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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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Ascendas-Singbridge Acquires Three Hotels in Osaka

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Singapore’s Ascendas-Singbridge has acquired three hotels in Osaka for 10.29 billion JPY to tap tourism growth in Japan’s third-largest city.

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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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