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General Atlantic Hires Former HKMA Direct Investments CIO

Private equity firm General Atlantic has hired Yong Hak Huh as a special advisor. He is the former Chief Investment Officer of Private Markets and Direct Investment at the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA).

“We are excited to welcome Yong Hak to the firm as we expand our relationships with entrepreneurial companies and leading investors across Asia. As we deepen our presence and build upon two decades of growth investing in the region, we know that Yong Hak will only reinforce our capabilities and experience and deepen our connectivity with family and institutional investors seeking to partner with General Atlantic,” said Graves Tompkins, Managing Director and Global Head of Capital Partnering at General Atlantic, in a press release.

Vanguard Snags Merz to Lead European Distribution Efforts

Index giant Vanguard Group hired Thomas Merz to be head of European distribution (ex-U.K.). Merz will report to Vanguard’s Sean Hagerty, head of Europe. Merz is joining Vanguard from UBS Asset Management. He last served as Head of ETFs Europe at UBS.

BlackRock Opens First Israel Office

BlackRock opened its first official office in Israel, selecting Tel Aviv’s Rothschild boulevard as the location. BlackRock is banking on Israel’s deep pool of technological expertise to help them in future needs.

Cloud Management Company Spotinst Raises Series A

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Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Hire its First Chief Investment Officer

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The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) hired its first chief investment officer. The US$ 10 billion philanthropic vehicle hired David Lee to be its CIO. The search process was conducted by New York-based recruiting firm David Barrett Partners. Lee spent the last eight years working at Princeton University’s endowment – holding the managing director position as his final station. Lee got his MBA at Yale University.

According to the CZI press release, “In this role, Lee will be responsible for managing an investment portfolio that will grow the organization’s ability to fund its efforts across its three core Initiatives – Science, Education and Justice & Opportunity. CZI is a new kind of philanthropic organization that pairs engineering with grantmaking, impact investing, policy and advocacy work, in order to help build a more inclusive, just, and healthy future for everyone.”

Lee will report to an investment committee which is led by Yale University CIO David Swensen. Other investment committee members of CZI include Lei Zhang, Founder and CEO of Hillhouse Capital; Matt Cohler, General Partner of venture capital firm Benchmark; and Carter Simonds, a former Managing Director of Blue Ridge Capital – a hedge fund investor.

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Saudi Arabia Sends Second Installment of Aid to Pakistan

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On December 14, 2018, Pakistan received its second installment of the US$ 3 billion in aid promised from Saudi Arabia on October 23, 2018. The US$ 1 billion given on December 14th boosted the foreign reserves of the State Bank of Pakistan, which went from US$ 7.2 billion to US$ 8.2 billion. The first installment was given on November 23, 2018. The last installment is expected to occur in January 2019.

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White House Nominates Heath Tarbert for CFTC Chairman

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The White House announced Heath P. Tarbert will be nominated to serve as Commissioner and Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Tarbert currently serves as Assistant Secretary for International Markets at the U.S. Treasury Department. Before joining the U.S. Treasury, Tarbert was a Partner at law firm Allen & Overy. Tarbert was confirmed by the U.S. Senate for his current Treasury post at 87 (yes) to 8 (no).

Upon Senate confirmation, Tarbert’s CFTC term would start on April 14, 2019 and last for five years. Tarbert is taking over from J. Christopher Giancarlo whose term ends in April 2019. Tarbert will need a U.S. Senate confirmation to take the head CFTC post.

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