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Abu Dhabi Investment Council to Consolidate into Mubadala

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UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan issued a groundbreaking law that restructures the Abu Dhabi Investment Council (ADIC) to be under the Mubadala Investment Company group. Under the new law, the Mubadala Investment Company Board of Directors will now become the Board of Directors for the Abu Dhabi Investment Council. Furthermore, ADIC management will continue to run the council. Eissa Mohammed al Suwaidi will continue to lead ADIC as its Chief Executive Officer, and will report to Mubadala Group CEO and Managing Director Khaldoon Khalifa al Mubarak.

In a release, he commented, ADIC becoming part of the Mubadala Group is yet another step in Abu Dhabi’s efforts to accelerate the diversification of the UAE’s economy. With an investment vehicle of significant scale, world-class talent and wide geographical reach, we enhance the country’s competitive position.”

Earlier in 2017, Mubadala Development Company merged with International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC). This is a trend in Abu Dhabi to create economies of scale within these large state-owned entities.

In 2007, ADIC started operations after it splintered off from the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA). A significant portion of ADIC’s holdings include stakes in large financial institutions in the UAE.

Saudi Arabia Sends Second Installment of Aid to Pakistan

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On December 14, 2018, Pakistan received its second installment of the US$ 3 billion in aid promised from Saudi Arabia on October 23, 2018. The US$ 1 billion given on December 14th boosted the foreign reserves of the State Bank of Pakistan, which went from US$ 7.2 billion to US$ 8.2 billion. The first installment was given on November 23, 2018. The last installment is expected to occur in January 2019.

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White House Nominates Heath Tarbert for CFTC Chairman

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The White House announced Heath P. Tarbert will be nominated to serve as Commissioner and Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Tarbert currently serves as Assistant Secretary for International Markets at the U.S. Treasury Department. Before joining the U.S. Treasury, Tarbert was a Partner at law firm Allen & Overy. Tarbert was confirmed by the U.S. Senate for his current Treasury post at 87 (yes) to 8 (no).

Upon Senate confirmation, Tarbert’s CFTC term would start on April 14, 2019 and last for five years. Tarbert is taking over from J. Christopher Giancarlo whose term ends in April 2019. Tarbert will need a U.S. Senate confirmation to take the head CFTC post.

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KIA Could Sell Stake in North Sea Energy Business

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The Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA), through its unit Wren House Investment Management, is nearing a deal to sell a 40% stake in its North Sea energy business to JPMorgan Asset Management. In July 2018, KIA closed on a deal to acquire oil and gas pipeline firm North Sea Midstream Partners from ArcLight Capital.

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