Saudi Arabia’s PIF working with Klein and Evercore on strategy

The Saudi Public Investment Fund will work with former Citigroup banker Michael Klein and Evercore Bank in all aspects of the PIF investment strategy and financial planning. (Courtesy Saudi PIF)
Updated 10 November 2017
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Saudi Arabia’s PIF working with Klein and Evercore on strategy

RIYADH: The Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) will work with former Citigroup banker Michael Klein and Evercore Bank in all aspects of the PIF investment strategy and financial planning, informed sources said.
According to Bloomberg news, Klein is advising the PIF on its strategic partnerships with international companies by working closely with the fund’s chief executive, Yasser Al-Rumayan, the sources said. Evercore is providing advice on strategy and funding options.
The roles of both Citigroup and Evercore will help to support the economic transformation of the Kingdom and Vision 2030. Both are working on the initial public offering (IPO) of the giant oil company Aramco.
Klein is providing strategic advice to the government regarding Aramco’s IPO, while Evercore serves as a public offering financial adviser.
Klein has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions. He has played an important role in providing advice on many of the huge deals executed in the last few years.


Lebanon finance minister urges new reforms after Moody’s report

Updated 14 December 2018
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Lebanon finance minister urges new reforms after Moody’s report

  • Lebanon credit default swaps surge
  • Political wrangling adds to fiscal woes

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s finance minister said on Friday that a decision by Moody’s rating agency to change the country’s outlook to negative from stable proved the need to form a government and launch reforms.
Moody’s changed Lebanon’s outlook on Thursday while affirming its B3 rating, reflecting what it called an increase in risks to the government’s liquidity position and the country’s financial stability.
Saddled with a stagnant economy and the world’s third-highest rate of debt as a proportion of gross domestic product, Lebanon is also mired in political wrangling, with rival parties unable to form a government since May’s parliamentary election.
“Moody’s report today... confirms the importance of forming a government and starting reforms to restore confidence, reduce risks and reduce the deficit,” Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil wrote in a tweet.
“This is possible now, but we may lose the opportunity in months if the outlook remains negative,” he added.
The cost of insuring Lebanese sovereign debt against default this week rose to its highest level since the global financial crisis of 2008.
Overnight interbank rates for Lebanese pounds hit a 2018 high of 75 percent on Thursday. Two sources Reuters spoke to on Friday familiar with the rate said it had stayed at that level, while two others said it had dropped a bit.
The rates have not been this high since November 2017, when Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri announced, and then rescinded, his resignation in a declaration that Saudi Arabia was widely believed to have coerced him into making.
“Once you have a government, it will have a positive impact on the market. Demand for dollars will decrease and things will go down again to the normal situation,” said one trader.