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Qatar to buy $616 mln stake in HK department store operator
Sovereign wealth fund Qatar Holding LLC has agreed to buy a HK$4.78 billion ($616 million) stake in Lifestyle International Holdings, operator of the SOGO department stores in Hong Kong and mainland China, Lifestyle said on Monday. Full Article
Gulf Capital $750 mln fund to invest in 10 to 12 firms
Abu Dhabi-based buyout firm Gulf Capital is looking to invest in 10 to 12 companies over five years with the launch of its third private equity fund of $750 million, its chief executive said on Sunday. Full Article
Citi pulls out of consumer banking in 11 countries, profit jumps
Citigroup Inc said it was pulling out of consumer banking in 11 markets, including Japan and Egypt, as the U.S. bank with the biggest international business looks to cut persistently high costs. Full Article
CC stars in $2.6 bln financing of Moroccan power station
Clifford Chance has advised sponsors GDF Suez, Nareva and Mitsui on the $2.6 billion, 18-year financing of a 1,386 megawatt coal-fired independent power project in Morocco. Full Article
Gulfstream launches 2 new jets, signs deals with Flexjet, Qatar Airways
Gulfstream Aerospace Corp, a unit of General Dynamics Corp, has launched two new business jets, the G500 and G600, and signed agreements for orders of up to 70 aircraft from Flexjet LLC and Qatar Airways. Full Article
Asia Appointments: Bird & Bird adds employment partner in Shanghai
Also, AnJie hires three partners for new Shanghai office, CMS recruits new Middle East legal director, Sheppard Mullin and White & Case, Bakers appoint new partners in Asia, and much more in our weekly Asia appointments spotlight. Full Article

Features

Underground plans
Saudi Arabia has awarded $22.5 billion contracts to build the Riyadh metro system. Full Article
Drawing a line
India set to halt Iran oil imports over insurance Full Article
MP Interview: Husam Hourani, Al Tamimi & Co
Al Tamimi & Co Managing Partner Husam Hourani talks to Ranajit Dam about the highlights of his career, the challenges of running a regional firm, and how Al Tamimi & Co can hold on to... Full Article
Booming Gulf sukuk market brushes off Dana Gas debacle
When United Arab Emirates-based natural gas producing company, Dana Gas, missed repaying a $920 million Islamic in November, it became the first UAE company to fail to redeem a bond on time. But the region's... Full Article

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