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SWFI First Read, May 12, 2016

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SSgA Merges Units, Forms Global Alternative Investment Strategies Group

State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) merged four of its alternative divisions to form a global alternative investment strategies group in which William Marr will lead. William Marr was senior managing director and former head of liquid alternative investments. Marr’s new job title is global head of alternative investment strategies. The new group combines the firm’s alternative exposures, global macro, liquid alternative investments division and its smart beta group.

Broadridge Buys Dojima

Broadridge Financial Solutions acquired Dojima LLC. Dojima’s main product is being rebranded Broadridge Derivatives Clearing.

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Hires Moyer from Goldman

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group hired Grant Moyer as head of leveraged capital markets for the securities business in the Americas. Moyer was at Goldman Sachs, where he worked in the firm’s leveraged finance division. Moyer will report to Paul Young, international head of capital markets at Mitsubishi UFJ Securities. He will also report to Jeffrey Knowles, head of syndications at MUFG Union Bank.

CIC Managing Director Criticizes Hedge Fund Herd Mentality

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BlackRock Contemplates Stake in Eurizon

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Asset management giant BlackRock is contemplating purchasing a 30% ownership stake in Intesa SanPaolo’s asset management unit called Eurizon Capital SGR S.p.A. BlackRock is keen on growing its technology business and increase market adoption of its Aladdin platform.

Intesa has been working with UBS to seek out strategic options for Eurizon. Intesa is keen on maintaining control over Eurizon.

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SWFI First Read, June 22, 2018

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JPMorgan Fund Buys 40% of Oxford Properties’ French Portfolio

A fund advised by JP Morgan Asset Management committed €400 million in Oxford Properties’ French portfolio. Essentially, Oxford Properties sold a 49.9% non-managing interest in 32 Rue Blanche, 92 Avenue de France and Paris Bastille. Oxford Properties made its maiden investment in Paris in 2014 when it acquired 32 Rue Blanche.

Oxford Properties is the real estate unit of OMERS.

Temasek Explores Further Cash Commitments to FirstCry

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DOL Fiduciary Role is Struck Down by Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

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The U.S. Court of Appeal, Fifth Circuit, confirmed a March 15th decision to strike down the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) fiduciary rule. The fiduciary rule is a series of seven different rules that broadly interpret the term “investment advice fiduciary” and redefine exemptions to provisions concerning fiduciaries that appear in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a decision by a Dallas federal court that had upheld the DOL fiduciary rule.

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