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Temasek Holdings Plans on Office in India

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The press release states, “Temasek Holdings (Temasek) is expanding its focus on India and will be opening an office in Mumbai, India. This move reflects Temasek’s optimism in the potential of the Indian market, as well as Temasek’s commitment to participating in and contributing to the growth and success of India, at a time when the Indian economy is at a point of inflexion.

Leading the team in India would be Mr Manish Kejriwal, who is joining Temasek as its Managing Director, India. Mr Kejriwal will be responsible for overseeing Temasek’s interests in India. Mr Kejriwal will be supported in India by Mr Ravi Krishnasamy, currently a Director of Investments at Temasek.

In India, Temasek is open to evaluating opportunities in multiple sectors and at different stages, but the focus will mainly be on making direct investments into companies with good growth potential. In addition, Temasek will work with the Temasek-Linked Companies (TLCs) to identify investment opportunities in India.

As an indication of Temasek’s interest in India, it has made a few investments in India recently. Temasek has invested a 5.2% stake in ICICI Bank, and has set up the US$100 million Merlion India Fund which aims to invest in promising mid-to-late stage Indian companies.

Mr. Kejriwal joins Temasek from McKinsey & Company, Inc. where he is a Partner. He is the hub leader for McKinsey’s corporate finance & strategy practice in India, and was responsible for all merger & acquisition engagements for both Indian and international companies looking at entering the Indian market. He is also the co-leader of McKinsey’s business process outsourcing & offshoring practice in India and is in the global leadership team of the private equity practice. Mr Kejriwal has previously been based in New York and Cleveland.”

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Oman SGRF Contemplates $1 Billion Infrastructure Fund

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Oman’s State General Reserve Fund (SGRF) is in discussions on forming a US$ 1 billion infrastructure fund. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Norway’s GPFG Banned from Investing in 9 Companies Over Nuclear Weapons

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The recent false alarm caused by a state employee in Hawaii (who was not terminated and reassigned to a new position), triggering the Emergency Alert System message at 8:07 a.m. caused pandemonium in the state. After decades of failure in diplomacy between the United States and North Korea, the threat of a nuclear missile attack has grown since. The states of Alaska and Hawaii are the closest states to North Korea.

Besides the recent news in the world of nuclear missiles, Norges Bank oversees the management of the country’s sovereign wealth fund. The central bank has moved to ban nine companies from the Government Pension Fund Global. In addition, one company has been placed under observation. The Executive Board of Norges Bank’s decisions on exclusion were made on the basis of recommendations from the Council on Ethics. However, before moving to exclude a company, the central bank may consider other options, such as the exercise of ownership rights. In these instances of companies, the board determined that it was appropriate to use other measures in these cases.

The Council on Ethics’ recommendations to exclude:
Risk of severe environmental damage and serious or systematic violations of human rights
Evergreen Marine Corporation (Taiwan) Ltd
Korea Line Corporation
Precious Shipping PCL
Thoresen Thai Agencies PCL

Unacceptable risk of serious or systematic violations of human rights
Atal SA

Over involvement in the production of nuclear weapons
AECOM
BAE Systems
Fluor Corporation
Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc
Honeywell International Inc (already previously excluded)

Placed Under Observation
Pan Ocean Co. Ltd

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Sistema to Pledge Assets to Help Fund Settlement

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The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) is helping a settlement situation between two Russian economic powerhouses. In January 2018, Sistema, under a settlement, is mandated to pay Bashneft oil company, which is owned by energy behemoth Rosneft, 100 billion roubles (US$ 1.8 billion) by March 30, 2018.

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