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Sovereign Wealth Funds Briefing 26.Jul 2016

Posted on 26 July 2016 by VRS |  Email |Print

The South China Morning Post’s chief executive officer Robin Hu is stepping down from his post to join Singapore investment company Temasek Holdings. Mr Hu will join Temasek as the joint head of its sustainability and stewardship group - a new senior leadership role - with effect from Dec 1.
He will serve in the role alongside Ms Cheo Hock Kuan, who is currently head of the group. A Temasek spokesman said Mr Hu “brings a wealth of business experience to Temasek and we look forward to him joining us later this year”………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 26 July 2016 by VRS |  Email |Print

The US Department of Justice’s complaint seeking the recovery of assets related to the Malaysian sovereign wealth fund, 1MDB, is compelling reading. In a 136-page filing, a remarkable web of money transfers and illicit purchases is exposed.
Several banks are involved in it and three more have since been rebuked by the Monetary Authority of Singapore for failing to implement proper money laundering checks. So who comes out of it in the best and worst shape? Here is a quick guide:……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Singapore’s regulatory chief vowed stronger action to address the reputational damage caused by anti-money laundering lapses at banks in the city linked to the troubled state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd.
The shortcomings uncovered by the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s more than 15-month probes into fund flows linked to 1MDB are “simply unacceptable” and the city’s reputation has “taken a dent” as a result, the central bank’s Managing Director Ravi Menon said at a press briefing Monday………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Singapore’s central bank said it will enhance controls against money laundering and take swift action against banks following damaging findings that financial institutions in the city-state handled money flows linked to Malaysian state fund 1MDB.
“There is no doubt that the recent findings have made a dent in our reputation as a clean and trusted financial centre,” Ravi Menon, managing director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, said at its annual news conference on Monday. “MAS is determined to fix the problem, working together with the industry.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Posted on 26 July 2016 by VRS |  Email |Print

Shearman & Sterling has become unwittingly caught up in the middle of the largest ever asset seizure by the US Department of Justice’s anti-corruption unit. Funds transferred to the law firm’s bank account are alleged to have financed the “luxurious lifestyles” of several businessmen associated with the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) sovereign wealth fund.
In civil filings to the United States District Court in Los Angeles, Shearman & Sterling is purported to have held millions of dollars in stolen funds in an Interest on Lawyer Account (IOLA) in the US………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 26 July 2016 by VRS |  Email |Print

The US government has accused Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak of having received hundreds of millions of US dollars into his personal banking accounts from money stolen from 1MDB. Najib has not refuted the allegation.
The US government has also accused officials and associates of 1MDB of having stolen more than US$3.5 billion from 1MDB, to which Najib has also failed to deny. What is most devastating to the prime minister personally is that among the millions of such stolen money in his banking accounts is the famous US$681 million which he claimed to be a donation from the Saudi royal family………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 26 July 2016 by VRS |  Email |Print

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s claim that 1MDB had contributed immensely to social welfare is a “farce” as it is funded by debt that is borne by taxpayers, Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua says. Najib yesterday praised 1MDB Foundation for donating RM10.4 million to sponsor 1,100 pilgrims to perform the Haj this year.
In fact, Pua said, 1MDB Foundation was set up to to mask the billions in losses that have resulted in an international anti-money laundering action. He said 1MDB has not seen a sen of profit since it was set up six years ago, and is using the “social welfare” programmes as a “public relations exercise”………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 26 July 2016 by VRS |  Email |Print

The China Investment Corporation (CIC) saw its returns plunging into the red last year amid the dismal global economic environment. In 2015, the net annual return of its overseas investments succumbed to a loss of 2.96%, against a net gain of 5.47% in 2014.
The CIC’s latest annual report states that global stocks, commodity prices and non-US dollar currencies tumbled, introducing significant risks and challenges to its global investments. Due to volatility in international financial markets and foreign-exchange losses triggered by an appreciating US dollar, the CIC’s overseas investments generated a dollar-denominated net return of -2.96% in 2015, and a net cumulative annualised return of 4.58% since its inception in 2007………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 26 July 2016 by VRS |  Email |Print

In January 2015, visiting officials of the State of Qatar told the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that the country would invest $35 billion in the U.S. over the next five years, and it continues to do just that, with its latest investment being Qatari Investment Authority’s acquisition of the office tower at 12100 Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles.
QIA, the sovereign wealth fund of Qatar, and joint venture partner Douglas Emmett Inc. recently acquired the 365,000-square-foot property, located in the prestigious Brentwood submarket, from Hines for $225 million. It appears the transaction took place in a time warp. Hines U.S. Office Value Added Fund II also paid $225 million for 12100 Wilshire when it acquired the Class A property from RREEF Property Trust in 2007………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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