CPPIB, Hermes Infrastructure to invest $2.4 bln in Associates British Ports

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Hermes Infrastructure said Tuesday they have agreed to invest about 1.6 billion pounds (US$2.4 billion) for a minimum stake of 30 percent of Associated British Ports. The investors may buy a further 3.33 percent subject to pre-emption rights. The sellers are GS Infrastructure Partners and Infracapital, while Borealis Infrastructure and Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC) remain as ABP shareholders. ABP is the U.K.’s leading ports group; it owns and operates 21 ports in England, Scotland, and Wales.


Square closes Series E round

Square has closed a Series E funding round, a spokesperson confirmed. The New York Times reported earlier the company had raised $150 million in funding, though the spokesperson declined to comment.

BC Partners Is Sole Bidder for Springer Science – Sources

BC Partners is the last remaining bidder for Springer Science+Business Media, three people familiar with the negotiations said, as the German publisher’s owners plan to decide by the end of this week whether to sell or float the group. BC has made an offer that would value Springer between $4.1 billion and $4.6 billion, the sources told Reuters.


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Reuters – GIC, Canada Fund Bid for $1.4 billion Kyobo Stakes

Government of Singapore Investment Corp and Canada’s Ontario Teachers Pension Plan are among final bidders to buy stakes in South Korea’s unlisted Kyobo Life Insurance in deals worth up to $1.4 billion, writes Reuters. Daewoo International Corp and state-run Korea Asset Management Corp are offering about a one-third stake in the life insurance company in […]

Mumbai Property Up for Grabs

Investors including a fund managed by Morgan Stanley and the Government of Singapore Investment Corp are in separate talks to buy a Mumbai property from Indian textiles firm Alok Industries for about $200 million, Reuters reports.

Bain Capital Backs Hero Investments

Buyout shop Bain Capital and the Government of Singapore Investment Corp. will invest an undisclosed amount in Hero Investments, Reuters reported. The money will help fund Hero’s $851 million acquisition of Honda Motors’ 26% stake in its Indian joint venture. The funds will be used to retire a significant portion of debt raised for the deal, Reuters said.

Singapore’s Sovereign Wealth Fund GIC Seeks To Sell Seoul Building – Reuters

Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC is seeking to sell an office building in Seoul, Reuters reported citing South Korea’s Maeil Business Newspaper. The property has an estimated value of up to 1.1 trillion won ($977.2 million), the newspaper said. Government of Singapore Investment Corp., purchased the 30-story building, which is known as Seoul Finance Center, for 355 billion won in 2000.

KKR and TPG Lead Syndicate in CICC Purchase

Just days after Chinese regulators approved Morgan Stanley’s divestment from China International Capital Corp., a syndicate of investors, led by private equity firms Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and TPG Capital, have stepped up with an offer, Reuters reported. The two U.S. buyout shops, as well as the Government of Singapore Investment Corp. and the insurance arm of Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp., have teamed up to buy the 34.3% stake. Morgan Stanley is expected to get more than $1 billion for the stake, which it received for just $37 million more than a decade ago, Reuters said.

Singapore sees developing world growth, slow-down in West

The Government of Singapore Investment Corp will be investing more in developing countries, it has announced, because it expects a slowdown in economic growth in the West. Its chief investment officer, Ng Kok Song, said that growth in Asia will be 8 percent, compared to 2.4 percent in the developed world. The GIC manages over $200 billion, the larger portion of which will go into emerging markets.

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