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UK Mandelson encourages sovereign wealth fund investment

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Peter MandelsonReuters reports, “Britain would welcome investments by sovereign wealth funds to bolster its economy, Business Secretary Peter Mandelson said on Wednesday. Gulf-based investment firms have poured billions of dollars in recent years into businesses ranging from Western banks and stock exchanges to sports clubs and circus troupes. Britain’s economy will shrink by 3.7 percent this year, its fastest pace of decline since World War Two, and the government has little room for more fiscal support, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development said last week.

‘Yes, I have met sovereign wealth funds,’ Mandelson told reporters in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, without giving further specifics.

‘We welcome sovereign wealth fund investments, unlike some other countries that are hesitant, and we strongly encourage investments from the UAE and others into Britain.

We need liquidity in the system, we need funds to flow, we need credit to flow,’ Mandelson said.”

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Johnson Controls Sells Battery Unit to Brookfield and CDPQ

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Brookfield Business Partners L.P. and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), announced that they have reached an agreement whereby Brookfield and CDPQ will acquire 100% of Johnson Controls’ Power Solutions business for in a cash valued transaction valued at approximately US$ 13.2 billion. Brookfield Business Partners is the flagship listed business services and industrials company of Brookfield Asset Management Inc. Closing of the transaction remains subject to customary closing conditions including regulatory approvals. Closing is expected to occur by June 30, 2019. The seller is Johnson Controls International plc. The unit employees roughly 15,000 people.

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MAS Seeks to Commit $5 Billion to Private Equity and Infrastructure Managers

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From U.S. pension funds to asset-heavy sovereign wealth funds, Singapore is calculating that more institutional investor assets globally are being committed to the Asia region. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), Singapore’s central bank, signaled and planned to commit US$ 5 billion with locally-based fund managers who will invest in private enterprises and infrastructure projects. The beneficiaries of the mandates will be private equity and infrastructure fund managers. MAS is seeking to lure top global asset managers to Singapore and firms that have a significant footprint in Singapore could be eligible for the funds. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Ivanhoe Cambridge Acquires Cap Ampere Campus from Natixis

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In one of the largest transactions in the French office sector, Ivanhoé Cambridge, real estate subsidiary of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), has acquired a 90,000 square meter office-building campus from Natixis, in the Greater Paris area of Saint-Denis Pleyel. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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