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Press Release – Public Investor 100 Rankings Released for 2016

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
4 October 2016
SEATTLE, WA, UNITED STATES
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SEATTLE, WA. – 4 October 2016 – The Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (SWFI) has just released its fourth annual Public Investor 100. The list includes the most significant and impactful public investor executives of 2016. The top 100 ranking assembles the most influential people at some of the largest funds, endowments, pensions and central banks around the globe.

RANK NAME TITLE(S) ORGANIZATION / FUND NAME COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
1 Alain Carrier Senior Managing Director & Head of International, Head of Europe CPP Investment Board Canada
2 Ted Eliopoulos Chief Investment Officer California Public Employees’ Retirement System United States
3 Mubarak Rashed Al Mansoori Governor Central Bank of the UAE United Arab Emirates
4 Amy Chen Chief Investment Officer Smithsonian Institution United States
5 David F. Swensen Chief Investment Officer Yale Investment Office United States
6 Wendy Norris Head of Infrastructure and Timberland Future Fund Australia
7 David J. Holmgren Chief Investment Officer Hartford HealthCare United States
8 Matt Whineray Chief Investment Officer New Zealand Superannuation Fund New Zealand
9 Robert Tessier Chairman Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec Canada
10 Thomas Richard Arnold Head Americas Real Estate Abu Dhabi Investment Authority United Arab Emirates
11 Agustín Carstens Governor Bank of Mexico Mexico
12 Mark Mansley Chief Investment Officer Environment Agency Pension Fund United Kingdom
13 Allen Breed Senior Real Estate Officer MIT Investment Management Company United States
14 Hisham Hamdan Executive Director, Investments and Head of Khazanah Research & Investment Strategy Khazanah Nasional Berhad Malaysia
15 Stephen Moseley Director of Private Equities and Special Opportunities Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation United States
16 Steve Moise State Investment Officer New Mexico State Investment Council United States
17 Goh Kok Huat Chief Operating Officer, President, Real Estate GIC Private Limited Singapore
18 Yannis Stournaras Governor Bank of Greece Greece
19 George Finnie Investment Manager Strathclyde Pension Fund United Kingdom
20 Guthrie Stewart Senior Vice President, Global Head of Private Investments PSP Investments Canada

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This year we attempted to focus our rankings a bit more on individuals who had experience in private markets, specifically real estate and infrastructure. Why? According to SWFI research, real estate and infrastructure as asset classes have steadily grown over the past decade at the expense of fixed income and public equity allocations. Having knowledge in real estate is a serious undertaking that has grown in prominence in institutional portfolios.

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 – 2016

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

Qatar Steps Up for Lebanon, Plans $500 Million Bond Purchase

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Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani appeared at an Arab economic summit and it was revealed that Qatar plans to purchase US$ 500 million of Lebanese government bonds. Earlier, there was speculation Qatar was going to deposit US$ 1 billion in Banque du Liban (Bank of Lebanon), which was never confirmed by the bank.

Lebanese officials in January revealed the possibility of a debt restructuring. The International Monetary Fund calculated that public debt in Lebanon is at over 160% of gross domestic product this year and could raise to around 180% by 2023.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Turkey Wealth Fund Could Provide Support to Credit Card Debt Market

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Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the President of Turkey, has a new reform to jump start the consumer debt-laden economy, and it involves Turkey’s sovereign wealth fund. His strategy is to offer money to those facing overwhelming credit card debt. Ziraat Bank (Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Ziraat Bankası) will allow borrowers to apply for debt rescheduling and secure lower interest rates. Erdogan announced that “Any retail client from any bank can apply.” Credit card debt is a monstrous problem in the country. Consumer credit has exploded due to low rates, government assistance, and easy credit availability. Last summer, non-housing debt reached US$ 97 billion. Half of this is credit card debt. Over US$ 30 million is non-performing. The debt was accumulated in foreign currencies, because they used to provide the lowest interest rates. Unfortunately, as the Turkish lira’s exchange rate cratered, much of the debt became impossible to service. The lira is among the world’s weakest currencies. Erdogan expects a smooth transition, “They will pay off their debt with a loan from Ziraat, and will pay it back according to the level of their monthly earnings.” Ziraat Bank is managed by Turkey’s sovereign wealth fund, which is chaired by President Erdoğan.

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KIC Sells City of London Office to South African Investor

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Investec Structured Property Finance, part of Investec, provided a £107 million loan to a South African investor being represented by London-based Pembrey Asset Management Ltd to acquire an office in London at One Bartholomew Lane. The Korea Investment Corporation (KIC) is the ultimate owner of the office and is selling it through Hines UK, part of Hines. BNP Paribas Real Estate acted on behalf of Pembrey Asset Management and CBRE acted on behalf of Hines.

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