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SWFI – Movers and Shakers – February 16, 2017

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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.

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U.S. Public Becomes More Aware that Gmail Scans Emails

Alphabet is a major stock holding for sovereign wealth funds and large pensions. Search giant Google is under fire for allowing third-party partners and companies, like Return Path Inc and other advertisers, to share data from Gmail accounts. Many experts and tech observers already knew this, but more people in the public are becoming aware of Google’s practices when it comes to privacy. Google disclosed in a letter to U.S. lawmakers this finding. The Wall Street Journal reported that in some instances, app companies were able to read people’s emails in order to improve their algorithms. In 2017, Google said they would stop scanning all of one’s Gmail messages for the goal of personalized ads.

GPIF Infrastructure Exposure Almost Reached 200 Billion Yen in March 2018

Japan Government Pension Investment Fund’s (GPIF) exposure to infrastructure real estate was 196.8 billion JPY at the end of March 2018. At that period, 57% of the exposure was to the UK, 15% was to Australia, 15% to Sweden, 10% to Spain and 3% to Finland. 21% of GPIF’s infrastructure portfolio was linked to airports versus 27% to ports.

AIMCo-backed sPower Closes $498.7 Million Bond Deal

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Iceland Contemplates a Sovereign Wealth Fund

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The Government of Iceland is looking to possibly form a sovereign wealth fund to stabilize the country from unforeseen shocks to the national economy. The Iceland government released a statement saying, “The state’s contributions to the Fund will be equivalent to new revenues from publicly owned power production companies which are expected to accrue in the coming years.”

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CBRE Global Wins First GPIF Global Real Estate Mandate

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Japan Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) awarded its first global real estate mandate by hiring CBRE Global Investment Partners Limited. This is a global core real estate fund-of-funds separate account. Overseeing this mandate as a gatekeeper is Asset Management One Co., Ltd., which is a unit of Mizuho Financial Group. This RFP was launched in April 2017.

CBRE Global Investment Partners is the multi-manager arm of CBRE Global Investors.

In addition, on August 8, 2018, GPIF hired two custodians for short-term investments. These custodians are Trust & Custody Services Bank, Ltd and The Master Trust Bank of Japan, Ltd.

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