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Precision Capital and Luxembourg to Acquire Dexia Banque Internationale à Luxembourg

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According to the press release, “Dexia, Precision Capital and the State of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg announce that they have entered into a binding memorandum of understanding on the acquisition by Precision Capital and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg of the 99.906% stake in Dexia Banque Internationale à Luxembourg S.A. owned by the Dexia Group.

Precision Capital, a Qatari investment group, will acquire 90% of the stake, the remaining 10% will be acquired by the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.  The transaction price values 100% of the shares in Dexia Banque Internationale à Luxembourg at EUR 730 million.

The participation of Dexia Banque Internationale à Luxembourg in Dexia Asset Management Luxembourg and RBC Dexia Investor Services Limited will be disposed of separately. The portfolio of Legacy securities of Dexia Banque Internationale à Luxembourg as well as its stakes in Dexia LDG Banque and Parfipar will be transferred to Dexia prior to the closing of the transaction. The parties will negotiate the final legal documentation of the transaction in the coming weeks. The transaction remains subject inter alia to all required regulatory approvals, including approval by the European Commission. Dexia will keep the social partners duly informed. The sale of Dexia Banque Internationale à Luxembourg is one of the disposals that were contemplated by the Dexia Group as announced on 20 October 2011.”

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SWFI First Read, April 20, 2018

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Knut Kjær Named to Supervisory Board of APG

APG Asset Management, which oversees Stichting Pensioenfonds ABP, named Knut Kjær as a member of its supervisory board. Kjær is currently Chairman and Partner at FSN Capital Partners, a Nordic private equity firm. He was founding chief executive of Norges Bank Investment Management, which oversees Norway Government Pension Fund Global.

Norway SWF to Vote for More Disclosures on Two Canadian Companies

In a unique move, Norges Bank Investment Management, the manager of Norway Government Pension Fund Global, plans to support a vote in favor on a proposals for climate change reporting for TransCanada Corporation and support a vote in favor of Canada’s Imperial Oil Limited to disclose water-related risks.

Jo Holden Promoted at Mercer to UK CIO

Jo Holden has been named U.K. Chief Investment Officer at investment consulting firm Mercer. She is based in Liverpool and replaces Steven Blackie who exited to be Head of Global Product Strategy for Aviva Investors. Holden has been at Mercer since 2002.

Hyundai Investments Aggregates Korean Capital for 3i European Operational Projects Fund

Hyundai Investments Co. Ltd. raised €180 million from South Korean institutional investors, mostly insurance companies, to commit to 3i European Operational Projects Fund, a PPP fund managed by 3i Group.

Cityhold Office Partnership Grows By Forming a New Property Partnership with EDGE Olympic

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Battea: 2017 Securities Class Action Industry Lookback and Observations

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There has been incredible growth in securities and antitrust class action litigations and settlements, particularly as they have unfolded in 2016 and 2017. The number of new cases and settlements from traditional securities litigation to antitrust rate rigging, spread inflation and other forms of collusion are at an all time high and shows no signs of slowing down.

With several multi-billion dollar litigations related to Libor, Euribor and Tibor rates, and spread manipulations, the securities, foreign exchange and antitrust class and collective actions litigation space rose exponentially in 2017.

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Blackstone Reaches US$ 450 Billion in AUM

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The Blackstone Group LP, led by its CEO Stephen A. Schwarzman, grew its assets under management for the first quarter of 2018 up to a smashing record of US$ 449,613,826,000 – a 22% increase from the first quarter of 2017 (only US$ 344,650,797,000 was fee-earning AUM though). For the first quarter of 2018 – asset inflows were US$ 18.2 billion, bringing last-twelve-month inflows to a record US$ 112.2 billion.

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