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Investor Anticipation: President Nieto Signs Landmark Energy Reforms

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On August 12, 2014, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto signed vital energy legislation that eliminates state-owned Petroleos Mexicanos’ (PEMEX) monopoly on energy production. PEMEX held this monopoly since 1938. President Nieto reiterated the Latin American country will create steps to draw the first round of private contracts. In fact, according to government figures, private investment in energy is forecasted to boost, at the minimum, 1% to Mexico’s gross domestic product by 2018. In addition, the laws gives investors and energy producers a level of clarity for competition in Mexico’s energy industry. This NAFTA-like moment is hoping to reverse 9 years of declining Mexican oil output.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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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