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Sovereign Wealth Funds Briefing 24.Apr 2015

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Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC has raised its holding in public listed Mumbai IT park firm Nirlon Ltd to 63.92 per cent by acquiring more shares in the open offer for Rs 568.32 crore ($90 million). This completes a rare control-style deal for a sovereign wealth fund in India. GIC had previously struck a deal to buy up to 39.2 per cent stake in the company last December last year. This was conditional upon the acceptance ratio in the open offer.
It had made an open offer to buy 28.4 per cent stake from the public and said if it is able to garner over 21.7 per cent stake through this route, it would buy only 5 per cent stake from the promoters for Rs 100 crore besides 29 per cent stake from two institutional investors for Rs 584 crore at Rs 222 a share each………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Sovereign investment firm Khazanah Nasional Bhd will look into European markets, as well as “newer industries” locally to invest this year on. A new region Khazanah Nasional is looking to venture into is the UK and Europe, which it will open up a London office for by the end of this year. The firm already has four international offices in big cities like Beijing, Mumbai, Istanbul and San Francisco.
Managing director Azman Mokhtar said the firm is ready to open an office in London looking at opportunities post the currency crisis.”Previously, we didn’t think we were ready for that market but after the Eurozone crisis, we are ready to open our London office. It will be later in the year,” he said, “That loop of offices is complete for now, we don’t think we need more for the area we want to cover currently.”…………………………………Full Article: Source

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Khazanah Nasional Bhd, the owner of Malaysia Airlines, is firm on its decision to reduce the number of the airline’s employees by 6,000 people, even as it gives more time to incoming chief executive officer (CEO) Christoph Mueller to choose his team. The plan to retrench more than 25% of MAS’ workers is being protested by the airline’s workers’ unions.
“We have done our part in assessing MAS staff and the new company (newco) slated to be officially established on July 1 which will only need 14,000 workers in relation to our own projection of fleet size and operation as planned………………………………….Full Article: Source

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The downsizing at Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB) cannot be avoided if the new national carrier is to be sustainable, controlling shareholder Khazanah Nasional Bhd said today amid complaints by staff unions.
According to Khazanah, MAB must trim 6,000 jobs to reach a more sustainable 14,000 headcount, but has tried its best to do the exercise properly and humanely by offering jobs elsewhere. “The point of NewCo is going to a new ship with a size and business practices that can work and be sustained,” Khazanah managing director Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar told reporters at the sidelines of Invest Malaysia 2015, using another name for MAB………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Malaysian state-owned investment arm Khazanah Nasional Bhd managing director Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar said it was still “too early to tell” if loss-making Malaysian Airline System (MAS) would be successfully turned around under its restructuring.
Khazanah had privatised and delisted MAS in December 2014 to restructure the airline within five years. MAS’s revamp follows two aviation mishaps involving the airline last year. These mishaps had resulted in MAS posting a net loss of RM1.33 billion in the nine months ended September 30, 2014 from a net loss of RM830.25 milllion a year earlier………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Malaysia’s state pension fund will offer a syariah-compliant investment option for its members by 2017, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said. This would create the largest syariah fund of its kind in the world, Najib said at the launch of an investment conference here. He did not specify how big he thought the syariah-compliant standalone fund could be.
Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional will add to the government efforts by issuing a RM1 billion socially responsible Islamic bond, which has now received regulatory approval, Najib added. The moves could help boost Malaysia’s economy, which has faced weakness due to the slump in oil prices and rising debt………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad pointed out today that Putrajaya will have to bear the losses incurred by 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), noting it was the government that had invested in the troubled state-owned firm to begin with.
The former prime minister said 1MDB was “wrong” from the beginning, pointing out that the sovereign wealth fund was not put before Parliament. “If 1MDB loses money, the government will bear the loss,” Dr Mahathir wrote on his blog. “Yet the operation of 1MDB is not overseen by government officers responsible for the management of government funds,” he added………………………………….Full Article: Source

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China’s shares are at a seven-year high and Blackstone Group LP is warning of stock-market excess. The manager of the best-performing long-only fund investing in the nation’s equities disagrees and says there’s more to come.
Small capitalization stocks, whose prices have as much as tripled, will see a major correction “in the years ahead,” said Wong, who worked for Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC Pte from 1981 until 1985. Founded in 1995, APS serves institutional investors such as pension funds, endowments, foundations, family offices, funds of funds, and sovereign wealth funds, Wong said. More than half of the investors are based in North America, with the remainder evenly split between Asia, Europe and Australia, he said………………………………….Full Article: Source

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The UAE energy minister has been appointed the new managing director of Abu Dhabi investment fund International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) in a reshuffle of the board.
Suhail Mohammed al-Mazrouei has been named managing director of IPIC, the Emirates news agency WAM reported citing an emiri decree by Abu Dhabi ruler Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan. Mazrouei replaces Khadem al-Qubaisi, whose name is not listed in the decree. Qubaisi’s omission from the IPIC board comes days after he was excluded from board nominees at Arabtec Holding, where he had been serving as chairman………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Qatar’s Constellation Hotels buys 64pc stake in the company which owns Claridges, The Berkeley and The Connaught. A Qatari investment vehicle has taken a majority stake in three of London’s most prestigious hotels in a landmark deal.
Constellation Hotels - which is owned by Qatar Holding, the sovereign wealth fund backed by the Qatari royal family - has bought a 64pc stake in Coroin, the holding company which owns the Maybourne Hotel Group, made up of Claridges, The Berkeley and The Connaught………………………………….Full Article: Source

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The Samruk Kazyna Sovereign Wealth Fund plans to establish a subsidiary in Silicon Valley, California. A working group consisting of the heads of a number of Samruk Kazyna companies, led by Chairman of the organisation Umirzak Shukeyev, visited companies of Silicon Valley on April 9-10, where they were acquainted with the work of Stanford University, Berkeley, as well as such well-known innovative companies as Tesla Motors, SolarCity and other start-up companies.
“The sides discussed the possibility of cooperation in the development of clean energy, gas chemistry, transport, medicine, agriculture, education and IT. In particular, they considered the possibility of creating Samruk Innovation, a company based in Silicon Valley,” said a Samruk Kazyna press release………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Regulators and law enforcement extracted a hefty fine for fraud at one of America’s most respected financial institutions. Have sovereign wealth funds learned their lesson?
To be sure, despite the size of the settlement, the numbers involved may not seem big by sovereign wealth standards. “One question here, is it material?” asks Patrick Schena, Adjunct Assistant Professor and Co-Head of the Fletcher Network for Sovereign Wealth and Global Capital at the Fletcher School of Tufts University outside Boston, who advises on custodial issues………………………………….Full Article: Source

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On Wednesday, Premier Paul Davis announced that in 2020 the government will start a “Generations Fund” — basically, a sovereign wealth fund, with a name that was probably tested in focus groups.
I’ve been asking about a sovereign wealth fund for at least four years now, and I remember then finance minister Tom Marshall always insisting that the government must first pay down the debt to a manageable level, and then put some of the oil revenue into a savings account………………………………….Full Article: Source

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