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Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies and Sikorsky to create JV to Develop Military Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Center in UAE

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According to the press release, “Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT) and Sikorsky Aerospace Services today announced the launch of a joint venture to provide world class military aviation Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces and other military operators internationally, including in the wider Middle East and North Africa region.

ADAT is wholly owned by Mubadala Development Company, the strategic investment arm of the Abu Dhabi Government, in the United Arab Emirates. Sikorsky Aerospace Services is the aftermarket business of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

The joint venture, known as AMMROC (Advanced Military Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Center), brings together ADAT’s military track record of high quality and reliable maintenance services, and Sikorsky Aerospace Services’ Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) expertise.

With the combined strength of the joint venture parties and an aggregate investment that exceeds US$800 million, AMMROC will draw on decades of experience and expertise in aerospace engineering, material support, logistics, maintenance, component repair, overhaul and training to deliver a fully integrated MRO support program by a single provider. This will enable AMMROC to provide innovative platform solutions for all fixed and rotary wing aircraft, to ensure guaranteed aircraft readiness, deployability, improved safety and self reliance.

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White House Nominates Heath Tarbert for CFTC Chairman

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The White House announced Heath P. Tarbert will be nominated to serve as Commissioner and Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Tarbert currently serves as Assistant Secretary for International Markets at the U.S. Treasury Department. Before joining the U.S. Treasury, Tarbert was a Partner at law firm Allen & Overy. Tarbert was confirmed by the U.S. Senate for his current Treasury post at 87 (yes) to 8 (no).

Upon Senate confirmation, Tarbert’s CFTC term would start on April 14, 2019 and last for five years. Tarbert is taking over from J. Christopher Giancarlo whose term ends in April 2019. Tarbert will need a U.S. Senate confirmation to take the head CFTC post.

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KIA Could Sell Stake in North Sea Energy Business

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The Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA), through its unit Wren House Investment Management, is nearing a deal to sell a 40% stake in its North Sea energy business to JPMorgan Asset Management. In July 2018, KIA closed on a deal to acquire oil and gas pipeline firm North Sea Midstream Partners from ArcLight Capital.

More details to follow –

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Pensioenfonds PGB Hires BMO Global for Equity Protection Strategy

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Pensioenfonds PGB is a Dutch multi-sector pension fund. PGB awarded a mandate to implement a protection strategy for its €12 billion equity portfolio to BMO Global Asset Management. PGB is a €26.5 billion fund. PGB has been using BMO Global’s responsible engagement overlay since 2017.

The Chief Investment Officer of PGB is Harold Clijsen.

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