AUSTRALIA

Rest Super has hired Chris Drew as head of Australian equities from Australian Catholic Super Fund (ACSRF).

Drew will join the fund in Sydney next month and will report to Kiran Singh, the head of listed assets who had joined Rest in May. Rest stated in a statement that this is a newly created role.

He had been at ACSRF for six years as investment manager for public markets and was previously an investment manager and portfolio analyst at Sunsuper. 

Source: Rest Super

The highly debated 'Your Future, Your Super' reforms were passed on Thursday (June 17), although the most controversial parts of the bill were delayed until November.

The bill has been described as the biggest change to the superannuation industry since the 90s. Super funds have claimed that the reforms, which involve funds having to pass annual performance tests, have been too heavy-handed and will have negative repercussions for them and members.

Some funds have also opposed the 'stapling' part of the bill that would stick members with their original supers by default after they changed employment. Super Consumers Australia, the non-profit consumer advocate, however, has lauded the bill for weeding out underperforming funds.

Source: Australian Financial Review

Andrew Fairley, the chair of the merged Catholic Super and Equip Super, will leave his post at the end of the month, making way for deputy chair Danny Casey to take over.

Fairley has been chair of Equip Super for 12 years and saw the fund grow from A$4 billion ($3 billion) in funds to A$30 billion today, after the merger with Catholic Super. 

He will continue to have an active role in the industry, being the super industry representative on the board of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority. 

Source: Financial Standard

CHINA

Chinese authorities have introduced a new rule that limits cash management products' use of leverage and from holding riskier securities. The rule is the latest in a slew of measures authorities have released in recent weeks to manage risks in the financial system.

These measures include restricting state firms' overseas commodities exposure, encouraging domestic banks to hold more foreign currencies, banning searches for crypto exchanges and preventing bullish equity-index targets.

Experts said these moves threaten to undermine Chinese President Xi Jinping’s pledge to give markets greater freedom.

Source: Bloomberg

HONG KONG

Tycoon Richard Li's Hong Kong-headquartered life insurer FWD Group has applied for an initial public offering in the US with reported plans to raise $2 billion.

A confidential filing for the IPO has been made with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), according to a statement from FWD Group’s holdings company, PCGI Intermediate Holdings.

"The IPO is expected to take place after the SEC completes its review process, subject to market and other conditions," PCGI said, adding that it chose the U.S. over Hong Kong because the former market was the "largest and the most liquid in the world".

Source: Reuters

INDONESIA 

Indonesia’s newly established sovereign wealth fund, Indonesia Investment Authority (INA), said it plans to acquire several toll road assets from troubled state infrastructure developers. 

INA chief executive Ridha Wirakusumah said the fund was looking to acquire assets belonging to Waskita Karya, Hutama Karya, Wijaya Karya and Adhi Karya, as well as state-owned toll road operator Jasa Marga to allow them to pay their debt and free up capital for further toll road development.

Wirakusumah was speaking at a webinar held by the Indonesian Banking Development Institute in June. 

Source: Jakarta Post

KOREA

Korean institutional investors, including the Public Officials Benefit Association (Poba) and Yellow Umbrella Mutual Aid Fund, emerged as the largest group of liquidity providers under the US Federal Reserve’s Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF) programme introduced in 2020.

To utilise the funding facility, New York-based EMP Belstar had raised $580 million from nine Korean institutions last year, based on which it borrowed $2.6 billion from the Fed to buy US asset-backed securities (ABS), according to the US investment firm on June 17.

Source: The Korea Economic Daily

The Korean Teachers' Credit Union has committed $100 million to Chicago-based Harrison Street Real Estate Capital's new flagship fund that is aiming to raise $1.5 billion to invest in life science, healthcare service and senior housing facilities, according to a local newspaper report.

A number of Korean financial services companies look set to make a similar amount of commitment to the US investment firm's eighth flagship fund, the Maeil Business Newspaper reported last week.

Source: The Korea Economic Daily; Maeil Business Newspaper

Public Officials Benefit Association (Poba) is looking to hire a local asset manager for a foreign equity mandate of unspecified value.

