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SWFI First Read, December 22, 2016

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U.S. President-Elect Donald J. Trump Names Carl Icahn as a Special Advisor

U.S. President-elect Donald J. Trump named Carl Icahn as a special advisor to the President on issues relating to regulatory reform.

“Carl was with me from the beginning and with his being one of the world’s great businessmen, that was something I truly appreciated,” said President-elect Trump in a press release. “He is not only a brilliant negotiator, but also someone who is innately able to predict the future especially having to do with finances and economies. His help on the strangling regulations that our country is faced with will be invaluable.”

Formation on White House National Trade Council
Trump also announced the creation of the White House National Trade Council (NTC). The council will be used to advise the U.S. president on strategies in trade negotiations, coordinate with other agencies to assess U.S. manufacturing capabilities and the defense industrial base, and help match unemployed American workers with new opportunities in the skilled manufacturing sector. Peter Navarro will be the Assistant to the President and Director of Trade and Industrial Policy.

CBRE Global Investors Names New President

CBRE Global Investors promoted Danny Queenan to the role of president. In 2015, he joined CBRE Global Investors taking on the role of global chief operating officer. Prior to joining CBRE Global Investors, Queenan served as the CEO of CBRE’s Asia Pacific region and CEO of Trammell Crow Company.

Pat Halter Named COO of Principal Global Investors

Principal Financial Group named Pat Halter as chief operating officer for Principal Global Investors. Halter is currently CEO and senior executive director of Principal Real Estate Investors. Jim McCaughan remains CEO of Principal Global Investors and president of global asset management for Principal. Halter will continue to lead Principal Real Estate Investors. Halter joined Principal in 1984 as a commercial real estate representative.

Reija Hyvärinen Named Chief Communications Officer at Keva

Reija Hyvärinen has been named Chief Communications Officer at Keva. This is a new role. Previously, she was Director of Communications for the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle.

Coima Acquires Office Redevelopment in Milan’s Porta Nuova Area

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ADIA Seeks to Sell KIC Headquarters

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The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) is seeking to sell the building that houses the headquarters of the Korea Investment Corporation (KIC). [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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BMO and OTPP Test Blockchain Canadian Dollar Debt Deal

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The Bank of Montreal (BMO) and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) participated in a landmark blockchain Canadian-dollar debt transaction. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Just Group Acquires Corinthian Pension Consulting

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Just Group plc acquired a 75% ownership stake in the holding company of Corinthian Pension Consulting Limited (Corinthian Pension Consulting). Operating in the institutional world for over 12 years, Corinthian Pension Consulting provides advisory services to defined-benefit pension scheme trustees and scheme sponsors undertaking bulk scheme exercises. The remaining 25% will be retained by current shareholders of Corinthian Pension Consulting. Robert MacGregor will continue to lead Corinthian Pension Consulting, as its Chief Executive Officer. Furthermore, Corinthian Benefits Consulting Limited and Corinthian Affinity Solutions Limited will continue to operate as before, becoming part of a newly formed holding company, Corinthian Group Holdings Limited.

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