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Silk Road Fund Commits $1.65 Billion in Pakistan Hydro Project

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China’s US$ 40 billion Silk Road Fund Co Ltd announced its first project investment on April 20, 2015. The US$ 1.65 billion investment will go toward the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road initiatives – a massive economic undertaking to link China with key parts of the world. Silk Road Fund Co Ltd signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Beijing-based China Three Gorges Corporation, a state-owned Chinese power company, and the Pakistan Private Power and Infrastructure Board to commit capital to build the Karot Hydropower project on the Jhelum River.

The MoU comes about when People’s Bank of China made its second reduction to China’s reserve-requirement ratio this year, lowering it to 18.5%.

Formed in July 31, 2010, Karot Power Company Pvt Ltd is a special purpose vehicle responsible for executing 720MW Karot Hydropower project. It is primarily sponsored by China Three Gorges South Asia Investment Limited, a subsidiary of the China Three Gorges Corporation. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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BP Plans to Take $1.7 Billion Charge to End Legal Claims on Deepwater Horizon

BP Plc is planning to take a US$ 1.7 billion charge to end legal claims regarding the disastrous 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Ethereum Co-Founder Leaves Fenbushi Capital

Vitalik Buterin, a co-founder of Ethereum, which is a cryptocurrency, exited China-based Fenbushi Capital. Fenbushi Capital was formed in 2015. Buterin is retaining his role as an advisor of Fenbushi Capital. Buterin dropped out of the University of Waterloo in 2014 when he got a Thiel Fellowship. This permitted him to work on Ethereum full time.

Kingdom Holding Sells Four Seasons Beirut Hotel Stake

Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Holding sold its position in the Four Seasons Hotel in Beirut for roughly US$ 100 million. Blominvest, a unit of Blom Bank, advised on the transaction. The Four Seasons will continue to manage the property.

Mercer Signs Deal to Buy BFC

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Deutsche Bundesbank to Slowly Add Renminbi into Foreign Reserve Mix

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Deutsche Bundesbank’s executive board made a decision to invest in Chinese renminbi in the summer of 2017 as part of its foreign currency reserves. The German central bank on January 15, 2018, confirmed it will start investing in Chinese renminbi and also consider investing in additional foreign currencies. The move mimics the European Central Bank (ECB), which already considers the Chinese renminbi as a reserve currency. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Bpifrance, CDB and Cathay Capital Launch Third Cross Border Fund

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Bpifrance, China Development Bank Capital Co., Ltd. (CDB Capital) and Cathay Capital agreed to launch Sino French Midcap Fund II. This is the second fund the group is launching after the €500 million Sino French Midcap Fund I from June 27, 2014. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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