The manager will be appointed for a one-year term, which could be extended to three years based on the investment performance, Poba says in its request for proposal on June 16.

Source: Asia Asset Management

Korean Venture Investment Company (KVIC), a South Korea government-backed fund of funds, has committed to invest in Abu Dhabi-based early-stage VC Shorooq Partners’ Bedaya Fund, the VC firm announced on Monday (June 21), saying that it is the first Middle Eastern fund to have received a commitment from KVIC since its inception in 2000.

Shorooq did not disclose the size of the investment, which is being made from KVIC’s foreign investment programme, which aims to provide capital to foreign VCs that can bring strategic value to the Korean venture ecosystem. The fund managers KVIC has invested in have a combined assets under management of $3 billion.

Source: Menabytes
 
MALAYSIA 
 
Malaysian conglomerate Sunway is looking to sell a strategic stake in its healthcare business to Singapore state investor GIC. Sources familiar with the matter said Sunway could sell between a 20% to 25% stake in a deal that was close to being finalised. 
 
It was unclear which healthcare business Sunway would be selling. In a September stock filing Sunway said it had appointed Maybank to explore strategic investment options for its healthcare portfolio. 
 
Source: Reuters  
 
SINGAPORE 
 
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) reprimanded entities of insurers AIA, Prudential and Aviva for breaching risk management and remuneration rules. 
 
MAS found AIA Financial Advisers, Prudential Assurance Company Singapore, Aviva and Aviva Financial Advisers to have remunerated supervisors in a breach of requirements under Singapore’s Financial Advisers Act. The offences occurred between 2016 and 2019. 
 
MAS also reprimanded two executives in relation to these breaches. 
 
Source: MAS
 
Temasek Holdings will take up the bulk of Singapore Airlines' (SIA) latest undersubscribed mandatory convertible bonds (MCBs) issue, part of the airline’s strategy to deal with the ongoing impact of Covid-19. 
 
The airline received valid acceptances and excess applications for $3.76 billion out of the $6.2 billion available under the rights issue. This includes $3.43 billion taken up by Temasek, which owns 55.5% of SIA, and its wholly-owned subsidiary Napier Investments under their pro-rata entitlement to the MCBs in the rights issue.   
 
The remaining $2.44 billion will also be taken up by a Temasek unit. 
 
Source: Straits Times
 
Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC’s joint venture with student accommodation group Unite acquired two London properties for £342 million ($472.4 million). They were acquired from the wider Unite group and bring the joint venture’s total portfolio to £1.68 billion. 
 
The acquisition was financed with a £140 million loan from investment manager Barings on behalf of two undisclosed institutional investors. 
 
Unite and GIC last month announced they would extend their long-running joint venture by 10 years to 2032.  
 
 
INTERNATIONAL (EX-ASIA)
 
Swedish pension fund AP7 excluded two Chinese companies from its investment universe after its recent biannual review of allocations in June.
 
The pension fund, which has SEK722.5 billion ($88.2 billion) in assets, excluded Beijing-based Chinese electricity company Huaneng Power International for acting against the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change by expanding its coal operations.
 
Beijing-based Power Construction Corp. of China was excluded for involvement in the violation of environmental norms at the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania, which is a World Heritage site, the fund said in a statement.

Source: Pensions & Investments

China’s Silk Road Fund and Hassana Investment, controlled by the Saudi Arabian government, joined a group investing $12.4 billion in Saudi Aramco’s oil pipelines. The consortium, led by US firm EIG Global Energy Partners, has now closed a deal to acquire a 49% equity stake in Aramco Oil Pipelines.

The group includes Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund Mubadala Investment and Samsung Asset Management. Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates and, along with Saudi Arabia, a key member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries cartel.

The subsidiary will have rights to 25 years of tariff payments for oil transported through Aramco’s crude pipeline network. Aramco, the world’s biggest oil producer, will retain ownership of the other 51% of the shares.
 
Source: Bloomberg