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Sovereign Wealth Funds Briefing 21.Aug 2008

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From FT.com: Lehman Brothers, the beleaguered US investment bank, held secret talks to sell up to 50 per cent of its shares to South Koreans and Chinese in the first week of August but failed to reach agreement with either… Full article: Source

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From Gulfnews.com: Senior executives of Nakheel are scheduled to go to the United States [Thursday] to meet with a number of top US developers and investors seeking investment opportunities in Dubai… Full article: Source

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From TheHerald.co.uk: Senior business figures have speculated that one of the big Middle Eastern sovereign funds may also be interested… Full article: Source

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From Reuters.com: CITIC Securities, China’s biggest brokerage, said it had held no formal talks about buying a stake in Lehman Brothers and will focus on its domestic business this year due to concerns about snowballing U.S. credit problems… Full article: Source

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From Reuters.com: State-owned Korea Development Bank (KDB) on Thursday declined to comment on a report that it had held secret talks to buy shares in Lehman Brothers but had walked away from the discussion due to pricing disagreements… Full article: Source

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From Reuters.com: Singapore sovereign fund Temasek’s assets were worth S$185 billion ($131 billion) at the end of March, Temasek’s chairman S Dhanabalan said on Thursday, up 13 percent from a year earlier… Full article:

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From Conservatives.com: UK shadow chancellor George Osborne said in a speech at the UK think tank Demos yesterday that, “A third of developed countries now have a national investment fund instead of national debt. Yet sadly the idea of a British Sovereign Fund investing for the generation who come after us is a distant dream”… Full article: Source

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From Arabianbusiness.com: Dubai leisure and entertainment giant Tatweer is to launch a new company to focus on the development of its international investment strategy, its executive chairman has told Arabian Business… Full article: Source

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From Reuters.com: Singapore sovereign wealth fund Temasek Holdings, which has pumped billions of dollars into ailing lenders such as Merrill Lynch & Co Inc, said it may invest more in Western banks if the opportunity arose… Full article: Source

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From Arabianbusiness.com: State-owned Dubai Properties is set to almost double its real estate investment to 1 trillion dirhams ($272.2 billion) within the next five years from 565 billion dirhams currently, its group CEO has said… Full article: Source

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From Propertyweek.com: The UK’s second largest quoted property company [British Land] revealed today that GIC had increased its stake to just above 5%, buying more than 5m shares to increase its holding to 26m shares valued at £184.9m… Full article:

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From Portfolio.com: Why would a sovereign wealth fund that poured $5 billion into Merrill Lynch eight months ago want to invest even more money after seeing Merrill’s shares fall by more than half?… Full article: Source

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From Economist.com: While Saudi Arabia sets up its first sovereign wealth fund, ordinary Saudis are more preoccupied with the rising price of food. This is prompting the Saudi government to consider a new direction for foreign investment: buying farms in the poorer parts of the world… Full article: Source

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