Connect with us

UK Canary Wharf Group gets Qatari Fund boost

Published

on

Gulf Times reports, “Qatar Holding, a strategic and direct investment arm of Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), will extend debt finance to part fund Songbird Estates’ purchase of additional 8.45% equity in the London’s realty developer Canary Wharf Group (CWG). Songbird Estates, in which the Qatar Holding seeks to be one of the largest shareholders, has invested £112.5mn in buying another 54mn shares in CWG, a leading real estate and development company with more than 7mn square feet of office and retail space. The purchase of additional stake will increase the share of Songbird, which is incorporated in England and Wales, in the CWG to 69.3% from 60.8%.

‘Qatar Holding will be a leading participant in a new debt facility to help fund the purchase by Songbird Estates of the additional shares in CWG,’ said a spokesman of Qatar Holding, which has agreed to fully participate in the offering to the extent of its 14.8% stake in Songbird.

However, he did not disclose to what extent Qatar Holding will partake in the debt facility. The CWG is an integrated property development and investment entity focused exclusively on Grade-A office space and high retail facilities at the Canary Wharf Estate, a 97-acre development which is part of the Central London Office Market.

‘We fully support the management of Songbird in undertaking this transaction, which we believe is a good opportunity to create value for all Songbird shareholders,’ said Ahmad al-Sayed, CEO of Qatar Holding, which will also be the lead participant in the previously announced £275mn preference share issue.”

read more: Gulf Times

HFF Finds a New Home in Jones Lang LaSalle

Published

on

Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated (JLL) inked a deal to acquire Dallas-based HFF, Inc. JLL will acquire all the outstanding shares of HFF in a cash and stock transaction with an equity value of approximately US$ 2 billion. The transaction has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies. Mark Gibson, CEO of HFF, will join JLL as CEO, Capital Markets, Americas and Co-Chair of its Global Capital Markets Board. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2019, subject to HFF shareholder approval and customary closing conditions, including regulatory review.

Transaction Details

[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

Continue Reading

IFM, Polish Development Fund, PSA Acquire Gdansk Terminal

Published

on

The Polish Development Fund, known locally as Polski Fundusz Rozwoju S.A. (PFR), signed a deal to lead an investor group to acquire the largest container terminal in Gdansk from an infrastructure fund managed by Macquarie. The transaction is worth more than 5 billion zlotys (US$ 1.3 billion). DCT Gdansk is the only terminal in Baltic sea region that can serve Ultra Large Container Vessels, also known as UCLVs.

The Polish Development Fund and IFM Investors will each acquire a 30% stake in the Gdansk terminal, while PSA International Pte Ltd (which is owned by Temasek Holdings), will own 40% of the terminal.

Macquarie was advised by Goldman Sachs.

Continue Reading

Williams and CPPIB Create $3.8 Billion Venture in the Marcellus and Utica Basins

Published

on

Tulsa-based Williams Companies Inc. (Williams) disclosed a series of transactions that will establish a new platform for the optimization of its midstream operations in the western Marcellus and Utica basins through a long-term partnership with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). This deal gives CPPIB more exposure to the North American natural gas market.

CPPIB Investment

[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

Continue Reading

Popular

© 2008-2018 Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute. All Rights Reserved. Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute ® and SWFI® are registered trademarks of the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute. Other third-party content, logos and trademarks are owned by their perspective entities and used for informational purposes only. No affiliation or endorsement, express or implied, is provided by their use. All material subject to strictly enforced copyright laws. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our terms of use agreement which includes our privacy policy. Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (SWFI) is a global organization designed to study sovereign wealth funds, pensions, endowments, superannuation funds, family offices, central banks and other long-term institutional investors in the areas of investing, asset allocation, risk, governance, economics, policy, trade and other relevant issues. SWFI facilitates sovereign fund, pension, endowment, superannuation fund and central bank events around the world. SWFI is a minority-owned organization.