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Dubai World Welcomes MGM’s $200M CityCenter Project Payment

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Dubai World Sunday welcomed a last-minute $200 million payment by MGM Mirage (MGM) for the CityCenter project in Las Vegas as a “sign of good faith”, but warned it was a temporary solution to the liquidity problems the casino operator is facing. MGM Mirage made a $200 million payment due Friday to its City Center project, including the $100 million owed by Dubai World, to keep the massive resort and casino project from halting construction and potentially falling into bankruptcy.

“Dubai World appreciates the support of MGM Mirage’s bank group and the CityCenter joint venture’s bank group in providing a waiver to its client that allows this payment,” the investment company, which is owned by the emirate’s government, said in an emailed statement. “It is as an acceptable, albeit temporary, solution to the liquidity issues that MGM Mirage is facing, which are at the heart of the lawsuit filed in Delaware earlier this week,” it said.

Last week, Infinity World – a subsidiary of Dubai World – sued MGM, alleging that the troubled casino operator breached the terms of their venture. MGM has said the suit is “completely without merit.” Dubai World has blamed MGM for massive cost overruns on City Center. Earlier this month, MGM reported it swung to a fourth-quarter net loss on a $1.2 billion write-down, and the company said it saw weakness in gaming and the economy in general in the first quarter.

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Scatec Solar Places Big Solar Bet in Bangladesh

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Oslo-based Scatec Solar ASA, a publicly-traded independent power producer operating in the emerging market solar development space, plans to construct and own a 800 mega watt photovoltaic solar power plant in Chandpur, Bangladesh. Scatec Solar has solar assets scattered across numerous emerging markets such as South Africa, Rwanda, Honduras, Egypt, Jordan and the Czech Republic.

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APFC Sells $1.4 Billion Stake in Simpson Housing

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The Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation (APFC) embarked on a major shift in its real estate portfolio by selling a 50% ownership stake in Denver-based Simpson Housing LLLP for US$ 1.4 billion. Simpson Housing had made up roughly 24.7% of APFC’s US$ 5.6 billion real estate portfolio. The other owner of Simpson Housing is that State of Michigan Retirement Systems.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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ISIF Invests in Cybersecurity Firm Vectra

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The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) committed €10 million to Vectra Networks, Inc., a San Jose, U.S.-based cybersecurity company. The investment capital will assist Vectra in creating a research and development center in Dublin.

ISIF is part of a larger funding round of €30 million. These other investors include Khosla Ventures, Accel Partners, DAG Ventures, AI Ventures, AME Cloud Ventures and Wipro Ventures.

Kevin Dillon, who is the former Head of Microsoft Ireland and a Managing Partner at Atlantic Bridge, will join the board of directors at Vectra.

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