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SWFI First Read, September 14, 2015

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PSP Investments to Open London Office

More North American pensions are opening up satellite offices in London. Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) is opening a London office. The asset owner is keen on expanding their reach in key foreign markets. Leading PSP Investments’ efforts in London is Simon Marc, a former principal at private equity firm Permira.

OTPP Names Asia-Pacific Head

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) has named their first head of Asia-Pacific. This is a new position and is based out of Hong Kong. OTPP has appointed Nicole Musicco as managing director of Asia-Pacific. Musicco was a vice president at Teachers’ Private Capital, a unit of OTPP. OTPP opened its Hong Kong office in 2013.

Amundi Launches European Share Buyback ETF

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Ascendas-Singbridge Acquires Three Hotels in Osaka

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Singapore’s Ascendas-Singbridge has acquired three hotels in Osaka for 10.29 billion JPY to tap tourism growth in Japan’s third-largest city.

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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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