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SWFI – Movers and Shakers – May 25, 2015

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Khazanah Hires Former McKinsey Partner to Lead Indian Operations

Malaysia’s Khazanah Nasional hired Chinta Bhagat as an executive director for investments in India. Bhagat will start July 15, 2015 and will be based in Mumbai. Bhagat will lead the wealth fund’s Indian operations and be part of Khazanah’s global healthcare sector leadership team. Previously, Bhagat was a managing partner from McKinsey & Co., based out of Singapore.

U.S. President Obama to Nominate Reeder for PBGC

According to the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama plans to nominate W. Thomas Reeder Jr. to serve as director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). Reeder served as health-care counsel at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) since March 2013. From 2009 to 2013, Reeder was senior benefits counsel on the Senate Finance Committee staff. Reeder also held a number of tax policy positions with the U.S. Treasury. PBGC Director Josh Gotbaum plans to resign in August.

Aviva Investors’ Ian Womack Retiring, Casal Promoted

Ian Womack is retiring as CEO of Aviva Investors’ real estate unit. Taking his place is Ed Casal. Casal was global managing director of the global real estate multi-manager group at Aviva Investors. Bart Coenraads will assume Ed Casal’s position.

Pioneer Investments Hires Former Allianz Global Investors Director

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Saudi Aramco Contemplates SABIC Stake from PIF

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Oil giant Saudi Aramco is in early discussions on whether to pursue an ownership stake in Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) from the Public Investment Fund (PIF). At the moment, Saudi Aramco has no plans to buy publicly-held shares of SABIC. SABIC was founded in 1976 by Saudi royal decree to convert oil by-products into useful chemicals, polymers, and fertilizers.

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SWFI First Read, July 19, 2018

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GIC Eyes Provenance Land

GIC Private Limited is nearing a deal to purchase up to 50% of Provenance Land. Provenance Land owns India’s first Four Seasons hotel.

Eduard van Gelderen Leaves UC Regents for PSP Investments CIO Role

Eduard van Gelderen exited his position as Senior Managing Director at the University of California Regents’ Office of the Chief Investment Officer. His role will not be replaced. He accepted an offer to be Chief Investment Officer of the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments).

PAAMCO Prisma Holdings CEOs to Exit

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Google Fined Big Time by EU Regarding Antitrust Violations

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The European Union (EU), through its competition commissioner, levied a €4.34 billion fine against Alphabet Inc., the owner of Google. The fine is over Google having “imposed illegal restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators to cement its dominant position in general internet search,” according to the European Commission (EC).

The European Commission is requiring Alphabet to cease from its conduct that it is accused of within 90 days or face penalty payments of up to 5% of the average daily worldwide turnover of Alphabet, Google’s parent company.

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said in a press release, “Today, mobile internet makes up more than half of global internet traffic. It has changed the lives of millions of Europeans. Our case is about three types of restrictions that Google has imposed on Android device manufacturers and network operators to ensure that traffic on Android devices goes to the Google search engine. In this way, Google has used Android as a vehicle to cement the dominance of its search engine. These practices have denied rivals the chance to innovate and compete on the merits. They have denied European consumers the benefits of effective competition in the important mobile sphere. This is illegal under EU antitrust rules.”

The EC press release added, “In particular, Google: 1. has required manufacturers to pre-install the Google Search app and browser app (Chrome), as a condition for licensing Google’s app store (the Play Store); 2. made payments to certain large manufacturers and mobile network operators on condition that they exclusively pre-installed the Google Search app on their devices; and 3. has prevented manufacturers wishing to pre-install Google apps from selling even a single smart mobile device running on alternative versions of Android that were not approved by Google (so-called “Android forks”).”

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