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Chinese Giant HNA Buys 25% Stake in OM Asset Management from Old Mutual for $446M

Chinese Giant HNA Buys 25% Stake in OM Asset Management from Old Mutual for $446M

OMAM agreed to acquire a 60% equity interest in Landmark Partners, a global secondary private equity and real estate firm, for $240 million in cash. HNA Capital US is expected to appoint one director to the OMAM board after purchasing a first tranche of 9.95% of OMAM shares, and a second on the completion of the second tranche of 15% of OMAM shares. In both cases, these directors will replace existing nominees of Old Mutual. HNA Group, controlled by its founder and chairman Chen Feng, is a global Fortune 500 company focused on Aviation, Holdings, Tourism, Capital, Logistics and EcoTech. Since its founding in 1993, HNA Group has evolved from a regional airline based on Hainan Island into a global company with over $90 billion of assets, $30 billion in annual revenues and an international workforce of nearly 200,000 employees, primarily across North America, Europe and Asia. HNA’s tourism business is a fast-growing, vertically-integrated global player with market-leading positions in aviation, hotels and travel services. HNA operates and invests in nearly 2,000 hotels with over 300,000 rooms across major markets, and has 1,250 aircraft carrying over 90 million passengers to 260 cities worldwide. As reported by ExitHub last October, HNA agreed to acquire a 25 percent equity interest in Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HLT), from New York global private equity firm Blackstone (NYSE: BX) for $6.5 billion, reducing Blackstone’s interest in Hilton to approximately 21 percent. Earlier in October 2016, Avolon Holdings Ltd., a subsidiary of Bohai Capital Holding Co. Ltd. (SLE: 415) controlled by HNA Group, agreed to acquire the CIT Commercial Air aircraft leasing business of New York-based CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT), for $10 billion. Around the same time, HNA EcoTech said it agreed to acquire Beijing-based information technology (IT) outsourcing services provider Pactera Technology International Ltd. from New York global private equity firm Blackstone Group (NYSE: BX) and other shareholders. The purchase price was reportedly $675 million. In early August 2016, HNA Group agreed to invest $336 million in San Francisco-based RocketSpace, a leading technology accelerator campus and co-working space for high-growth startup, in a strategic joint venture deal to fuel RocketSpace’s global expansion, including China. A few days later, HNA’s subsidiary Hainan Airlines Co. Ltd. acquired a 24% stake in Brazil’s third largest airline Azul SA for $450 million, becoming its largest single shareholder. In February 2016, HNA agreed to acquire Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE:IM) for $6 billion, the largest Chinese takeover of a US information technology company. Photo: Chen Feng, Founder & Chairman of HNA Group.]]>

New York's Safra Bank Acquires Israeli Bank Hapoalim's Private Banking Business in Miami

New York's Safra Bank Acquires Israeli Bank Hapoalim's Private Banking Business in Miami

“We are determined to play a leading role in the consolidation of the private banking market,” said Jacob J. Safra, vice-chairman of Safra National Bank. “Our capital strength, family ownership and 175 years of experience give us great flexibility to do such transactions.”

“We look forward to welcoming the clients and employees of Bank Hapoalim in Miami to our organization,” said Simoni Morato, CEO of Safra National Bank of New York. Bank Hapoalim’s private banking business in Miami fits perfectly with the strategic vision of the J. Safra Group and Safra National Bank of New York, and we are confident we will add immeasurable value to clients.” The J. Safra Group, with total assets under management of over $194 billion and aggregate stockholders equity of $15.4 billion, is controlled by Jacob’s father, billionaire Joseph Safra, based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The group consists of privately owned banks under the Safra name, real estate and agribusiness investments and other holdings. The group’s banking interests, which have over 160 locations globally, are Safra National Bank of New York headquartered in New York City; J. Safra Sarasin, headquartered in Basel, Switzerland; and Banco Safra, headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil; all independent from one another from a consolidated supervision standpoint. The group’s real estate holdings consist of more than 200 premier commercial, residential, retail and farmland properties worldwide, such as New York City’s 660 Madison Avenue office complex and London’s iconic Gherkin Building. Its investments in other sectors include, among others, agribusiness holdings in Brazil and Chiquita Brands International Inc. There are more than 28,000 employees associated with the J. Safra Group, with deep relationships in markets worldwide. The deal is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2017, subject to regulatory clearance. Bank Hapoalim, Israel’s largest bank, was established in 1921 by the Israeli trade union federation Histadrut and the Zionist Organisation. The bank was owned by the Histadrut until 1983, when it was nationalized, and was held by the Israeli government until 1996, when it was sold to a group of investors led by the late Ted Arison. It is currently controlled by Arison Holdings through an equity stake of about 20 percent, which is owned by Ted’s daughter Shari Arison. As of the end of 2015 Hapoalim had over $110 billion in assets, with nearly $8.5 billion in equity capital and almost 12,000 employees worldwide. Hapoalim has been chosen as Bank of the Year in Israel for 2015, by The Banker, a publication of the Financial Times Group. Photo: Jacob J. Safra, Vice-Chairman of Safra National Bank. (Bilan)]]>

Chinese Giant HNA Buys 25% Stake in OM Asset Management from Old Mutual for $446M

