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SWFI First Read, November 16, 2017

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GIC Increases Ownership in DLF through Open Market

GIC Private Limited acquired 1.201 million shares of DLF Ltd., a real estate developer in India, through the open market. GIC boosted its stake in DLF from 4.94% to 5.01%.

Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation is Open to Getting Access to Private Equity GP Interests

The Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation (APFC) is keen on possibly acquiring stakes in general partners of private equity firms, a tactic conducted by larger pension and sovereign wealth fund investors. APFC is already committed to funds that take strategic ownership stakes in asset management companies such as Blackstone Strategic Capital Holdings and Dyal Capital Partners III.

Mubadala Plans to Commit More Capital to R&D in AR&I

Mubadala Investment Company revealed plans to invest 82.5 million AED in research and development (R&D) in its aerospace, renewables and information technology (AR&I) platform over the next five years. These technologies include digital manufacturing, 3D printing and advanced materials.

Pak Arab Refinery Limited Seeks Second Refinery for Country with Mubadala’s Help

Pak Arab Refinery Limited (Parco) seeks to form a joint venture with Mubadala Investment Company to build a new refinery with a capacity of 250,000 barrels per day. Parco is 40% owned by Mubadala and 60% owned by the Pakistan government. The total investment cost for the refinery is estimated at US$ 6 billion with a completion date targeting 2023. Pakistan only has one refinery, the Parco Mid-Country refinery, which was built in 2000 at a cost of US$ 886 million.

Ireland Strategic Investment Fund Makes Co-Investment in Kaseya

The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) is to invest €19 million in Kaseya Limited, a provider of complete IT management solutions for managed service providers (MSPs) and midsized enterprises. The capital infusion hopes to create 130 new jobs in Ireland. Kaseya is majority owned by global software investment fund Insight Venture Partners. ISIF is also an investor in Insight Venture Partners’ funds, committing US$ 100 million in October.

Korea’s NPS Invests In Crypto Exchanges Amid Crackdown

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South Korean news outlets have reported that South Korea’s National Pension Service (NPS) has unwittingly invested roughly US$ 2.4 million in four local cryptocurrency exchanges – Korbit, Upbit, Coinplug, and Bithumb – even as regulatory officials move to subdue the unbridled enthusiasm for crypto trading that has flourished in the tiny country. The US$ 550 billion pension scheme invested in the cryptocurrency exchanges indirectly through two venture capital funds handled by external managers with exclusive rights over asset allocation, according to an NPS officer.

Crypto trading has proved wildly popular in South Korea, drawing an estimated one million citizens to the largely unregulated exchanges that have cropped up over the past few years. South Korea, which is ranked first in the world in terms of internet sped, is the largest market for cryptocurrency transactions behind Japan and United States, and accounts for 29.8% of trade globally, according to a report released by the Korea Insurance Research Institute (KIRI) in December 2017.

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Ripple Attempts to go the Central Bank Route

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San Francisco-based Ripple, a tech company that professes the use of blockchain to reboot the payment systems globally, landed a big deal with the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA). Ripple started a pilot program that will be spearheaded by SAMA and a few Saudi banks to deploy xCurrent for cross-border payments. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Investment Corporation of Dubai Eyes $1 Billion Loan Deal

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The Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD) plans to raise US$ 1 billion in a loan to refinance existing debt. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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