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Mideast buyers reported to be eyeing BP investment

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BP is not a new investment for SWFs, especially Middle Eastern sovereign wealth funds.  Already the Kuwait Investment Authority is a large holder of the security, including many others.  In the past, numerous SWFs have taken small equity positions in BP.  Now with the possibility of a takeover from oil rivals and the need to increase their capital base, SWFs may come to the rescue at the right price and structure.  BP also has the option of selling assets in its oil producing portfolio as well.

According to the AP, “BP may be looking to sovereign wealth funds in the oil-rich Middle East to fend off takeover bids amid mounting costs from the Gulf of Mexico oil leak disaster, according to reports published Sunday.

The National, an Emirati newspaper, cited unnamed “informed sources” in the region saying that Mideast financial institutions have submitted proposals to BP advisers and are waiting for a response. Among the options being considered are the acquisition of key assets or a direct cash injection to help strengthen the oil giant’s balance sheet, according to the English-language paper.

The paper quoted a person it called an informed source as saying that “BP knows there is potential support from the Middle East.”

The National is owned by the government of Abu Dhabi, one of seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates federation. The sheikdom hosts the country’s capital and controls nearly all the OPEC member state’s oil reserves.

BP spokeswoman Sheila Williams in London declined to say whether the company had been approached by investors from the region.

“We don’t comment on financial issues,” she said.”

Source: AP

SWFI First Read, September 19, 2018

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QIA Eyes Investment in Chinese Lender Lufax

The Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) is in talks about a possible investment into Shanghai-based Lufax, one of China’s largest online lenders. The seller of the possible stake is China’s Ping An Insurance (Group) Co. Ltd. Lufax’s official name is Shanghai Lujiazui International Financial Asset Exchange Co. Ltd.

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Japanese Government Capital Provides Initial Life for Texas Bullet Train

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Dallas-based Texas Central Partners, LLC is the developer of a proposed high-speed rail system, dubbed the Texas Bullet Train, between Dallas and Houston. Project costs are estimated between US$ 12 billion to US$ 15 billion. The developer secured US$ 300 million in project loans from Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Corporation for Transport & Urban Development (JOIN) and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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DOJ Investing Tesla Over Musk Comments

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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is conducting a fraud investigation over Tesla as its CEO Elon Musk made public statements on twitter. This is a criminal probe. In addition, earlier, SWFI reported the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is conducting a civil inquiry into Elon Musk regarding his statements.

This all surrounds Musk tweeting in August that he was thinking of taking Tesla private and had “funding secured” for the transaction. Both government authorities are seeing if Musk misled investors and violated federal securities laws with his public statements.

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