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Oman Investment Fund Signs MoU to Back Antimony Roasting Facility

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On October 9, 2013, London-based Tri-Star Resources signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Oman Investment Fund and Castell Investments Limited, a subsidiary of Dubai Transport Company, to create a joint venture company to build and operate an antimony roasting facility in Oman. Publicly-traded Tri-Star Resources is an integrated antimony development company.

The joint venture company is to be called Strategic and Precious Metals Processing LLC and will be incorporated in the Sohar Free Trade Zone in Oman. The facility is estimated to cost US$ 60 million. Final binding joint venture agreements are expected to be completed in November 2013.

Under the current MoU, the ownership of the Strategic and Precious Metals Processing LLC will be:

  • 40% – Tri-Star Resources
  • 40% – Oman Investment Fund
  • 20% – Castell Investments Ltd.

Funding for the roasting project will include both debt and equity financing. US$ 30 million in project financing will come from banks. Other amounts include a US$ 10 million mezzanine loan from the Oman Investment Fund with a balance of US$ 20 million in equity being paid in pro rata to their ownership interests.

In 2011, Tri-Star Resources formed a joint venture with the Union International Holdings Group to design and build a 20,000 tonnes per annum antimony facility in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.

BlackRock Contemplates Stake in Eurizon

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Asset management giant BlackRock is contemplating purchasing a 30% ownership stake in Intesa SanPaolo’s asset management unit called Eurizon Capital SGR S.p.A. BlackRock is keen on growing its technology business and increase market adoption of its Aladdin platform.

Intesa has been working with UBS to seek out strategic options for Eurizon. Intesa is keen on maintaining control over Eurizon.

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SWFI First Read, June 22, 2018

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JPMorgan Fund Buys 40% of Oxford Properties’ French Portfolio

A fund advised by JP Morgan Asset Management committed €400 million in Oxford Properties’ French portfolio. Essentially, Oxford Properties sold a 49.9% non-managing interest in 32 Rue Blanche, 92 Avenue de France and Paris Bastille. Oxford Properties made its maiden investment in Paris in 2014 when it acquired 32 Rue Blanche.

Oxford Properties is the real estate unit of OMERS.

Temasek Explores Further Cash Commitments to FirstCry

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DOL Fiduciary Role is Struck Down by Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

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The U.S. Court of Appeal, Fifth Circuit, confirmed a March 15th decision to strike down the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) fiduciary rule. The fiduciary rule is a series of seven different rules that broadly interpret the term “investment advice fiduciary” and redefine exemptions to provisions concerning fiduciaries that appear in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a decision by a Dallas federal court that had upheld the DOL fiduciary rule.

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