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Sovereign Wealth Funds Briefing - Archive | July, 2016

White House calls for Malaysian transparency in wake of fund scandal

Posted on 22 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The White House urged Malaysia on Thursday to demonstrate good governance and a transparent business climate, a day after U.S. prosecutors sued to try and seize $1 billion in assets they said were bought with money stolen from a state development fund.
The civil lawsuits present a potentially thorny issue for the two countries that have grown closer during the administration of President Barack Obama, who has visited the southeast Asian nation twice in the last two years. The lawsuits will likely affect relations, but they did not come as a surprise, said a U.S. congressional aide. “It has been a concern of a lot of people for a long time. Corruption in Malaysia is a huge problem,” the aide said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Were You at the 1MDB Party?

Posted on 22 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The thing with the kind of investigation currently engulfing Malaysia’s sovereign investment fund 1MDB is that it’s hard to assess where the risk for investors ends. Unless you know exactly who was involved and to what extent, you might have to add a premium or a discount for companies with potential dotted lines to the eye of the storm.
The Monetary Authority of Singapore said Thursday it had found “instances of control failings” in the local units of UBS and Standard Chartered, as well as at the country’s biggest bank, DBS Group Holdings………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Malaysian State Fund Tied up in Money Laundering Scandal

Posted on 22 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

A spokesman for Malaysian premier stated that 1MDB has been the subject of multiple inquiries in Malaysia and “the attorney general found that no crime was committed.” US prosecutors are trying to seize more than $1 billion in assets they said were tied to money stolen from the Malaysian state fund, overseen by the prime minister and used to finance The Wolf of Wall Street film, and to buy property and works of art.
Civil lawsuits filed in federal court on Wednesday did not name Malaysian premier Najib Razak, referring instead to “Malaysian Official 1.” Some of the allegations against this official are the same as those in a Malaysian investigation over a $681 million transfer to his personal bank account………………………………………..Full Article: Source

US$731m siphoned from 1MDB to ‘Malaysian Official 1′ account, says DOJ

Posted on 22 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

US$731 million was allegedly siphoned from Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund 1MDB into a bank account owned by the unnamed ‘Malaysian Official 1′, according to the lawsuit filed by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) yesterday.
DOJ did not name ‘Malaysian Official 1’ but described the individual as a “high-ranking official in the Malaysian government who also held a position of authority with 1MDB.” Upon its formation, Malaysian Official 1 assumed a position of authority with 1MDB, said DOJ………………………………………..Full Article: Source

US says $1bn siphoned from 1MDB fund to finance gambling debts, private jet

Posted on 22 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The plot behind the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) state fund scandal has thickened with the intervention of the United States government. Gambling debts in Las Vegas, a private jet, and funding for Oscar-nominated movie ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ are among the opulent expenses allegedly bankrolled by the Malaysian sovereign wealth fund in a scandal involving billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money.
Amid colossal allegations of transborder graft and money laundering, the U.S. Department of Justice is looking to seize more than $1 billion in assets that federal officials say were misappropriated from the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) wealth fund………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Swiss seize Monet and Van Gogh paintings in 1MDB case

Posted on 22 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Swiss authorities, acting on United States request, have seized three rare paintings linked to an investigation into the scandal-hit Malaysian state fund 1MDB. A spokeswoman for the Federal Office of Justice said the paintings were Vincent van Gogh’s La maison de Vincent à Arles and Claude Monet’s Saint-Georges Majeur and Nympheas avec Reflets de Hautes Herbes.
She was confirming a report by the Neue Luzerner Zeitung newspaper. “The operation is not over yet so we will not comment at the moment on the location of the paintings,” she said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

How Will Goldman Sachs Stock Be Affected by Malaysian Fund Scandal?

