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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

Goldman Sachs Buys Weyerhaeuser Spin Off AM Unit from Lindsay Goldberg

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Increasingly, Goldman Sachs is buying up small alternative asset management groups across the United States. Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) is part of Goldman Sachs Group. GSAM inked a deal to purchase Aptitude Investment Management LP, a hedge fund-of-funds manager, from Lindsay Goldberg & Bessemer II AIV LP, a vehicle managed by Lindsay Goldberg. Aptitude Investment Management oversees around US$ 3.5 billion in discretionary assets. Aptitude Investment Management operates out of Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Before the creation of an in-house unit at Weyerhauser, Morgan Stanley was the sole investment manager of Weyerhauser’s retirement assets. Salim Shariff, formerly of Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners, and Jeff Klein were hired as CIO and Deputy CIO of Weyerhaeuser Asset Management LLC in 2004. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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GIC Gets Exposure to Exchange Tower through Primewest Vehicle

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Singapore’s GIC Private Limited funded a deal through a fund to acquire the Exchange Tower in Perth. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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SWFI First Read, December 13, 2018

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Turkey Wealth Fund Could Tap Debt Markets in 2019

Turkiye Varlik Fonu or Turkey Wealth Fund could be issuing a large bond in 2019. The loan would most likely be short term in nature with a maturity of two years and be syndicated.

Rahm Emanuel Suggests Bonds to Help Support Chicago Pensions

The outgoing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel revealed a plan on possibly issuing US$ 10 billion in bonds in funding Chicago’s underfunded pension funds. Chicago’s four pension funds have an average funding ratio of 26%. In March 2016, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled an earlier pension reform law effecting employees and laborers’ pension funds that was signed by then Illinois Governor Pat Quinn that the law was unconstitutional.

SoftBank and Alibaba Back PT Tokopedia

PT Tokopedia is an Indonesian generalist e-commerce site. Tokopedia raised US$ 1.1 billion in an investment round led by the SoftBank Vision Fund and Alibaba Group. Softbank Ventures Korea and other investors participated in the round as well. William Tanuwijaya is the CEO and Co-Founder of Tokopedia.

Tikehau Capital and Total SA Form Low Carbon Fund

Tikehau Capital and Total SA created a private equity fund to focus on supporting the energy transition to cleaner sources of energy. The fund held a €350 million first close and raised money from investors such as Bpifrance and Groupama as anchor investors.

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