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CME Group and Oman Investment Fund Increase Investment in Dubai Mercantile Exchange

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The press release states, “CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, and Oman Investment Fund, a sovereign wealth fund of the Sultanate of Oman, today announced that they will increase their investments in the Dubai Mercantile Exchange to enable it to continue growing its business.

As part of the restructuring of the DME’s equity shareholding, a recapitalization arrangement will increase the stake in DME held by CME Group’s NYMEX division from 25 percent to 50 percent. Oman Investment Fund will increase its holding to 29 percent; a subsidiary of Dubai Holding will retain 9 percent; and 12 percent will be held on a non-voting basis by strategic investors, including Vitol, Shell, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and Concord Energy.

Bryan Durkin, CME Group Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director, Products and Services, said: “The deepening of our relationship with DME further serves our strategy of providing risk managers and investors with access to key benchmark products via our global distribution networks. By committing CME Group’s resources and know-how to DME’s increasingly well-received product set, participants in the Middle East and Asia will be able to access transparent pricing and risk management products as global energy markets focus ever further eastward.”

Hassan Al Nabhani, Chief Executive Officer of Oman Investment Fund, said: “DME’s development into a prominent venue for price discovery will prove to be of significant strategic and financial value for the oil markets. The exchange continues to attract customers from among the key participants in the global energy industry. Our long-standing partnership with CME Group, the world’s leading derivatives marketplace, is building the platform for the next phase in DME’s development.”

Ahmad Bin Byat, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Holding, said: “Our partners’ increased investment in the DME is a vote of confidence in the future growth of the exchange. Today’s announcement marks a new phase in the development of the DME and we look forward to building on the real progress which has been made to date.”

Ahmad Sharaf, Chairman of the DME, said: “We welcome the continued commitment of our partners. With liquidity in the flagship Oman crude oil futures contract steadily growing and physical delivery reaching new heights in 2011, this recapitalization positions the DME to enter the next phase of development for existing and future customers seeking to manage price risk for crude oil markets East of Suez.”

To build on the success of the partnership to date, the new arrangement puts a robust plan in place to grow the business and ensure that it continues to deliver value to its customers and investors. With the injection of new funds, the DME will retain its independence while benefiting from technology updates, product development support, technical services and CME Group’s skills and expertise in developing global markets.”

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Central Huijin Unit Eyes J&J Diabetes Business

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Sovereign wealth funds have increased their appetite for healthcare-related investments, according to a recent report issued by SWFI research. Johnson & Johnson (J&J), for a while, have been contemplating on possibly selling its diabetes care businesses. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Follow the Money – Episode 45

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This longer-than-normal episode covers a wide range of issues including such as sovereign wealth funds, bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, Indian real estate, ESG, investment exclusions, central banking and more.

EPISODE 45

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The views in this media are expressed by Michael Maduell and other participants and are not reflective of the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (SWFI).

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CalPERS Board Elects Priya Mathur as Board President

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The board of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) elected Priya Mathur as board president. The current president Rob Feckner was named vice president of the board. Feckner previously served as board president and vice president.

Priya Mathur is serving her fourth term on the CalPERS Board of Administration. Mathur is a principal financial analyst for Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART). Mathur represents public employees on the CalPERS Board, which she joined in 2002. She currently serves on four committees: Governance, Investment, Pension & Health Benefits, and Risk & Audit. She chairs the Pension & Health Benefits Committee and is vice chair of the Governance Committee.

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