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Prince Alwaleed Receives Khaldoon Al Mubarak, CEO of Mubadala

According to the press release, “HRH Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) received, and held a meeting with HE Khaldoon Al Mubarak, CEO of Mubadala Development Company (MDC) at HRH’s office in Riyadh. The meeting was attended by a delegation from KHC, Rotana and Mubadala Development Company.

On the agenda of discussions during the meeting between HRH and Mr. Al Mubarak, were His Highness’s solid regional presence in the various sectors, including real estate, hotels and media. Moreover, the meeting touched upon local, regional and international economic and investment issues, and future potential business collaboration. After the meeting the Prince hosted a dinner in honor of his guest and the accompanying delegation at Kingdom Resort.

Prince Alwaleed’s investments in the UAE through Kingdom Holding Company consist of Citigroup in the financial and in the hotel sector through the management of two Fairmont hotels, and four Movenpick hotels.”

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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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bcIMC Buys into Bottling Business with PAI in €1.623 Billion Takeover of Refresco

Dutch soft-drink bottler Refresco Group N.V. has agreed to a buyout offer for all 81.2 million of its shares from French private equity firm PAI Partners SAS (PAI) and Canadian pension manager British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (bcIMC) in exchange for €20 in cash per ordinary share for a total consideration of €1.623 billion. Refresco’s major shareholders, which includes 3i Group, and shareholding members of its boards, who represent 26.5% of outstanding shares, have said they stand behind the deal.

Refresco’s board rejected an initial offer from PAI in April 2017 of €1.4 billion, which they felt did not adequately capture the value added by their plans to bolster its presence in North America through the acquisition of Canadian bottler Cott TB, a deal that went through in July for US$ 1.25 billion.

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Digital Insurance Distributor BGL Opts for CPPIB Money Over IPO

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) is investing £675 million (US$ 895.715 million) for a 30% stake in Peterborough-based BGL Group, a digital distributor of insurance and household financial services to 8.5 million customers. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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