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SWFI First Read, February 13, 2018

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Bank of America Analyzes Canadian Mortgage Packing Play

Bank of America Corporation is analyzing the possibility of putting riskier Canadian mortgages into bonds, creating stimulus in the country’s residential mortgage-backed security market. These mortgages would not necessarily be backed with Canadian government guarantees. Canadian regulators made it more difficult for consumers to qualify for government mortgage insurance.

Korean Opportunities: BNY Mellon Opens FX Room in Seoul

BNY Mellon opened its foreign exchange (FX) trading room in Seoul. Such instruments permitted include foreign exchange forwards and non-deliverable forwards. The move provides more access to Korean institutional investors, while providing these investors exposure to global currencies.

BNY Mellon Hires Rebecca Bridgeman – Collateral Management

BNY Mellon named Rebecca Bridgeman as vice president and relationship manager of collateral management. Bridgeman will be based in London. Before this role, she was at RBC as an associate director of global client coverage. She also worked at BNP Paribas in business development.

Grant & Eisenhofer Forms Intellectual Property Litigation Practice

In late January 2018, law firm Grant & Eisenhofer P.A. established a broad-based intellectual property practice. Leading the new practice is Dr. Eric Evain, a chemist and intellectual property trial lawyer. Evain joined Grant & Eisenhofer as a director. Previously, Evain was a Partner at Reed Smith. Evain holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry.

AXA Investment Managers Combines LDI Unit in Europe

AXA Investment Managers consolidated its liability-driven investment teams under one group covering the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands. The consolidate group is led by Mathilde Sauve.

Emirates NBD Acquires Turkey’s Denizbank in $3.2 Billion Deal with Sberbank

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In a bid to establish itself as one of the region’s leading providers of financial services, Emirates NBD – Dubai’s largest bank – has entered into a deal to acquire a 99.99% stake in Turkey’s DenizBank A.Ş. for a bargain price of US$ 3.2 billion from Russian state-owned lender Sberbank. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Brazilian President Michel Temer Orders Liquidation of Sovereign Wealth Fund

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Brazilian President Michel Temer signed an executive order to shut down the country’s sovereign wealth fund. The money in the sovereign fund will go toward repayment of foreign debt.

The Sovereign Fund of Brazil, also known as Fundo Soberano do Brasil, was formed in 2008.

The formation of the Fundo Soberano do Brasil was authorized by then Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

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CDPQ Boosts Stake in Invenergy Renewables

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Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) boosted its ownership stake in Chicago-based Invenergy Renewables LLC. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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