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Alain Carrier Wins #1 on Public Investor 100-2016

alain_carrier_headSWFI Staff has released the Public Investor 100. He ranks 1 out of 100 for the SWFI Public Investor 100 – 2016.

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Alain Carrier has a big job. He is Senior Managing Director & Head of International, Head of Europe at CPP Investment Board (CPPIB). Situated in foggy London town, Carrier has a vast geographic boundary to oversee. Before embarking on this senior MD role, he was Head of Europe for the pension behemoth. Carrier has exhibited many of the characteristics of former CPPIB honchos. For example, the former CPPIB CEO Mark Wiseman, who was ranked #2 in the 2013 Public Investor 100 and had an extensive law background before setting foot in the world of Canadian public funds. Carrier, too, has a law M&A background.

Carrier has been with CPPIB since 2008, joining during the chaotic mess of the financial crisis. Carrier is a former Goldman Sachs alumnus, a trait shared by many members of CPPIB’s executive and deal origination teams. At Goldman, Carrier worked on prolific telecommunication and media transactions, including advising cable company NTL and its merger with Telewest.

Another part of Carrier’s role besides overseeing an army of investment professionals competing against private equity firms and other investors for sweetheart assets, is building long-term global advisory relationships. Carrier and his team meet with several different types of firms to source deals, while providing capital in niche areas, where European banks cannot.

CIC Sells 10% Logicor Stake to Blackstone Fund

The China Investment Corporation (CIC) is selling a 10% stake of in European warehouse firm Logicor Ltd to a real estate fund managed by The Blackstone Group. Furthermore, CIC also hired Blackstone to oversee and manage Logicor’s warehouses and logistic properties portfolio.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Fintech Affirm Raises $200 Million in Series E Led By Singapore’s GIC

Affirm Inc., a financial technology firm which provides instant loans to consumers as an alternative to credit cards for their online shopping, has raised US$ 200 million in a Series E round lead by Singapore’s GIC Private Limited, with participation from Khosla Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Spark Capital, Caffeinated Capital, and Ribbit Capital. The new infusion of capital brings the San Francisco-based company’s total funding to US$ 450 million and a reported valuation of US$ 2 billion.

The company is founded by Max Levchin, a co-founder of PayPal (part of the PayPal mafia, dubbed by the tech press). Max Levchin is also an advisory board member of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFSB) in the United States.

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CHANGE: Saudi Arabia to Re-Open Movie Theaters, PIF Inks MoU with AMC

The Saudi Arabian government is ending its 35-year ban on cinemas. Next year, the government will allow cinemas to open. This watershed moment provides opportunities for entertainment companies to invest in Saudi Arabia and the surrounding region.

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