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SWFI – Movers and Shakers – February 23, 2015

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Morgan Stanley Hires Former OTPP Executive

Frederik Wijsenbeek joined the ranks of financial giant Morgan Stanley as an executive director in private equity. Based in London, Wijsenbeek will be working on a US$ 1.5 billion mid-market private equity fund. Previously, Wijsenbeek was an investment partner at London-based Global Family Partners, a multi-family office focused on direct investments and direct family-to-family trade. From 2010 to 2013, Wijsenbeek served as head of direct private equity – Europe for Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP). Between 2003 and 2009, he was a partner at Bregal Capital, a fund backed by the Brenninkmeijer family.

Jonathon Griggs Comes Back to JP Morgan Asset Management

Jonathon Griggs was hired by JP Morgan Asset Management to head a new position as director of applied research for the global fixed income, currencies and commodities. This is Griggs second run at JP Morgan; he was chief investment officer for currency management until 2013. In between JP Morgan asset management roles, Griggs was senior portfolio manager at Rogge Global Partners. In this new role at JP Morgan, Griggs will be creating global macro strategies and risk budgeting across the firm’s unconstrained and absolute-return fixed-income funds.

Former NewSmith Equity Management Executives Split for BNP Paribas

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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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