Posted on 22 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Goldman Sachs (GS) is under fire this morning after the U.S. government alleged that Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB diverted billions of company dollars from bond sales issued by Goldman Sachs for the personal use of 1MDB officials, Reuters reports.
In 2012 and 2013, Goldman assisted the fund in raising $6.5 billion in three separate bond sales to invest in energy projects and real estate. The investments were meant to boost the Malaysian economy………………………………………..Full Article: Source

UBS, StanChart, DBS face actions by MAS

Posted on 22 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Singapore’s regulator will take “firm regulatory actions” against UBS, Standard Chartered and DBS bank for serious failings in anti-money laundering controls relating to flows of cash linked to Malaysia’s state investment fund 1MDB.
The Monetary Authority of Singapore said in a statement on Thursday that inspections had found instances of control failings in all three banks. In some cases there were weaknesses in the process for accepting clients and monitoring transactions……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Singapore Seizures Ensnare Three Big Banks in Sovereign Fund Scandal

Posted on 22 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The scandal surrounding Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund 1MDB has roped in three major banks, with Singapore’s investigations alleging failures and weaknesses at DBS Bank (DBSDY), Standard Chartered (SCBFF) and UBS (UBS) . That comes right after the largest-ever forfeiture complaint by the kleptocracy unit of the U.S. Justice Department, which has filed to seize more than $1 billion in assets in the United States.
Singapore has seized S$240 million ($177 million) in suspicious bank accounts in the city, its forces said in a statement issued on Wednesday. Half of the money belongs to the Malaysian businessman Low Taek Jho — a socialite known as Jho Low — and his family………………………………………..Full Article: Source

SMRT triple-A credit rating not affected by Temasek’s buyout offer, says S&P

Posted on 22 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

S&P Global Ratings said on Thursday (July 21) that its credit rating on SMRT is not affected by the Temasek Holdings buyout offer for the rail and bus operator.
“Our rating already incorporates a very strong link between the company and its majority owner, the Government of Singapore, through Temasek, which is unlikely to change even if the company becomes a wholly owned subsidiary,” said S&P, which rates SMRT as triple-A with a stable outlook………………………………………..Full Article: Source

3 Things Investors Should Know About Temasek’s Bid For SMRT Corporation Ltd

Posted on 22 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

SMRT Corporation Ltd has made two huge announcements in short order. Last Friday, the land transport services provider revealed that it plans to sell its rail operating assets to the Land Transport Authority (LTA) for S$1 billion. The sale, if it happens, would effectively change the company’s business model from asset-heavy to asset-light. It’s a deal that may change SMRT Corporation’s business significantly – you can find out more about the possible changes here.
Then, yesterday, SMRT Corporation announced that its largest shareholder, Temasek Holdings, has released a buyout offer. Temasek, which is one of the Singapore government’s investing arms, currently owns 54% of SMRT Corporation’s shares and it wants to buy the remaining 46% stake………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Temasek-backed Godrej Agrovet weighs IPO

Posted on 22 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Adi Godrej is considering an IPO of his group’s animal-feed unit as business thrives in the biggest milk-drinking country in the world. Billionaire Adi Godrej is considering an initial public offering (IPO) of his group’s animal-feed unit, the largest producer in India, as business thrives in the biggest milk-drinking country in the world.
An IPO of the unit, which is partly owned by Singapore’s Temasek Holdings Pte, would be the first such deal for the 119-year old conglomerate — whose businesses range from locks to soaps, appliances and real estate — since 2010. It would also come as rising stock prices increase the number of initial share sales in the world’s fastest-growing major economy………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Sovereign funds take a liking to Indian IPOs

Posted on 22 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Primary markets are emerging as a new route to raise exposure to Indian equities for sovereign wealth funds (SWFs). Prominent SWFs such as Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA), Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) of Norway and Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) invested in about 30% of the initial public offerings (IPOs) in the past 18 months. Narayana Hrudayalaya, InterGlobe Aviation, Parag Milk, VRL Logistics and Alkem Labs were some of the prominent investment targets.
In Parag Milk Foods IPO of May 2016, SWFs of Abu Dhabi and Norway cumulatively subscribed to 8% of the total book and nearly 18% of the total anchor book………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority’s real rate of return stays steady

