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SWFI First Read, April 14, 2017

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Slight Postponement in QIA-BRF Deal for Banvit

The Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and BRF SA’s deal to acquire Banvit Bandirma Vitaminli Yem Sanayii AS (Banvit), Turkey’s largest poultry producer, has been briefly postponed due to document and precondition issues. In a public filing, Banvit revealed paperwork wasn’t ready in time for the company’s annual general meeting. A new closing date is being worked out.

Greystar Real Estate Partners and Macquarie Make Progress on Asia-Pacific Rental Housing Platform

Charleston, South Carolina-based Greystar Real Estate Partners and Macquarie Capital had formed an Asia-Pacific rental housing platform dubbed Greystar Asia-Pac back in October 2016. Greystar Asia-Pac plans to raise institutional capital to acquire, develop, reposition and manage rental residential assets across the region with an initial focus on Shanghai, Beijing, Sydney and Melbourne. Joining the platform is Charles Ma and Chris Key as Managing Directors. Previously, Ma was Managing Director and Head of Strategic Investments and Business Development for Vanke China.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch – Brazil Names New CEO

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HKMA Intervenes to Support Currency Peg for First Time Since May 2018

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The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) intervened to defend its peg to the U.S. dollar. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Genoa Motorway Bridge Collapses

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The 51-year-old Genoa bridge death total has risen to 35 people. On August 14, 2018, a highway bridge, known as the Morandi Bridge, in the center of Genoa had collapsed in torrential rains. The roadway, which was built of reinforced concrete, fell as much as 45 meters. The cause of the collapse was under investigation, according to Angelo Borrelli, chief of the Civil Protection Department. A good number of Italy’s viaducts, galleries and bridges were built during the 1950s and 1960s. Italy-based Autostrade is a motorway operator controlled by Atlantia S.p.A. Autostrade was conducting maintenance work on the bridge. Autostrade said it had been strengthening the road foundations of the bridge.

The Italian Benetton family founded the Benetton Group S.p.A. fashion company in 1965. Sintonia SA is the Luxembourg financial holding company controlled by the Benetton family, which has about a 30.25% stake in Atlantia. Singapore’s GIC Private Limited owns 8.14% of Atlantia as of March 31, 2018. BlackRock holds a 5.12% ownership stake in Atlantia during the same time period.

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Bill Gross Can’t Save Janus Henderson

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Speculation is swirling that legendary bond king Bill Gross could be ousted from the fund he oversees at Janus Henderson (JHG). However, Janus Henderson CEO Dick Weil is firm in his belief that Gross is fit for the position, though he also stated that Gross has been performing in a way that was “challenging and disappointing.” Bloomberg’s Francine Lacqua suggested that Gross could “taint” the overall picture at JHG.

After acknowledging that Gross was struggling, Weil was quick to defend him, pointing to his successful 40 year career in the industry. Weil expects Gross to recover from his current investment woes “in time.” He went on to underscore his unshakable confidence in Gross, “Bill’s a terrific investor, and a terrific, strong player.” Gross, for his part, is said to have admitted to making “bad bets,” according to Weil. Weil was only recently chosen over contender Andrew Formica, his Co-CEO, to serve as sole CEO of the company. Australian-born Formica was dismissed by JHG’s board of directors. JHG’s single largest shareholder is Japanese life company Dai-Ichi Life.

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