Sovereign-Backed UK Water Utility Faces Nationalization Amid Crisis

28th March, 2024

The UK’s biggest water utility, Thames Water, which is two-thirds owned by state-owned investors, looks set to be renationalized – at least temporarily – after its shareholders refused to throw it a financial lifeline.

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Big Tickets: Sovereign Investors Cash in with Mega Divestments

20th March, 2024

Sovereign investors are looking to cash in assets, sensing markets are ripe for divestment. Singapore’s Temasek and GIC are the most active sovereign investors in big ticket sales, which are set to net them billions in returns that will be recycled into new strategies.

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CPP Boosts Commitment to Digital Infrastructure with Partners

14th March, 2024

Canada’s biggest public pension fund CPP Investments committed hundreds of millions of US dollars into digital network infrastructure this month as it seeks to gain exposure to the growing demand in connectivity and data-rich content.

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CDPQ and SWF-Backed Cube Highways Drive Towards US$1.2bn Indian Highways Bid

20th February, 2024

Indian highways could receive another capital boost from Canada, despite the geopolitical ructions between Delhi and Ottawa, with CDPQ among those expressing interest in acquiring a roads portfolio from India’s quasi-sovereign wealth fund, the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF).

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Saudi Funds Set to Transform Manufacturing and Infrastructure

7th February, 2024

Saudi Arabia has launched two separate new major economic development entities, established under the auspices of the Public Investment Fund (PIF) and the National Development Fund (NDF) respectively, to drive investment in manufacturing and infrastructure, with a stress on sustainability.

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CDPQ Leads State-Owned Investors in Aircraft Leasing and Finance

31st January, 2024

Canadian public pension fund CDPQ’s US$1.5 billion aircraft leasing partnership with SMBC Aviation Capital, announced this week, is the latest in a line of similar investments in aircraft lessors by state-owned investors, seeking to provide fleets to operators instead of the more complex business of running an airline.

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Kazakhstan's SWF Launches Two Airline Divestments

22nd January, 2024

Three years ago, sovereign wealth funds were plunging capital into national flag-carriers in the wake of the global lockdown, but the aviation sector is off life support and airlines have largely returned to profitability – with Kazakhstan’s Samruk-Kazyna confident to launch Air Astana Group’s IPO next month as well as relaunching its tender for up to 100% of Qazaq Air.

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Indonesia’s Road Infrastructure Motors Ahead, Fuelled by Sovereign Investors

11th January, 2024

Indonesia’s sovereign wealth fund INA has won the support of the US$984 billion Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) and Europe’s biggest public pension fund, the Netherlands’ US$546 billion APG, for toll road platform that is starting with the Trans Java Toll Road mega-project.

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NIIF Gains New Head, Potential Boost to Indian Renewables

8th January, 2024

India’s National Investment and Infrastructure Fund Ltd (NIIFL) has a new CEO who promises to heighten the quasi-SWF’s commitment to the South Asian nation’s burgeoning renewables sector.

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Water Crisis Does Not Drown Sovereign Investors’ Confidence in UK Infra Assets

3rd January, 2024

The Thames Water debacle has burned the fingers of state-owned investors who had backed the privatized water utility, in the belief infrastructure assets in a stable, well-regulated market like the UK were a safe bet.

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Britannia is Cool Again: Saudis Buy Heathrow, Australians Pledge Billions in Infra

29th November, 2023

The UK is shaking off post-Brexit anxieties and attracting a slew of FDI in its infrastructure investment from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) and two of Australia’s biggest pension fund investors, Aware Super and IFM.

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India's Bargain Roads Sell-Off Will Draw SWFs

19th October, 2023

India’s quasi-sovereign wealth fund, the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF), is planning to offload a road portfolio worth around INR100 billion (US$1.2 billion), representing a huge chunk of its Master Fund.

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