Posted on 22 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Despite volatile conditions that saw equity markets end 2015 little changed from where they began, the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, or Adia, recorded a creditable performance from an overall portfolio perspective, the world’s leading sovereign wealth fund said.
In its 2015 annual review, Adia said its 20-year annualised rates of return fell to 6.5 per cent in 2015 from 7.4 per cent the year before. The fund’s 30-year rate of return slipped to 7.5 per cent from 8.4 per cent. “This was primarily as a result of strong returns from the mid-1980s and 1990s falling out of the rolling averages over the periods in question.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Trial date for Libya fund suit against SocGen pushed back to April

Posted on 22 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

A trial date for a lawsuit brought by Libya’s $67 billion (51 billion pounds) sovereign wealth fund against French investment bank Societe Generale was pushed back to April 25, 2017, by a judge’s ruling in London’s High Court.
The case, in which the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) is pursuing Societe Generale for some $2.1 billion in relation to disputed trades, was originally scheduled to come to trial in January 2017. The judge’s ruling came in response to a request for an adjournment by lawyers for the French bank, who had cited the volume of work that still needed to be done………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Mexican Ambassador to Azerbaijan meets SOFAZ Executive Director

Posted on 22 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Ambassador of Mexico to the Republic of Azerbaijan Rodrigo Labardini accompanied by Head of the Competitive Technical Intelligence Unit of the Mexican Institute of Petroleum (IMP) Victor Ortiz has met with Executive Director of the State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ) Shahmar Movsumov.
Rodrigo Labardini highlighted the development of the oil sector in Mexico. He noted that the significant growth in the economic sector, the increase of foreign trade, creation of a propitious environment for investment and the significant contribution of the Mexican energy sector in the last two decades has positioned Mexico as the eleventh largest oil producer in the world……………………………………….Full Article: Source

U.S. Sues To Recover Funds Allegedly Stolen From Malaysian Government Fund

Posted on 21 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed civil complaints seeking to recover a billion dollars’ worth of art, real estate and other assets bought with money allegedly stolen from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund.
U.S. officials say a total of $3.5 billion, raised through bond offerings made by the investment fund 1MDB between 2009 and 2015, was laundered through a series of sham transactions and shell corporations by “high level officials” of the fund and their associates. The U.S. is seeking to reclaim only about $1 billion right now, because that’s how much officials have been able to trace through the system………………………………………..Full Article: Source

US moves to seize $1bn in Malaysia assets

Posted on 21 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Van Gogh paintings, Beverly Hills properties and the rights to profits from the hit movie The Wolf of Wall Street were among $1bn in assets US prosecutors moved to seize on Wednesday as part of a sprawling anti-money laundering investigation into Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund.
In one of the largest seizures in US history, federal law enforcement agents also appeared to link Najib Razak, Malaysia’s prime minister, to a web of corrupt officials receiving stolen funds………………………………………..Full Article: Source

US goes after more than $1B taken from Malaysian fund

Posted on 21 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The United States moved Wednesday to recover more than $1 billion that federal officials say was stolen from a Malaysian economic development fund and that was used for high-end real estate, fancy artwork and production of the Hollywood film, “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
The diverted funds paid for luxury properties in New York and California, a $35 million private jet and expensive paintings by Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet, according to federal government complaints that demand the recovery and forfeiture of the ill-gotten assets………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Corrupt officials used Malaysia state fund 1MDB as private bank account

Posted on 21 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

US Attorney-General Loretta Lynch said on Wednesday (July 20) that a number of corrupt officials had treated Malaysia state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) as their private bank account.
She was delivering prepared remarks to announce a new legal action to seize more than US$1 billion (S$1.36 billion) in assets including luxury real estate and a jet allegedly bought with money pilfered from the 1MDB state investment fund………………………………………..Full Article: Source

In Properties Targeted in 1MDB Case, a High-End House Tour

Posted on 21 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The properties allegedly bought with funds misappropriated from a Malaysian investment fund would make for a stunning house tour of high-end real estate in New York and Los Angeles.
Besides flashy real estate, the U.S. government alleges that money from the fund, known as 1Malaysia Development Bhd. or 1MDB, was used to buy a $35 million private jet and a stake in EMI Music Publishing………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Goldman Sachs under spotlight in Malaysian fund scandal

