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Movers & Shakers, Summer Edition

11th August, 2023

August is normally a prolific month for appointments and new hires, especially among those funds in the Northern Hemisphere and for those executives with families that need to relocate and find new schools. Here’s an update of what is happening around the human capital of Sovereign Investors:

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OMERS Ventures walks out of London, too

9th August, 2023

OMERS Ventures, the Venture Capital arm of the Ontario public pension fund, announced on Wednesday that it is closing its London program. Of the team members based in the City, managing partners Jambu Palaniappan, Harry Briggs and an associate are reportedly leaving the firm, while managing partner Henry Gladwyn and another associate will relocate to New York to kick off the new team there.

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Thames Water Crisis Plunges Sovereign Investors in Deep Water

28th June, 2023

The biggest crisis in the UK’s utilities sector has engulfed the country’s biggest water firm, Thames Water, and is challenging the consortium of owners to cough up capital to prevent its collapse.

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Northvolt is Lightning Rod for Battery Investment by Public Pension Funds

20th June, 2023

The Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO) announced today that it is piling US$400 million into Sweden-based Northvolt, joining a raft of other public pension funds including provincial stablemate OMERS that have invested in the battery manufacturing giant.

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Tide Turns In Favor of Hospitality: State Investors Rush to the Resorts

16th June, 2023

The post-Covid revival in tourism is encouraging a tide of sovereign fund investment in hotel and leisure, with a focus on Europe and a significant shift towards large-scale resorts.

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Sovereign Funds Safe from English Water Renationalization, Despite Public Anger

6th June, 2023

The ongoing public unease over sewage pollution in Britain’s rivers is fuelling calls for renationalization of the country’s water utilities, challenging the interests of Asian sovereign wealth funds and Canadian public pension funds.

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Electrification of European Rail Boosted by Sovereign Funds

4th May, 2023

Singaporean sovereign wealth fund GIC has joined Canadian, Dutch and Abu Dhabi peers in Europe’s expansion of electric railways, a growth area that is backed by a modal shift to rail as a key enabler of the decarbonisation of supply chains.

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Canadians Funnel More Capital Into Indian Investment Trusts

26th April, 2023

Canadian public pension funds are planning to funnel US$1 billion of fresh capital into infrastructure investment trusts (InvITs) focusing on renewables and roads.

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CDPQ Set to Lead Canadian Tilt to Europe

24th April, 2023

CDPQ’s decision to deploy US$11.2 billion in European private markets via an expanded London-based team follows a trend among Canada’s Maple 8 public pension funds seen in recent years.

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Abu Dhabi and Canada Funds Help Drive Indian Road Expansion

19th April, 2023

A leading Indian infrastructure investment trust, Cube Highways Trust, has won the backing of Canadian public pension fund British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI) and Abu Dhabi’s sovereign investor Mubadala as anchor investors in its INR52.2 billion (US$630 million) listing.

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OTPP Follows OMERS With Strong Return in Hostile Markets

17th March, 2023

The Ontario Teachers Pension Plan (OTPP) followed its provincial stablemate OMERS in reporting a benchmark-beating positive return in 2022, defying the trends seen elsewhere in the sovereign investor universe.

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Indian Renewables Receives Canadian Boost, Despite Rocky Ride

7th March, 2023

Canada’s biggest public pension fund CPP Investments has boosted its exposure to India’s burgeoning renewables sector with the acquisition of Goldman Sachs’ stake in ReNew Power for US$268 million.

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