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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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PSP Investments and Blue Sky Alternative Investments End Strategic Partnership Agreement

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Blue Sky Alternative Investments Limited informed Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) that it agreed to terminate its strategic agreement effective March 31, 2019. In December 2017, Blue Sky Alternative Investments forged an agreement with PSP Investments to assist in committing capital in a number of agricultural investments.

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Yield-Hungry Korean Insurance Capital Backs TSX Broadway

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Mirae Asset Daewoo Co., Ltd., the Seoul-based investment banking firm, has provided a US$ 375 million loan for a redevelopment in New York’s Times Square. It joins L & L Holding Company, Maefield Development, and Fortress Investment Group who are bringing the development known as TSX Broadway to life. The building is at 1568 Broadway in Manhattan. TSX Broadway, a US$ 2.5 billion project when all equity financing is added in, will allow for renovations and expansion of the 46-storey building. An LED screen, which is not an uncommon sight in the Big Apple, will wrap around the corner of the tower. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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OFFICIALS: Saudi Crown Prince Denies Interest in Acquiring Manchester United

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The Saudi Arabian government dispelled rumors that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will acquire football club Manchester United. However, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) had talks regarding sponsorship with the football club. Manchester United signed a partnership deal with Saudi Arabia’s General Sports Authority in 2017.

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