Posted on 21 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Goldman Sachs’ work with Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB is under the spotlight over U.S. government allegations that billions of dollars were diverted for the personal use of officials in the southeast Asian country.
The Wall Street bank helped 1MDB raise $6.5 billion in three bond sales in 2012 and 2013 to invest in energy projects and real estate to boost the Malaysian economy. Instead, more than $2.5 billion raised from those bonds was misappropriated by high-level 1MDB officials, their relatives and associates, U.S. Department of Justice civil lawsuits filed in court on Wednesday said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

CIC names new vice chairman

Posted on 21 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

China’s sovereign wealth fund (SWF) China Investment Corporation (CIC) has named Tu Guangshao, former general manager and party secretary of the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE), as the SWF’s vice chairman and president effective July 19, replacing Li Keping, who is retiring after heading the entity for the past five years.
Mr. Tu has been the vice mayor of Shanghai since December 2007 and was promoted to executive vice mayor in February 2013. Before that, he was head of the SSE and the China Securities Regulatory Commission………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Temasek to buy out public transport operator SMRT for S$1.18b

Posted on 21 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Public transport operator SMRT looks set to be privatised after Temasek Holdings announced a S$1.18 billion buyout offer at S$1.68 a share Wednesday (Jul 20). The offer from the Singapore state investment firm values SMRT at approximately S$2.565 billion, Temasek and SMRT said in a media statement. Once the acquisition is completed, SMRT will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Temasek and will be delisted from the Singapore Exchange.
In their statement, Temasek and SMRT said that privatisation will provide SMRT with “greater flexibility to focus on its primary role of delivering safe and high quality rail service, without short term pressures of being a listed company, in the midst of its transition to a new regulatory framework under the new rail financing framework”………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Temasek Offers S$1.2 Billion to Buy Out SMRT 16 Years After IPO

Posted on 21 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Singapore state investment firm Temasek Holdings Pte offered S$1.2 billion ($880 million) to buy out SMRT Corp., 16 years after the company became the first Asian subway operator outside of Japan to list shares.
The S$1.68 a share proposal, an 8.7 percent premium from the last traded price, values the rail operator at S$2.6 billion. The price is fair and final, Temasek President Chia Song Hwee said in Singapore Wednesday after the buyout, first reported by Bloomberg News this week, was made public………………………………………..Full Article: Source

India Drinks so Much Milk Temasek-Backed Feedmaker Weighs IPO

Posted on 21 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Billionaire Adi Godrej is considering an initial public offering of his group’s animal-feed unit, the largest producer in India, as business thrives in the biggest milk-drinking country in the world. Godrej Agrovet Ltd. may be listed in the future, group Chairman Godrej said in a recent interview in Mumbai, without providing details on the timing or valuations.
An IPO of the unit, which is partly owned by Singapore’s Temasek Holdings Pte, would be the first such deal for the 119-year old conglomerate — whose businesses range from locks to soaps, appliances and real estate — since 2010. It would also come as rising stock prices increase the number of initial share sales in the world’s fastest-growing major economy………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Abu Dhabi Wealth Fund Says Long-Term Investment Gains Fell

Posted on 21 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, one of the world’s biggest sovereign wealth funds, said its long-term gains dropped in 2015. The fund’s 20-year annual rate of return slowed to 6.5 percent at the end of 2015, from 7.4 percent a year earlier, it said in its annual review. Over three decades, annual returns fell to 7.5 percent from 8.4 percent.
The sovereign wealth fund doesn’t disclose how much money it manages for the government. ADIA, as the fund is known, is bringing more investment management in-house and putting less assets in index-tracking funds as it seeks higher returns………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority’s real rate of return stays steady

