PIF Leverages Portfolio Companies to Crowd In Saudi Private Sector Activity

15th March, 2023

Saudi Arabia’s private markets are set to receive a boost from the Kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund, with plans designed to increase the role of the domestic private sector from 40% to 65% of GDP by 2030.

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Fund of the Month (Mar'23): The Sovereign Fund of Egypt (TSFE)

1st March, 2023

Since its establishment in 2018, TSFE has become a trailblazer and a model for strategic funds in Africa and beyond. After establishing dedicated subsidiaries, the Egyptian fund has been busy investing in domestic assets and attracting foreign investors, all of it with a Sustainability angle. We were delighted to hear more about the fund’s plans from its CEO Ayman Soliman.

Fund of the Month (Feb'23): Sovereign Fund of the Republic of Kosovo (SFRK)

1st February, 2023

In the context of a highly divided and disrupted Europe, Kosovo continues to fight for its recognition as an independent country. With a GDP of c. US$ 10 billion and an active public sector, the Government has set up a working group for the establishment of a sovereign fund before 2025. We talked with Emanuel Bajra about the working group and rationale for a SWF.

Ireland's Sovereign Fund Continues Private Equity Drive with Fresh Waterland Investment

26th January, 2023

The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) has announced it is one of the backers of Netherlands-based Waterland’s new EUR4 billion of pan European funds with its new ninth fund - Waterland Private Equity Fund IX - set to increase its investments in Irish businesses over the next two to three years.

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It’s Time for Kazakhstan to Shine

12th January, 2023

Kazakhstan has always been home of significant Sovereign Wealth, due to vast gas reserves and annual revenues. The country’s most known and largest SWF is Samruk-Kazyna, which was modeled after Temasek and was born out of the merger of two holding companies, Samruk and Kazyna in 2008.

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PIF: Saudi Arabia’s Banyan Tree

12th January, 2023

The Public Investment Fund (PIF) is growing more and more like a banyan tree: developing accessory trunks that allow it to spread outwards indefinitely. The Saudi SWF has a central strategy, which is “driving the growth of new sectors, companies and jobs, as a catalyst of Vision 2030” but is writing history as it goes.

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Fund of the Month (Dec'22): Armenia National Interest Fund (ANIF)

1st December, 2022

Armenia’s ANIF is one of the latest additions to the SWF industry globally. The fund acts as a catalyzer of foreign investment into the country and has signed important partnerships with Masdar and Air Arabia, among others. In June, it became the first foreign Sovereign Fund to open an office in the UAE. We had the pleasure of speaking with its CEO about the fund’s plans.

Ethiopia, Abu Dhabi and Qatar Back Red Sea Infrastructure Boom

2nd November, 2022

The Red Sea continues to draw billions of dollars of investment from sovereign wealth funds, which are keen to capitalize on the resources and strategic position it occupies in global trade.

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Fund of the Month (Nov'22): Greece's GrowthFund (fka HCAP)

1st November, 2022

The past couple of years have been quite eventful for Greece’s SWF, as it rebranded from HCAP to Growthfund, appointed a new CEO and joined the international scene, including membership of the One Planet SWF network and the EMENA SWF foundation. We had the pleasure of speaking with its CEO, Gregory D. Dimitriadis, about the fund’s momentum and future plans.

Hong Kong Claws Back Reputation with Co-Investment Fund

21st October, 2022

The Hong Kong SAR government is seeking to turn its back on a turbulent period with efforts to entice investors, including the establishment of a HK$30 billion (US$3.82 billion) a co-investment fund, under a new Hong Kong Investment Corporation (HKIC).

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PIF Strikes Deal for Saudi Tourism and Launches Airline for NEOM

14th September, 2022

Saudi Arabia’s ambition to become a global tourism destination is led by the US$620 billion Public Investment Fund (PIF), which this week announced it would acquire a 30% stake in Almosafer Travel & Tourism Co., a unit of Riyadh-listed Seera Group Holding for SAR1.55 billion (US$412 million).

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Saudi Arabia's PIF Flies High With New Flag-Carrier

5th September, 2022

The world is set to see a new major flag carrier in the aviation industry, courtesy of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) which is establishing a new airline with a US$30 billion capital injection.

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