Tycoon Chen Feng, HNA Taking Over $CIT Aircraft Leasing Unit for $10B

Asian Global Aviation Hegemony As reported by ExitHub earlier this year, more than a dozen entities were invited to submit bids for CIT’s aircraft leasing business, with a preponderance of Asian bidders, given the growing Asian demand and shifting balance of the global aviation industry to Asia. As airlines serving Asia Pacific are attempting to expand their fleets, they’re finding that the leasing business can be more lucrative than operating an airline. The move comes after BOC Aviation Ltd. (HKG: 2588), an arm of Bank of China, the country’s fourth-largest lender by assets, made a $1 billion IPO in Hong Kong for its aircraft leasing business, BOC shares began trading on June 1. BOC Aviation was the second aircraft leasing company listed in Asia after China Aircraft Leasing Group (CALC) floated its shares in Hong Kong two years ago. BOC Aviation’s fleet is nearly four times bigger than CALC’s though, at almost 230 planes. Malaysian low-cost airline AirAsia Berhad (MYX: 5099) is also planning to divest ts aircraft leasing subsidiary Asia Aviation Capital Ltd., while rivals CDB Leasing and Minsheng Financial Leasing, where reportedly preparing to list in Hong Kong later this year. The CIT Group CIT Commercial Air owns, finances and manages a fleet of more than 350 commercial aircraft serving approximately 100 customers in 50 countries. The company offers an array of industry-leading services, supported by a fleet of Airbus, Boeing, Embraer and Bombardier aircraft. CIT has seven aircraft leasing, advising and syndication offices in Dublin, Ireland; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Los Angeles, Calif.; New York, N.Y.; Seattle, Wash.; Singapore; and Toulouse, France. Founded in 1908, CIT is a financial holding company with more than $65 billion in assets. Its principal bank subsidiary CIT Bank NA, has more than $30 billion of deposits and more than $40 billion of assets. It provides financing, leasing and advisory services principally to middle market companies across more than 30 industries primarily in North America, and equipment financing and leasing solutions to the transportation sector. It also offers products and services to consumers through its Internet bank franchise and a network of retail branches in Southern California, operating as OneWest Bank, a division of CIT Bank. The company is headquartered in Livingston, N.J. CIT has received a “non-objection” from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York for its Amended Capital Plan subject to the closing of the transaction. The Amended Capital Plan authorizes CIT to return $2.975 billion of common equity to shareholders from the net proceeds of the sale; return up to an additional $0.325 billion of common equity contingent upon the issuance of a similar amount of Tier 1 qualifying preferred stock; and pay common dividends totaling $64 million per year after the transaction is completed, subject to quarterly approval by the CIT Board of Directors. “The sale of CIT Commercial Air represents an important milestone for CIT and follows an extensive dual-track process that was designed to maximize shareholder value. This transaction will strengthen our balance sheet, simplify our business and enable us to return significant capital to our shareholders,” said Ellen R. Alemany, chairwoman and chief executive of CIT Group. “We are making meaningful progress on our strategy to create a leading national middle-market bank.” HNA Group HNA, a leader in aviation and tourism, was founded in 1993 by Chen Feng. Over the past two decades, it has grown from a local aviation transportation operator into a multinational conglomerate encompassing Aviation, Holdings, Tourism, Capital, Logistics and EcoTech. Prior to founding HNA, Chen Feng served as an aviation advisor to the governor of Hainan Province, and presided over the formation and subsequent restructuring of Hainan Airlines. He also created and served as chairman of Grand China Air Co. to hold the airline assets of the HNA Group. During China’s Cultural Revolution, he reportedly worked for the People’s Liberation Army Air Force, and after 1979, he worked at China’s Civil Aviation Administration, and the National Air Regulations Bureau. In 1984, he graduated from the Lufthansa College of Air Transportation Management in Germany. In 1995, he obtained an MBA degree from the Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands, and in 2004 he obtained a diploma from Harvard Business School. Feng was born in Huozhou, Shanxi province and raised in Beijing. HNA Group aspires to become one of the top 50 companies in the world by 2030, it says. In 2015, HNA had revenues of nearly RMB190 billion ($28.6 billion), total assets of over RMB 600 billion ($90 billion) and employed nearly 180,000 employees worldwide. HNA is headquartered in Haikou, Hainan, China. Yesterday, HNA EcoTech said it agreed to acquire Beijing-based information technology (IT) outsourcing services provider Pactera Technology International Ltd. from New York global private equity firm Blackstone Group (NYSE: BX) and other shareholders. The purchase price was reportedly $675 million. In early August, HNA Group agreed to invest $336 million in San Francisco-based RocketSpace, a leading technology accelerator campus and co-working space for high-growth startup, in a strategic joint venture deal to fuel RocketSpace’s global expansion, including China. A few days later, HNA’s subsidiary Hainan Airlines Co. Ltd. acquired a 24% stake in Brazil’s third largest airline Azul SA for $450 million, becoming its largest single shareholder. In February, HNA agreed to acquire Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE:IM) for $6 billion, the largest Chinese takeover of a US information technology company. Photo: Chen Feng, Founder & Chairman of HNA Group.]]>