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Carlyle Stacks Up $2.5 Billion for International Energy Fund

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The Carlyle Group closed its first private equity international energy fund at US$ 2.5 billion attracting sovereign wealth funds and pensions – totaling around 160 investors. The fund, Carlyle International Energy Partners (CIEP), started raising capital back in the middle of 2013. By August 2014, Carlyle raised US$ 1.86 billion in commitments for CIEP. Adding up Carlyle’s other energy funds and platforms such as the NGP-family vehicles, the private equity giant wields an energy-focused war chest of over US$ 10 billion.

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CIEP whose advisory team is based in London has been targeting oil & gas and other energy supply chain assets mostly in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

Russia-Japan Investment Fund to Back Wood Pellet Production in Russia

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The Russian Far East has a lot of timber, and for that wood pellets is a source of biofuel. A while back, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) formed the Russia-Japan Investment Fund (RJIF) with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). RDIF and JBICIG Partners as part of RJIF, together with RFP Group and Japan’s Prospect Co., Ltd. have agreed to collaborate and consider potential investments in Russia’s biofuel industry. JBICIG Partners is a subsidiary of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation.

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RDIF Lures Asian Investors Toward Russian Surgical Robot Project

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The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) is partnering with a number of unnamed Asian co-investors to allocate capital toward a project to create and manufacture Russian surgical robots. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Oman Infrastructure Investment Fund Near Creation

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The Oman State General Reserve Fund is nearing the formation of the Oman Infrastructure Investment Fund. This fund will raise capital from third-party investors to invest in Oman’s infrastructure and in certain areas of technology.

The fund will also invest in areas of technology in healthcare, specifically in medical equipment. The fund will also explore investing in blockchain technologies.

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