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Sovereign Wealth Funds Briefing 16.Jan 2012

Posted on 16 January 2012 by VRS |  Email |Print

Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al NahyanManaging Director of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds, will pay a visit to India from tomorrow to explore investment opportunities.
“Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Hamed will be meeting several ministers, top financial and monetary authorities and leading members of the private sector during his visit to New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. He will be accompanied by a high level delegation of senior officials of ADIA,” India’s Ambassador to the UAE, M K Lokesh said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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James BeckhamSovereign wealth funds from Asia may have led the push into the London office market in 2011 but a diverse range of Asian investors is gearing up to gain a foothold there this year.
‘High-net-worth individuals and families from Malaysia and Indonesia are also looking for exposure to London offices,´ James Beckham, director - city investment at Jones Lang LaSalle,said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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The Chancellor is to meet the head of China’s sovereign wealth fund to promote investment in British infrastructure projects, prompting speculation that a major deal is imminent.
George Osborne will meet Lou Jiwei, chairman of the China Investment Corporation, during a three-day visit to China and Japan beginning Sunday………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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China will most likely aim for viable and solid investments in Europe as a way to help the debt-ridden continent, analysts in Europe and China said. But they said these would occur not because of China’s large foreign exchange reserves, nor due to some moral obligation. Rather, they will be purely business decisions.
In November, Lou Jiwei, the head of China Investment Corporation (CIC), China’s sovereign wealth fund, said that CIC is keen to get involved in boosting infrastructure investment in the West, starting with the United Kingdom. “We at CIC believe that such an investment, guided by commercial principles, offers the chance of a ‘win-win’ solution for all,” Lou said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Two Singapore sovereign wealth funds were ranked sixth and seventh in the world for good governance and transparency by a US-based economic think tank. Tamasek Holdings was sixth, followed by the Singapore Government Investment Corp, The Straits Times said.
The rankings of 100 government investment funds by the Peterson Institute for International Economics put Norway’s Pension Fund-Global in the top position………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Bumi Resources, Indonesia’s biggest coal miner by production, plans to repay the second and third tranches of its debt to a Chinese sovereign wealth fund two years ahead of schedule.
Dileep Srivastava, the investment relations director at Bumi, said the Jakarta-based company plans to pay off $600 million in debt, which is the second tranche of payment to China Investment Corporation, in the fourth quarter of this year, two years early………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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As the decision on the new owner of Khazanah Nasional Bhd’s (Khazanah) 42.7-per cent stake in Proton Holdings Bhd (Proton) is expected to be known early this week, there is deep concern by industry players that the move will have an impact on the development of the national auto industry.
Among the major areas concern would include the company’s vendor programme, which involves many vendors. They opined that the new shareholder should continue to outsource the manufacturing of parts and components for Proton vehicles, which Proton has been doing since its inception, spawning a brisk auto parts industry in the country………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company, National Bank of Bahrain and Durrat Khaleej Al Bahrain have announced their support for Think Pink Bahrain, a non-profit organisation which raises awareness and encourages early diagnosis of breast cancer.
The three companies will donate BD125,000 ($332,446) to the Think Pink MRI fund. The programme aims to raise funds for a digital MRI screening machine which will be used for early detection of breast cancer at the Salmaniya Medical Complex………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen defined Qatari investments in France as “dangerous”, but French nationals living in Doha appear to welcome the Qatari presence in their country.
Qatar Investment Authority in May bought 70 percent of the French capital’s sole first division club Paris Saint Germain in a deal reportedly worth up to $57m. Le Pen, who is challenging French President Nicolas Sarkozy in elections later this year, said that she was not happy with Qatar’s takeover of PSG………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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