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OTPP Posts 3.7% 1H 2017 Return

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) generated a 3.7% return on its investments in the first half of 2017. Net assets for OTPP reached C$ 180.5 billion.

RDIF and TH Group to Allocate Capital into Russian Agriculture

On September 6, 2017, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and Vietnam’s largest agricultural conglomerate TH Group agreed to jointly invest in agricultural projects in Russia, with a focus on dairy farming and milk processing in the Far East of Russia. The agreement was signed prior to the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok. TH Group has a number of units including TH Milk Food, Dalat Milk, TH Schools, May Forester Company, Nghe An Sugar Company (NASU), BacABank.

WuXi NextCODE Gets Extension to Series B Financing Round

WuXi NextCODE, a Chinese genomics company focused on sequencing and analyzing DNA, raised US$ 240 million in a Series B round that was led by Sequoia Capital China. Out of the US$ 240 million, US$ 165 million was extended and investing in that pool includes Sequoia Capital China, Temasek Holdings, 3W Partners and Yunfeng Capital.

CDPQ Executive Puscasiu Leaves to Presidio Investors

San Francisco-based Presidio Investors hired Chris Puscasiu as co-managing partner. Previously, he was at Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) as co-head of direct private equity.

First State Super Acquires a 70% Stake in Retirement Village Company Oak Tree Group

First State Super purchased a 70% ownership interest in Brisbane-based Oak Tree Group Pty. Ltd., a retirement living company with properties mostly in Queensland and New South Wales. Oak Tree Group was formed by Mark Bindon in 2006.

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White House Nominates Heath Tarbert for CFTC Chairman

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The White House announced Heath P. Tarbert will be nominated to serve as Commissioner and Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Tarbert currently serves as Assistant Secretary for International Markets at the U.S. Treasury Department. Before joining the U.S. Treasury, Tarbert was a Partner at law firm Allen & Overy. Tarbert was confirmed by the U.S. Senate for his current Treasury post at 87 (yes) to 8 (no).

Upon Senate confirmation, Tarbert’s CFTC term would start on April 14, 2019 and last for five years. Tarbert is taking over from J. Christopher Giancarlo whose term ends in April 2019. Tarbert will need a U.S. Senate confirmation to take the head CFTC post.

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KIA Could Sell Stake in North Sea Energy Business

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The Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA), through its unit Wren House Investment Management, is nearing a deal to sell a 40% stake in its North Sea energy business to JPMorgan Asset Management. In July 2018, KIA closed on a deal to acquire oil and gas pipeline firm North Sea Midstream Partners from ArcLight Capital.

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Pensioenfonds PGB Hires BMO Global for Equity Protection Strategy

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Pensioenfonds PGB is a Dutch multi-sector pension fund. PGB awarded a mandate to implement a protection strategy for its €12 billion equity portfolio to BMO Global Asset Management. PGB is a €26.5 billion fund. PGB has been using BMO Global’s responsible engagement overlay since 2017.

The Chief Investment Officer of PGB is Harold Clijsen.

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