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SWFI – Movers and Shakers – September 16, 2014

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Putnam Hires Lazard Asset Management’s US Head of Institutional Marketing

Boston-based Putnam Investments has hired Jeffrey L. Gould as head of global institutional management. Gould does not have an official start date. Gould replaced Joseph Phoenix who exited Putnam late in 2013. Phoenix had been with Putnam since 1989 and Putnam CEO Robert Reynolds desired to reorganize the firm’s institutional business, expanding more into Europe and the United States.

Gould will be based in Boston and report to Reynolds. Currently, Gould is managing director, head of U.S. institutional marketing at Lazard Asset Management. To replace Gould at Lazard, in the interim, Charles Carroll will assume Gould’s responsibilities.

AIMCo Hires Chordia for Private Debt Investments

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China Helps Pakistan’s Foreign Reserves

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Despite Pakistan witnessing an increase in exports, the rapid increase in crude prices and lackluster financial inflows, have affected the country’s balance of payments position. Trying to avoid a full-scale currency crisis, Pakistan is also dealing with a fiscal budget deficit and a current account deficit. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Russia-Japan Investment Fund to Back Wood Pellet Production in Russia

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The Russian Far East has a lot of timber, and for that wood pellets is a source of biofuel. A while back, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) formed the Russia-Japan Investment Fund (RJIF) with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). RDIF and JBICIG Partners as part of RJIF, together with RFP Group and Japan’s Prospect Co., Ltd. have agreed to collaborate and consider potential investments in Russia’s biofuel industry. JBICIG Partners is a subsidiary of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation.

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RDIF Lures Asian Investors Toward Russian Surgical Robot Project

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The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) is partnering with a number of unnamed Asian co-investors to allocate capital toward a project to create and manufacture Russian surgical robots. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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