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Canada Inc Builds Global Infrastructure Empire with Australia a Prime Target

22nd February, 2022

A US$7.7 billion blockbuster deal backed by four Canadian public pension funds to acquire Australia’s AusNet electricity network is the latest in a string of large infrastructure investments by Canada Inc in the country as they seek to ramp up exposure to low-risk, inflation-proof and stable growth real assets.

On 1MDB, Goldman and how SWFs can go all wrong

18th February, 2022

This week in the federal courts of Brooklyn, former Goldman Sachs banker Roger Ng is facing as many as 30 years in prison for allegedly helping 1MDB to embezzle billions of Malaysian public funds. Tim Leissner, his former boss at the bank, testified yesterday to confirm that “greed and ambition” drove their involvement in the bribery and money laundering scheme. Goldman has already paid US$ 2.8 billion in fines.

Sovereign Investors Help Bolster India's Green Energy Revolution

16th February, 2022

Sovereign wealth funds and public pension funds are playing a major role in India’s ambition to increase renewables to 50% of electricity generation by 2030.

State Investors Diverge on US Public Equity Allocations

15th February, 2022

Stock exchange filings by state-owned investors, published this week, saw a divergence in strategy and positions in Q4 2021, with leaps in some portfolios slightly offset by downward adjustments in others.

PIF Receives US$80bn Boost with Aramco Stake, But Faces Huge Task to Reach 2030 Target

14th February, 2022

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) has received a US$80 billion shot in the arm with the Kingdom’s government transferring a 4% in national oil company Aramco to the ownership of the sovereign wealth fund – less than two years after the completion of PIF’s sale of a 70% stake in Saudi chemicals major SABIC to Aramco for US$69 billion.

Australia Joins Post-Brexit UK Investment Rush

12th February, 2022

 AustralianSuper, Australia’s largest pension scheme, is planning U$D31 billion of investments in the UK and Europe over the next five years as it looks to double the value of its UK assets.

QIA reaches US$ 445 billion AuM, gets ready to take off

10th February, 2022

The Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) has started 2022 in a very strong manner, and everything indicates that it may be getting ready to fly high once again. On the one hand, the strong returns of public and private equities during 2021 helped grow its balance sheet to an record high with an estimated US$ 445 bn. On the other, the organization recently completed a restructuring of its governance and structure, adapting it to the new normal and opportunities.

ADPorts Listing Gives ADQ Dry Powder for Private Equity Drive

9th February, 2022

The IPO of AD Ports has injected liquidity into the portfolio of its majority owner, the Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund ADQ – but with this comes volatility in the value of the fund’s portfolio, subjecting it to the turbulence of public markets.

Gaming Pushes all the Right Buttons for Saudi Fund’s Long-Term Strategy

8th February, 2022

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) has added Capcom and Nexon to its portfolio of chunky stakes in gaming stocks, making the sector one of its biggest targets in its public equity strategy and adding to its rapidly growing exposure to the gaming and eSports market.

Sovereign Investors Boost Hotel Investments in Hunt for Yield

7th February, 2022

State-owned investors are showing growing confidence in the revival of the travel sector with a renewed impetus for hotel acquisitions.

RDIF Shrugs Off Geopolitical Risks and Co-Investment Partners are Undeterred

4th February, 2022

With the situation on Ukraine’s borders reaching fever-pitch, the prospect of harder sanctions against Russia has arisen – yet so far the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) has shrugged off US sanctions, securing co-investments in spite of restrictions.

UAE-Spain Forge Closer Relations Through State Funds

3rd February, 2022

Abu Dhabi sovereign fund Mubadala continues to forge bilateral relationships with Spain’s Compañía Española de Financiación del Desarrollo  (Cofides) the latest investment partner.

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