The buildings of the Canary Wharf financial district are viewed from Greenwich Park in the early morning sunshine in London on December 29, 2016. / AFP / Justin TALLIS
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Qatar is regaining its appetite for deals.The investments have been made through the Qatar Investment Authority, created in 2005 to handle the country's windfall from liquefied natural gas sales, of which it is the world's biggest exporter.The QIA is the biggest investor in Qatar's stock market, with majority stakes in Qatar National Bank SAQ, the Gulf Cooperation Council's biggest lender, and telecom provider Ooredoo QSC, which has operations in 12 countries and is chaired by Sheikh Abdulla bin Mohammad bin Saud al-Thani, who is also the QIA's chief executive officer.The QIA is the biggest shareholder in German carmaker Volkswagen and played a pivotal role in Glencore's $29 billion takeover of Xstrata in 2012 after demanding the Swiss commodities trader boost its offer for Xstrata, in which it had built a stake of more than 10 percent.With a 22-percent stake, the QIA is the largest shareholder in J Sainsbury.
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