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Speaking of Capital Controls in Europe

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Nations and states that fear economic disturbances may be tempted to impose controls on international capital flows. Continental Europe is facing a credit and banking crisis. Recently, European officials hinted unleashing a series of capital controls across Europe. If controls are implemented they will most likely target consumers, meaning limiting ATM withdrawals and bank transfers. If this does occur, what effect does this have on institutional investors?

In fact, it has been reported that the European Commission has been providing legal advice to countries who are considering leaving the euro. Institutional investors must come to realize that investing in distressed current account deficit markets bears a certain level of risk.

If governments are willing to impose capital controls on its citizens, how far off does that impact institutional investors?

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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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