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Niklas Ekvall Appointed New CEO of AP4

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Niklas Ekvall, Photo Credit: AP4

Niklas Ekvall, Photo Credit: AP4

The Board of the Fourth Swedish National Pension Fund (AP4) has named Niklas Ekvall as the new CEO of AP4. He will replace Mats Andersson as CEO of AP4 as of October 1, 2016. Mats Andersson will officially exit his CEO role on July 12, 2016. Per Colleen, Head of Equities at AP4, will act as interim CEO until Niklas Ekvall assumes the position.

Ekvall was the former deputy CEO and chief investment officer of AP3 for around five years. Ekvall joins AP4 directly from Nordea Bank where he held high-level roles such as head of savings and asset management for Sweden. He is currently, Head of Group Treasury at Nordea Bank. He has been an adjunct professor in finance at the Stockholm School of Economics since 2002.

Ascendas-Singbridge Acquires Three Hotels in Osaka

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Singapore’s Ascendas-Singbridge has acquired three hotels in Osaka for 10.29 billion JPY to tap tourism growth in Japan’s third-largest city.

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BlackRock Contemplates Stake in Eurizon

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Asset management giant BlackRock is contemplating purchasing a 30% ownership stake in Intesa SanPaolo’s asset management unit called Eurizon Capital SGR S.p.A. BlackRock is keen on growing its technology business and increase market adoption of its Aladdin platform.

Intesa has been working with UBS to seek out strategic options for Eurizon. Intesa is keen on maintaining control over Eurizon.

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SWFI First Read, June 22, 2018

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JPMorgan Fund Buys 40% of Oxford Properties’ French Portfolio

A fund advised by JP Morgan Asset Management committed €400 million in Oxford Properties’ French portfolio. Essentially, Oxford Properties sold a 49.9% non-managing interest in 32 Rue Blanche, 92 Avenue de France and Paris Bastille. Oxford Properties made its maiden investment in Paris in 2014 when it acquired 32 Rue Blanche.

Oxford Properties is the real estate unit of OMERS.

Temasek Explores Further Cash Commitments to FirstCry

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