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Qatar’s Strategic Development Investing in France

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The government of France is attempting to attract Gulf foreign investment, especially in its poor suburbs (les banlieues). Officials from France and Qatar met to discuss economic opportunities. In August 2012, the government of Qatar inked the idea of a fund between the size of €200 to 300 million to invest in small and medium size companies in France. The fund’s investors would include the government of Qatar, France, and possibly private investors. Part of the plan includes French companies to relocate or open up a presence in Qatar.

Part of Qatar’s economic and social strategy is to develop partnerships with French companies to open up locations in the Gulf region. Funding from Qatar to the French suburbs was a concept proposed in 2011, but dissipated by the government of French President Nicolas Sarkozy during the French presidential election period.

Blackstone Defeated on Investa Office Fund Bid

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The Blackstone Group threw in the towel on a bid to take over the Investa Office Fund, a vehicle that owns prized Australian office properties. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Temasek’s Bond Expected to Lure Retail Investors

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Singapore’s Temasek Holdings, through its subsidiary Temasek Financial (IV) Private Limited, is planning a 5-year bond that aims to yield 2.7% for retail investors. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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QIA Becomes the Largest Shareholder in Colonial

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The Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) became the biggest shareholder of Inmobiliaria Colonial, SOCIMI, S.A. (Colonial), a Spanish listed real estate company. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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