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Press Release – Public Investor 100 Rankings Released for 2015

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
30 September 2015
SEATTLE, WA, UNITED STATES
Press Inquiry: vberretta@swfinstitute.org

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SEATTLE, WA. – 30 September 2015 – The Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (SWFI) has just released its third annual Public Investor 100. The list includes the most significant and impactful public investor executives of 2015. The top 10 ranking assembles the most influential people at some of the largest funds and central banks around the globe.

    1. Janet Yellen – Chair, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
    2. Fahad Abdullah Al-Mubarak – Governor, Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency
    3. Karsten Kallevig – Chief Investment Officer Real Estate, Norges Bank Investment Management
    4. Mats Andersson – Chief Executive Officer, Fjärde AP-fonden
    5. Heung-Sik Choo – Chief Investment Officer, Korea Investment Corporation
    6. Brian Tipple – Global Head of External Equities, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority
    7. Fiona Mackenzie – Head of Investments, New Zealand Superannuation Fund
    8. Michael Pennisi – Chief Strategy Officer, State Public Sector Superannuation Scheme (Australia)
    9. Daniel Garant – Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, PSP Investments
    10. Scott Malpass – Chief Investment Officer, University of Notre Dame

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These men and women command billions of assets, impacting the lives of stakeholders and constituents globally. The people on the list were chosen by SWFI staff – not influenced by asset managers, governments or consultants. They come from medium to large-sized asset owners – sovereign wealth funds, public pensions, superannuation funds, endowments, central banks and other retirement funds. The size of managed assets is not the only criterion for ranking inclusion. One of the major factor that warrants inclusion on the list is the contribution to important trends in the asset owner industry.

This ranking will appear in our October issue of the Sovereign Wealth Quarterly.

About SWFI
SWFI is a global organization designed to study sovereign wealth funds, pensions, endowments, 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 www.swfi.com | www.swfinstitute.org.

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To see the full list, please follow the link: Public Investor 100 – 2015

For more information contact:
Vincent Berretta
Director of Marketing, SWFI
+1 (702) 768 – 0703
vberretta@swfinstitute.org

Why BlackRock Angled the EU Toward a Massive Supranational Pension Fund

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BlackRock is the world’s largest asset management firm and the company wields tremendous political power whether operating in the United States, Mexico, and parts of Europe. Before the populist wave that led to Brexit, BlackRock bet large in Europe by increasing headcount and lobbying efforts. By 2015, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink proposed the formation of a cross-border personal pension fund for Europe. Fink was keenly aware of the Capital Markets Union project that was revealed in July 2014 by European Union Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. For BlackRock, why compete in each eurozone country when you can possibly win a mandate for the whole pie of Europe. The European pension fund market is hyper-competitive for asset management firms. Other asset managers like Vanguard have lobbied Brussels over issues like the cross-border distribution of funds, but data shows that BlackRock is far more active than its U.S. peers.

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Malaysia’s Federal Land Development Authority Seeks to Restructure

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Malaysia’s Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA), a government agency, is looking to restructure its investment holdings in a bid to reduce debt. The restructuring on the real estate side started in the middle of 2017. The government agency wants to lower its debts of 8.03 billion MYR (US$ 1.94 billion) down to 6.5 billion MYR. The restructuring could take over two years.

FELDA is seeking to dispose of assets which includes real estate in London. FELDA is an investor in student housing in London through its main unit called Felda Investment Corporation (UK properties owned by FIC UK Properties Sdn Bhd). [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Former Iran Central Bank Governor Banned from Leaving Country

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Iran remains in a very fragile financial state as more Iranian bank loans appear to delinquent, while the currency continues to lose value against the U.S. dollar. State-run Tasnim news agency reported that Valiollah Seif, the former Governor of the Central Bank of Iran, is banned from leaving Iran. Seif is under investigation by the Iranian government over possible corruption in the currency market. Some of the central bank’s deputies have been arrested. Abdolnaser Hemmati replaced Valiollah Seif as central bank governor in July 2018. Valiollah Seif was dismissed from his post as governor.

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