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Qatar Wealth Fund Backed Legally-Entangled Texas Energy Giant

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Flying under the radar, Texas-based Vistra Energy (formerly known as TXU), an energy company that emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October 2016, controls TXU Energy and Luminant. The word “Vistra” is a mixing of “Vision” and “Tradition”. TXU Energy operates in the retail electricity market serving roughly 1.7 million residential and business customers in Texas, while Luminant is an independent power producer in Texas, generating approximately 17,000 MW in the state. With its new private equity owners, after bankruptcy protection, Vistra Energy fired some 500 employees, mostly in Dallas and cut overhead costs by more than 50%. The company then paid out a US$ 1 billion “special dividend” to the owners in December 2016 (a special cash dividend of US$ 2.32 per share). The company is still mired in a legal battle with creditors over certain assets.

Vistra Energy Major Shareholders in Equities – March 2017

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HFF Finds a New Home in Jones Lang LaSalle

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Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated (JLL) inked a deal to acquire Dallas-based HFF, Inc. JLL will acquire all the outstanding shares of HFF in a cash and stock transaction with an equity value of approximately US$ 2 billion. The transaction has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies. Mark Gibson, CEO of HFF, will join JLL as CEO, Capital Markets, Americas and Co-Chair of its Global Capital Markets Board. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2019, subject to HFF shareholder approval and customary closing conditions, including regulatory review.

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IFM, Polish Development Fund, PSA Acquire Gdansk Terminal

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The Polish Development Fund, known locally as Polski Fundusz Rozwoju S.A. (PFR), signed a deal to lead an investor group to acquire the largest container terminal in Gdansk from an infrastructure fund managed by Macquarie. The transaction is worth more than 5 billion zlotys (US$ 1.3 billion). DCT Gdansk is the only terminal in Baltic sea region that can serve Ultra Large Container Vessels, also known as UCLVs.

The Polish Development Fund and IFM Investors will each acquire a 30% stake in the Gdansk terminal, while PSA International Pte Ltd (which is owned by Temasek Holdings), will own 40% of the terminal.

Macquarie was advised by Goldman Sachs.

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Williams and CPPIB Create $3.8 Billion Venture in the Marcellus and Utica Basins

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Tulsa-based Williams Companies Inc. (Williams) disclosed a series of transactions that will establish a new platform for the optimization of its midstream operations in the western Marcellus and Utica basins through a long-term partnership with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). This deal gives CPPIB more exposure to the North American natural gas market.

CPPIB Investment

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