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Kazakhstan, Hong Kong Billionaires Li, Cheng, Yung Plan Fund, Premier Says

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Bloomberg reports, “Kazakhstan has joined Hong Kong billionaires Li Ka-shing, Larry Yung and Cheng Yu Tung to form a $400 million private equity fund that will help Kazakh companies list in the city, Prime Minister Karim Massimov said. Kazyna Capital Management JSC, a unit of the country’s sovereign wealth fund, will initially contribute $100 million and four Hong Kong partners, including Li’s Cheung Kong (Holdings) Ltd., will provide $300 million, the prime minister said in an interview yesterday.

“In Hong Kong, guanxi is very, very important,” he said. “We have trust in them, they are very serious partners, and they have trust in the government of Kazakhstan.”

“Guanxi” is a Chinese term that refers to personal relationships. Kazakhstan, the largest energy producer in Central Asia, has the world’s 11th-biggest proven oil reserves and is becoming an increasingly important source of natural resources for China, as well as Russia. Getting the nation’s supply of minerals, including coal, iron ore, nickel, gold and uranium, to market requires billions of dollars of investment in infrastructure, Massimov said. “This is just initial; $400 million for these type of businesses is peanuts,” he said.”

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CDPQ Boosts Stake in Azure Power

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Disclosed on October 17, 2018, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), through CDPQ Infrastructures Asia Pte Ltd., increased its stake in Azure Power Global Limited, a listed Indian solar power producer. CDPQ increased its ownership in Azure Power to 40.3% ownership by a US$ 100 million commitment in a recent capital raise. Post-deal, CDPQ has invested US$ 240 million in Azure Power.

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Invesco Lost a Big SWF Equity Mandate

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Invesco celebrated its landmark acquisition to acquire OppenheimerFunds from MassMutual. Invesco faced some outflows on its active management side of the business. In the third quarter of 2018, Invesco had outflows from two sovereign wealth funds, which totaled approximately US$ 2.5 billion. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Sky News Reveals CPPIB Eyeing Gatwick Airport

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Mark Kleinman of Sky News revealed that the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) is seeking to purchase a stake in Gatwick airport. The transaction could be more than £3 billion GBP, as CPPIB seeks to acquire a 42% in the airport from Global Infrastructure Partners. Furthermore, CPPIB would invest more capital into the airport if the deal goes through.

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