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International Far Eastern Leasing Receives Investment From KKR, GIC SI and CICC

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According to the press release, “An investor consortium comprising affiliates of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (KKR), GIC Special Investments Pte. Ltd. (GIC SI) and China International Capital Corporation Limited (CICC) announced an investment of $160 million for a significant minority stake in International Far Eastern Leasing Company Ltd. (Far Eastern), the leading provider of financial leasing in China and a subsidiary of Sinochem Group (Sinochem). The investment will support Far Eastern’s future growth as it moves to capitalize on the attractive potential in the underdeveloped financial leasing space in China. Sinochem is retaining a controlling stake in Far Eastern.

‘We are very excited to have world-class investors, comprising KKR as the lead investor, together with GIC SI and CICC, as long-term partners in Far Eastern’s development,’ said Mr. Kong Fanxing, Chief Executive Officer of Far Eastern. “In addition to capital, their experience investing in and growing financial services businesses globally brings tremendous value to Far Eastern and will enable us to further develop our ability to provide integrated and innovative business services around our core business of financial leasing. This investment will also help support the Shanghai government’s long term goal to develop the city into a global financial and shipping center.’

Headquartered in Shanghai, Far Eastern is focused on providing innovative and industry-tailored financing solutions for its clients. The company targets sectors with stable cash flow and sustainable growth potential, including those in the medical, printing, education, infrastructure construction, shipping, machine tool sectors, etc.

‘We are delighted to have the opportunity to invest in Far Eastern, the market leader in the financial leasing industry in China. We have been extremely impressed with the company’s strong track record, outstanding management team, deep customer relationships and a very supportive shareholder, Sinochem.” David Liu, Member of KKR and Head of KKR Greater China, said. “We look forward to fully utilizing our financial services industry expertise and global network to support the company as it continues to grow and develop into a world-class financial institution.’

‘We are pleased to become a partner of Far Eastern Leasing and Sinochem. As a global investor, GIC SI has a long-term investment interest in China,” Liu Dong, Head of GIC SI Greater China said. “We have extensive investment experience in China’s financial services industry and state owned enterprises. We would share our experience with Far Eastern and Sinochem and help accelerate the development of their businesses.’

‘We are excited to have the opportunity to invest in a high-growth enterprise like Far Eastern led by a superb management team,” said Ms. Shirley Chen, Managing Director and Head of Private Equity of CICC. “We hope our expertise in capital markets and our understanding of China’s financial services industry and the development of its state owned enterprises, coupled with our network in China, will be helpful for Far Eastern’s future development.'”

read more: KKR Press Release

Korea’s NPS Invests In Crypto Exchanges Amid Crackdown

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South Korean news outlets have reported that South Korea’s National Pension Service (NPS) has unwittingly invested roughly US$ 2.4 million in four local cryptocurrency exchanges – Korbit, Upbit, Coinplug, and Bithumb – even as regulatory officials move to subdue the unbridled enthusiasm for crypto trading that has flourished in the tiny country. The US$ 550 billion pension scheme invested in the cryptocurrency exchanges indirectly through two venture capital funds handled by external managers with exclusive rights over asset allocation, according to an NPS officer.

Crypto trading has proved wildly popular in South Korea, drawing an estimated one million citizens to the largely unregulated exchanges that have cropped up over the past few years. South Korea, which is ranked first in the world in terms of internet sped, is the largest market for cryptocurrency transactions behind Japan and United States, and accounts for 29.8% of trade globally, according to a report released by the Korea Insurance Research Institute (KIRI) in December 2017.

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Ripple Attempts to go the Central Bank Route

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San Francisco-based Ripple, a tech company that professes the use of blockchain to reboot the payment systems globally, landed a big deal with the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA). Ripple started a pilot program that will be spearheaded by SAMA and a few Saudi banks to deploy xCurrent for cross-border payments. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Investment Corporation of Dubai Eyes $1 Billion Loan Deal

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The Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD) plans to raise US$ 1 billion in a loan to refinance existing debt. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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