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Kuwait, Areva ink nuclear cooperation deal, possible stake opportunity according to sources

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According to BI-ME, “Kuwait and France on Thursday signed an initial agreement on nuclear cooperation that includes exchanging expertise on the field, the official news agency KUNA reported. The agreement encourages the peaceful use of atomic energy to bring in vital energy resources such as electricity, the report said, without providing any details of the cooperation. Earlier on Wednesday KUNA had reported that Kuwait may be interested in acquiring a stake in France’s nuclear giant Areva, citing unidentified industry sources.

‘Areva says it needs the capital injection to finance the expected rapid development in the nuclear market,’ Kuna said.

The news agency added that Anne Lauvergeon, the CEO of Areva, did not give details on ongoing contacts with potential investors, ‘but industry sources have said that Kuwait could be interested in taking a stake in Areva’.

Lauvergeon reportedly said Wednesday that the talks taking place with potential partners are at a government-to-government level and that a number of partners were involved. In March, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Sheikh Jaber Moubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah said Kuwait will cooperate with France in the field of nuclear power, hinting it could take a stake in the nuclear group Areva. The Financial Times also said in March that the French government was considering opening the share capital of Areva to Middle Eastern investment funds with a view to reinforcing its political influence and the nuclear group’s prospects in the region. Exploratory talks had been held about the possibility of sovereign wealth funds buying minority stakes of 1%-5% in Areva, which is majority owned by the French government, the FT said, citing people close to the matter.”

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Allianz Joins UK Student Housing Platform

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Since 2010, a rush of foreign capital has been plowed into the U.K. student housing market. On June 22, 2018, Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC and Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) sold an interest in their joint venture called Chapter to Allianz. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Turkish President Erdogan Wins Re-Election

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won re-election, collecting 53% of the votes, while his closest rival Muharrem Ince generated a vote count of 31% – this is with 99% of the votes counted, according to Turkish state media Anadolu.

Erdogan gave a victory speech in Ankara, commenting, “The winner of this election is each and every individual among my 81 million citizens.”

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Will Sovereign Funds Capture Opportunity in Trump’s Space Force?

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U.S. President Donald Trump is keen on making a mark in the defense industry by launching a Space Force (joining – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard) – attempting to ensure American dominance in space. Morgan Stanley eyes a potential windfall, seeing a US$ 1 trillion economy brewing. Morgan Stanley released a note to clients commenting that a Space Force, “could address critical vulnerabilities in national security, raising investor awareness in the formation of what we see as the next trillion-dollar economy.”

Sovereign wealth funds and other asset owners are major financial backers of semiconductors, defense, and companies focused on satellites and rockets. According to SWFI data, since 2014, there has been an increase in direct sovereign wealth fund investment in the aerospace and defense industry. In 2017, sovereign funds directly invested US$ 4.76 billion in aerospace and defense.

On June 18th, President Trump said, “Very importantly, I’m here by directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces. That’s a big statement.”

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From a sovereign wealth fund perspective, many wealth funds are active in investing strategically in the aerospace and defense arena. Mubadala Investment Company has been active in aerospace investments such as Piaggio Aerospace SpA, while SoftBank Group has tremendous exposure to artificial intelligence companies and semiconductors. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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