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SWFI First Read, October 18, 2016

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CDPQ Hires Intuit Executive for Tech

Nicholas Westphal is leaving his role as Director of Corporate Strategy and Development at Intuit. He is joining Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) to serve as a lead for North American technology investments.

CDPQ Backs Harnois Groupe’s Service Station Acquisitions

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), on October 13, 2016, invested C$ 30 million in equity capital in Harnois Groupe pétrolier, Québec’s largest independent distributor of petroleum products. In addition, the Fonds de solidarité FTQ has invested C$15 million as part of this transaction. The infused capital will assist in financing Harnois Groupe’s acquisition of 36 Esso service stations located in the Montréal and Québec City regions. This will bring the Harnois Groupe pétrolier’s network to more than 400 sites operating throughout Québec under the Harnois, Pétro-T and Esso banners.

JPMorgan Adjusts Saudi Team, Names Bader Alamoudi as Senior Country Officer

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QIA Becomes the Largest Shareholder in Colonial

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The Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) became the biggest shareholder of Inmobiliaria Colonial, SOCIMI, S.A. (Colonial), a Spanish listed real estate company. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Mumtalakat Discloses Investment in Khairat Bahrain

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Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company disclosed an investment in Sudan called Khairat Bahrain. This is an agricultural investment in Sudan. The food and agriculture sector is key investment sector for many Gulf-based state investors. Khairat Bahrain is located in the world’s richest expanse of groundwater (the Nubian Sandstone Basin) occupying an area of approximately 100,000 feddans (400 square kilometers). The Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System is the world’s largest known fossil water aquifer system.

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Temasek Acquires Cybersecurity Firm Sygnia

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Singapore’s Temasek Holdings agreed to acquire Sygnia, Inc., an Israeli cybersecurity technology and services provider. Unverified estimates of the deal amount are around US$ 250 million. Sygnia runs out of Tel Aviv, but has an office in New York. Sygnia assists companies respond to cyber threats.

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