Archive | February, 2010

4Q09 Linaburg-Maduell Transparency Index ratings released

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Gulf sovereign wealth funds fret over US Treasuries

The Financial Times reports that, “Sovereign wealth funds in the Middle East are growing increasingly concerned about the health of the US Treasury market, raising questions about whether they will remain such active buyers of US government debt. Middle Eastern buyers are the fifth-largest investors in Treasuries after China, Japan, the UK and Caribbean banking […]


Intel Capital and China Investment Corporation Announce Collaboration Agreement

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Bahrain’s Mumtalakat Talks To Banks On $400 Million-$500 Million Loan -Sources

Nasdaq reports that, “Bahrain sovereign wealth fund Mumtalakat Holding Co. is talking to banks about a new $400 million-$500 million loan facility, people familiar with the situation said Tuesday. This is not a refinancing but new money for Mumtalakat, one of the people said. The deal is out in the loan market alongside a refinancing facility for […]


Iran sets up new Energy Fund

According to the Peninsula, “Iran has established an energy fund backed by the Central Bank and other Iranian banks to help finance investments in the sector, Oil Minister Massoud Mirkazemi said yesterday. ‘The National Energy Fund, with the help of the resources of four local banks and the Central Bank, has been established to help […]


CIC’S US Stock Holdings Valued At $9.63 Bln End-2009 – SEC Filing

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Abu Dhabi SWF Takes 15% Interest in Gatwick for £125 Million

The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) acquired a 15% stake for £125 million in Gatwick. The airport’s new owner is seeking to bring additional institutional investors. ADIA controls over US$ 600 billion in assets is buying a stake in the second largest airport in the United Kingdom. This transaction is after Korea’s National Pension Service […]


Mubadala lends to airlines

The National reports, “Air Berlin and Etihad Airways have signed up for US$130 million (Dh477.4m) worth of financing provided by a new company controlled by Mubadala Development, the Abu Dhabi Government investment arm. The new entity, called Sanad Aero Solutions, will provide financing and logistical support with a focus on aircraft engines and components. Sanad […]


Buying In: CIC Invests in Apax Partners

The massive China Investment Corporation (CIC), one of China’s major sovereign wealth funds, has concluded a US$ 956 million investment transaction with private equity firm Apax Partners LLP. Founded in 1969, the founders are Alan Patricof and Ronald Cohen. The CIC is planning to invest the large amount of capital into Apax’s 11.2 billion EUR […]


Kuwait Fund Made 40% Return on Blackrock, Chief Says

Bloomberg reports, “Kuwait Investment Authority, the emirate’s sovereign wealth fund, made about a 40 percent return on its $750 million investment in BlackRock Inc.’s capital increase in May, the fund’s chief Bader al-Saad told the Al- Arabiya TV channel in an interview in Davos. The sovereign wealth fund also was among a group of investors […]