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SWFI – Movers and Shakers – February 7, 2017

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Executive Shuffle at BlueBay Asset Management

Eric Gerth will become the Chief Executive Officer of BlueBay Asset Management LLP effective around May 2017. Previously, he was Global Head of Business Development at BlueBay Asset Management since December 2012. Before BlueBay Asset Management, he was the Chief Executive of Global Business Development at Aviva Investors London Limited.

Gerth replaces Alex Khein who plans to leave BlueBay Asset Management at the end of 2017 to pursue a new venture related to technology and money management. In addition, Khein is also co-CEO of BlueBay Asset Management’s parent entity RBC Global Asset Management. The other co-CEO Damon Williams will become the sole CEO of RBC Global Asset Management when Khein exits.

Last, Cenk Turkinan will take over Gerth’s role as Head of Business Development at BlueBay Asset Management.

Heard Capital Adds Albright Stonebridge Group Executive to Board of Advisors

Chicago-based Heard Capital LLC is a hedge fund founded by William Heard. Michael Warren, Managing Principal of Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG) in Washington, D.C., will join the Heard Capital’s Board of Advisors. Warren is chief executive of ASG, responsible for overall strategic direction, growth and management. In addition, Warren is a Trustee of the District of Columbia Retirement Board, DC’s public pension fund and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Commonfund.

Amundi Hires Sunny Leung for ETF Role

Sunny Leung was named as Head of Amundi ETF, Indexing and Smart Beta Sales, North Asia, at Amundi Asset Management. Previously, Leung was an Assistant Vice President at State Street Global Advisors (SSgA), working on business development for SPDR ETFs in the Asia ex-Japan region. Leung replaced Yvonne Ng who exited Amundi at the end of 2016.

Michael Anstey to Lead Healthcare Investment Efforts at Cambridge Innovation Capital

Michael Anstey joined Cambridge Innovation Capital, which invests in intellectual property-rich companies from the University of Cambridge and the wider research and business community around the Cambridge region, as an investment director. Anstey will focus on healthcare opportunities. Before this role, he was a Principal in the Healthcare practice at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Toronto. Cambridge Innovation Capital is the only preferred investor for the University of Cambridge.

Chase Brogan Joins TSG Consumer Partners

Chase Brogan was hired by San Francisco-based TSG Consumer Partners, LLC, a private equity firm, to be a principal. Before this role, Brogan led corporate development efforts at Guthy|Renker, a direct marketing company focused on beauty, skincare, entertainment and wellness products. Brogan is an investor in ipsy and serves on its Board of Directors. Brogan started his career as an investment banker with Bear, Stearns & Co. and Banc of America Securities.

Scatec Solar Places Big Solar Bet in Bangladesh

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Oslo-based Scatec Solar ASA, a publicly-traded independent power producer operating in the emerging market solar development space, plans to construct and own a 800 mega watt photovoltaic solar power plant in Chandpur, Bangladesh. Scatec Solar has solar assets scattered across numerous emerging markets such as South Africa, Rwanda, Honduras, Egypt, Jordan and the Czech Republic.

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APFC Sells $1.4 Billion Stake in Simpson Housing

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The Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation (APFC) embarked on a major shift in its real estate portfolio by selling a 50% ownership stake in Denver-based Simpson Housing LLLP for US$ 1.4 billion. Simpson Housing had made up roughly 24.7% of APFC’s US$ 5.6 billion real estate portfolio. The other owner of Simpson Housing is that State of Michigan Retirement Systems.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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ISIF Invests in Cybersecurity Firm Vectra

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The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) committed €10 million to Vectra Networks, Inc., a San Jose, U.S.-based cybersecurity company. The investment capital will assist Vectra in creating a research and development center in Dublin.

ISIF is part of a larger funding round of €30 million. These other investors include Khosla Ventures, Accel Partners, DAG Ventures, AI Ventures, AME Cloud Ventures and Wipro Ventures.

Kevin Dillon, who is the former Head of Microsoft Ireland and a Managing Partner at Atlantic Bridge, will join the board of directors at Vectra.

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