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SWFI – Movers and Shakers – August 8, 2016

HEDGE FUNDS: Agecroft Partners Names Doug Rothschild President

Doug Rothschild is being named President of Agecroft Partners, a hedge fund consulting and third party marketing firm. He will report to Don Steinbrugge, founder and CEO of the firm. He served six years on the executive committee of one of the largest hedge funds in the world. Rothschild spent over eight years as a trader and manager of trading operations at the Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Board Options Exchange. He also spent two years as a free agent in the National Football League (NFL) with the Chicago Bears and Cincinnati Bengals.

Northern Trust Boosts Resources on Asset Owner Sales and Services

Northern Trust hired Ian Hamilton, a former executive at State Street who was responsible for U.K. sector solutions. Hamilton, as a Senior Vice President of Business Development, will be in charge of asset servicing sales across key sectors including pension and sovereign entities in the U.K., Europe and Africa for Northern Trust. He will report to Douglas Gee, head of sales for Northern Trust’s asset servicing business in EMEA. Hamilton spent nearly 8 years at Mercer Investments before his role at State Street.

Bergstrom to Retire, Leonard Takes Place

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Asian Sovereign Funds Not Slowing Down on Tech Investing

According to data from SWFI’s Sovereign Wealth Fund Transaction Database, Asian sovereign funds invested US$ 6.05 billion directly into companies and assets in the information technology sector from Jan 2017 to November 22, 2017. In a comparable time frame from Jan 2016 to November 22, 2016, this same group of Asian sovereign funds directly invested US$ 5.02 billion in the sector. These are direct investments, not fund commitments or manager allocations.

Asian sovereign funds such as GIC Private Limited, Temasek Holdings and the Korea Investment Corporation (KIC) have demonstrated bullish signals to the technology community over other sectors. GIC and Temasek have also been major investors in the private side of deals, funding a wide range of tech startups, while providing financial firepower in buyout transactions.

Some notable direct tech investments in 2017 by sovereign funds include Meituan-Dianping, SoundCloud, Nets A/S, Visma AS, Turn, Inc. and Vantiv.

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Future Fund Makes a Guardian Out of Former J.P. Morgan ANZ Chair

The Australian government has appointed Robert Priestley – current non-executive chair of J.P Morgan for Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) and a non-executive director of ASX – to serve on the Future Fund Board of Guardians for a five-year term from November 7, 2017. Priestley replaces former Morgan Stanley Australia chief executive Steven J. Harker.

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Associated British Ports Reboots Property Development Arm to Capitalize on Land Bank

Associated British Ports (ABP) – operator of 21 major ports throughout the United Kingdom – has announced a reboot of its ABP Property division, complete with a new team of specialists in commercial development and logistics led by Huw Turner, in order to identify and develop strategically significant locations in its 2,372 acre land bank.

ABP is owned in large part by a consortium of pensions and sovereign funds, including the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) at 33.88% ownership, OMERS at 30%, Singapore’s GIC Ventures Pte Ltd at 20.00% ownership, and the Kuwait Investment Authority at 10.00% ownership. Large institutional investors such as sovereign funds, pensions, and endowments have slowly increased allocation towards infrastructure over the past six years as an alternative to equities and bonds, according to asset allocation data from SWFI.

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