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Know Your Customer (KYC) is Becoming More Important Than Ever

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The phrase “Know Your Client”, “Know Your Customer”, or “KYC” for short is becoming a more important term as an increasing number of global institutions are entering the fray, engaging in more alliances and transactions and working together on capital-intensive efforts. KYC is becoming increasingly vital as regulations sprout and fiduciaries should know what kind of party with whom they are dealing. As KYC compliance proliferates, we have witnessed a dramatic increase in our corporate subscription business. Record-breaking fines issued by financial regulators globally, especially in the West, is making KYC compliance a center point issue. Scandals can destroy a financial institution.

KYC is not just about regulation. It’s also about with whom a fiduciary plans on undertaking transactions. Will this institutional entity be a fair partner in a club deal? Do they have substantial assets? Counterparty risk? Who owns the institution, and what is their governance like?

SWFI provides detail on more than 275 institutional entities including people, external fund managers, assets and other important information that cannot be gleamed from the top layer. SWFI is committed to covering more institutional entities. In addition, we also permit our clients, at times, to request institutional entity inclusion, a tremendous benefit that allows the customer to set the menu, versus the provider.

SWFI is investing more into our research area which, again, is growing fast.

World Powers

With that being said, SWFI foresees more cross-border investment in the years to come, despite growing nationalism in certain countries. Big brother and little brother, terms referenced between the U.S. and China, will continue a push-and-pull relationship in the decades to come. Russia, China, India and Europe are not going anywhere, which is why periods of conflict and resolution will vacillate.

Institutional investors should attend conferences and meetings in other countries, or at least make sure the delegation of attendees is somewhat international. This is what SWFI tries to do when we host our summits and forums. We try to get as many international high-level delegates as possible, even in Scottsdale, Arizona. Getting a world view, not just from a “consultant”, but from actual practitioners and policymakers are paramount when making decisions regarding your portfolio. Lastly, SWFI tries to get a diverse point of view. We bring together ESG believers and non-believers, smart beta lovers and haters, and even optimists and doomsayers. Dialogue, respect and debate are core tenets of SWFI conferences.

Michael Maduell

The views in this article are expressed by Michael Maduell.
Michael Maduell is President of the SWFI.
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Public Asset Owners Feel Pressure on PetSmart

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Paying big fees compared to traditional equity strategies, sovereign funds and pensions have allocated mounds of capital to private equity firms on buying out North American big-box retail businesses. Many of these private equity firms and advisory firms have also offered “co-investment” opportunities in these retail acquisitions as well. Private equity firms had loaded retailers such as Toys “R” Us and Sports Authority with excessive debt. Sports Authority shuttered in 2016.

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Mubadala Sells Stake in Local Ports Operator

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Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Investment Company and its emerging markets infrastructure arm, Mubadala Infrastructure Partners, are parting ways with Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT), selling their 50% combined stake in the hometown shipping operator to remaining shareholder Abu Dhabi Ports (ADP) for an undisclosed amount. Khaled Al Qubaisi – Chief Executive of aerospace, renewables, and information technology at Mubadala – expressed in a statement his confidence in ADT’s future success as a key player in the local economy.

Established by government decree in 2006 alongside its new owner as part of Abu Dhabi’s Vision 2030 plan for economic development, ADT primarily operates the semi-automated Khalifa Port Container Terminal under a 30-year concession it secured in 2012 from ADP, which is mandated to develop and manage all 11 commercial ports in the emirate and hosts some 25,000 vessels every hour.

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SWFI First Read, April 26, 2018

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Former Obama Cabinet Officials to Advise TPG Rise Fund

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was named a senior advisor for TPG’s Rise Fund. Kerry’s role will be to help find investments for the fund and advised in areas such as renewable energy. Another Obama administration veteran, former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, is also an advisor to the Rise Fund.

Jobless Claims in U.S. Drop to the Lowest Level in 48 Years

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the rate of layoffs in the country fell in late April to the lowest level since 1969.

ECB Holds Rates Steady

The European Central Bank (ECB) kept interest rates unchanged on April 26, 2018.

Singulato Motors Raises Series C Round

Singulato Motors raised US$ 474 million in a Series C round from a number of investors. Some current backers include TaoYun Beijing Investment Fund, GX Capital and Qihoo 360. Singulato Motors is a Chinese electric vehicle startup.

Thae Khwarg Nears CIO Role at Korea National Pension Service

Thae Khwarg appears to be the top contender for the Chief Investment Officer role at Korea’s National Pension Service. Khwarg is the former head of Baring Asset Management Korea, which is formerly known as SEI Asset Korea. Khwarg was selected by NPS’ chairman for the role and is awaiting approval from South Korea’s Minister of Health and Welfare.

Al Hilal Bank Uncovers Internal Fraud

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