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South Korea and Qatar Develop Investment Taskforce

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Finance Minister Bahk Jae Wan

Finance Minister Bahk Jae Wan

In Seoul, the Korean Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Qatar Holding LLC to outline the creation of a joint infrastructure cooperation taskforce. Qatar has extensive natural gas reserves, while South Korea has a number of conglomerates that are significant in the engineering and shipbuilding sectors. Korean firms are keen on winning more foreign construction projects.

The meetings are planned to occur two times year to discuss prospective investment projects. If a project has merit, the government of South Korea will allocate funds from its global infrastructure fund to be invested alongside the Qatar Investment Authority.

On October 20, 2012, Samsung Engineering Co., Ltd, the biggest engineering firm in Korea was awarded the Yanbu refinery expansion project from Luberef (Saudi Aramco Lubricating Oil Refining Company). It was a US$ 871 million deal. Luberef is a joint venture between Saudi Aramco (owns 70%) and Jadwa Industrial Investment Company (owns 30%).

GIC Buys Large Stake in Nordic Aviation Capital

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Singapore’s GIC Private Limited, a yield-hungry sovereign investor, invested in Denmark-based Nordic Aviation Capital A/S, becoming a significant minority shareholder. Other shareholders in Nordic Aviation Capital include EQT VI Limited fund, KIRKBI Invest (wealth origins tied to Legos), and Martin Møller, the founder of Nordic Aviation Capital. EQT VI will remain the largest shareholder of Nordic Aviation Capital. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Trump Wants Pharma Companies to Disclose Drug Prices in Advertisements

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U.S. President Trump is progressing on plans to mandate pharmaceutical companies to reveal their prices in drug advertisements. “The drug industry remains resistant to providing real transparency around their prices, including the sky-high list prices that many patients pay,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement. “So while the pharmaceutical industry’s action today is a small step in the right direction, we will go further.”

The U.S. Health and Human Services Department would require pharmaceutical companies to include drugs’ sticker prices in their video advertisements. This would be similar to how drug companies disclose the laundry list of side effects.

Increasingly, sovereign funds like Temasek Holdings have backed mid-stage pharmaceutical companies and other therapies, while market investors like Norway’s GPFG have large holdings in listed pharmaceutical companies.

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Kazatomprom Treads Closer to IPO

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Kazatomprom is the world’s biggest uranium producer, accounting for around 20% of production market share. The company is moving forward on floating up to a 25% company stake for its planned initial public offering in London and Astana, Kazakhstan. Kazatomprom’s IPO plans are subject to market conditions. The global market price of uranium generated significant price gains year-to-date through almost three quarters. So far, during 2018, the uranium spot price has moved from US$ 20 per pound to US$ 27 per pound.

Kazatomprom’s sole shareholder is Samruk-Kazyna. Samruk-Kazyna would retain at least a 75% stake in the company.

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Credit Suisse and JPMorgan are joint global coordinators and joint bookrunners for the share offering. China International Capital Corporation, Halyk Finance, and Mizuho International plc were joint bookrunners.

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