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Morgan Stanley’s IM Business Rejigs, $500 Billion by 2016

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As of December 31, 2014, Morgan Stanley Investment Management reported US$ 403 billion in assets under management (AUM). This is compared to US$ 377 billion in AUM from December 31, 2013. Morgan Stanley Investment Management, which touts clients such as pensions, insurance companies, endowments and sovereign wealth funds, continues to compete for growing AUM in an increasingly tighter regulatory environment for U.S. banks. In a bid to enhance profits, Morgan Stanley is keen on expanding its investment management business. Morgan Stanley Investment Management President Gregory Fleming wants to have assets under management increase to US$ 500 million by 2016. To do this, Fleming is moving the alternative investment businesses into one leadership structure and hiring more portfolio managers from the buy-side such as Greg Finck from Fortress Investment Group LLC and Jens Nystedt from Moore Capital Management LLC.

Without taking into account Morgan Stanley acquiring asset managers to boost assets under management, it wouldn’t be until the first quarter of 2018 when Morgan Stanley would surpass US$ 500 billion in assets under management.

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White House Nominates Heath Tarbert for CFTC Chairman

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The White House announced Heath P. Tarbert will be nominated to serve as Commissioner and Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Tarbert currently serves as Assistant Secretary for International Markets at the U.S. Treasury Department. Before joining the U.S. Treasury, Tarbert was a Partner at law firm Allen & Overy. Tarbert was confirmed by the U.S. Senate for his current Treasury post at 87 (yes) to 8 (no).

Upon Senate confirmation, Tarbert’s CFTC term would start on April 14, 2019 and last for five years. Tarbert is taking over from J. Christopher Giancarlo whose term ends in April 2019. Tarbert will need a U.S. Senate confirmation to take the head CFTC post.

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KIA Could Sell Stake in North Sea Energy Business

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The Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA), through its unit Wren House Investment Management, is nearing a deal to sell a 40% stake in its North Sea energy business to JPMorgan Asset Management. In July 2018, KIA closed on a deal to acquire oil and gas pipeline firm North Sea Midstream Partners from ArcLight Capital.

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Pensioenfonds PGB Hires BMO Global for Equity Protection Strategy

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Pensioenfonds PGB is a Dutch multi-sector pension fund. PGB awarded a mandate to implement a protection strategy for its €12 billion equity portfolio to BMO Global Asset Management. PGB is a €26.5 billion fund. PGB has been using BMO Global’s responsible engagement overlay since 2017.

The Chief Investment Officer of PGB is Harold Clijsen.

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