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Sovereign Wealth Funds Briefing 19.Feb 2013

Posted on 19 February 2013 by VRS |  Email |Print

The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority is close to buying 42 hotels managed by Marriott International Inc. and controlled by the Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc, according to a person familiar with the matter.
The sovereign wealth fund, also known as ADIA, has been a preferred bidder since last summer and the sale includes hotels in London and Edinburgh, the person said, asking not to be identified because the deal hasn’t been made public……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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China Investment Corp, the country’s sovereign wealth fund, has invested in the pre-IPO of the Moscow Exchange, the fund’s chairman Lou Jiwei said on Sunday. “This is a financial investment rather than a strategic one, and we’ll sell the investment at the appropriate time,” Lou was cited by the Beijing Youth Daily as saying.
He declined to provide the exact amount invested, the paper said.The Moscow Exchange floated shares valued at $500 million on Friday……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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SinoCast Daily Business Beat via COMTEX) –Hu Bing, head of the investment division of China Investment Corporation (CIC), will join the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) as chief executive officer (CEO), disclosed people in the know.
CIC, on the other hand, has yet to make a comment on the rumored appointment. RDIF, in which CIC invested USD 1 bn, plans to inject not less than 70% of its capital into projects in Russia and the CIS countries and not more than 30% into Russia-related projects in China……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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A person in the know revealed that Mapletree Investments Pte, real estate subsidiary affiliated to Temasek Holdings, plans to kick off an IPO in the form of investment trust based on assets in Hong Kong and China, financing SGD 1.5 billion or USD 1.2 billion.
If everything goes on wheels, Mapletree will kick off a road show next week and get listed on capital market in Singapore next month.Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, DBS Bank and HSBC Holdings will arrange the IPO as the biggest real estate investment trust in Singapore in history……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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A new report says sovereign wealth funds and other not-so-traditional bidders will play an increasingly important role in Australian M&A when it comes to metals and mining. However, sellers need to better understand their limits. Mariner Corporation could be kissing both of its takeover plays goodbye in one go.
Elsewhere, Commonwealth Bank of Australia is joining Westpac Banking Corp and Bendigo and Adelaide Bank back in the RMBS tent, while Inghams Enterprises has apparently set a date for investment banks to pitch floats……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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The New Zealand Superannuation Fund, the nation’s largest fund manager, says stock pickers do best in the domestic market and that’s why it will begin actively managing local equities later this year.
“The nature of the New Zealand market is that those who put the effort into active management get rewarded for it,” Tim Mitchell, general manager of corporate strategy, said in a telephone interview. The Auckland-based fund yesterday appointed him manager of New Zealand equities……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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The Angolan Sovereign Wealth Fund (FSDEA), created by the Executive to promote the country’s socio-economic development and generate wealth for the future generations was mentioned as a reference during a lecture held recently in the Canadian city of Toronto.
Addressing the meeting, Madelaine Drohan, Canadian writer and correspondent for the magazine “The Economist”, said her country has no such a fund, but countries like Norway, East Timor and Angola, being more prudent, have decided to create a sovereign fund. ………………………………………Full Article: Source

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The Government of Azerbaijan has turned into a lazy element and the hope and confidence in stability of the State Oil Fund revenues have transformed the government into club of oligarchs and consumers in the same time, the Azerbaijani information portal Haqqin.az says.
“Since last year, the Oil Fund actively purchases properties in overseas. In the near future more than a billion dollars will be spent on the purchase of real estate. Considering the fact that the global economic crisis continues unabated, new waves of crisis occur each year, and experts say that the real improvement will not arrive up to 2020, these steps of the Fund appear to be very risky. As we know, during the crisis the property prices go down in the first place,” the article says……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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