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Criticized by political opponents and human-rights groups for its secretive finances and super-rich political elite, Angola recently set up a sovereign-wealth fund to deploy oil revenue on behalf of the poor.
While the move by President José Eduardo dos Santos has led some observers to praise the new fund as a welcome step, critics are complaining about his choice to help run the fund: his 35-year-old son…………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund has hired UBS to advise on a possible $3 bn investment in Russian state-controlled bank VTB, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said. Russia’s second-biggest lender, advised by Citigroup, has been working on a capital increase to support day-to-day operations. Analysts say the Moscow stock exchange is too small to supply VTB’s needs.
Qatar Holding, widely seen as an opportunistic investor, has a history of investing in large banks in need of capital. At the peak of the global financial crisis, it invested in banks such as Barclays and Credit Suisse on terms regarded as favourable to the fund. “Talks are very advanced”, one of the people said about Qatar’s discussions with VTB…………………………………..Full Article: Source

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VTB Group rebounded, headed for the biggest gain on Russia’s benchmark stock gauge, after Reuters reported Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund hired UBS AG (UBSN) for advice on a possible $3 billion investment in the bank.
The bank gained as much as 1.7 percent after falling 2.4 percent earlier and traded up 1.3 percent at 5.56 kopeks by 3:24 p.m. in Moscow. The amount of shares traded was 48 billion, equivalent to about 1.4 times the three-month average. The Micex tumbled 1.2 percent…………………………………..Full Article: Source

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The Government of Singapore Investment Corp (GIC) has raised US$1.25 billion by selling about 596 million shares in warehouse operator Global Logistic Properties (GLP).
GIC sold the shares at S$2.60 each, which is a 4.8 per cent discount to Monday’s closing price. Following the share sale, it now holds a 37 per cent stake in GLP, down from 49 per cent…………………………………..Full Article: Source

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With more than US$100 billion (S$125 billion) of funds, the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC) is one of the largest sovereign wealth funds in the world, and is highly regarded internationally for its professionalism. Chief investment officer Ng Kok Song, 64, stepped down on Feb 1, after 27 years of managing Singapore’s foreign reserves.
He steered GIC through financial booms and busts, including the October 1987 Black Monday stock market crash, the Asian financial crisis, the dot.com bubble and the recent global financial crisis…………………………………..Full Article: Source

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A real estate investment trust backed by Temasek Holdings Pvt Ltd has priced its Singapore IPO at S$0.93 each, the top of the indicative range, a source briefed on the matter told Reuters on Tuesday. The IPO would raise about US$1.3 billion (S$1.6 billion), in the city-state’s biggest REIT offering.
Mapletree Greater China Commercial Trust, with retail developments in mainland China and in Festival Walk, an up-market shopping centre in Hong Kong’s Kowloon district, had offered units in the trust in S$0.88 to S$0.93 range…………………………………..Full Article: Source

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German car giant Daimler is not expecting sovereign wealth fund China Investment Corp to continue with its purchase of the ten percent stake in the company. The observation was made by Daimler’s Chief Financial Officer Bodo Uebber.
In an interview with Handelsblatt, “No, I don’t expect this to happen. There is a lot of speculation about us looking for another anchor shareholder in addition to Kuwait, but that’s not true.” Currently, Kuwait holds a 7.6 percent stake in the German carmaker…………………………………..Full Article: Source

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In keeping with its goal of encouraging more foreign investment into Australia, the Federal Government will change existing laws to ensure foreign pension and sovereign wealth funds can access the Managed Investment Trust (MIT) withholding tax regime.
In summary, the regime allows a MIT to make payments to non-residents at concessional withholding tax rates, offering an attractive Australian investment option for foreign funds where they and their members are ultimately based overseas…………………………………..Full Article: Source

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