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Alaska and Norway Oil Officials Meet to Discuss Differences

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Ola Borten Moe

In Anchorage at the Alaska World Affairs Council meeting, Norway’s Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Ola Borten Moe made it clear that having a stable tax regime was critical for Norway to capitalize on its offshore oil and gas resources. Taxation structure certainty is an essential driver for oil development businesses to plan investments. The State of Alaska is in debate of whether reducing oil taxes would lead to more energy development in Alaska. One side argues that high taxes hinder energy investment and development. Norway’s tax on oil and gas companies is slightly higher than Alaska’s.

North Slope Crude – State Tax Rate is 57%, plus U.S. Federal Tax of 15% = 72%

Norway’s taxes 78% on oil and gas firm profits; however, Norway offers plentiful deductions on investments.

Recently, Norway discovered a very large oil field and has had around 150 oil and gas discoveries since 2000. This year Statoil ASA made two offshore discoveries of more than 250 million barrels of oil. Experts believe that 60% of Norway’s oil reserves are still underground. Norway does have a few advantages; one is that its offshore oil fields are closer to major markets such as continental Europe, lowering transportation costs, thus increasing profitability.

Antares Bain Capital Complete Financing Solution Backs symplr Deal

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On December 10, 2018, Antares Bain Capital Complete Financing Solution provided a senior secured unitranche credit facility for Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. to acquire symplr, a healthcare governance, risk, and compliance software-as-a-service platform from Pamlico Capital and The CapStreet Group. Golub Capital provided financing for the transaction as well.

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PSP Investments Exits Antelliq

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On December 14th, Private equity firm BC Partners, Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments), and other minority co-investors have signed a definitive agreement with Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, to sell Antelliq Corporation, a Vitré, France-based provider of digital animal identification, traceability, and monitoring solutions. Upon close, Antelliq will be a wholly owned and separately operated subsidiary within the Merck Animal Health Division. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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JPMorgan Edges Out Hamilton Lane on Florida SBA In-State Mandate

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The Florida State Board of Administration (SBA) manages a plethora of Florida state funds, including the state’s defined benefit plans. Florida’s SBA awarded a private equity portfolio mandate which targets high-technology businesses in Florida to J.P. Morgan Asset Management. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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