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Khazanah Rallies for Westports Holdings Bhd IPO

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.

UNICEF and NBIM to Host Meetings on Children’s Human Rights

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), a United Nations programme headquartered in New York City, has partnered with Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) to facilitate a series of meetings between companies to discuss issues surrounding children’s human rights.

According to the news release, “the network will facilitate dialogue between leading brands and retailers in the garment and footwear industry to strengthen children’s rights.”

NBIM is invested in many listed companies and have invited them to join a network to tackle these issues. Over the next two years, the organizations plan to hold three workshops as well as quarterly meetings surrounding these issues.

“Over time, we hope and expect that the network will contribute to improved market practices among companies and greater respect for children’s rights,” says Carine Smith Ihenacho, Global Head of Ownership Strategies, in a NBIM press release.

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SouthGobi’s CEO Arrested, CIC Struggles with Investment

The China Investment Corporation (CIC) has long struggled with its investments in coal assets, specifically in globally-listed coal miner SouthGobi Resources Ltd, which operates its flagship coal mine in Mongolia. In November 2009, CIC and SouthGobi Resources inked a convertible debenture deal. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Qatar Central Bank Deals with MSCI

MSCI, a stock index company whose benchmarks influence investor behavior, has tremendous indirect power impacting the stock markets of smaller economies. In 1988, MSCI released its emerging markets index, a now-widely-used benchmark for many institutional investors wanting access to growth markets. China and South Korea make up the majority of the benchmark, but smaller economies such as Poland, Chile and even Qatar make up other pieces of it.

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