80. Bain started at the Boston Consulting Group and left in 1973 to form Boston-based Bain & Co. By 1984, Bain formed Bain Capital alongside a number of colleagues including former 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. In a statement to the Boston Globe, Romney said, ” It’s hard for me to imagine my life and career without Bill Bain’s mentoring.”

Prostar Capital Gets Controlling Stake in Socar Aurora Fujairah Terminal

Prostar Capital now has a 90% control stake in Socar Aurora Fujairah Terminal FZC by purchasing 100% of the shares of Socar Aurora Terminals S.A. The Prostar Capital entities investing in the asset are Prostar Asia-Pacific Energy Infrastructure Fund and a co-investment fund managed by Prostar Capital for a large U.S. state pension plan. The storage terminals acquired in the Port of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates.

Socar Aurora Fujairah Terminal FZC is a joint venture between State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR), Swiss-based commodity trader AURORA Progress, and the Government of Fujairah.

Prostar Capital started buying the terminal back in 2013 at 18.6%. The private equity firm eventually moved its ownership up to 40% on August 14, 2015.

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ISIF Plans to Back 20 Solar Farms in Ireland

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The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) and Hamburg-based Capital Stage, a solar and wind park operator, are financially backing the development of 20 solar farms in Ireland which has an estimated cost at €140 million. ISIF is funding 25% of the costs, with Capital Stage providing 75% of the costs.

The generation capacity is estimated at 140 MW, with each farm ranging between 5 MW to 25 MW. The majority of the solar farms will be located along the east and south-west coasts of Ireland. Power Capital, a Dublin-based energy company formed by Peter Duff and Justin Brown in 2011, is overseeing the developments.

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PNB to Buy Stake from Malaysian Developers in Battersea Power Station Project

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Malaysia-based Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB) inked plans to acquire a stake in the Battersea Power Station from Malaysian developers Sime Darby Property and SP Setia, which between them own 80 percent of the site located on the south bank of the Thames. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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