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Samruk-Kazyna to Shed Bank Stakes

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astanaAtentative agreement has been reached between Kazakhstan sovereign wealth fund Samruk-Kazyna and billionaire mining titan Bulat Utemuratov for the sale of the fund’s stake in Temirbank as well as some of its stake in Alliance Bank JSC, according to a statement. The public institutional investor will retain a majority stake in Alliance Bank.

The wealth fund had purchased controlling stakes in the banks to assist in their “anti-crises” efforts. However, directives from the Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev to sell the stakes were issued in February. According to Deputy Chairman of the Board of Samruk-Kazyna Helena Bakhmutova, the selloff is appropriate and well timed.

“Phase-out of the Fund’s capital of commercial banks is a logical step in the implementation of anti-crisis measures and can have a positive impact on the financial market,” she said in a statement.

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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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Mumtalakat Discloses Investment in Khairat Bahrain

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Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company disclosed an investment in Sudan called Khairat Bahrain. This is an agricultural investment in Sudan. The food and agriculture sector is key investment sector for many Gulf-based state investors. Khairat Bahrain is located in the world’s richest expanse of groundwater (the Nubian Sandstone Basin) occupying an area of approximately 100,000 feddans (400 square kilometers). The Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System is the world’s largest known fossil water aquifer system.

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Temasek Acquires Cybersecurity Firm Sygnia

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Singapore’s Temasek Holdings agreed to acquire Sygnia, Inc., an Israeli cybersecurity technology and services provider. Unverified estimates of the deal amount are around US$ 250 million. Sygnia runs out of Tel Aviv, but has an office in New York. Sygnia assists companies respond to cyber threats.

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