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Institutional Capital Flows into Ether, OMERS Backs Ethereum Capital

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Ethereum Capital Inc. is a company operating in the blockchain sphere. Ethereum Capital aims to invest and purchase Ether, Ethereum’s native crypto-asset, as a strategic asset. Furthermore, the company plans to make selective acquisitions in Ethereum-based businesses. Ethereum utilizes blockchain technology to create smart contracts, essentially permitting two parties to an agreement without an intermediary.

Ethereum Capital is being led by Michael H. Conn, the founder of Los Angeles-based Quail Creek Partners. Before Quail Creek, Conn was Chief Operating Officer for Strategic Development at AllianceBernstein’s alternative investment management group. Conn also had stints at TCW, Societe Generale and AsiaVest Partners. Ethereum Capital’s chairman is Som Seif, founder of Purpose Investments. Seif started Claymore Investments in Canada in January 2005.

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QIA Becomes the Largest Shareholder in Colonial

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The Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) became the biggest shareholder of Inmobiliaria Colonial, SOCIMI, S.A. (Colonial), a Spanish listed real estate company. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Mumtalakat Discloses Investment in Khairat Bahrain

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Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company disclosed an investment in Sudan called Khairat Bahrain. This is an agricultural investment in Sudan. The food and agriculture sector is key investment sector for many Gulf-based state investors. Khairat Bahrain is located in the world’s richest expanse of groundwater (the Nubian Sandstone Basin) occupying an area of approximately 100,000 feddans (400 square kilometers). The Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System is the world’s largest known fossil water aquifer system.

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Temasek Acquires Cybersecurity Firm Sygnia

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Singapore’s Temasek Holdings agreed to acquire Sygnia, Inc., an Israeli cybersecurity technology and services provider. Unverified estimates of the deal amount are around US$ 250 million. Sygnia runs out of Tel Aviv, but has an office in New York. Sygnia assists companies respond to cyber threats.

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