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Friday SWFI News Roundup, October 30, 2015

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Oman’s SGRF Hires Freshfields to Take on Bulgarian Government Over Balkan Bank

Oman’s State General Reserve Fund (SGRF) hired Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for legal representation to arbitrate the government of Bulgaria over its role in the fall of Balkan bank KTB. Representing the Bulgarian government is law firm Arnold & Porter. The arbitration claim has been filed at the World Bank’s arbitration court called the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.

TPG Capital Names Former Goldman Sachs President as co-CEO

Private equity giant TPG Capital hired former Goldman Sachs President Jon Winkelried as co-CEO. Winkelried will share the boss role with TPG co-founder James Coulter. David Bonderman will still serve as TPG’s chairman. In 2009, Winkelried exited Goldman Sachs, after a 27-year career. He was perceived as a possible successor to current Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein.

Anson To Head Investments at Commonfund

Mark Anson, the former chief investment officer of CalPERS, will become the chief investment officer of Commonfund at the beginning of the New Year. Anson will report to Commonfund’s President and CEO Catherine Keating. Currently, Anson is chief investment officer of Acadia Investment Management, the investment manager for the Robert Bass family office.

Temasek and Oxford Properties Invest in Central London Office

The Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS), through its real estate unit Oxford Properties, and Singapore’s Temasek Holdings acquired an office in central London. The duo acquired the Blue Fin Building for £415 million. The building is fully let and the main tenant is Time, a publishing company. This is not the first London co-investment deal Temasek and Oxford Properties have partnered on. The pair invested in MidCity Place back in 2011.

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QIA Eyes Investment in Chinese Lender Lufax

The Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) is in talks about a possible investment into Shanghai-based Lufax, one of China’s largest online lenders. The seller of the possible stake is China’s Ping An Insurance (Group) Co. Ltd. Lufax’s official name is Shanghai Lujiazui International Financial Asset Exchange Co. Ltd.

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Japanese Government Capital Provides Initial Life for Texas Bullet Train

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Dallas-based Texas Central Partners, LLC is the developer of a proposed high-speed rail system, dubbed the Texas Bullet Train, between Dallas and Houston. Project costs are estimated between US$ 12 billion to US$ 15 billion. The developer secured US$ 300 million in project loans from Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Corporation for Transport & Urban Development (JOIN) and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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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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