Posted on 21 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Despite volatile conditions that saw equity markets end 2015 little changed from where they began, the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, or Adia, recorded a creditable performance from an overall portfolio perspective, the world’s leading sovereign wealth fund said.
Now in its 40th year, Adia invests across more than two dozen asset classes globally. It does not disclose the total size of its assets, but the US-based Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute, which tracks the industry, estimates them at $792 billion………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Abu Dhabi wealth fund goes in house

Posted on 21 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Abu Dhabi’s main sovereign wealth fund has brought more of its portfolio buying activity in house as it seeks greater value amid slower growth across increasingly volatile global markets.
Abu Dhabi Investment Authority has its portfolio managed by external firms overseen by the sovereign wealth fund’s staff to 60 per cent from 65 per cent in 2014. The amount of its assets tracking indexes has fallen from 55 per cent in 2014 to 50 per cent this year……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Adia renews faith in China and India’s growth prospects amid market tumult

Posted on 21 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (Adia) remains focused on China’s and India’s long-term growth prospects, even after emerging markets were hit last year by a slowing global economy. The emirate’s main sovereign wealth fund said in its annual review, released on Wednesday, that long-term returns declined last year amid volatility in markets, although it said the lower rates were mainly caused by statistical averaging over the long periods it uses to measure returns.
The fund’s managing director, Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed, pointed to the continued long-term growth prospects of China and India, despite economic headwinds and the need for huge structural reforms undertaken by the former in the past couple of years………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Norway’s sovereign wealth fund has made a killing from Pokémon Go

Posted on 21 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Norwegian’s should be happy about the arrival of Pokémon Go - not only because they seem to be the most active players of the game in the Nordics. The Norwegian sovereign wealth fund, the largest of its kind in the world, has made big bucks from the Pokémon Go hype.
Even with Nintendo stock declining 12% today, at the time of writing, after having doubled since the release of the augmented reality mobile game, the sovereign wealth fund has made Norwegian’s over $100 million, reports E24………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Irish sovereign fund to take on construction risk amid housing push

Posted on 20 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Ireland’s €7.9bn sovereign wealth fund will be asked to step in and take on construction risk as the country’s government attempts to ramp up the size of its house-building programme.
The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund’s (ISIF) role was confirmed as Simon Coveney, minister for housing and planning, launched the government’s Action Plan for Housing, which seeks to build 47,000 new homes with the help of €5.3bn in state assistance………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Aberdeen’s unfrozen property fund sells London asset to Norges Bank

Posted on 20 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Norway’s sovereign wealth fund has acquired a prime London asset, capitalising on liquidity pressures facing open-ended property funds in the UK. Aberdeen Asset Management has sold a 59,000sqft retail and office building on Oxford Street from a fund that was recently closed to redemptions.
Norges Bank Real Estate Investment Management paid £124m (€149m) for 355-361 Oxford Street, known as Sedley Place, in London’s West End………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Azeri banks buy $50M from State Oil Fund at auction

Posted on 20 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ) sold $50 million to 29 banks through an auction held by the Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA), SOFAZ said July 19. As of July 1, 2016, SOFAZ’s assets increased by 4.6 percent and amounted to $35.1 billion as compared to $33.57 billion in early 2016.
SOFAZ will continue selling foreign currency through auctions in 2016. The foreign currency is sold as part of SOFAZ’s transfers to the Azerbaijani state budget, which are envisaged to stand at 7.615 billion Azerbaijani manats in 2016………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Temasek may take SMRT private: Sources

Posted on 20 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Three days after SMRT Corp unveiled the long-awaited details of a new rail plan that will turn it into an asset-light operator, its majority owner Temasek Holdings is doing the math for a possible takeover of the transport firm.
Sources say Temasek, which owns 54 per cent of SMRT, is mulling taking the company private. Speculation - as it remains so for now - pushed the rumour mill into overdrive on Monday………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Investors Go Bargain-Hunting for U.K. Property After Brexit Vote

