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SWFI First Read, January 16, 2017

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ACCESS: GF International and Euroclear Sperahead China ETF

In a bid to open up mainland China for European retail and institutional investors, GF International Asset Management, the U.K. subsidiary of the Chinese asset manager of GF Fund Management, has collaborated with Belgium-based Euroclear Bank to launch an international exchange traded fund (ETF). The ETF is called the GF International-FTSE China A UCITS ETF. The ETF is targeting to give investors access to large and mid-cap listed equities on the the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges in China via the Renminbi Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor (RQFII) scheme. The ETF is utilizing Euroclear’s international issuance structure which is domiciled in Luxembourg.

ETF Provider WisdomTree Beefs Up European Compliance with New Hire

U.S. exchange traded fund provider WisdomTree hired Altaf Cassam to be head of compliance in Europe. This is a new position. Cassam will be based in London and report to Bryan Governey, WisdomTree’s general counsel for Europe. Previously, Cassam worked at Aberdeen Asset Management where he was a MiFID II Consultant. MiFID stands for “Markets in Financial Instruments Directive”.

AIMA Hires Lilian Lee, Former PM at External Managers Department at GIC

Lilian Lee has joined the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), a global trade body representing hedge fund managers and other alternative managers, as director and general manager for Singapore. Lee was a former portfolio manager in the External Managers department at Singapore’s GIC Private Limited.

Chinese SWF Chairman Seeks More U.S. Investments

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NZ Super Names Three New Board Members

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New appointments have been made to the Board of the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation Fund (NZ Super). The appointments were made on July 19, 2018. The three new board members are Catherine Drayton, Simon Botherway and Henk Berkman.

According to the NZ Super press release, “Simon Botherway’s appointment runs from 1 August 2018 to 30 September 2021. He is a professional director with a history in investment, investment regulation and supervision. Other board roles have included his current position as Chair of Serko, a director on Callaghan Innovation and previously being the Chair of the FMA Establishment Board and a member of the Securities Commission.

Henk Berkman will serve from 1 October 2018 to 30 September 2022. He has been Professor of Finance, Department of Accounting and Finance at the University of Auckland since 2008. Mr Berkman has held previous professorial positions at Massey University, University of Sydney and the University of Maastricht.

Catherine Drayton will serve from 1 November 2018 until 30 September 2022. She is a Christchurch-based director who previously led the Assurance and Advisory Practice for PwC in Central Eastern Europe. Her public sector governance experience includes her current role as Chair of Christchurch International Airport and as a member of the University of Canterbury Council. Her experience as a Director of Ngai Tahu Holdings has provided her with iwi governance experience.”

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AIMCo Names Former Talisman Energy Executive to Board

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The Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) appointed Jacqueline (Jackie) Sheppard as a member of the board of directors for a term set to expire on June 30, 2021. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Grant & Eisenhofer Reveals Fortis Investors to Receive $1.5 Billion in Mega Settlement

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Law firm Grant & Eisenhofer won a landmark case for its clients after a seven-year legal duel in Dutch courts. On July 13, 2018, the Amsterdam Court of Appeals officially approved the largest securities settlement ever reached in Europe, paving a path for international insurance company Ageas N.V./S.A. to begin payment of US$ 1.5 billion (€1.3 billion) to multiple groups of institutional and individual investors from Europe and the United States. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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