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

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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Tony Tan Named Director and Special Advisor of GIC

Singapore’s GIC Private Limited named Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam (Tony Tan) as director and special advisor to the wealth fund, effective January 1, 2018. Tan was the former Deputy Chairman and Executive Director of GIC from September 2005 to June 2011. In 2011, He went on to serve as the 7th President of Singapore until August 31, 2017.

In a press release, Lim Chow Kiat, Chief Executive Officer of GIC, said, “As Special Advisor, Dr Tan will provide much value in broadening and strengthening GIC’s network of senior statesmen and leaders of corporations and institutions who may be constructive in advancing the business and interests of GIC. We will also benefit from his extensive knowledge and perspectives on global matters.”

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Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew Joins Lindsay Goldberg

New York-based buyout firm Lindsay Goldberg LLC has announced that Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew will join the company as a partner focusing on investments across sectors, institutional relationships, and firm management, according to an announcement released on Monday, November 20. Lindsay Goldberg is a private equity firm co-founded by Alan E. Goldberg and Robert D. Lindsey, both veterans of Morgan Stanley in which they worked in the Transaction Development Group.

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San Diego City Employees Retirement System to Reduce PE and Infrastructure for FY 2018

The San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System plans to reduce annual commitments to private equity and infrastructure down to US$ 75 million for fiscal year 2018. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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