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SWFI First Read, September 6, 2017

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Hurricane Irma. Photo Credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Voya Hires Former QMA Product Strategist

Voya Investment Management hired Dina Santoro as managing director and head of product and market strategy. This is a new position and she will be based in New York, reporting to Shaun Matthews, Senior Managing Director and Head of the Client Group at Voya. Before this role, Santoro was Managing Director and Head of Product Strategy and Distribution at Quantitative Management Associates.

Kelley Morrell to Lead Tactical Ops Business at Blackstone

Kelley Morrell was named Managing Director and Head of Asset Management for Blackstone Group’s tactical opportunities business. Previously, she was Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at CIT, a financial holding company with more than US$ 50 billion in assets. Before CIT, she was a Senior Director at the U.S. Treasury’s Automotive Industry Financing Program during U.S. President Barack Obama’s Administration.

Mitusi Fudosan Expands Hudson Yards Ownership

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QIA Becomes the Largest Shareholder in Colonial

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The Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) became the biggest shareholder of Inmobiliaria Colonial, SOCIMI, S.A. (Colonial), a Spanish listed real estate company. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Mumtalakat Discloses Investment in Khairat Bahrain

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Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company disclosed an investment in Sudan called Khairat Bahrain. This is an agricultural investment in Sudan. The food and agriculture sector is key investment sector for many Gulf-based state investors. Khairat Bahrain is located in the world’s richest expanse of groundwater (the Nubian Sandstone Basin) occupying an area of approximately 100,000 feddans (400 square kilometers). The Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System is the world’s largest known fossil water aquifer system.

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Temasek Acquires Cybersecurity Firm Sygnia

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Singapore’s Temasek Holdings agreed to acquire Sygnia, Inc., an Israeli cybersecurity technology and services provider. Unverified estimates of the deal amount are around US$ 250 million. Sygnia runs out of Tel Aviv, but has an office in New York. Sygnia assists companies respond to cyber threats.

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