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Friday SWFI News Roundup, March 13, 2015

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Azerbaijan Sovereign Wealth Fund Looks to Open London Office

The State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ) plans to open an overseas office in London. This is a sign for more allocation to overseas markets.

GSO Capital Begins to Market Debut Energy Credit Fund

GSO Capital Partners, the credit unit of the Blackstone Group, is attempting to raise US$ 2.5 billion to US$ 3 billion for its debut energy credit fund. GSO Capital expects its first close at the end of April.

QSE Contemplates IPO

The Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE) is contemplating selling shares in an initial public offering (IPO). The QSE had discussions with its sole owner, Qatar Holding LLC, a sovereign wealth enterprise of the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA).

Louisiana State Employees’ Retirement System Commits to Coller International Partners VII

Louisiana State Employees’ Retirement System (LASERS) plunked down US$ 75 million toward Coller International Partners VII, a secondaries fund being managed by London-based Coller Capital. In June 2012, the pension fund committed US$ 100 million to Coller International Partners VI.

OMERS Keen on Hydro One Investment

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Calamos Investments to Acquire Timpani Capital Management

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Naperville, Illinois-based Calamos Investments signed a deal to acquire Milwaukee-based Timpani Capital Management LLC, which focuses on small and small-midcap growth investing. Founded in April 2008, Timpani Capital Management oversees around US$ 588 million in assets. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2019.

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RDIF and Russia-Japan Investment Fund to Invest in Russian Subsidiary of SBI Holdings

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The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and the Russia-Japan Investment Fund (launched by RDIF, the Japan Bank for International Cooperation and JBIC IG Partners) have reached an agreement with the Japanese corporation SBI Holdings to invest in SBI Bank LLC, SBI Holdings’ subsidiary in Russia. SBI Bank LLC will undergo a large-scale reorganization.

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Ocasio-Cortez and Maxine Waters to Oversee US Banking System via House

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The youngest woman ever to serve in U.S. Congress – starting at the age of 29 – already has an opponent in her sights. Freshman U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, often dubbed AOC on Twitter, was appointed to the House Financial Services Committee, where the democratic socialist will oversee Wall Street. This committee oversees the banks and financial institutions of the United States. With Republicans controlling the U.S. Senate and the White House, and the Democrats controlling the House, one can expect less game-changing bills being turned into laws in the banking sector.

While bartending and waiting tables at the Flats Fix taco bar in Union Square, Ocasio-Cortez upset the more centrist Representative Joe Crowley, Chairman of the House Democratic caucus. Encouraged by her success, other far left democrats are planning to challenge moderate democrats in the 2020 primaries. Ocasio-Cortez is also expected to further strengthen the influence of Chairwoman Maxine Waters of the House Financial Services Committee. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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