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OMERS Infrastructure Names Michael Ryder as Head of Americas

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The Ontario Municipal Employees’ Retirement System (OMERS) has appointed Michael Ryder to serve as senior managing director and head of the Americas at OMERS Infrastructure Management Inc. He replaces Sebastien Sherman (spent 14 years with OMERS Infrastructure – Borealis Infrastructure), who is now senior managing director at Blackstone Group’s infrastructure division in New York covering the utilities, renewable energy, and transportation sectors after more than 14 years at the C$ 85.2 billion (US$ 67.9 billion) pension fund.

Blackstone Switch

Prior to joining OMERS, Ryder spent three years at Blackstone Energy Partners L.P. – Blackstone’s energy-focused private equity arm – where he specialized in business development in the midstream and offshore drilling industries. Before Blackstone, Ryder spent 14 years at Morgan Stanley in a number of senior positions in its investment banking and private equity units leading investments in the energy, chemicals, and industrials sectors. He will lead OMERS’ infrastructure investments for the Americas from its satellite office in New York.

Fresh Start for OMERS Infrastructure

Formerly known as Borealis Infrastructure up until last summer, the newly-rebranded OMERS Infrastructure held C$ 14.7 billion (US$ 11.7 billion) worth of infrastructure assets concentrated in the North America and Europe that provided net returns of 11% in 2016, compared to its benchmark of 10%. OMERS Infrastructure is a division of the Canadian pension fund’s C$ 39 billion (US$ 31.1 billion) Private Markets group.

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QIA Becomes the Largest Shareholder in Colonial

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The Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) became the biggest shareholder of Inmobiliaria Colonial, SOCIMI, S.A. (Colonial), a Spanish listed real estate company. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Mumtalakat Discloses Investment in Khairat Bahrain

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Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company disclosed an investment in Sudan called Khairat Bahrain. This is an agricultural investment in Sudan. The food and agriculture sector is key investment sector for many Gulf-based state investors. Khairat Bahrain is located in the world’s richest expanse of groundwater (the Nubian Sandstone Basin) occupying an area of approximately 100,000 feddans (400 square kilometers). The Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System is the world’s largest known fossil water aquifer system.

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Temasek Acquires Cybersecurity Firm Sygnia

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Singapore’s Temasek Holdings agreed to acquire Sygnia, Inc., an Israeli cybersecurity technology and services provider. Unverified estimates of the deal amount are around US$ 250 million. Sygnia runs out of Tel Aviv, but has an office in New York. Sygnia assists companies respond to cyber threats.

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