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Ireland’s NPRF and CIC Team Up for Technology Growth Capital Fund

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IrelandIreland’s National Pensions Reserve Fund (NPRF) and the China Investment Corporation (CIC) announced the creation of the China Ireland Technology Growth Capital Fund, a US$ 100 million vehicle. The fund will received equal commitments from both the NPRF and the CIC on behalf of WestSummit Capital, a technology growth capital investor. In March 2012, the deal was reached through a memorandum of understanding (MoU), when Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny visited China.

The bilateral investment fund will target technology companies in Ireland that have a strategic interest or substantial presence in China. To the flipside, the fund will target Chinese firms that have a substantial presence or strategic interest in establishing a presence in Ireland to use as an entrance to Europe. Some of these targeted sectors include clean technology, semiconductors, software, internet, financial services and medical.

The China Ireland Technology Growth Capital Fund will be co-managed by WestSummit Capital and Atlantic Bridge, another technology growth capital investor.

The Silicon Isle

Microsoft, Intel, Facebook and Google all have operations in Ireland helping to foster a technology ecosystem in Ireland. More than 105,000 people in Ireland are employed in the technology sector, contributing to a major portion of gross domestic product. Domestic Irish technology companies are slowly growing facing challenges as name brand tech players have deeper pockets to attract engineers and programmers. On January 19, Silicon Valley heavyweight Hewlett Packard announced a new research and development centre in Galway. This will add up to 150 engineering jobs.

On January 17th, at the press conference, National Pensions Reserve Fund Chairman Paul Carty said: “China is now Ireland’s largest Asian trading partner as a result of strong bilateral trade growth in recent years. The NPRF is very pleased to partner with CIC in the Fund, which will aim to assist Irish companies in accessing the Chinese market and facilitate investment in Ireland by expanding Chinese companies.”

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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