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Samsung C&T and KNOC Jointly Acquire Parallel Petroleum LLC

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The press release states, “Samsung C&T and the Korea National Oil Corporation (“KNOC”) will jointly acquire US oil and gas company Parallel Petroleum LLC (“Parallel”). Samsung C&T Oil & Gas Parallel Corp., Samsung C&T’s local subsidiary in the US, and KNOC signed a Purchase and Sale Agreement with PLLL Holdings, LLC, which owns Parallel, in Midland, Texas on November 29th, 2011. Upon completion of the transaction, Samsung and KNOC will respectively own 90% and 10% of Parallel.

Parallel currently operates 8 oil and 2 gas producing fields in the states of Texas and New Mexico. Parallel produces approximately 8,400 barrels of oil and gas per day and has approximately 69 million barrels in reserves.

Through the deal, Samsung C&T will secure 50 professionals experienced in developing oil and gas fields. This will give Samsung C&T the ability to enhance its industry capabilities and strengthen its competitiveness.

Along with the investment in the Ankor oil fields in 2008, the acquisition of Parallel marked the significant foundation for the expansion of our natural resources business in the US market.

In 2008, Samsung C&T and KNOC jointly acquired the Ankor assets (daily production of approximately 16,000 barrels and reserves of approximately 71 million barrels) located in the Gulf of Mexico. Ankor currently produces oil from 17 platforms in 5 offshore oil fields, and Samsung C&T produces and explores for oil and gas from 10 other oil and gas fields around the world.”

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Canadian Pension Giants Could Support Trans Mountain Pipeline Deal

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The British Columbian (B.C.) government and indigenous groups publicly oppose the Trans Mountain Pipeline project over a number of issues, which include environmental concerns (potential pipeline spills) and land protections. The threat of project derailment sent jitters to Houston-based Kinder Morgan, Inc., requiring the company to halt non-essential spending on Trans Mountain Pipeline L.P. Calgary-based Kinder Morgan Canada Limited, which owns the pipeline, is a listed company that is 70% owned by Kinder Morgan and 30% owned by stock market investors (float). Kinder Morgan Canada hired TD Securities to explore options regarding the future of the pipeline.

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Goldman Sachs Poised to Name David Solomon as New CEO

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Goldman Sachs is poised to name David M. Solomon, the firm’s president, as its new CEO, replacing Lloyd C. Blankfein. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Blackstone and Goldman Invest in Francisco Partners

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Larger alternative investment houses and banks are taking ownership stakes in specialist private equity firms. On July 13, 2018, Blackstone Group’s Strategic Capital Group and Goldman Sachs Asset Management’s Petershill program acquired a minority stake in San Francisco-based Francisco Partners. Francisco Partners is a private equity firm focused on tech-related companies, competing against Thoma Bravo, BC Partners, Vista Equity Partners, Bain Capital and other specialists.

Dipanjan (DJ) Deb is the Co-Founder and CEO of Francisco Partners. Before forming the company in 1999, he was a Principal at Texas Pacific Group (TPG).

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Francisco Partners was advised by Evercore and Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Simpson Thacher served as legal counsel to Blackstone and Fried Frank served as legal counsel to Goldman Sachs.

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