Sovereign Wealth Fund Trends 2012 - Real Estate and Infrastructure

May 12, 2013 by Loch Adamson

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IN 2012, SWFs preferred to invest in real estate, which accounted for a quarter (52) of all our observed investments for the year and a third ($13.7 billion) of the reported total. For the most part, funds made these investments in developed markets, especially in safe-haven commercial assets in London and Paris. The $735 billion GPFG drove the uptick in SWF real estate investment as it accelerated its purchases of premium real estate assets in major European cities during the year, seeking to fulfill its 5 percent allocation to this sector. In 2012 it invested more than $4.5 billion in prime European commercial properties. The State Oil Fund of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ) started investing in real estate in…

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