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US$1.9 billion Landmark Investment in PT Bumi Resources Tbk by China Investment Corporation

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According to the press release, “PT Bumi Resources Tbk (“Bumi”) announced that China Investment Corporation (“CIC”) has invested US$1.9 billion in Bumi in the form of a debt-like instrument. The US$1.9 billion investment consists of US$600 million repayable in year 4, US$600 million in year 5, and remaining US$700 million in year 6. The investment attracts a 12% annual cash coupon with a total IRR of 19%, the balance payable at the time of final maturities. The funds will be used for debt restructuring and capital expenditure.

‘We are honored by this historic and transformational investment by CIC, the leading sovereign fund in the world. The investment will enable Bumi to implement its growth strategies quickly and provide a stable capital structure. More importantly, the partnership creates the platform for CIC and Bumi to pursue investment opportunities jointly’, remarked Ari Hudaya, President Director and CEO of Bumi, one of the leading natural resources companies in Asia with world-class coal assets. CIC, wholly-owned by the People’s Republic of China, is one of the largest and reputable investment institutions in the world. Bumi is Indonesia’s largest producer and one of the world’s largest exporter of thermal coal with strong practices in community development, corporate social responsibility and corporate governance.

PT Samuel Sekuritas Indonesia acted as arranger and financial advisor, and Jones Day acted as legal advisor to Bumi. Deutsche Bank and China International Capital Corporation (CICC) acted as financial advisors and Davis Polk & Wardwell acted as legal advisor to CIC in this transaction.”

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Funds and Ownership, KKR Partners with Shinhan Financial

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South Korean financial giant Shinhan Financial Group Co., Ltd. reached a preliminary agreement with KKR & Co. to form a series of global buyout funds that could raise up to 5 trillion KRW. KKR and Shinhan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Seoul in early October. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Norwegian Government Recommends SWF Remains at Central Bank

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There was speculation that Norway Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) could be managed outside of Norges Bank. The Norwegian government shot down this idea and recommended Norway’s GPFG remain in Norges Bank. This recommendation came in the form of a white paper submitted to the Norwegian Parliament, Stortinget.

Norway’s Minister of Finance Siv Jensen, commented in a press release, “The Government proposes a new and modernised governance structure for Norges Bank. Moving forward, this new structure lays the foundations for the sound management of the central bank and of the GPFG.”

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Invesco Buys OppenheimerFunds for $5.7 Billion

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Invesco Ltd. signed a deal to acquire OppenheimerFunds, Inc. from Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual). In turn, MassMutual and the OppenheimerFunds employee shareholders will receive a combination of common and preferred equity consideration, and MassMutual will become a significant shareholder in Invesco, with an approximate 15.5% stake. This strategic transaction will bring Invesco’s total assets under management (AUM) to more than US$ 1.2 trillion. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2019, pending necessary regulatory and other third-party approvals. The transaction gives Invesco access to more third-party distribution platforms.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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