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SWFI – Movers and Shakers – July 29, 2015

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Seides Ditches Protégé Partners, Joins Credit Suisse Asset Management

Ted Seides, president and co-founder of Protege Partners, is leaving the company to create a hedge fund at Credit Suisse Asset Management. Seides will be developing an equity fund at Credit Suisse. John Mackin is being appointed president of Protege Partners. Seides will remain a non-voting member of the Protege’s investment committee. Founded in 2002, Protege Partners has around US$ 2 billion in assets and invests in smaller hedge funds and emerging managers.

CDPQ Adds Senior Director for Private Equity

Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec (CDPQ) has chosen Sanjay Gupta as senior director for private equity. He will be based in New York. This is a new position. Previously, Gupta was an executive director at Adveq.

CPPIB Names Secondaries and Co-Investments Successor to Yann Robard

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) has named Michael Woodhouse, the managing director and head of secondaries and co-investments at the pension investor. Currently, Woodhouse is senior principal of funds, secondaries and co-investments at CPPIB. Woodhouse will replace Yann Robard in the role, when Robard leaves CPPIB on July 31st. There will not be a replacement for Woodhouse.

First Reserve Promotes Steen and Vaccari to Vice President

Private equity firm First Reserve has promoted Paul Steen and Doug Vaccari to vice president. Steen joined First Reserve in 2011 working with the firms’s buyout funds. Steen was an analyst in the investment banking division (global energy group) at Credit Suisse. Vaccari works in First Reserve’s energy infrastructure team. Before joining First Reserve, Vaccari was an investment banking analyst at UBS.

SEC Hires Former KPMG Duggins as Co-Head of Private Funds Unit

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has named Jennifer Duggins as senior specialized examiner and co-head of the SEC’s private funds unit within the office of compliance inspections and examinations. Duggins will start in August. Duggins was a director in KPMG’s financial services regulatory practice. She was also chief compliance officer with Chilton Investment Company, LLC. The other co-head is Igor Rozenblit.

Brengle Appointed Institutional Head at Eaton Vance

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SWFI First Read, January 18, 2018

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Celgene Eyes Juno Therapeutics

Celegene Corporation is in discussions to buy Seattle-based Juno Therapeutics. Juno Therapeutics has backers which include the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation (APFC). Celgene has roughly US$ 12 billion in cash and already has a relationship with Juno Therapeutics.

Auckland International Airport Sells Down Airport Holdings in NQA and Cairns

Perron Investments and The Infrastructure Fund, current investors in North Queensland Airports, which includes Cairns Airport, agreed to acquire Auckland International Airport’s 24.6% stake in the holding entity for A$ 370 million. Perron Investments is the privately-owned investment entity of Australian billionaire Stan Perron.

Pemex and Mitsui in Final Talks on Tula Project

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Apple’s Ginormous Corporate Cash Pile Plans to Come Home

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The positive economic effects of U.S. President Donald Trump’s tax reform have already altered the financial behaviors of major U.S. companies such as Wal-Mart Stores, Apple Inc. and AT&T.

In response to the tax law reform, many American businesses, large-to-small in annual revenues, have issued bonuses, granted awards and signaled plans to increase capital expenditures in the United States. For example, Apple announced plans to give its employees US$ 2,500 each in stock awards. A key section of the new U.S. tax reform law includes a provision for firms to take advantage of a one-time payment of 15.5% on repatriated funds down from the 35% rate.

Initial Plans

With the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) reaching new highs and the tax reform deal signed into law, Apple revealed they would invest US$ 350 billion into the United States economy over a period of five years, as they repatriate massive piles of money from overseas. The iPhone maker estimates they will payout roughly US$ 38 billion in tax payments from the overseas repatriation – thus shifting back some US$ 245 billion out of the US$ 252.3 billion it has held offshore. Apple also plans to spend an estimated US$ 30 billion in capital expenditures over the next five years, with roughly US$ 10 billion in U.S. data centers, according to the company. Apple has plans for 20,000 more jobs to create. The company that was once led by Steve Jobs had faced substantial criticism in the press over outsourcing its manufacturing to China to avoid paying U.S. taxes and lower manufacturing costs. Many of those facilities in China had labor issues such as environmental concerns, slave-like wages and extremely long work hours.

“We believe deeply in the power of American ingenuity, and we are focusing our investments in areas where we can have a direct impact on job creation and job preparedness,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook in a statement on January 17, 2017. He added, “We have a deep sense of responsibility to give back to our country and the people who help make our success possible.”

Liquid Financials and Fixed Income Changes

The sales growth of the iPhone has been a major factor in the growth in Apple’s cash pile. In 2006, Apple moved to act, forming a subsidiary in Nevada to manage investments, initially starting with around US$ 13 billion to manage. Nevada has no corporate income tax and no capital gains tax. Apple manages its investments through an outfit in Reno, Nevada called Braeburn Capital Inc. (Braeburn is a type of Apple), a subsidiary of Apple. Apple also employs some 40 to 50 external fund managers to handle the massive portfolio, according to sources. Braeburn has tried to reduce money management costs by using more separate accounts, while reducing dependence on money market funds.

As of September 30, 2017, Apple has a large investment portfolio worth an excess of US$ 300 billion, with US$ 194.714 billion in long-term marketable securities. Some US$ 128.645 billion are in current assets, with US$ 20.289 billion in cash and cash equivalents.

Focusing on the investment portfolio, some US$ 152.724 billion is held in corporate securities, with US$ 55.245 billion in U.S. Treasuries. Most of the portfolio is held in fixed income investments, including mortgage-backed securities – generally mandating investments be investment-grade and the avoidance of losing principal. Since 2012, Apple has been hoarding more corporate debt, rivaling some bond funds. Only about US$ 799 million are held in mutual funds (non-money market). Apple is also a major buyer of commercial paper across the globe. For example, the company participated in a US$ 500 million issue of 3-year floating notes from Hyundai Capital Services. The tech giant even uses derivatives to hedge against currency and interest rate movements.

The Old Scheme Ends

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CPPIB Partners with Lendlease on £1.5 Billion U.K. Build-to-Rent Venture

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The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) has announced the launch of a £1.5 billion venture with Australian listed construction giant Lendlease Group centered around the development of build-to-rent private housing in the United Kingdom. The new infusion of capital will bolster the £800 million already committed to various projects in the Britain’s housing sector by Lendlease, which will develop, construct, and manage homes built through the partnership.

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