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SWFI First Read, December 14, 2016

Standard Life Investments Names Archie Struthers as Head of Investments

Bill Lambert, the Head of Investments of Standard Life Investments, is retiring in March 2017. Taking his spot is Archie Struthers who was named Head of Investments, effective January 9, 2016, for Standard Life Investments. Struhers will report to the company’s chief investment officer Rod Paris. Previously, Struthers was Global Head of Investment Solutions at Aberdeen Asset Management.

Khazanah and Innovation Network Corporation of Japan Invests in edotco

Malaysia’s Khazanah Nasional and the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ) are taking ownership interests in edotco Group Sdn Bhd, a unit of Malaysian mobile network operator Axiata Group Berhad. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

CIC Sells 10% Logicor Stake to Blackstone Fund

The China Investment Corporation (CIC) is selling a 10% stake of in European warehouse firm Logicor Ltd to a real estate fund managed by The Blackstone Group. Furthermore, CIC also hired Blackstone to oversee and manage Logicor’s warehouses and logistic properties portfolio.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Fintech Affirm Raises $200 Million in Series E Led By Singapore’s GIC

Affirm Inc., a financial technology firm which provides instant loans to consumers as an alternative to credit cards for their online shopping, has raised US$ 200 million in a Series E round lead by Singapore’s GIC Private Limited, with participation from Khosla Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Spark Capital, Caffeinated Capital, and Ribbit Capital. The new infusion of capital brings the San Francisco-based company’s total funding to US$ 450 million and a reported valuation of US$ 2 billion.

The company is founded by Max Levchin, a co-founder of PayPal (part of the PayPal mafia, dubbed by the tech press). Max Levchin is also an advisory board member of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFSB) in the United States.

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CHANGE: Saudi Arabia to Re-Open Movie Theaters, PIF Inks MoU with AMC

The Saudi Arabian government is ending its 35-year ban on cinemas. Next year, the government will allow cinemas to open. This watershed moment provides opportunities for entertainment companies to invest in Saudi Arabia and the surrounding region.

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