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NBIM Opens New Office in Singapore

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According to the press release, “Norwegian finance minister Sigbjørn Johnsen and Norges Bank’s governor Svein Gjedrem were in attendance on Wednesday when Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), manager of the Government Pension Fund Global, opened a new office in Singapore. The office will help NBIM’s existing office in Shanghai to cover the increasingly important Asia region.

Various representatives of the Singapore authorities and local business community, including trade and industry minister Lim Hng Kiang, were also at the opening ceremony.

“An office in Singapore will strengthen our operations in Asia,” commented Gjedrem. “Having a presence in a region with strong economic growth is important for achieving good management results.”

As one of Asia’s foremost financial centres, Singapore offers good investment opportunities and has a well-developed financial infrastructure. Asset management is a major industry in the country, making it possible for NBIM to recruit and retain skilled workers.

“The new office will be a good supplement to the Shanghai office opened in 2007,” commented NBIM’s CEO Yngve Slyngstad.

Sigmund Kyrdalen has been appointed general manager in Singapore. He is a senior portfolio manager at NBIM and managed NBIM’s London office for two years.  The Government Pension Fund Global had a market value of almost 2 800 billion kroner at the end of June. Around 10 percent of the fund is invested in Asia, and around 15 percent of its equity investments are in Asian companies.

Besides Singapore, NBIM has offices in Oslo, London, New York and Shanghai.”

Press Release: NBIM

PSP Investments Exits Antelliq

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On December 14th, Private equity firm BC Partners, Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments), and other minority co-investors have signed a definitive agreement with Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, to sell Antelliq Corporation, a Vitré, France-based provider of digital animal identification, traceability, and monitoring solutions. Upon close, Antelliq will be a wholly owned and separately operated subsidiary within the Merck Animal Health Division. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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JPMorgan Edges Out Hamilton Lane on Florida SBA In-State Mandate

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The Florida State Board of Administration (SBA) manages a plethora of Florida state funds, including the state’s defined benefit plans. Florida’s SBA awarded a private equity portfolio mandate which targets high-technology businesses in Florida to J.P. Morgan Asset Management. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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BlackRock and Microsoft Eye Opportunities in Retirement Space

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By getting closer to the consumer via mobile apps, New York-based BlackRock Inc. is keen on gaining market share in the U.S. retail retirement market space. BlackRock had acquired FutureAdvisor, a technology platform, while making a large investment in Envestnet. BlackRock is now partnering with Microsoft Corporation to explore creating a retirement platform.

This partnership could be developing a new platform to analyze savings and investing habits – then offering app services as lead-generation services. According to a corporate news release, BlackRock plans to offer on the platform its “investment products that it will design and manage.”

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