Posted on 20 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Global investors are on the hunt for U.K. property bargains, expecting that Brexit-fueled economic turmoil could weaken real-estate values. The drop in the value of sterling has only increased the appeal.
Norway’s sovereign wealth fund announced it bought a retail and office property on Oxford Street, one of London’s main shopping destinations from Aberdeen Asset Management for £124 million ($164.3 million). Aberdeen, which resumed trading in its U.K. property fund last week, declined to comment………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Khazanah in Talks to Buy Stakes in Malaysian Insurers for $800 Million

Posted on 20 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Canada’s Sun Life Financial Inc. and Malaysian sovereign-wealth fund Khazanah Nasional Bhd. are in discussions to buy majority stakes in two Malaysian life insurers in a deal worth around 3.2 billion ringgit ($800 million), people with knowledge of the deal said.
The companies are in negotiations with Hong Leong Financial Group Bhd. to buy its 70% stake in Hong Leong Assurance Bhd. and 65% stake in Hong Leong MSIG Takaful Bhd., the people said. Japan’s Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co. owns the remaining stake in both companies………………………………………..Full Article: Source

SocGen seeks to push back trial date in Libya fund case

Posted on 20 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

French investment bank Societe Generale on Monday asked for an adjournment to push back the date of a trial in a long-running dispute with Libya’s US$67 billion sovereign wealth fund over a series of trades entered into between 2007 and 2009.
At London’s High Court, Adrian Beltrami, a lawyer acting for SocGen, requested an adjournment, citing the amount of work that still needed to be done before the three-month trial is scheduled to start on January 23, 2017. The Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) is pursuing the French bank for some US$2.1 billion in relation to the disputed trades………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Big funds push back against activist investor settlements

Posted on 19 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

After years of support for companies that hand board seats to activists to avoid a bruising public fight, some of the world’s largest institutional investors are pushing back.
BlackRock Inc , the world’s largest asset manager, and Norges Bank Investment Management, Norway’s $872 billion sovereign wealth fund are among the major funds resisting, encouraging companies to consult them before responding to an activist………………………………………..Full Article: Source

World’s Biggest Wealth Fund Gets New Stab at Infrastructure Bid

Posted on 19 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Norway is reconsidering whether to let its $870 billion sovereign wealth fund invest in unlisted infrastructure after parliament requested a more detailed study into the move. The government, which three months ago rejected the fund’s bid to make such investments, will consider expanding its mandate in a white paper in the first half of next year, according to a letter to Norges Bank from the Finance Ministry obtained by Bloomberg.
The shift follows a vote by a parliamentary committee in May to keep the option on the table, the document showed………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Russia’s Reserve Fund, National Wealth Fund will not be depleted

Posted on 19 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Reserve Fund and the National Wealth Fund will not be completely depleted, Russian Deputy Minister of Finance Alexeн Moiseev said in an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper to be published on Tuesday.
“We will not bring the Reserve Fund and the National Wealth Fund to the condition of complete depletion. The budget deficit will be contracted. It will be financed at the expense of renewable sources, privatization and government bonds floating in the first instance. Then expenditures from sovereign funds will stop,” the official said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Azeri state oil fund’s assets up 4.6 pct in H1 to $35.1 bln by July 1

Posted on 19 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The assets of Azeri state oil fund SOFAZ grew by 4.6 percent to $35.1 billion in the first six months of this year, the fund said on Monday. SOFAZ holds proceeds from oil contracts, oil and gas sales, transit fees and other revenue. It uses income from investments to pay for social spending and infrastructure projects.
SOFAZ revenues reached 3.99 billion manats ($2.6 billion) in the first half of 2016, while its expenditures totalled 2.26 billion manats, the fund said in a statement. SOFAZ assets dropped by 9.5 percent year-on-year in 2015 to $33.57 billion………………………………………..Full Article: Source

SOFAZ’s revenues hit 4B manats in Q2 2016

Posted on 19 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Budget revenues of the State Oil Fund of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ) for the period of January-June, 2016 reached 3,991.0 million manat, while budget expenditures constituted 2,256.7 million manat, said a statement from SOFAZ July 18.
Revenue of 3,689.5 million manat was received from implementation of oil and gas agreements, including 3,680.6 million manat from the sale of profit oil and gas, 0.1 million manat as bonus payments and 8.8 million manat as transit payments………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Ireland can conjure a pot of sovereign wealth gold

