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Going Electric: Gulf SWFs Boost Capital in Luxury Carmakers

26th March, 2024

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) and Bahrain’s Mumtalakat have stumped up more money in their automotive interests in return for equity as they support plans for growth in a challenging market.

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Korea's NPS and Saudi Arabia's PIF Look to AI Revolution

19th March, 2024

The height of the pandemic saw sovereign investors plunge capital into e-commerce and logistics real estate, but today the biggest focus of their tech investments is artificial intelligence and machine learning – and this month has seen a surge in activity among state-owned investors.

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Abu Dhabi Launches Mega Tech Investor the Size of SoftBank’s Vision Fund

12th March, 2024

The building of national champions with global reach is a major theme of strategic sovereign wealth funds in the Gulf region. Abu Dhabi’s launch of a global tech investment firm on a scale of SoftBank’s first Vision Fund, backed by Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala and native AI firm G42, ramps up the rivalry between the Emirate and initiatives backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF).

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PIF Uses Aramco Stake as Springboard to US$1trn AUM in 2025

8th March, 2024

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) is marching towards its end-2025 target of US$1 trillion with a further 8% stake in Aramco transferred to its portfolio by the government, in order to fund the Kingdom’s aggressive economic diversification program.

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PIF Forges Bahrain Alliance, While Qatar’s QIA Explores Central Asia

5th March, 2024

Gulf states have tended to use soft power to gain geopolitical influence via economic and cultural relations, particularly in the MENA and Central Asian regions. The cold war within the GCC has subsided with a deal between Doha and a Saudi-led alliance over Qatar’s alleged closeness to the Muslim Brotherhood. Yet, rivalries are still heated and they are vying for regional influence and at a time of heightened geopolitical sensitivities, with this week seeing Saudi Arabia cement its ties with Bahrain via their sovereign funds while Qatar's QIA is deepening its exposure to Uzbekistan.

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PIF Continues its Multi-Billion Borrowing Spree

29th February, 2024

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) has tapped global markets for a mega-sukuk worth US$2 billion, bringing its total debt to an estimated US$36 billion - and it unlikely to stop its borrowing spree.

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VC is Back: QIA and Mubadala Pump Up Startup Funding

28th February, 2024

Last year’s venture capital drought has given way to a deluge of investment with the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) the latest to open the sluice gates of funds for startups.

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PIF's US Equity Holdings: Lucid Down, Activision Out

19th February, 2024

PIF’s US public equities portfolio fell 3.4% q-o-q to US$35.2 billion in Q4 2023, dragged down by the value of its holding in EV maker Lucid Motors but also including the divestment of a chunky gaming stock, according to its latest 13F filing.

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Saudi Funds Set to Transform Manufacturing and Infrastructure

7th February, 2024

Saudi Arabia has launched two separate new major economic development entities, established under the auspices of the Public Investment Fund (PIF) and the National Development Fund (NDF) respectively, to drive investment in manufacturing and infrastructure, with a stress on sustainability.

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Indian Tax Break Budget Seeks to Lure More SWF Capital

2nd February, 2024

The central position sovereign wealth funds are taking in India’s economic development was highlighted in the FY2024/25 budget published this week, with Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman extending their tax benefits and continuing exemption for businesses located at the International Financial Services Centre in the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City).

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CDPQ Leads State-Owned Investors in Aircraft Leasing and Finance

31st January, 2024

Canadian public pension fund CDPQ’s US$1.5 billion aircraft leasing partnership with SMBC Aviation Capital, announced this week, is the latest in a line of similar investments in aircraft lessors by state-owned investors, seeking to provide fleets to operators instead of the more complex business of running an airline.

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PIF Positions Saudi Arabia as Global Football and Motorsports Hub

24th January, 2024

The Public Investment Fund’s (PIF) insatiable appetite for sport, leisure and entertainment has not abated in the first few weeks of 2024, with the Saudi sovereign wealth fund developing partnerships in electric motorsport and reportedly making a move on top Italian football team AC Milan.

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