17th March, 2022
Malaysian sovereign investor Khazanah’s decision to merge its commercial and strategic funds is set to boost the performance of its investment portfolio – but while separating them from the negative effects of distressed assets such as Malaysian Airlines, it is kicking the can down the road in terms of the continued high risk exposures from the troubled aviation sector.
18th February, 2022
This week in the federal courts of Brooklyn, former Goldman Sachs banker Roger Ng is facing as many as 30 years in prison for allegedly helping 1MDB to embezzle billions of Malaysian public funds. Tim Leissner, his former boss at the bank, testified yesterday to confirm that “greed and ambition” drove their involvement in the bribery and money laundering scheme. Goldman has already paid US$ 2.8 billion in fines.
12th July, 2021
One of India’s leading e-commerce companies Flipkart has raised US$3.6 billion in a funding round that has attracted the support of an array of state-owned investors, demonstrating the enduring attraction of the country’s digital economy despite a sluggish recovery in household consumption.
23rd June, 2021
Sovereign wealth funds ramped up investment in their local economies in response to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, Global SWF research has found.
9th March, 2021
Zafer Sönmez, the CEO of the Turkey Wealth Fund, was abruptly replaced today, 3.5 years after he took office.
4th March, 2021
Malaysian sovereign wealth fund Khazanah suffered a financial blow from the pandemic in 2020, according to its latest financial report, but ongoing restructuring has ensured it remains profitable and debt is being steadily cut even as dividends to the government grow.
20th January, 2021
Vietnam’s State Capital Investment Corporation became the latest state-owned investor to throw a lifeline to a troubled national carrier, announcing plans this week to invest US$345 million in Vietnam Airlines. The move follows the Vietnam’s National Assembly approval in November of a support package for the airline, after reporting losses or approximately US$520 million in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
1st August, 2020
The Turkish Sovereign Fund was established in 2016 as the strategic investment arm of the Republic of Turkey. After a rocky start where the country’s President Erdogan rewamped TWF’s management and reshuffled the board by appointing himself as the Chairman, the fund seems to have finally found the support and stability to be among the world’s leading SWFs. The recruitment of Mr. Zafer Sönmez as its CEO in September 2018, after he had spent six years with Khazanah, has been instrumental towards that goal. We had the pleasure of catching up with Mr. Sönmez and discussing with him TWF’s recent progress and improvement of its GSR score.