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Sovereign Wealth Funds Briefing 19.Jul 2016

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings is set to announce a deal this week to buy out the remaining nearly 46 per cent 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………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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SMRT Corp announced a continuation of its trading halt today (18 Jul) pending a possible announcement. SMRT first announced a trading halt on Jul 15, where it was announced that its operating assets will come under the new rail financing framework from Oct 1.
According to a Bloomberg report, SMRT called for a trading halt today because Temasek Holdings is mulling a buyout offer for the public transport operator. Temasek owns 54.2 percent of SMRT, and the sovereign wealth fund is said to be weighing an offer to buy all the shares it does not already own………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Khazanah Nasional Bhd, the sovereign wealth fund, is reportedly considering a RM3.2 billion bid for control of billionaire Quek Leng Chan’s Hong Leong Financial Group, according to Bloomberg News. Quek, chairman of Hong Leong Financial, is Malaysia’s fifth richest person with a net worth of USD4.3 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
Khazanah, which had net asset value of RM109 billion in investments at the end of December, may take Hong Leong Financial’s 70 per cent stake in Hong Leong Assurance Bhd and its 65 per cent stake in Hong Leong MSIG Takaful Bhd, according to sources. Japan’s Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co bought 30 per cent of Hong Leong Assurance in 2010. The next year, it bought 35 per cent of Hong Leong MISG………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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