REITs raise $750M capital in October, down 99.99% Y/Y

REITs raised merely $750M of capital in October, a decrease of 99.99% from $6.84B in the year-ago period, according to a report by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. Only 1 capital offering instrument, of secondary debt, was offered during the month, compared to 16 instruments a year ago. Realty Income (O) priced … Read more

Billionaire Mukesh Ambani to open family office in Singapore

Asia’s second-wealthiest man, Reliance Industries Ltd. Chairman Mukesh Ambani, is setting up a family office in Singapore, according to people familiar with the move. The Mumbai-based billionaire has picked a manager to hire staff for the new entity and get it running, the people said, asking not to be identified because the matter is private. … Read more

Trading App Brings in Williams Sisters As Investors

Tennis icons Venus and Serena Williams have become investors in social trading app Shares. The London-based startup recently closed a $40 million round led by Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures. Check out the 20-slide pitch deck Shares used to raise its $40 million Series B round. Two of the most iconic tennis players ever Venus and … Read more

SEBI fines IIFL Securities for violation of norms related to the client funds

Brokerage businesses handle significant client money and hence are supposed to be managed with extreme discipline. Regulations are well laid out in that regard. However, time and again we come across cases that raise doubt on this underlying presumption. Today, SEBI passed an adjudication order against IIFL Securities Limited (IIFL) for some serious violations – … Read more

Bandhan wins the bid to acquire IDFC’s mutual fund business

The bid has been won by the consortium led by Bandhan Financial Holdings Limited (BFHL) and includes GIC and ChrysCapital. Key factual points on the acquisition –  BFHL is the non-operative financial holding company of the Bandhan group. It is the promoter of Bandhan bank and currently owns ~40% stake in the Bank. IDFC mutual … Read more

buffett: Warren Buffett deepens insurance exposure with $11.6 billion Alleghany deal

Warren Buffett‘s Berkshire Hathaway has struck an $11.6 billion deal to buy Alleghany Corp, the owner of reinsurer TransRe, just weeks after the 91-year-old billionaire bemoaned the lack of good investment opportunities. Alleghany adds to Berkshire’s already large insurance portfolio, which includes Geico auto insurance, General Re reinsurance and a unit that insures against major … Read more

Saudi Arabia transfers Aramco shares worth $80 billion to wealth fund

The transfer of a 4% stake in state-owned Saudi Arabian Oil Co., known as Aramco, will support the Public Investment Fund’s plan to grow its assets under management to over $1 trillion by 2025, from about $480 billion currently, the Saudi government said Sunday. The Saudi government, which will remain the largest shareholder in Aramco … Read more

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella joins Groww as investor, advisor

Tiger Global-backed Groww on Saturday said Microsoft chief executive officer Satya Nadella has joined the company as an investor and advisor. “Groww gets one of the world’s best CEOs as an investor and advisor. Thrilled to have @satyanadella join us in our mission to make financial services accessible in India,” Groww’s co-founder and CEO Lalit … Read more