Intl, Fund and Middle East Top 20 articles Q1, 2012 by LDJ Capital

International News

Lord Rothschild and Prince Charles launch alternative energy venture

Citywire By Sarah Miloudi, February 22nd, 2012

Lord Rothschild’s investment trust RIT Capital Partners has led a band of high profile investors – including the Duchy of Cornwall and supermarket Sainsbury’s – into a £65 million new energy venture. 
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What Cyprus can learn from the Norway model

Cyprus-mail By Stefanos Evripidou, January 1st, 2012

THE DISCOVERY of natural gas in the southern edge of Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone has the potential to inject billions of euro into the island’s economy but without proper structures and rules to manage this massive wealth, the ‘blessing’ could easily become a curse 
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Middle East

Abu Dhabi sovereign fund looks to buy India property: sources

Alarabiya By Aditi Shah AND Dinesh Nair , March 9th 2012

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), one of the world’s biggest sovereign wealth funds, plans to invest directly in Indian real estate in an effort to diversify from its current strategy of ploughing money into the country through realty or private equity funds, sources familiar with the matter said. 
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Finance House to sign up to Debts Settlement Fund

khaleejtimes By Haseeb Haider, March 8th 2012

ABU DHABI – Abu Dhabi’s Finance House will be the ninth financial institution, which will sign up to the Debts Settlement Fund, an initiative launched by the President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to bail out Emirati loan defaulters. 
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78 offerings raised $ 1.12 billion in Europe

Arab News, February 14th 2012

JEDDAH: Initial public offerings (IPOs) in the Gulf Corporation Council (GCC) markets continued spiraling downward in the fourth quarter of 2011 summing up a difficult year for IPOs on the regional exchanges. 
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Masdar City: The Most Sustainable City in the World to Open in 2025

Oilprice By James Burgess, February 9th 2012

The ambitious $19 billion Masdar City is already six years into production and has been set a completion date of between 2020 and 2025 (having worked with builders before I’d suggest that you should read this as “2025 at the earliest”). 
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UAE’s Dolphin Energy to increase $1 bln bond issue

Reuters, February 9th, 2012

Abu Dhabi’s Dolphin Energy, majority-owned by state fund Mubadala, plans to raise between $200 million and $300 million on top of its recently-issued $1 billion bond, a statement from lead managers said on Thursday. 
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Arab World to add more than 100,000 new hospital beds by 2050 to boost healthcare services

Zawya By MHill-Rom, January 25th, 2012

Increased investments in new hospital build programmes in the GCC – up to $55 billion by 2020 -to help address hospital bed requirements in the region. 
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One of a kind

Gulfweeklyworldwide By Stan Szecsowka, January 25th, 2012

The mighty McLaren MP4-12C considered by motoring enthusiasts to be ‘the national car of Bahrain’ has arrived in the kingdom. 
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Qatar Shows What Owning 10% of Porsche Can do For Your Police Fleet

Autoguide By Jason Siu, January 1st, 2012

Each year on December 18th, Qatar celebrates its National Day of unification and and independence. And on that day, the citizens of Qatar get to admire the fleet 
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Looking back at Qatar’s economic success story

Gulf-times By QNA/Doha, December 31st, 2011

The year 2011 was record-breaking for the Qatari economy, reaffirming the country’s position as one of the world’s fastest growing economies amid fears of the ongoing European sovereign debt crisis and the US budget deficit. 
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GCC C/A put at over $300bn

Emirates247, December 31st, 2011

Strong oil prices allied with higher output to sharply boost the combined current account surplus in Gulf hydrocarbon producers to more than 
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Clean Tech and Energy Efficiency News

Turning e-waste into green gold

Gulfnews By Rania Moussly, January 1st, 2012

In the digital age, technology is evolving so fast with new electronic and computing products making it into the consumer market place faster than some children eat their dinner.
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Halo Report Illuminates Angel Investor Trends

Technewsworld By Erika Morphy, March 12th, 2012

Angel investors funded larger rounds last year and extended their reach to geographical areas off their usual beaten track — that is, outside of California. Another trend was their favoring of healthcare over technology startups. That can be explained by the growing number of angel investors with backgrounds in the healthcare space, said CB Insights CEO Anand Sanwal. 
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Singapore Temasek setting up project finance firm-min

Reuters, February 17th, 2012

Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings Pte Ltd is establishing a specialised project finance company with a consortium of banks for mostly cross-border projects, the government said on Friday. 
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Online Ad Management Software maker Marin Software Raises $30 Million in Latest Round of Funding

Itproportal, February 15th, 2012

Marin Software – the maker of online ad management software announced that it has raised $30 million in a new investment round captained by Singapore based Temasek Holdings. 
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The Norway v. Yale Models: Who Wins?

Ai-cio, February 14th, 2012

As investment professionals increasingly refer to Norway as a model for managing financial assets, a new paper contrasts the Norway Model — an approach highly rated for its professional, low-cost, transparent, and socially responsible approach to asset management 
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Adia leads global sovereign wealth funds

Gulfnews By Babu Das Augustine, February 10th, 2012

Dubai: The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (Adia) topped the list of the world’s sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) with an estimated $ 627 billion (Dh2.303 trillion) of assets, according to the latest ranking by the US-based Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (SWFI). 
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Rothschild vulnerable to Bumi coup

Cityam, February 10th, 2012

NAT Rothschild is highly vulnerable to a coup attempt by rival investors in his Indonesian coal mining venture Bumi, as they square up for a pitched battle over control of the company. 
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PE’s secondary sales now acceptable

Thedeal By Vyvyan Tenorio, February 3rd, 2012

About a year ago, New Jersey took the extraordinary step of disclosing details on secondary sales of private equity holdings from its pension funds. While not revealing the buyer(s) for the assets, New Jersey earns points for unveiling details that most public pension funds keep under wraps, either because of negative implications or pricing sensitivity. 
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Norwegian pension giant expands footprint on Regent Street

Propertyeu, January 26th, 2012

Germany’s IVG Immobilien has disposed of a prime mixed-use scheme on London’s Regent Street for € 50 mln (EUR 60 mln) less than 18 months after having acquired it for € 40 mln. 
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