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CA State Senators Propose Oil Permanent Fund to Pay for Education and Parks

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publicfundmonitor_exploringOn February 12, 2013, California State Senator Noreen Evans (D) introduced SB 241, a bill that will fund higher education and state parks in California. The bill would impose a severance tax on oil producers in California. The bill is co-authored by fellow State Senator Mark Leno (D) who is Chair of the California Senate Budget Committee. Democrats hold a majority in the state senate. Currently, there is no statewide severance tax on oil and gas production in California, but there is a small statewide assessment on oil and gas produced in the state.

The bill would enable the California Education and Resources Reinvestment Act (CERRA) which would impose a 9.9% severance tax on the extraction of oil from the ground or water within California’s jurisdiction. To be precise, the 9.9% severance tax would apply to the gross value of each barrel of oil severed. The tax revenue, along with interest and penalties, would funnel into a proposed Oil Severance Fund. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

PNB to Buy Stake from Malaysian Developers in Battersea Power Station Project

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Malaysia-based Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB) inked plans to acquire a stake in the Battersea Power Station from Malaysian developers Sime Darby Property and SP Setia, which between them own 80 percent of the site located on the south bank of the Thames. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Will Saudi Arabian Sovereign Wealth Be the Next Giant in Hollywood?

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Saudi Arabia’s growing Public Investment Fund (PIF) is reportedly looking into investing over US$ 500 million for a 5% to 10% stake in Hollywood’s Endeavor Talent Agency, the holding company for William Morris Endeavor Entertainment LLC (WME). WME is one of the biggest players in the business, representing well-known artists across a number of different mediums – including cinema, television, music, books, and theatre – as well as a roster of professional athletes from the National Football League (NFL) and National Hockey League (NHL). Discussions are in their initial stages, however, and no commitments have been made thus far. WME is constantly gathering new talent. Recently WME signed musician John Mayer and actor Nicolas Cage – both were with Creative Artists Agency (CAA).

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CDPQ Providers Firepower for Blackstone Buyout of PIRET

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Ivanhoé Cambridge, part of CDPQ, is a co-investor in Blackstone Group’s buyout of Pure Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust (PIRET), a listed Canadian warehouse owner. The actual Blackstone buyer is an affiliate of Blackstone Property Partners, its core real estate investment unit. The agreement was revealed on January 9, 2018. Blackstone moved to buy the REIT) for C$ 8.10 per Unit in an all-cash transaction valued at C$ 3.8 billion including debt. The transaction value without debt is C$2.48 billion.

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