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EDBI Participates in iflix Investment Round

Kuala Lumpur-based iflix Sdn. Berhad, a subscription video service like Netflix, raised US$ 133 million in funding. This round was led by Hearst. Other investors in the round include clients of DBS private bank and EDBI, the dedicated corporate investment arm of the Singapore Economic Development Board. Existing backers of iflix participated as well including Catcha Group, Liberty Global, Jungle Ventures, PLDT Inc., Sky PLC and Evolution Media.

GIC Sells Down Stake in China Jinmao Holdings Group

On August 1, 2017, Singapore’s GIC Private Limited sold 15 million shares of China Jinmao Holdings Group Ltd., a real estate development subsidiary of Sinochem Corporation, at an average price per share of HK$ 3.595. GIC’s ownership in Jinmao Holdings went from 6.05% down to 5.91%.

Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company Sells a Finnish Apartment Portfolio to Barings Real Estate Advisers

Barings Real Estate Advisers acquired seven Finnish apartment properties from Finland-based Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company for €43 million. The properties are located in the cities of Tampere, Turku, Espoo and Lahti.

Clean Energy Finance Corporation Lends Capital to Adelaide Student Housing Development

Blue Sky Private Real Estate, part of Blue Sky Alternative Investments Limited, and Goldman Sachs have a joint venture that owns a 428-bed student housing tower in Adelaide, Australia. The JV got a US$ 32 million loan from Clean Energy Finance Corporation to assist in making the building energy-efficient. The student housing property will be managed by Altira Student Living.

Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority Participates in President Fertilizer Program

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DOJ Investing Tesla Over Musk Comments

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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is conducting a fraud investigation over Tesla as its CEO Elon Musk made public statements on twitter. This is a criminal probe. In addition, earlier, SWFI reported the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is conducting a civil inquiry into Elon Musk regarding his statements.

This all surrounds Musk tweeting in August that he was thinking of taking Tesla private and had “funding secured” for the transaction. Both government authorities are seeing if Musk misled investors and violated federal securities laws with his public statements.

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Marsh & McLennan Companies to Acquire JLT Group

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Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (MMC), a global professional services firm offering clients advice and solutions in risk, strategy and people, announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc (JLT), a provider of insurance, reinsurance and employee benefits related advice, brokerage and associated services. The transaction has been approved by the Board of Directors of each of MMC and JLT. JLT’s largest shareholder, Jardine Matheson Holdings, and JLT directors who collectively represent 40.5% of the issued and outstanding JLT shares in support of the transaction.

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Indigo Ag Raises Series E Round

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Indigo Ag, Inc. raised US$ 250 million in a Series E funding round. The company is focused on creating innovative microbial products that increase crop yields in the face of environmental, disease, and pest stress. The investors in this round include Baillie Gifford, Investment Corporation of Dubai, the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, and the company’s founder, Flagship Pioneering. After the Series E, in total, Indigo has raised over US$ 650 million.

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