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CIC’s Wang says portfolio took hit from Euro’s fall

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According to Market Watch, “a senior official with China’s massive sovereign-wealth fund said Tuesday that while 2009 was good for the nation’s market investments, this year is proving to be tough, according to reports.

In rare public comments, China Investment Corp.’s Executive Vice President Jesse Wang said recent corrections in Western markets had peeled off one-tenth of the fund’s value.

“In May and June, because of the decline of the U.S. market and European market, we had about 10% mark-to-market losses,” Wang was quoted as saying at an event hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

The recent drop compared to gains for 2009, which Wang called “a good year for us,” as CIC managed a return of 11% overall and more than 17% if results from its domestic arm Central Huijin Investment Ltd. are excluded, according to Reuters.

Official 2009 results for CIC, which has approximately $300 billion under management, are slated for release sometime in the next two months.

Wang said that while CIC had hope bonds and other fixed-income holdings would shield it from volatility, this portfolio was hit by the euro’s fall against other major currencies, according to Dow Jones Newswires.

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Andrew Claerhout Leaves OTPP

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Andrew J. Claerhout exited the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP). He was Senior Managing Director of Infrastructure and Natural Resources. His responsibilities included overseeing a swath of infrastructure acquisitions and asset management globally, along with investments in oil and gas, agriculture (avocados for example), timberlands and other resource sectors. Clearehout joined OTPP back in 2005.

Taking his spot in the interim is Dale Burgess, Managing Director, Latin America, at OTPP.

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PwC Sells US Public Sector Practice to Veritas Capital

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PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) inked a deal to sell its U.S. public sector business unit to Veritas Capital Fund Management, L.L.C., a private equity firm. Post-deal, the business unit will be renamed and run as a separate company. PwC’s public sector business services U.S. federal government clients such as the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs, Health and Human Services and the State Department. The business unit also services local and state U.S. governments.

For the moment, Veritas Capital seeks to keep the current management in place.

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PwC was advised by Morgan Stanley. Davis Polk & Wardwell advised PwC. Veritas Capital was advised by law firm Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.

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HNA Sells 1.2% Stake in Hedged Investment in Deutsche Bank

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Chinese conglomerate HNA Group Co. sold off roughly a 1.2% stake in Deutsche Bank AG for around €300 million (US$ 374 million), reducing ownership down to 8.8%. HNA Group held the bank shareholding through Vienna-based asset manager C-Quadrat Investments AG, in which, HNA is a majority owner in. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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