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NeuStar Transaction to go Under CFIUS Purview

On February 3, 2017, the acquirors of NeuStar, Inc. (San Francisco-based Golden Gate Capital and GIC Special Investments Pte. Ltd. – part of GIC ) filed a draft notification form with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). CFIUS approval is necessary for the buyout deal to close since GIC has a foreign status and NeuStar provides U.S. telecommunication companies critical service infrastructure in relation to the dynamic routing of calls and text messages.

Maihuolang Gets Backing from Chinese Investors in Series A

Established in 2014, Maihuolang is a Chinese e-commerce platform for agriculture products focused on rural communities. Operating in 23 Chinese provinces, Maihuolang provides direct sales of pesticide, farm tools and seeds to farmers. Maihuolang raised US$ 150 million in Series A funding from Shenzhen New Industry Venture Capital, Shenzhen Weiji Investment & Development Co., Ltd., and Qianhai Great Wall Fund Administration.

CapitaLand Mall Asia Acquires 4 Properties in Tokyo Area

CapitaLand Mall Asia, a unit of CapitaLand Limited, acquired a portfolio of office and retail properties in greater Tokyo for 49.7 billion JPY. There are four properties in the portfolio – two office buildings in Yokohama (Yokohama Blue Avenue and Sun Hamada), one office building in Tokyo (Kokugikan Front), and a shopping mall in Saitama (Seiyu & Sundrug). CapitaLand’s largest shareholder is Temasek Holdings.

CDPQ and Logos Venture Acquire Woolworths Distribution Centre in Sydney

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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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