10th November, 2021
It is over 15 years since controversy flared up over Dubai Ports World’s aborted acquisition of port management businesses in US seaports, ostensibly over alleged national security threats posed by selling strategically important infrastructure to an Arab government – albeit a close US ally.
2nd November, 2021
Investments in Renewable Energy are still inadequate and minuscule compared to the firepower of State-Owned Investors: SWFs have invested US$ 35.3 billion in 105 deals, and PPFs have deployed US$ 40.6 billion in 94 transactions. The efforts are bigger, in relative terms, in those organizations with dedicated programs, e.g. Mubadala’s Masdar, or PensionDanmark’s CIP.
25th October, 2021
Saudi Arabia is set to launch a new National Infrastructure Fund (NIF), under the ambit of the National Development Fund (NDF) and operated by BlackRock, which will use central bank excess forex reserves to pour tens of billions of debt and equity finance into power, water and healthcare projects over the next decade.
20th October, 2021
Sovereign investment in Australian real assets is soaring to new heights with US$9 billion spent on real estate and more than US$6 billion deployed into infrastructure – and this month is seeing the pace of investment continue.
22nd September, 2021
Singaporean state-owned investor Temasek has made a takeover offer for the troubled offshore oil platform and ship producer Sembcorp Marine, after increasing its shareholding by 4% to 46.6% and triggering an obligation to make a bid for the shares it does not own.
20th September, 2021
Earlier today, Transurban announced that it would acquire the remaining 49% in WestConnex along with a group of State-Owned Investors including AustralianSuper, ADIA, CPP and CDPQ. The NSW Government expects to receive US$ 8 billion for the privatization, which will use to keep fueling NGF’s growth. So, in a way, NSW keeps benefitting from its relationship with Québec’s government, QGF and, ultimately, CDPQ.
17th September, 2021
Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund is scaling up its plans under the UAE-UK Sovereign Investment Partnership (UAE-UK SIP) with the GBP5 billion (US$7 billion) investment framework agreed in March boosted to GBP10 billion (US$14 billion) over the next five years under a deal signed this week in Downing Street.
15th September, 2021
Abu Dhabi Inc comprises three SWFs with combined AUM of nearly US$1.2 trillion, but their distinct missions and strategic asset allocation are increasingly blurred as they diversify and expand their private equity footprint.
13th September, 2021
State-owned investors are taking very different approaches to Australian real assets impacted by the pandemic, although long-term strategic factors rather than short-term tactical moves are driving current divestment and acquisition activity.
2nd September, 2021
The Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority reported growth of 250% in just six years to US$3.5 billion in its latest annual report and is set to press further with infrastructure development and investment in innovation under a new board announced by President Muhammadu Buhari this week.
27th August, 2021
Recent annual returns by state-owned investors have demonstrated that the rally in public equities has boosted portfolios, but long-term returns suggest private markets generate stronger yield.
24th August, 2021
Saudi Arabia is determined to leverage its oil wealth to finance its transition to sustainable energy with its Public Investment Fund backing investment in solar energy.