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Australia approves Chinese Fortescue investment

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Press release states “Today I approve the application by Hunan Valin Iron and Steel Group for up to a 17.55 per cent shareholding in Fortescue Metals Group, subject to the formal and strict undertakings I have sought from Hunan Valin, and which have also been agreed to by Fortescue Metals Group.

These undertakings are as follows:

Any person nominated by Hunan Valin to Fortescue’s board will comply with the Director’s Code of Conduct maintained by Fortescue;
Any person nominated by Hunan Valin to Fortescue’s board will submit a standing notice under the Corporations Act 2001 of their potential conflict of interest relating to Fortescue’s marketing, sales, customer profiles, price setting and cost structures for pricing and shipping; and
Hunan Valin and any person nominated by it to Fortescue’s board will comply with the information segregation arrangements agreed between Fortescue and Hunan Valin.

Hunan Valin will report to FIRB on its compliance with these undertakings. These undertakings ensure consistency with Australia’s national interest principles for investments by foreign government entities, which I set out in February 2008. They ensure the appropriate separation of Fortescue’s commercial operations and customer interests, and support the market-based development of Australia’s resources.

Penalties for non-compliance with these undertakings are contained in the Corporations Act 2001 and breaches of the Code of Conduct can lead to the director’s removal from the company board.

I note Fortescue’s involvement in negotiating the above arrangements, and its responsibility to its shareholders for enforcement of the company’s Directors’ Code of Conduct.

Under the proposal, Fortescue has agreed to issue new shares to Hunan Valin to raise funds for the next expansion phase of its iron ore mining operations in the Pilbara. Hunan Valin also intends to acquire some shares from other shareholders. Consistent with this approval and with its agreement with Fortescue, Hunan Valin will not hold above 17.55 per cent in total. It is on these bases that I have approved the acquisition under the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975.”

read more: Press Release – Australia – Treasurer

Crown Court Dismisses Charges on Barclays Qatar Loan Deal

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Barclays can breathe some fresh air for now over a high-profile corporate case. In February 2018, the U.K. Serious Fraud Office (SFO) had brought charges against Barclays and Barclays Bank in regard to the capital raising deals made in 2008. The bank could have lost its banking license, if found guilty of the charges. A number of bank executives were personally charged as well.

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Mubadala Participates in PLT Platform Expansion

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The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) corralled a number of Middle Eastern funds, including the Mubadala Investment Company, to augment investment exposure to a logistics infrastructure investment platform called Professional Logistics Technologies (PLT). [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Ireland Finance Minister Donohoe Reveals Rainy Day Fund Targeting €8 Billion

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On May 23, 2018, Ireland Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe revealed that Ireland is planning to create a new rainy day fund, setting aside approximately €8 billion in the medium-term to buffer the country from future economic shocks. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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