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SWFI First Read, May 5, 2017

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Ping An Forms Fin-tech Health-tech Billion Dollar Fund

Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China, Ltd. is the biggest insurance company in China by market value. Ping An has been moving investments from its portfolio from domestic to overseas – as of December 2016 having roughly 5% of insurance assets ex-China. Ping An formed a financial and healthcare technology investment fund to target overseas early-stage companies called Ping An Global Voyager Fund. The fund will have US$ 1 billion in capital and be led by Jonathan Larsen, a former Citigroup executive whose last title was Global Head of Retail Banking. Larsen will be Chief Innovation Officer at Ping An, while also serving as CEO and Chairman of the Ping An Global Voyager Fund. Ping An Global Voyager Fund will be managed from Hong Kong.

JPMorgan Exits R3 Blockchain Group

JPMorgan is leaving the R3 blockchain initiative. Goldman Sachs and Santander had left the blockchain initiative earlier. The R3 blockchain initiative was formed in 2014 by nine banks that included Credit Suisse, JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs.

China Securities Finance Goes Contrarian

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ADIA Seeks to Sell KIC Headquarters

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The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) is seeking to sell the building that houses the headquarters of the Korea Investment Corporation (KIC). [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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BMO and OTPP Test Blockchain Canadian Dollar Debt Deal

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The Bank of Montreal (BMO) and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) participated in a landmark blockchain Canadian-dollar debt transaction. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Just Group Acquires Corinthian Pension Consulting

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Just Group plc acquired a 75% ownership stake in the holding company of Corinthian Pension Consulting Limited (Corinthian Pension Consulting). Operating in the institutional world for over 12 years, Corinthian Pension Consulting provides advisory services to defined-benefit pension scheme trustees and scheme sponsors undertaking bulk scheme exercises. The remaining 25% will be retained by current shareholders of Corinthian Pension Consulting. Robert MacGregor will continue to lead Corinthian Pension Consulting, as its Chief Executive Officer. Furthermore, Corinthian Benefits Consulting Limited and Corinthian Affinity Solutions Limited will continue to operate as before, becoming part of a newly formed holding company, Corinthian Group Holdings Limited.

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