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Temasek Holdings announces changes in Senior Appointments

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According to the press release, “Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited (“Temasek”) is pleased to confirm the following changes in its leadership team.  Mr Hsieh Fu Hua has joined Temasek as Executive Director and President with effect from 1 August 2010, and Mr Dilhan Pillay Sandrasegara will join Temasek as Head, Portfolio Management with effect from 1 September 2010.  Currently Executive Director, Mr Simon Israel will assume the role of Executive Director and President, while Mr Gregory Curl will join Temasek as President. Both appointments will take effect from 1 September 2010. Hsieh Fu Hua, Simon Israel and Greg Curl will work in close partnership with Temasek CEO Ho Ching to support the Temasek senior leadership team to build a sustainable institution that creates and delivers long term shareholder value.

Hsieh Fu Hua, 60, oversees Temasek’s institutional and capacity building initiatives, including the company’s platform for leadership and talent development, as well as risk management.

Simon Israel, 57, provides leadership in building and enhancing value creation in Temasek’s Singapore investments, as well as oversees its engagement with Australia and New Zealand markets, in his concurrent role as Head Singapore and Head Australia/New Zealand.

Greg Curl, 62, will oversee Temasek’s interests in financial services, and support its strategic engagement in the Americas. Greg retired from Bank of America in March this year, where he was credited to be “a principal architect of one of the world’s premier financial services franchises”, and brings with him 34 years of banking and international M&A experience.

In addition to his role as Head of Portfolio Management, Dilhan Pillay, 47, will also take on the role of co-Head Singapore to support Simon Israel along with the senior leadership team.

Ms Ho Ching, Executive Director & CEO of Temasek Holdings said, “I have been very privileged to have the opportunity to work with a highly committed and driven team with diverse backgrounds, experience and capabilities. Along with Simon and other members of our senior team, Fu Hua, Greg and Dilhan will add tremendous depth to our bench strength, as we continue to forge a partnership culture with an ownership mindset, and further hone our capabilities as an investment house.””

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DOJ Investing Tesla Over Musk Comments

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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is conducting a fraud investigation over Tesla as its CEO Elon Musk made public statements on twitter. This is a criminal probe. In addition, earlier, SWFI reported the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is conducting a civil inquiry into Elon Musk regarding his statements.

This all surrounds Musk tweeting in August that he was thinking of taking Tesla private and had “funding secured” for the transaction. Both government authorities are seeing if Musk misled investors and violated federal securities laws with his public statements.

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Marsh & McLennan Companies to Acquire JLT Group

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Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (MMC), a global professional services firm offering clients advice and solutions in risk, strategy and people, announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc (JLT), a provider of insurance, reinsurance and employee benefits related advice, brokerage and associated services. The transaction has been approved by the Board of Directors of each of MMC and JLT. JLT’s largest shareholder, Jardine Matheson Holdings, and JLT directors who collectively represent 40.5% of the issued and outstanding JLT shares in support of the transaction.

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Indigo Ag Raises Series E Round

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Indigo Ag, Inc. raised US$ 250 million in a Series E funding round. The company is focused on creating innovative microbial products that increase crop yields in the face of environmental, disease, and pest stress. The investors in this round include Baillie Gifford, Investment Corporation of Dubai, the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, and the company’s founder, Flagship Pioneering. After the Series E, in total, Indigo has raised over US$ 650 million.

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