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SWFI First Read, December 24, 2016

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The Silverfern Group Invests in Broad River Energy Center Located in South Carolina

On December 20, 2016, The Silverfern Group, finalized its acquisition of Broad River Power Holdings, an 878 MW dual-fuel, simple-cycle gas turbine electric power plant strategically located 40 miles from Charlotte, North Carolina, in partnership with Texas-based Arroyo Energy Investment Partners LLC. The seller was Energy Capital Partners. Broad River Energy Center is a 5×0 Simple Cycle Generating Facility producing electricity under a long term tolling agreement located in Gaffney, South Carolina. Broad River utilizes 5 GE 7FA.03 gas turbine generators for the generation of electrical power. The units can be on the grid and supplying power within 15 minutes to help serve peak and emergency loads.

Neil McGregor to Exit Temasek in March 2017 to Become CEO of Sembcorp

Neil McGregor, Head of Energy & Resources and Senior Managing Director at Temasek Holdings, is exiting the wealth fund to become Group President and CEO of Singapore-based Sembcorp Industries Ltd, effective April 1, 2017. Before working at Temasek Holdings in June 2014, McGregor was CEO of Singapore LNG Corporation Pte Ltd.

The Ascott Limited Expands Footprint to Ireland

The Ascott Limited, a unit of CapitaLand, expanded its footprint to Ireland by purchasing an operating hotel in Dublin, the 136-unit Temple Bar Hotel for €55.1 million.

CPPIB Announces Sale of 45% Interest in 1221 Avenue of the Americas

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Saudi Aramco Contemplates SABIC Stake from PIF

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Oil giant Saudi Aramco is in early discussions on whether to pursue an ownership stake in Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) from the Public Investment Fund (PIF). At the moment, Saudi Aramco has no plans to buy publicly-held shares of SABIC. SABIC was founded in 1976 by Saudi royal decree to convert oil by-products into useful chemicals, polymers, and fertilizers.

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SWFI First Read, July 19, 2018

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GIC Eyes Provenance Land

GIC Private Limited is nearing a deal to purchase up to 50% of Provenance Land. Provenance Land owns India’s first Four Seasons hotel.

Eduard van Gelderen Leaves UC Regents for PSP Investments CIO Role

Eduard van Gelderen exited his position as Senior Managing Director at the University of California Regents’ Office of the Chief Investment Officer. His role will not be replaced. He accepted an offer to be Chief Investment Officer of the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments).

PAAMCO Prisma Holdings CEOs to Exit

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Google Fined Big Time by EU Regarding Antitrust Violations

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The European Union (EU), through its competition commissioner, levied a €4.34 billion fine against Alphabet Inc., the owner of Google. The fine is over Google having “imposed illegal restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators to cement its dominant position in general internet search,” according to the European Commission (EC).

The European Commission is requiring Alphabet to cease from its conduct that it is accused of within 90 days or face penalty payments of up to 5% of the average daily worldwide turnover of Alphabet, Google’s parent company.

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said in a press release, “Today, mobile internet makes up more than half of global internet traffic. It has changed the lives of millions of Europeans. Our case is about three types of restrictions that Google has imposed on Android device manufacturers and network operators to ensure that traffic on Android devices goes to the Google search engine. In this way, Google has used Android as a vehicle to cement the dominance of its search engine. These practices have denied rivals the chance to innovate and compete on the merits. They have denied European consumers the benefits of effective competition in the important mobile sphere. This is illegal under EU antitrust rules.”

The EC press release added, “In particular, Google: 1. has required manufacturers to pre-install the Google Search app and browser app (Chrome), as a condition for licensing Google’s app store (the Play Store); 2. made payments to certain large manufacturers and mobile network operators on condition that they exclusively pre-installed the Google Search app on their devices; and 3. has prevented manufacturers wishing to pre-install Google apps from selling even a single smart mobile device running on alternative versions of Android that were not approved by Google (so-called “Android forks”).”

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