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Norway SWF Increased Ownership in 25 Air Street

On September 1, 2017, Norges Bank Real Estate Management, the real estate unit of Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), grew its partnership with The Crown Estate, by purchasing another 25% interest in 20 Air Street in central London. Post-deal, NBIM will have a 50% ownership interest in 20 Air Street. According to NBIM, “Norges Bank Real Estate Management acquired its additional 25 percent interest from The Crown Estate for 112.5 million pounds, which corresponds to 450 million pounds on a 100 percent basis. No financing was used in the acquisition, and the asset is held unencumbered by debt.”

NBIM had acquired an initial 25% ownership stake in 20 Air Street in December 2013. The Crown Estate is maintaining its 50% ownership interest and will continue to manage the property.

People’s Bank of China Lays Down Gauntlet on Digital Token ICOs

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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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