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Friday SWFI News Roundup, November 11, 2016

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BNY Mellon Selects Singapore for its 8th Innovation Center

BNY Mellon has opened its eighth Innovation Center, selecting Singapore. The custodial giant named it the Singapore Innovation Center. “The opening of our eighth Innovation Center in Asia is a reflection of the region’s rapidly developing innovative technology and fintech landscape, as well as the increasing importance of Asia to BNY Mellon’s business. As our largest branch office in Asia Pacific, the Singapore Innovation Center reinforces BNY Mellon’s commitment to the region’s advancement in transformational technology in financial services and compliments the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s continuing ambition to establish a vibrant innovation ecosystem and to develop the city as a Smart Financial Center,” commented Stephen Lackey, Chairman of Asia Pacific for BNY Mellon, in a press release.

Lieve Mostrey Named New CEO of Euroclear

Tim Howell is stepping down as CEO of Euroclear. He has held the chief executive role for six years. Lieve Mostrey is being promoted to CEO of Euroclear, effective January 1, 2017. She joined Euroclear in October 2010. She has held a number of roles at Euroclear including executive director and chief technology & services officer.

Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP Files Class Action Suit Against The Allstate Corporation

Law firm Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP, on November 10th, announced that they filed a class action against The Allstate Corporation on behalf of an institutional investor. The lawsuit relates to Allstate common stock purchased between October 30, 2014 and August 3, 2015 and alleged misstatements. This action was filed in the Northern District of Illinois and is captioned City of St. Clair Shores Police and Fire Retirement System v. The Allstate Corporation, et al., No. 16-cv-10510.

Erik van de Brake Takes Infrastructure Reins at PGGM

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Italian ANAS and RDIF Invest and Build the Fourth Section of Moscow’s Central Ring Road

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The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) inked a deal with ANAS S.p.A. (formerly known as Azienda Nazionale Autonoma delle Strade), the Italian state highway management company, to implement a concession agreement to build and operate the fourth section of the massive Moscow Central Ring Road. The transaction expects to be finalized in the first quarter of 2019. This is the final section of Central Ring Road, which is 96.5 kilometers long. According to the RDIF, “Under the terms of the concession agreement, the cost of construction is 85.4 billion rubles, of which the concessionaire will provide 49.7 billion rubles and private investors will provide 35.7 billion rubles.”

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Follow the Money – Episode 48

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This long-form podcast was recorded on December 11, 2018. Michael Maduell dissects the latest geopolitical trends that can impact institutional investors such as pensions, sovereign wealth funds, and endowments. Maduell lends his opinion on the lawsuit of Neiman Marcus and bumps in the road for augmented reality.

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CONTENTS
1:15 Huawei, Canada, Brexit, and Macron Headache
6:30 Sovereign Wealth Fund Asset Allocation
9:58 India Gets a New Central Bank Governor
13:26 Pensions Go Bust on U.S. Retailers
17:04 Augmented Reality and Sovereign Funds
22:00 Former CalPERS CIO Goes to Morgan Stanley Investment Management
24:30 Oman Investment Fund Goes on Defense in Public Markets
25:00 Japanese Scandals and Opportunities

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Danica Pensions Sells Danica Pension Sweden

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Danica Pension sold Danske Pension Försikringsaktiebolag (publ) (also known as Danica Pension Sweden) to a group of investors for around 2.6 billion SEK. Danica Pension is part of Danske Bank A/S. Of the total amount, 2.3 billion SEK is being paid in cash, while the rest is in the form of a debt instrument from Danica Pension.

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