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Khazanah Rallies for Westports Holdings Bhd IPO

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Westports Holdings Bhd could be the biggest initial public offering in Malaysia this year – targeting US$ 700 million. The deal was initiated years ago by Malaysian sovereign wealth fund, Khazanah Nasional, which aims to move state-linked companies toward stock market capitalization. The sovereign wealth fund owns a 7.52% stake through Lankayan Ventures Sdn Berhad, a holding subsidiary. The Malaysian port operator is in charge of one of Asia’s busiest shipping terminals at Port Klang.

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Westports Holdings is not issuing new shares under the initial public offering and will not receive any proceeds from it. The IPO presents a liquidity opportunity for current owners and a boost to Malaysian equity markets. In 2012, palm oil grower Felda Global Ventures Holdings Berhad had a US$ 3.2 billion offering. Westports Holdings Bhd is 31.5% owned by South Port Investment Holdings Ltd which is owned by Hutchison Port Holdings, a vehicle controlled by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing.

Roadshows will be conducted in Hong Kong, Singapore and London.

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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