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Wellington Place: CPPIB and Hermes Real Estate Form New JV

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The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and Hermes Real Estate, part of Hermes Investment Management, created a new UK regional joint venture partnership. The CPPIB and Hermes already have an existing London office joint venture formed in July 2013.

This new partnership will involve Hermes Real Estate selling 50% of the development phase of mixed-use Wellington Place in Leeds to CPPIB. Furthermore, the new partnership makes Hermes Real Estate and CPPIB commit equity to the project on a 50:50 basis. The gross development value is in excess of £185 million.

Wellington Place

Wellington Place is being developed and managed by MEPC. The masterplan in Leeds envisions 1.5 million square feet of commercial, retail, leisure and residential space.

Andrew Claerhout Leaves OTPP

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Andrew J. Claerhout exited the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP). He was Senior Managing Director of Infrastructure and Natural Resources. His responsibilities included overseeing a swath of infrastructure acquisitions and asset management globally, along with investments in oil and gas, agriculture (avocados for example), timberlands and other resource sectors. Clearehout joined OTPP back in 2005.

Taking his spot in the interim is Dale Burgess, Managing Director, Latin America, at OTPP.

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PwC Sells US Public Sector Practice to Veritas Capital

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PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) inked a deal to sell its U.S. public sector business unit to Veritas Capital Fund Management, L.L.C., a private equity firm. Post-deal, the business unit will be renamed and run as a separate company. PwC’s public sector business services U.S. federal government clients such as the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs, Health and Human Services and the State Department. The business unit also services local and state U.S. governments.

For the moment, Veritas Capital seeks to keep the current management in place.

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PwC was advised by Morgan Stanley. Davis Polk & Wardwell advised PwC. Veritas Capital was advised by law firm Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.

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HNA Sells 1.2% Stake in Hedged Investment in Deutsche Bank

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Chinese conglomerate HNA Group Co. sold off roughly a 1.2% stake in Deutsche Bank AG for around €300 million (US$ 374 million), reducing ownership down to 8.8%. HNA Group held the bank shareholding through Vienna-based asset manager C-Quadrat Investments AG, in which, HNA is a majority owner in. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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