Posted on 19 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

By taking shares in multinationals, Ireland could create a sovereign wealth fund linked to the performance of the best-governed companies in the world, which would provide for future generations. In 2012, US multinationals made $100bn profit in Ireland, on which they are supposed to pay 12.5 per cent tax, or $12.5bn. In fact, they paid $4bn.
Why not encourage multinationals to pay the difference between what they pay and what they ought to pay in shares? Shares are permanent wealth, whereas taxes are transitory income………………………………………..Full Article: Source

SocGen seeks to push back trial date in Libya fund case

Posted on 19 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

French investment bank Societe Generale on Monday asked for an adjournment to push back the date of a trial in a long-running dispute with Libya’s $67 billion sovereign wealth fund over a series of trades entered into between 2007 and 2009.
At London’s High Court, Adrian Beltrami, a lawyer acting for SocGen, requested an adjournment, citing the amount of work that still needed to be done before the three-month trial is scheduled to start on January 23, 2017. The Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) is pursuing the French bank for some $2.1 billion in relation to the disputed trades………………………………………..Full Article: Source

SocGen used the codewords ‘Pizza,’ ‘Zorro,’ and ‘the Men in Black’ to hide corruption, Libyan fund alleges

Posted on 19 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Libya’s sovereign wealth fund is seeking information on alleged “codewords” used by Societe Generale staff to mask bribery and corruption, in a $2 billion (£1.5 billion) lawsuit.
The Libyan Investment Authority asked a London court to require the lender to reveal the meaning of words such as “cooking,” “pizza” and the “Men in Black,” which feature in documents disclosed by SocGen. The LIA is suing SocGen for $2 billion, claiming the bank intimidated and bribed Libyan officials to carry out five trades between 2007 and 2009………………………………………..Full Article: Source

SocGen seeks to push back trial date in Libya fund case

Posted on 19 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

French investment bank Societe Generale on Monday asked for an adjournment to push back the date of a trial in a long-running dispute with Libya’s US$67 billion sovereign wealth fund over a series of trades entered into between 2007 and 2009.
At London’s High Court, Adrian Beltrami, a lawyer acting for SocGen, requested an adjournment, citing the amount of work that still needed to be done before the three-month trial is scheduled to start on January 23, 2017. The Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) is pursuing the French bank for some US$2.1 billion in relation to the disputed trades………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Ipic-Mubadala merger does not have to follow a template

Posted on 19 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Ipic and Mubadala, two major Abu Dhabi investment funds, have been mandated to merge. The outcome does not have to be a single company. In this article I will look at an innovative option for the Ipic-Mubadala merger to result in more than one company and how such a multi-result merger can support Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision 2030.
I recently wrote in detail on what strategies the NBAD-FGB merger could take and in a subsequent article I delved into a major challenge such a merger might face. The detail was possible because both NBAD and FGB are listed companies and have strong disclosure requirements………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Singapore ‘in pursuit of 1MDB links’

Posted on 19 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Singapore’s central bank was scrutinising several banks, including UBS and DBS Group Holdings, to see if they broke rules against money laundering in handling transactions linked to scandal-hit Malaysian state fund 1MDB, three people with knowledge of the matter said.
The Monetary Authority of Singapore was looking at several aspects of the banks’ operations, sources said. Switzerland’s Falcon Private Bank and Coutts International, which is owned by Geneva-based Union Bancaire Privee, were also under review, they said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Temasek set to unveil buyout deal for struggling S’pore rail operator

Posted on 19 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings is set to announce a deal this week to buy out the remaining nearly 46 percent of SMRT Corp that it doesn’t already own, two sources with knowledge of the matter said.
The deal caps a turbulent period for Singapore’s main rail operator. SMRT has come under heavy criticism in recent years after a series of train breakdowns led to public outcry in a country long known for an efficient and reliable public infrastructure. Temasek already owns 54.5 percent of SMRT, Thomson Reuters data shows………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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