Sovereign wealth funds have relatively very large coffers and are able to make significant investments, and increasingly they are getting more involved in M&A activity, in Asia and worldwide. Also, the potential impact of large foreign reserves in Asia to drive appreciation of currencies through diversification of bond holdings.

While being among the most active investors worldwide, investment strategies of SWFs have also changed over the last 6 years. Hurt by investments in Western banks, SWFs have diversified away building significant stakes in real estate (i.e. Time Warner space in Manhattan, Broadgate in London), or energy (i.e. Spain’s Repsol) and commodities.

This event is organized with the support of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce Singapore and UBS.

About the speaker
Paolo Giancane, CFA is a senior advisor for a HK-based M&A boutique and exposed to the Chinese market since 2005. Paolo has participated in several equity financings on behalf of Chinese clients and advised European clients in prospective investments in China as well as divestitures of European assets to Chinese buyers. He worked at Lehman Brothers in New York and London from 1997 through 2002 and UniCredit Investment Banking in Milan, Beijing and Hong Kong from 2002 through 2009. He is also an investor, board member and in charge of finance & business development for Vesenda, an Italian cutting edge software house active in the integration and geo-visualization of heterogeneous applications & data service streams. Paolo holds a MSc in Finance from London Business School and a BA Degree from Bocconi University in Milan. He teaches “Investing in China” for the IE Master in Finance and has participated to finance executive programs for IE Law School and IE School of Architecture.

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