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PRESS RELEASE – NAIC Becomes Title Sponsor to SWFI Institutional Investor Forum Miami





SEATTLE, Wash. – 24 November 2014 – Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (SWFI) has announced the National Association of Investment Companies (NAIC) as the title sponsor for the SWFI NAIC Institutional Investor Forum 2015 in Miami Beach. The forum is being held on February 9, 2015 at the Fontainebleau Hotel. Sovereign wealth funds, pensions and other institutional investors are constantly on the lookout for emerging private equity firms.

Sovereign wealth funds are intrigued by the enormous value creation being produced by U.S. emerging managers. NAIC represents the largest segment of diverse-owned private equity firms and hedge funds. NAIC member firms are demonstrating their expertise by producing outstanding returns, a number of which rank in the top quartile and top decile of all funds globally. The combining of sovereign wealth funds, large institutional investors and U.S.’s best emerging managers should make for a high impact conference.

“We are proud to have NAIC as a title sponsor for this groundbreaking institutional investor forum in Miami. In a low-yield environment, institutional investors such as sovereign wealth funds, pensions and life insurance companies, are demanding access to high-quality emerging private equity and alternative managers,” commented Michael Maduell, President of the SWFI.

February 9, 2015
Event Site:
Fontainebleau Hotel, Miami Beach, FL, United States

An event for asset owners:
Public Pensions – Corporate Pensions – Sovereign Wealth Funds – Central Banks – Endowments – Superannuation Funds – Afores

About NAIC

NAIC is a dynamic association of diverse-owned and emerging managers, many of which rank among the best performing private equity firms and hedge funds in the United States. For more than forty-four years, the NAIC has served as a trade association representing the interests of its member firms by assisting in the syndication of deals, publishing compelling research, and introducing institutional investors to opportunities to invest with managers that possess significant talent and the capacity to produce extraordinary returns. Learn more about NAIC.

About SWFI

The Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (SWFI) is a global organization designed to study sovereign wealth funds, public pensions, central banks and other long-term public investors in the areas of investing, asset allocation, risk, governance, economics, policy, trade and other relevant topics. For more information about the SWFI, please go to |

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For more information contact:
Brittany Clasen
Event Coordinator, SWFI

Mubadala Invests in No Fly Zone Drone Radar Company



Data Collective led a US$ 15 million Series A round into Salt Lake City-based Fortem Technologies, Inc., a company that works on solutions that can detect, identify and classify drones in real time to maintain airspace safety. Other investors in the round include Boeing, Mubadala Investment Company, Manifest Growth, New Ground Ventures and Signia Venture Partners.

Ibrahim Ajami, Head of Mubadala Ventures said in the press release, ” Mubadala is excited to work with Fortem and its outstanding leadership team to help grow its business to new markets.”

Ajami added, “We strongly believe the TrueView radar is essential to maintain a safe airspace for both the aircraft and the critical infrastructure on the ground.”

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Ireland and China to Open New €150 Milllion Joint Tech Fund



The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) and CIC Capital Corporation – a sovereign wealth enterprise (SWE) of the China Investment Corporation – announced the formation of a joint €150 million fund targeting high-growth Irish technology firms looking to expand into Chinese markets, as well as a special emphasis on Chinese companies hoping to set up shop in Ireland as a base for their European operations.

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How ESG Considerations Can Drive Voting at the Board Level



The Council of Institutional Investor’s spring conference for 2018 – held this week in Washington D.C. at the Omni Shoreham Hotel – was packed with member-hosted panels, where nearly 400 of the top investment professional, regulators, and corporate governance experts gathered together to share their insights and engage in forward-looking discussions on how to drive a multi-stakeholder approach to responsible investment over the long-term.

Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (SWFI) had the opportunity to attend several breakout sessions, including one presented by Maryland-based Institutional Shareholder Services that sought to address one of the most pressing challenges facing institutional investors today: How can environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria help drive voting at the board level? Moderated by Georgina Marshall, Head of Global Research at ISS, panelists provided a diverse array of perspectives on how to harness ESG considerations as an effective decision-making tool.

Player-Coach Model

For Bonnie Saynay, Global Head of Responsible Investments at Invesco, fostering an environment conducive to communication with investment teams using a “player-coach” model is critical. Moreover, Saynay warned investors of thinking too broadly on ESG considerations, and to instead focus in on the criteria that is most important to them as an organization, and to then tailor their stewardship practices to match those priorities: “If everything is important, nothing is important,” she said.

Clare Payne, head of corporate governance for North America at Legal & General Investment Management, highlighted the importance of procuring the latest ranking data from a number of different providers, as well as how to develop one’s own internal system for scoring so as to cut through the clutter and provide a contextualized framework for making investment decisions on your own terms.

Remuneration is the name of the game for Robbie Miles, Vice President and ESG analyst at Allianz Global Investors. Amid the ever broadening scope of influence that responsible investment commands, Miles urged attendees to work with their managers on mandates that link compensation to the long-term performance of the fund, as well as long-term holding periods.

Wrapping up the panel was Stu Dalheim, Vice President of Shareholder Advocacy at Calvert Research Management, advocated for diversity at the board level across a number of different metrics – including ethnicity, gender, and professional backgrounds – in order to reflect the reality of their client base, as well as provide an apparatus for robust debate and adaptation in an ever-changing business environment.

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