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LIA Turns its Legal Sights on Société Générale via Derivative Trades

The Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) is going after its next target, Société Générale S.A. This is in relation to derivative trades made back in 2007 and 2009, a similar pursuit made by LIA to Goldman Sachs. The case is being taken up in London’s High Court.

WE’RE BACK: Citigroup Saudi Arabia Gets Investment Banking License in Saudi Arabia

On April 25, 2017, the Saudi Capital Market Authority had authorized Citigroup Saudi Arabia to get its investment banking license, enabling the firm to conduct dealings as underwriters arranging and advising on securities business activities. The current CEO of Citigroup Saudi Arabia is Carmen Haddad.

Citibank had its first office in Saudi Arabia in Jeddah in 1955. By 1980, through legislation by Saudi Arabia, Citibank transformed its Saudi banking unit into a joint venture with Saudi American Bank (Samba). By 2004, Citibank had sold its last remaining interest in Samba.

Purdue University to Buyout Kaplan University

On April 27, 2017, Purdue University made a big move to form a new public university after agreeing to buy an online university. Purdue University has agreed to buyout Kaplan University. Kaplan University is the for-profit higher education business of Kaplan Inc. Kaplan Inc is ultimately owned by Graham Holdings Co. This deal include the acquisition of its 15 campuses and learning centers.

According to the press release by Purdue University, “all existing Kaplan University students and faculty will transition to the new university, which will use the Purdue name in some fashion not yet identified.”

The release added, “the new university will formally begin operations upon approval from the U.S. Department of Education and the Higher Learning Commission. Purdue plans to take immediate steps to commence those approval processes. Both Purdue and Kaplan universities are accredited by the HLC.”

China Merchants Bank Makes Private Banking Push in Singapore

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China Helps Pakistan’s Foreign Reserves

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Despite Pakistan witnessing an increase in exports, the rapid increase in crude prices and lackluster financial inflows, have affected the country’s balance of payments position. Trying to avoid a full-scale currency crisis, Pakistan is also dealing with a fiscal budget deficit and a current account deficit. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Russia-Japan Investment Fund to Back Wood Pellet Production in Russia

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The Russian Far East has a lot of timber, and for that wood pellets is a source of biofuel. A while back, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) formed the Russia-Japan Investment Fund (RJIF) with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). RDIF and JBICIG Partners as part of RJIF, together with RFP Group and Japan’s Prospect Co., Ltd. have agreed to collaborate and consider potential investments in Russia’s biofuel industry. JBICIG Partners is a subsidiary of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation.

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RDIF Lures Asian Investors Toward Russian Surgical Robot Project

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The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) is partnering with a number of unnamed Asian co-investors to allocate capital toward a project to create and manufacture Russian surgical robots. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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