Professionalism and Partnership: The New Challenges for Sovereign Wealth Funds

December 13, 2013 by Loch Adamson

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SOVEREIGN WEALTH FUNDS are becoming more professional and successful at building partnerships, industry experts say. At a closed-door conference in Hong Kong in early December, organized by Institutional Investor’s Sovereign Investor Institute (SII), participants discussed how sovereign funds can mimimize their bureaucratic constraints and collaborate more closely with other investors to gain access to a wider pool of assets. Although professionalism is a key attribute of most institutional investors, the SII’s 2013 Asia and Middle East Government Funds Roundtable highlighted the many challenges sovereign wealth funds still face in achieving parity with the private sector. For example, many of them believe that using government pay scales and contracts is best practice for state-funded investors. While this approach has worked in Singapore, where government remuneration is generous and the city-state’s two sovereign funds, GIC and Temasek Holdings, have enjoyed relatively low staff turnover, other sovereign wealth funds have struggled. High…

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