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Sovereign Wealth Funds Briefing 06.May 2013

Posted on 06 May 2013 by VRS |  Email |Print

Sovereign wealth funds must be encouraged to invest in emerging markets, to make up for the drought of long-term investment. The ADB and other multilateral development banks need to “catalyze” money from sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) in order to tap into a rich seam of wealth that could help close the threatened funding gap for infrastructure and other long-term projects, a private equity specialist said.
Assets of the world’s half dozen or so major SWFs have now grown to a massive $4.6 trillion and this will soon exceed $5 trillion, according to Arvind Mathur, former head of capital markets in the ADB’s private sector department and now head of his own Indian private equity firm………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Sovereign wealth funds will be a major LP group in 20 years’ time, according to a panel at the Guernsey Funds Forum 2013. “Over the next two decades, we will see the vast sums of money in the Asian markets come into the western markets, and certainly into private equity,” said Eric Warner, head of investor relations at Altius Associates.
“Speculation is high that the sovereign wealth fund of Japan is looking into private equity. And to put that in context, the fund size is $1.14trn.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Norway’s oil fund has sharply accelerated the pace of its property acquisitions as the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund seeks to establish itself as a big name in the real estate world.
In the six months to March it has increased the pace of growth in its property assets by more than 10-fold from the same period a year ago, when it was still finding its feet in the sector………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Norway’s oil fund, the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund, has sharply accelerated the pace of its property acquisitions.
The fund now has about 37.6 billion Norwegian kroner ($6.5 billion) of property assets, which form 0.9% of the $720 billion fund, up from NOK26.7 billion at the end of last year and NOK11.2 billion last September, when property represented only 0.3% of the fund, the report said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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A Euromoney investigation into Abu Dhabi’s £3.5 billion investment in Barclays in 2008 revealed an astonishing insight into the battle for a portion of the £110 million fee paid by Barclays to Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the emirate’s cornerstone investor in the bank.
The deal, the subject of an investigation by the UK’s Serious Fraud Office, raises serious questions for shareholders, relating to the structure of the deal and the ownership of the securities in Barclays. The documents also highlight how a number of strategic investors were approached to invest in Barclays by the dealmaker Amanda Staveley and her firm PCP Capital Partners………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Jauan Salem Al Dhaheri, a board member of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and secretary general of the emirate’s Supreme Petroleum Council, has died, according to a condolence message on the ruler of Dubai’s website.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum offered condolences to the Al Dhaheri family on April 30, according to the statement. Dubai and Abu Dhabi are two of the seven sheikhdoms comprising the United Arab Emirates………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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House of Fraser has held talks with Qatari investors about a potential takeover of the UK department store chain, in further indication that the retailer is amenable to a sale. Qatari investors have a record of buying prestigious department stores in Britain, such as the 2010 acquisition of Harrods by Qatar Holding, the direct investment arm of the Qatar Investment Authority.
Qatar Holding, which owns about a quarter of the J Sainsbury supermarket chain, is not believed to be involved in any talks over House of Fraser, those familiar with the situation say………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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