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SWFI – Movers and Shakers – February 16, 2017

Gramercy Funds Management Hires Former Co-Head of Emerging Markets Structured Credit Trading at Deutsche Bank

Bradshaw McKee was hired as Managing Director, Capital Solutions and Distressed Portfolio Manager in Emerging Markets at Connecticut-based Gramercy Funds Management. This is a new position and McKee will report to Robert Koenigsberger, Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer at Gramercy Funds Management. Before this role, McKee was Co-Head of Emerging Markets Structured Credit Trading at Deutsche Bank.

Sanjiv Bhatia Plans to Leave Harvard Endowment

Sanjiv Bhatia is leaving Harvard Management Company to start his own investment management shop. Bhatia worked in emerging market listed equities at the endowment. Bhatia had spent over 12 years at Goldman Sachs, leaving as Head of Asian Equity Trading.

NXT Capital Hires Pathway Capital Management Executive

Chicago, Illinois-based NXT Capital hired Linda Chaffin as Head of Institutional Marketing. She comes from Pathway Capital Management, serving as Senior Vice President. Previously, Chaffin led fund raising and investor relations for Marwit Capital, and held positions at GE Capital and JP Morgan Chase’s Mergers and Acquisitions Group.

Rix Gets Promotion at Aviva, as Clive Bolton Exits

Lindsey Rix who is currently Managing Director of Personal Lines U.K. General Insurance at Aviva is being promoted as Clive Bolton exits the company in March. Rix is being named Managing Director of Savings and Retirement at Aviva. This division includes the platform business, annuities and equity release.

RCIF Stake Sale in Children’s Retailer Detsky Mir Blocked By Courts

A joint offering of shares of in Detsky Mir by by the Russia-China Investment Fund (RCIF) and Sistema was blocked by a Russian court at the request of state-controlled oil company Rosneft. Sistema’s 50% stake in the company was frozen as part of the injunction, which also froze its holdings in other companies, including MTS-Bank, and Sistema Telecom Assets, according to Russian News Agency TASS. Sistema is currently the target of a number of lawsuits by Rosneft’s owner, oil magnate Igor Sechin.

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Facebook Concedes that Using FaceBook Could be Bad for Consumers

David Ginsberg is Facebook’s director of research. Moira Burke is a computational social psychologist on the Data Science team at Facebook since early 2012. They published a post on Facebook entailing the impact the social network has on peoples’ moods. According to the December 15, 2017 blog post titled “Hard Questions: Is Spending Time on Social Media Bad for Us?”, they commented that, “University of Michigan students randomly assigned to read Facebook for 10 minutes were in a worse mood at the end of the day than students assigned to post or talk to friends on Facebook.”

The post adds, “A study from UC San Diego and Yale found that people who clicked on about four times as many links as the average person, or who liked twice as many posts, reported worse mental health than average in a survey. Though the causes aren’t clear, researchers hypothesize that reading about others online might lead to negative social comparison — and perhaps even more so than offline, since people’s posts are often more curated and flattering. Another theory is that the internet takes people away from social engagement in person.”

UBS Asset Management Wins Colonial First State Australian REIT Mandate

Sydney-based Colonial First State awarded an approximate A$ 170 million sub-advisory mandate to UBS Asset Management to oversee an Australian real estate investment trust strategy, essentially 50% of the FirstChoice Property Securities fund. The previous advisor of the mandate, Colonial First State Global Asset Management, was terminated.

State Street Global Advisors Names Betty Ng as MD and COO of Asia ex-Japan

State Street Global Advisors hired Betty Ng as managing director and chief operating officer for Asia ex-Japan. This is a new position. Betty Ng started effective December 11, 2017. She will report to June Wong, the company’s senior managing director and head of Asia ex-Japan.

Before this role, Betty Ng was General Manager of Private Wealth Management at the Agricultural Bank of China in Hong Kong.

Kroger to Exit from Central States Pension Fund

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Umirzak Shukeyev Exits Samruk-Kazyna, Promoted as Deputy Prime Minister

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev appointed Umirzak Shukeyev as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture. Umirzak Shukeyev exited as Chief Executive Officer of Samruk-Kazyna. No interim leader has been named for Samruk-Kazyna.

Samruk-Kazyna is in the midst of floating a number of state-owned companies such as Air Astana and JSC National Atomic Company Kazatomprom.

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