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RDIF and State Bank of India to Invest up to 1 Billion USD Each in Joint Projects

The press release states, “Russian Government promoted sovereign wealth fund the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and State Bank of India (SBI) have created a new co-investment consortium in order to expand bilateral economic cooperation. A memorandum of understanding was signed today as part of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s official visit to India. The document was signed by RDIF CEO Kirill Dmitriev and SBI Chairman Mr Pratip Chaudhuri in the presence of the leaders of both countries – Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh.

Following the agreement, RDIF and SBI will team up to develop infrastructure to facilitate access to long-term capital in Russia and India, and to actively promote mutual investments between the two countries.

The MoU notes that each of the parties may invest up to 1 billion USD each or facilitate investment in projects and companies with a Russia-India angle, as well as initiatives associated with privatization, globalization or mutual trade. The document also reflects the main principles of selecting investment targets and managing investments by the parties, with the emphasis being promotion of trade and economic cooperation between Russia and India. Emphasis will be placed on projects geared towards higher purchasing power of the population, ensuring demand for infrastructure, creation of value addition in the extraction and processing of natural resources, and the development of manufacturing businesses and service sector companies.

Commenting after the signing Russian President Vladimir Putin said: “I believe that the Memorandum signed between RDIF and State Bank of India will provide additional stimulus to build mutually beneficial cooperation, including SME. It is about creating an efficient, real and actionable mechanism for co-financing investment projects of approximately one billion dollars.”

Commenting on the signing of the Memorandum Kirill Dmitriev said: “We are delighted to find a new partner represented by India’s largest state-owned banking institution. At present, BRICS countries show strong investment potential, and the co-investment consortium, given the government support, helps mitigate the risks that might arise from the global economic situation. Our agreement is focused primarily on the most promising and highest-demand sectors. Also, let us not forget that given Russia’s and India’s macroeconomic performance one can expect high investment returns.”

State Bank of India Chairman Mr Pratip Chaudhuri said: “By partnering with a sovereign wealth fund like RDIF, our bank will have access to interesting and very attractive projects from an investment point of view. Both the Russian and Indian economies are in need of substantial investment. Together this partnership between RDIF and SBI is expected to make a major contribution towards enhancing the economic cooperation between the two countries. In our view, a partnership of developing economies can really result in a win-win situation for both the countries.”

Read more: RDIF Press Release

CIC Sells 10% Logicor Stake to Blackstone Fund

The China Investment Corporation (CIC) is selling a 10% stake of in European warehouse firm Logicor Ltd to a real estate fund managed by The Blackstone Group. Furthermore, CIC also hired Blackstone to oversee and manage Logicor’s warehouses and logistic properties portfolio.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Fintech Affirm Raises $200 Million in Series E Led By Singapore’s GIC

Affirm Inc., a financial technology firm which provides instant loans to consumers as an alternative to credit cards for their online shopping, has raised US$ 200 million in a Series E round lead by Singapore’s GIC Private Limited, with participation from Khosla Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Spark Capital, Caffeinated Capital, and Ribbit Capital. The new infusion of capital brings the San Francisco-based company’s total funding to US$ 450 million and a reported valuation of US$ 2 billion.

The company is founded by Max Levchin, a co-founder of PayPal (part of the PayPal mafia, dubbed by the tech press). Max Levchin is also an advisory board member of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFSB) in the United States.

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CHANGE: Saudi Arabia to Re-Open Movie Theaters, PIF Inks MoU with AMC

The Saudi Arabian government is ending its 35-year ban on cinemas. Next year, the government will allow cinemas to open. This watershed moment provides opportunities for entertainment companies to invest in Saudi Arabia and the surrounding region.

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