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Sovereign Wealth Funds Briefing 02.Jun 2016

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Uber Technologies Inc. raised $3.5 billion from the investment arm of Saudi Arabia, part of an arms race over the future of transportation that is attracting the world’s largest technology companies and auto makers.
The investment from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund extends a fundraising that totals $5 billion, the largest single investment for a venture-backed company. Including the latest contribution, Uber is valued at close to $68 billion, some $20 billion more than General Motors Co., the nation’s largest auto maker………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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A billionaire Qatari investor who masterminded much of the Gulf state’s investment in Britain said on Wednesday he hoped the country would vote to stay in the European Union in its June 23 referendum.
As chairman of Qatar Holding, the investment arm of the gas-rich state’s sovereign wealth fund, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani has overseen many high profile investments in Britain such as the purchase of the Harrods department store and the construction of the landmark Shard skyscraper in London. A former prime minister, he stepped down in 2013 from a variety of senior positions including his roles with the sovereign wealth fund, the Qatar Investment Authority………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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The government is considering an ‘outcome-linked’ payment package as part of incentives for the recruitment of a chief executive of India’s first sovereign wealth fund, the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF).
Negotiations on the incentive payment, which will be paid for every $10 billion the fund succeeds in raising, are still on. But an official source said that it could be as high as Rs.10 crore. Another source privy to the details of the negotiations said that efforts are on to have it pegged closer to Rs.2 crore………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Pitching for investment in India’s first sovereign wealth fund NIIF, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today met global investors and promised them an “advantageous” tax regime in the country. The Rs 40,000-crore National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) was set up in December and is an investment vehicle for funding commercially viable greenfield, brownfield and stalled projects.
During his meeting with global investors, the Minister highlighted the second-generation reform measures undertaken by the government by way of opening up various sectors to FDI as well as making India an investor friendly environment………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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David Neal, head of the nation’s sovereign wealth fund, has confirmed the independent body will press Canberra for a lower return target as “elevated risks” present themselves across the globe. In a wide-ranging speech yesterday, Mr Neal also hit out at the financial sector, saying it had failed to generate the kind of trust required to make customers feel at ease.
The $117 billion Future Fund has a mandate to achieve 4.5-5.5 per cent annual growth above inflation and while it has met this target since its inception, on average, its chairman Peter Costello recently told The Australian a 2-3 per cent target might be more reasonable in the current environment………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Singapore sovereign wealth funds bought US$1 billion of Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s shares as part of an US$8.9 billion sale by Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp , Alibaba’s biggest shareholder, the Chinese company said on Wednesday.
Singapore’s GIC and Temasek Holdings each purchased US$500 million of Alibaba shares at US$74.00 apiece through subsidiaries, Alibaba said, offering details of the SoftBank sale announced on Tuesday………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Khazanah Nasional Bhd disposed of a block of IHH Healthcare Bhd shares valued at RM828.7mil in off-market trades in a move to add liquidity to the stock, sources said.
The block was made up of 130.3 million IHH shares that was priced at RM6.36 apiece, which was at a slight discount of 10 sen to the opening price of IHH today of RM6.46. “About 80% of the shares were taken up by local funds and foreigners mopped up the rest. It was a good price in the current climate,” said a banker………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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SSEK Legal Consultants has acted as Indonesian counsel to GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, on its partnership with PT Mega Manunggal Property Tbk, an Indonesian publicly listed logistics developer and one of Indonesia’s leading modern logistics companies, to develop logistics warehouses in Indonesia. This is GIC’s first investment in Indonesia’s logistics sector.
Partner Denny Rahmansyah led the SSEK team advising on the deal. Allen & Gledhill acted as foreign counsel for GIC………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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The new 1MDB board of directors must immediately instruct auditors Deloitte to resume its audit of the firm so as to get a full picture of the company’s financial standing, Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua said. The audit is on the financial year ending March 31, 2015 and March 31, 2016.
“Without a clear and accurate picture of the financial position of the company, the board of directors would be acting in a vacuum, rushing headlong into decisions without knowing the underlying status of the company,” he said in a statement………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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The first act of the new board of directors at 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) must be to instruct accounting firm Deloitte to complete the months’ late audit of the firm, DAP’s Tony Pua said.
The DAP national publicity secretary said the audits for the financial years ending March 31, 2015 and March 2016 must be completed as soon as possible to provide 1MDB’s new directors a “clear and accurate” picture of the financial position of the company………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Wednesday that investor confidence in Malaysia is high and blamed the rising “noise levels” for a negative perception of the country, where a state-owned fund is at the centre of graft probes across the world.
Malaysia’s economy and markets have been rattled by a slowdown in China, slumping oil prices and a burgeoning financial scandal around 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), whose advisory board Najib had chaired. Companies and banks linked to 1MDB are being investigated for money-laundering in at least six countries, a big embarrassment for Najib who welcomed hundreds of business and political leaders to Kuala Lumpur for the World Economic Forum on ASEAN 2016………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Korea Investment Corp increased its stake in Hca Holdings Inc by 32.77% based on its latest 2016Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Korea Investment Corp bought 183,900 shares as the company’s stock rose 17.74% with the market. The institutional investor held 745,027 shares of the health care company at the end of 2016Q1, valued at $58.15 million, up from 561,127 at the end of the previous reported quarter.
Korea Investment Corp who had been investing in Hca Holdings Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $30.57 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.85% or $0.66 during the last trading session, hitting $78.02. HCA Holdings Inc has risen 13.11% since October 23, 2015 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 12.05% the S&P500………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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The New Zealand Superannuation Fund has appointed veteran Canadian asset owner Doug Pearce to its board of guardians, the fund announced Wednesday.
Pearce led the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCIMC) as founding CEO and CIO for 25 years. He retired in 2014, succeeded by Quebec pension chief Gordon Fyfe. BCIMC grew from a small portfolio of Canadian government bonds in 1988 to a diversified $114 billion during Pearce’s tenure………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Built from oil and natural gas profits, Norway’s fund is an $850 billion behemoth. It’s said that the Government Pension Fund of Norway owns shares of every stock listed on the planet in some capacity. So when the fund decides to shift its investing strategy and policies, regular Joes may want to take notice. And this time, dividend investors may want to pay really close attention.
Norway has infrastcture on its mind. And why not? Investing in pipelines, toll roads, timberlands and other public pieces of infrastructure has plenty of benefits — especially for those looking for dividends………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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