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Eastern SWFs and SOEs Embark on Energy Infrastructure Binge

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energy_natSovereign wealth funds and state-owned enterprises are attracted to energy infrastructure in benign regulatory environments. Chinese state-owned State Grid Corporation of China wants to purchase more energy assets in Australia. State Grid is the largest utility in China and one of the biggest in the world in terms of annual revenue. They plan to pay Singapore Power A$ 824 million for a 19.9% stake in ASX-listed SP Ausnet, an energy distributor. This deal would cut Singapore Power’s stake down to 31%. State Grid would also purchase a 60% position in SPI Australia branded as Jemena, a Singapore Power subsidiary.

In late November 2012, State Grid bought a 41.1% stake in ElectraNet, an Australian power supplier in Southern Australia, for around A$ 500 million from Powerlink Queensland. Powerlink Queensland is a government-owned entity.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

DOJ Investing Tesla Over Musk Comments

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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is conducting a fraud investigation over Tesla as its CEO Elon Musk made public statements on twitter. This is a criminal probe. In addition, earlier, SWFI reported the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is conducting a civil inquiry into Elon Musk regarding his statements.

This all surrounds Musk tweeting in August that he was thinking of taking Tesla private and had “funding secured” for the transaction. Both government authorities are seeing if Musk misled investors and violated federal securities laws with his public statements.

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Marsh & McLennan Companies to Acquire JLT Group

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Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (MMC), a global professional services firm offering clients advice and solutions in risk, strategy and people, announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc (JLT), a provider of insurance, reinsurance and employee benefits related advice, brokerage and associated services. The transaction has been approved by the Board of Directors of each of MMC and JLT. JLT’s largest shareholder, Jardine Matheson Holdings, and JLT directors who collectively represent 40.5% of the issued and outstanding JLT shares in support of the transaction.

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Indigo Ag Raises Series E Round

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Indigo Ag, Inc. raised US$ 250 million in a Series E funding round. The company is focused on creating innovative microbial products that increase crop yields in the face of environmental, disease, and pest stress. The investors in this round include Baillie Gifford, Investment Corporation of Dubai, the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, and the company’s founder, Flagship Pioneering. After the Series E, in total, Indigo has raised over US$ 650 million.

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