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BIG DEAL: Singapore Sovereign Wealth Fund Poised for Square Investment

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Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey’s current venture Square is looking to raise capital at a US$ 6 billion valuation. San Francisco-based Square, a mobile payments company, is trying to revolutionize the world of credit card payments by turning smart phones into a credit card terminal. Founded in 2009, Square was valued at US$ 5 billion earlier in 2014, from a major secondary stock sale led by Square employees. In the past, Square has raised capital from leading venture capital firms such as Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sequoia Capital.

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QIA Becomes the Largest Shareholder in Colonial

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The Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) became the biggest shareholder of Inmobiliaria Colonial, SOCIMI, S.A. (Colonial), a Spanish listed real estate company. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Mumtalakat Discloses Investment in Khairat Bahrain

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Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company disclosed an investment in Sudan called Khairat Bahrain. This is an agricultural investment in Sudan. The food and agriculture sector is key investment sector for many Gulf-based state investors. Khairat Bahrain is located in the world’s richest expanse of groundwater (the Nubian Sandstone Basin) occupying an area of approximately 100,000 feddans (400 square kilometers). The Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System is the world’s largest known fossil water aquifer system.

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Temasek Acquires Cybersecurity Firm Sygnia

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Singapore’s Temasek Holdings agreed to acquire Sygnia, Inc., an Israeli cybersecurity technology and services provider. Unverified estimates of the deal amount are around US$ 250 million. Sygnia runs out of Tel Aviv, but has an office in New York. Sygnia assists companies respond to cyber threats.

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