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Why Institutional Investors Who Go Direct Need to Think About Disruption

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Michael Maduell, President of the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute

Michael Maduell, President of the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute

According to data from the Sovereign Wealth Fund Transaction Database (SWFTD), the pace of direct investing remains positive for both larger wealth funds and public pensions as allocating capital straight into companies and assets enables the possibility of greater control. In addition, the benefits of co-investing entails lower fees and expanding access to information asymmetry. Asset owners, such as life insurance companies or sovereign investors, can have a level of input on how the company or property is operated, financed and eventually disposed. All of this sounds fantastic at first glance. However, direct investing requires considerable amount of upfront dollars, long-term buy-in from appropriate stakeholders, such as the board of directors, and the wherewithal to bear risk in concentrated, illiquid positions. Typically, the successful asset owners in direct investing are able to define and understand the key return drivers of the particular investment.

Before parking down hundreds of millions on an asset there is a question: how will disruption affect my large purchase?

In addition, as more public funds go direct, the competition for companies and assets increases – cue bubbles. Discovering high-quality investments, identifying the value edge and goals of realistic upside are tantamount, requiring at minimum talented personnel and financial resources. The competitive bidding process could leave pensions with inadequate resources on the shorter end of the stick. Also, the ongoing management of the company or property requires a bit of executive expertise. When does the asset owner refinance or decide to divest from the investment?

The Effects of Disruption

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Mergermarket Gets Ready to be Sold

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Private equity firm BC Partners hired Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. to advise on the sales of Acuris. Acuris is a collection of financial news and data sites, which includes Mergermarket, Dealreporter, and Debtwire. In 2017, BC Partners sold around a 30% stake in GIC Private Limited.

Before the rebranding to Acuris, Mergermarket was part of The Financial Times Group until 2013 when it was sold off to BC Partners.

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Why Japan Post Sees Promise in Aflac

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Aflac Inc. is an American insurance company founded in 1955. The company is the biggest provider of supplemental insurance in the United States. Aflac also has major operations in Japan.

In December 2018, Japan Post Holdings (JPHLF) signaled it was spending US$ 2.64 billion for a 7-8 % stake in Aflac. The goal is that, in four years time, Aflac will become an affiliate of Japan Post. Japan Post hopes to accomplish this by becoming the largest voting shareholder of the company. The world’s 13th largest company, with 400,000 employees, Japan Post needs to expand to chase further growth, mainly because Japan Post expects the postal business to decline. Diversification is seen as the optimal route to long term stability for the holding company. Japan’s economy is worrying. Japan’s aging population means that many insurance companies are facing a shrinking customer base, Japan Post settled on a plan to expand overseas.

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RDIF and Development Agency of Serbia Agree to Explore Joint Investments

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The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and the Development Agency of Serbia, also known as Razvojna agencija Srbije, reached an agreement to work together to identify attractive investment projects to strengthen bilateral economic ties and increase investment flows between Russia and Serbia. Russian capital and businesses are keen on investing in Serbia.

In addition, the two countries signed an agreement to cooperate on civil nuclear energy, according to state-owned Russian reactor builder Rosatom (Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation). Rosatom continues to expand it business of nuclear cooperation deals in a wide number of countries.

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