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US, Chinese funds to take part in Rusal IPO: report

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Taipei Times reports, “A US-British asset management giant and a Chinese sovereign wealth fund have agreed to take part in the Hong Kong initial public offering (IPO) of the world’s largest aluminum producer, UC Rusal, a report said yesterday. Black Rock and China Investment Corp (CIC) have given their initial agreement to take part in the IPO along with Russian state banks whose interest was already confirmed, daily Vedomosti said. Quoting bankers close to the operation, the newspaper said that Rusal directors had late on Wednesday agreed on a valuation for the Russian metals giant of US$16 billion to US$22 billion for the IPO. Vedomosti said this would make Rusal — whose majority shareholder is the oligarch Oleg Deripaska — the largest aluminum firm worldwide by capitalization, ahead of US firm Alcoa, which is valued at US$15.9 billion.

Sources said earlier this month that Rusal won conditional approval for the IPO from the Hong Kong bourse, ending weeks of uncertainty over whether its billions of dollars of debt would thwart the plan. Rusal plans to float 10 percent of its shares valued at around US$2 billion in by far the biggest IPO by a Russian company since the economic crisis.

Vedomosti said Rusal was now planning to set the IPO price and complete the transaction by Jan. 20. Pre-marketing will start on Jan. 5 and a roadshow on Jan. 11. Around one-third of the shares will go to Europe-based funds and another third to Chinese funds. The Hong Kong bourse is not expected to allow private investors to take part. The involvement of investors like Black Rock — which has US$1.44 trillion of assets under management — should attract smaller funds and mean Rusal has no problem attracting interest in the IPO, Vedomosti said.

Rusal and Black Rock declined to comment, Vedomosti said.”

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Egyptian Parliament Passes Draft Law on Misr Fund

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Egypt’s state news agency revealed the country is forming a sovereign wealth fund with initial capital of 5 billion Egyptian pounds, with 1 billion Egyptian pounds of that amount being immediately transferred from the Egyptian public treasury. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Capital Constellation Backs Middle Market PE Platform

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Capital Constellation is the investment platform owned by the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation (APFC), RPMI Railpen, and Wafra Inc. on behalf of the Public Institution for Social Security of Kuwait (PIFSS). [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Canadian Pension Giants Could Support Trans Mountain Pipeline Deal

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The British Columbian (B.C.) government and indigenous groups publicly oppose the Trans Mountain Pipeline project over a number of issues, which include environmental concerns (potential pipeline spills) and land protections. The threat of project derailment sent jitters to Houston-based Kinder Morgan, Inc., requiring the company to halt non-essential spending on Trans Mountain Pipeline L.P. Calgary-based Kinder Morgan Canada Limited, which owns the pipeline, is a listed company that is 70% owned by Kinder Morgan and 30% owned by stock market investors (float). Kinder Morgan Canada hired TD Securities to explore options regarding the future of the pipeline.

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