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SWFI First Read, May 19, 2016

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Qatar Airways Increases Stake in British Airways Parent Company

Qatar Airways increased its stake in International Consolidated Airlines Group SA, the parent company of British Airways, to 15.01%. Qatar Airways in 2015 became the largest shareholder in International Consolidated Airlines Group. Under European Union regulations, foreign investors are limited to holding no more than 49% ownership of a European carrier.

CBRE Group Buys Large Stake in Malaysian Real Estate Services Firm

CBRE Group, Inc. entered into a transaction to buy a 49% stake in C H Williams Talhar & Wong Sdn Bhd, WTW Real Estate Sdn Bhd and WTW Property Services Sdn Bhd. The business will be rebrand as CBRE | WTW. The deal is expected to close during the second quarter of 2016.

Mapletree Buys Reading Property from Oxford Properties

Singapore-based Mapletree Investments has acquired office properties in Reading, United Kingdom, called Green Park from Oxford Properties Group, a unit of OMERS, for approximately £560 million. In November 2011, Oxford Properties Group bought the property from Prudential Property Investment Managers (PRUPIM) for £400 million. The final advisor for Oxford Properties Group was Eastdil Secured.

Japan’s Health and Welfare Ministry Names Two Professors to GPIF Advisory Committee

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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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