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Sovereign Wealth Funds Briefing 23.Aug 2008

Posted on 23 August 2008 by admin |  Email |Print

From FT.com: Investments by Russian companies and sovereign wealth funds into the US are likely to face tougher scrutiny in Washington in the wake of the country’s conflict with Georgia, experts predict.

The article adds that, “Gazprom, the energy giant majority-owned by the Russian government, said in June that it was considering building its presence in the US through acquisitions. Any attempt by Gazprom to invest in the US was already likely to be closely examined by the Committee on Foreign Investment, or Cfius, the executive branch agency that investigates sensitive deals on national security grounds. But Cfius is now likely to view such a transaction even more sceptically… Full article: Source

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From Reuters.com: Qatar’s property investment arm Qatari Diar is close to launching syndication of a 1.7-billion-euro ($2.5 billion) loan to finance the Gulf state’s acquisition of French engineering company Cegelec, [London-based Middle East Economic Digest (MEED)] reported [on Friday]… Full article: Source

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From Yomiuri.co.jp: The [Japanese] government is planning to establish a sovereign wealth fund in fiscal 2009 that would place priority on innovative technologies using new energy sources and natural resources, government sources said Saturday… Full article: Source

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From Telegraph.co.uk: China’s central bank [the People’s Bank of China (PBOC)] has acquired a secret [1 percent] stake in Prudential, Britain’s second-­largest insurer, as part of Beijing’s increasingly active plans to deploy its vast pool of foreign currency reserves in overseas markets, The Sunday Telegraph has learned… Full article: Source

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