• Business
    Reuters

    Online education startup Udemy in talks to raise $100 mln in private funding -sources

    Online learning platform Udemy is in advanced talks to raise around $100 million in a new private funding round that will value the online learning platform at over $3 billion, according to people familiar with the matter. San Francisco-based Udemy has seen a boost in subscriptions this year as more people have stayed at home and opted for online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The company has hired Goldman Sachs to advise on the fundraising, the sources said, requested anonymity as the matter is private.

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  • Business
    Bloomberg

    Azeri Socar Shifts Plans for Goldman-Backed Port in Turkey

    (Bloomberg) -- The State Oil Company of Azerbaijan may seek operating partners for a sea terminal it built in Turkey with backing from Goldman Sachs Group Inc., according to a senior company executive.Socar, as the company is known, owns 70% of the Socar Aliaga Terminal in western Turkey, with Goldman owning the rest. The Azeri state oil champion has gradually scaled down its plans to find an investor in the port and is now looking for a partnership that doesn’t require it to relinquish more control, according to people familiar with the matter.“We don’t plan to sell the port completely as it is a profitable subsidiary,” said Zaur Gahramanov, chief executive officer of Socar’s local unit, Socar Turkey Enerji AS. “But because the terminal isn’t part of our core business and it has a high potential, we may evaluate an operational partnership with a company that is an expert in operations and management.”The port has an annual capacity of 1.5 million twenty-foot equivalent units, or TEUs, a standardized maritime measurement for containers. It opened in mid-2018 after a $400 million investment that was part of Socar’s plan to turn the Aliaga peninsula on the Aegean coast into an energy hub.A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S briefly ran the port before Socar took control in late 2018. Goldman bought the 30% stake in 2014.The Azeri oil company had invested $16.5 billion in Turkey, which has ethnic ties with the South Caucasus republic, by late 2019. It is the largest foreign investor in Turkey, with interests in gas distribution, pipelines and refining.Socar aims to invest another $2 billion in a Turkish petrochemical plant in a venture with BP Plc.(Updates with Socar’s plan in second paragraph)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

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  • Entertainment
    Deadline

    ‘Parasite’ Triumphs At Asian Film Awards

    South Korean Oscar sensation Parasite was the big winner at this year’s Asian Film Awards, which were held today in an online format due to continued pandemic challenges. The movie won Best Film, Best Screenplay for co-writers Han Jin Won and director Bong Joon Ho, Best Production Design and Best Editing. Bong Joon Ho was […]

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