FACTBOX-Libya owns stakes in several European bluechips

Tue Mar 8, 2011 12:29pm EST

March 8 - European Union member states are adding the Libyan Investment Authority to a sanctions list on Tuesday, with the restrictions expected to come into force on Friday.

LIA, the country's sovereign wealth fund with assets of around $70 billion, has invested in a wide range of companies including European bluechips.

Below are some of the foreign assets held by the fund, as well as details of other investments:

* Libyan Investment Authority (LIA), the umbrella body for Libya's sovereign wealth funds, owns:

-- 2.6 percent of Italian bank UniCredit (CRDI.MI)

-- 2.01 percent of Italian aerospace and defence company Finmeccanica SpA (SIFI.MI)

-- 3 percent of British publisher Pearson, which owns the Financial Times (PSON.L)

-- 13 percent of Jordan's Zara Investment Holding ZARA.AM

-- 7.5 percent of Juventus Football Club in Italy (JUVE.MI)

* LIA had a 0.7 percent stake in Belgian financial group Fortis, now known as Ageas (AGES.BR), in 2009, a spokeswoman for the company said. She said LIA stake had never exceeded the 3 percent threshold which would have required an official announcement and that there had never been any contact between LIA and the financial group.

She was unable to say if the LIA still held the stake, as it had not registered to vote at the 2010 shareholders' meeting.

* LIA bought 147.9 million lira of the shares, or more than 5 percent, of Turkish real estate investment trust Emlak Konut GYO (EKGYO.IS) at its IPO in December.

* LIA acquired a stake of about 1 percent in Russian aluminium giant UC RUSAL when the firm carried out a stock float in Hong Kong, a source close to the listing told Reuters. LIA has not confirmed the acquisition.

* Mustafa Zarti, who was the deputy head of LIA, told Reuters the fund had a stake of around 2 percent in Austrian brickmaker Wienerberger (WBSV.VI) and had deposits in Austrian banks.

* Zarti also said LIA had deposits in HSBC (HSBA.L) and BNP Paribas (BNPP.PA).

* Libya has a stake of less than 2 percent in Italian carmaker Fiat FIA.MI via its Libyan Arab Foreign Investment Company (LAFICO) investment vehicle, Italian media has reported.

* The Libyan African Investment Portfolio (LAP), launched in 2006, has placed several hundred million dollars of its assets with newly created London-based asset management firm FM Capital Partners, the firm's chief executive said.

* LAP set up LAP Green Network in 2007 to invest in African telecommmunications. It has its headquarters in Uganda and owns or controls telecoms companies or licences in eight African countries.

* The Greek government is in talks with officials from Libya's sovereign wealth funds about possible investments in Greek companies, a senior Greek diplomat told Reuters.

* Libya Oil Holdings, another state-owned firm, has 17.5 percent of Circle Oil, an oil and gas exploration company which has assets in Egypt, Morocco, Namibia, Oman and Tunisia. Company said on Tuesday it is seeking to comply with sanctions and taking legal advice.

* According to the Daily Telegraph, Dalia Advisory Limited, set up in 2009, operates as a "front company" for LIA in London.

* The Guardian newspaper said LIA's UK property investments included Portman House, a 146,550 sq ft retail complex in London's Oxford Street, bought in July 2009 for 155 million pounds. It also has an office building at 14 Cornhill, opposite the Bank of England, and occupied by firms such as Aviva Investors, purchased at 120 million pounds.

Source: Thomson Reuters data, company websites, Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute, IFSWF (Reporting by Natsuko Waki)

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