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See Which Managers Won Mandates from the World’s Largest Pension Fund

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Japan’s US$ 1.26 trillion Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) is the largest public investor on the planet. The GPIF revised its investment strategy and has chosen 14 active-strategy funds and 10 passive-strategy funds. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

RDIF and Development Agency of Serbia Agree to Explore Joint Investments

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The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and the Development Agency of Serbia, also known as Razvojna agencija Srbije, reached an agreement to work together to identify attractive investment projects to strengthen bilateral economic ties and increase investment flows between Russia and Serbia. Russian capital and businesses are keen on investing in Serbia.

In addition, the two countries signed an agreement to cooperate on civil nuclear energy, according to state-owned Russian reactor builder Rosatom (Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation). Rosatom continues to expand it business of nuclear cooperation deals in a wide number of countries.

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Norway GPFG Excludes More Companies, 2 For Coal and 1 for Working Conditions in Vietnam

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Norway Government Pension Fund Global will not be able to invest in three more companies as decided by Norges Bank. In a statement by Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), Texwinca Holdings Co, Evergy Inc, and Washington H. Soul Pattinson & Co Ltd., were removed from the sovereign wealth fund’s portfolio.

Texwinca Holdings Co is a Hong Kong-based investment holding company that is engaged in activities such as knitted fabric and apparel businesses. Norges Bank excluded this firm over its view on an unacceptable risk that the company is responsible for serious or systematic human rights violations. Texwinca owns 50% of the shares in Megawell Industrial Ltd, making it that company’s largest shareholder. Megawell owns the garment factories Hugo Knit and Kollan in Vietnam as wholly owned subsidiaries. Texwinca claims that it does not have a controlling influence over Megawell and is not responsible for the working conditions at Megawell’s factories in Vietnam, according to a finding by Norway GPFG’s Council on Ethics.

Evergy is an investor owned electric utility headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, United States. Evergy is the largest electric company in Kansas. Norges Bank excluded this firm based on an assessment of the product-based coal criterion.

Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Company Limited is an Australian conglomerate founded by businessman Lewy Pattinson. Norges Bank excluded this firm based on an assessment of the product-based coal criterion.

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CPPIB and Insight Invest $500 Million in Swiss Data Recovery and Backup Company

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Baar, Switzerland-based Veeam Software locked in US$ 500 million in investment from Insight Venture Partners and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). Founded in 2006, Veeam Software is a provider of data management solutions, such as backup and data recovery solutions, for the public and private cloud. Veeam Software claims it has roughly US$ 1 billion in sales last year and more than 325,000 customers. Insight Venture Partners acquired a minority stake in Veeam back in 2013.

Pursuant to the terms of this investment, Insight Venture Partners’ Managing Director, Michael Triplett, will join Veeam’s board of directors.

Gordon R. Caplan, Co-Chairman of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, served as advisor for the deal.

Some of Veeam’s competitors include Palo Alto-based Rubrik, which in January raised US$ 261 million in a Series E funding round from investors such as Khosla Ventures, Greylock Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, IVP, and Bain Capital Ventures.

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