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Friday SWFI News Roundup, April 17, 2015

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Ola Raises Money from Hedge Funds and Singapore Sovereign Wealth Fund

Singapore’s GIC Private Limited invested in a US$ 400 million round in Ola, an Indian cab service. Ola is owned by ANI Technologies. Some other investors in the round are DST Global and hedge fund Falcon Capital Edge LP.

QIA to Play Role in Possible Leadership Change at Volkswagen

UPDATE: On April 17, 2015, Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn won the backing of shareholders and directors and will remain as CEO.

Volkswagen Chairman Ferdinand Piëch is meeting with other supervisory board members to discuss the future of VW CEO Martin Winterkorn’s leadership. On April 10th, Piëch withdrew his support for Winterkorn. The Piëch and Porsche families together control 51% of the voting shares of Volkswagen. The Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) controls 17% of the voting shares in Volkswagen. According to Handelsblatt, QIA believes sticking with Winterkorn will be challenging.

Angola’s Sovereign Wealth Fund Commits $1.4 Billion to Five Funds

Fundo Soberano de Angola (FSDEA) is allocating US$ 1.4 billion to five new investment vehicles. The vehicles will target sectors in mining, timber, agriculture, and healthcare within Angola and across Africa. The mining, timber and agricultural funds will each be allocated US$ 250 million. The healthcare fund will be given US$ 400 million. The fifth fund, which will receive US$ 250 million, is a mezzanine investment fund that will provide capital to entrepreneurs who cannot access traditional debt funding. In 2014, FSDEA launched two similar funds with a US$ 1.6 billion commitment, one backing hotels and the other backing infrastructure.

Temasek CEO Ho Ching Takes Sabbatical

Temasek Holdings Chief Executive Officer Ho Ching is taking a part-time sabbatical leave” for three months. Her leave is effective April 15, 2015. According to a statement from Temasek, “She will continue with her Board duties and specific stewardship duties.

Summit Bridge Capital Leads Round in Chip Sensor Design Company Movidius

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Rumors Swirl Around PIF Looking at Tesla Rivals

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Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) could be doubling down on electric automobile manufacturers. It was revealed that PIF has a sizeable stake in Tesla Inc. Elon Musk’s recent tweets have stirred up financial media and has even prompted an SEC probe.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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DLF-GIC to Kick in Rs 12.5 Billion for Midtown Project

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Indian real estate giant DLF, which has worked with Singapore’s GIC Private Limited in the past, is working on a new housing project in central Delhi dubbed Midtown. Large residential real estate projects in India’s capital are difficult to come by. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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QIA-Glencore Stake Valued at 7.4 Billion euros

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QHG Oil Ventures is selling a 14.2 % stake in Moscow-based Rosneft for €7.4 billion (US$ 8.4 billion) to the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA). This is according to a QHG financial statement. QHG Oil Ventures is a joint venture between the Qatar Investment Authority and Glencore, a Swiss-based, broad-spectrum mining and commodity company. QHG Oil Ventures was originally formed to invest in Rosneft. QHG purchased a 19.5 % stake in the company in 2016, in a deal that supplied Russia with needed funding at the time, and the estimated value of the investment has remained steady. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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