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SWFI – Movers and Shakers – April 11, 2017

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INTERNAL: New Co-Heads of Global Capital Markets at BlackRock

Asset manager giant BlackRock moved Ed Cook and Ben Spielman to be co-heads of global capital markets. Ed Cook is based in London, while Spielman is based in the United States. Ed Cook is Managing Director, Head of EMEA Capital Markets at BlackRock. Spielman has experience working in equity capital markets.

Matthew Savino was Co-Head of Global Capital Markets at BlackRock, but moved on to work in the firm’s alternatives division.

PIMCO Hires Former Blackstone Executive for Private Strategies Role

In late March 2017, Pacific Investment Management Co. (PIMCO) hired Gregory Hall as managing director, head of private strategies. Hall will start his role effective May 1, 2017. Previously, Hall worked at the Blackstone Group LP, as a senior managing director within Blackstone Alternative Asset Management. At Blackstone, he was in charge of seeding hedge fund managers. He left Blackstone in 2016. Hall began his career as a Financial Analyst at Goldman Sachs and has 18 years of investment experience.

Tariq Ahmad Named CEO of Brandywine Global Investment Management (Asia)

Tariq Ahmad was promoted to Chief Executive Officer of Brandywine Global Investment Management (Asia), the Asian unit of the parent company, taking over the spot from John Tsao. Ahmad was Head of Business Development and Client Service for Brandywine Global Investment Management (Asia).

Russell Investments Hires a Chief Marketing Officer

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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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