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CDPQ CIO Roland Lescure Exits Role for Public and Political Life

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Roland Lescure, the Chief Investment Officer of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), on April 5th, announced his intentions to leave his position. Lescure is exiting his role to enter public and political life. Lescure plans to return to France to enter politics.

In a news release, Lescure stated, “I have spent the past seven years working in one of the best institutions in Canada. I worked with extraordinary people and helped build a world-class investment organisation whose success benefits all Quebecers. On the eve of the French elections, I have decided to enter public and political life because I want to play a quite active role at a crucial time for France and for Europe. Since la Caisse is apolitical and non-partisan, I will have more to say about the political commitment I am making tomorrow.”

Lescure joined CDPQ in 2009, being recruited by Michael Sabia, the CEO of CDPQ. From 2006 to 2009, Lescure was CIO of Groupama Asset Management in France. He worked in asset management at the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC).

A recruitment process is underway to fill the CIO position at CDPQ. In the interim, Michael Sabia will take on the duties of CIO.

Japan’s GPIF Awards Nissay Asset Management with ESG Disclosure Mandate

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Increasingly asset owners across the Asia-Pacific region are studying the impacts of environmental, social, and governance factors on listed companies. As more Japanese pensions augment asset allocation to listed equities, the importance of corporate non-financial disclosures and practices becomes clear. These disclosures can have a material impression on company stock prices. In addition, Japanʼs Stewardship Code and Corporate Governance Code in 2014 and 2015 were launched, respectively. These codes helped the (environmental, social, and governance) ESG concept gain momentum in Japan.

Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), the largest public pension fund in the world, awarded a research mandate to Nissay Asset Management Corporation. The mandate entails studying ESG disclosures. The study will conduct a comparable analysis on ESG standards and practices, while taking into account input from both investors and companies. With around US$ 110.5 billion in assets under management, Nissay Asset Management is owned by Japanese life insurance giant Nippon Life Insurance Company.

As GPIF boosted its allocation to domestic equities, the asset owner took a deeper look into the impact of ESG on equity investing. GPIF is keen on improving efficiencies in Japan’s capital markets. GPIF is a universal owner of stocks, similar in some aspects to what Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) does.

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Norges Bank Real Estate Management Buys Central Paris Property

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Norges Bank Real Estate Management, the real estate unit of Norges Bank Investment Management (oversees Norway Global Pension Fund Global), has signed an agreement to acquire a 100 percent interest in an office property located on 54-56 rue la Boétie in central Paris.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Schlumberger Gets Closer to Eurasia Drilling Company

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Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, the Russian Direct Investment Fund, and American oilfield services giant Schlumberger (SLB) have planned a deal to invest in Russia’s Eurasia Drilling Company Limited. RDIF CEO Kirill Dmitriev made the announcement. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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