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Vontobel Buys Majority Stake in TwentyFour Asset Management

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Swiss private bank Vontobel agreed to acquire a majority 60% stake in London-based TwentyFour Asset Management. Partners and key employees of TwentyFour Asset Management will retain 40% control. Zurich-based Vontobel could purchase the other 40% over a period of time. Vontobel, through its unit Vontobel Asset Management, is keen on expanding its European presence. The deal also expands the company’s fixed income offerings and solutions. Combined, Vontobel will have around 17 billion CHF in assets under management. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2015.

“The acquisition will set a strong foundation for Vontobel Asset Management’s further growth in the U.K., which is one of the most important asset management markets in the world and accelerates the international growth of our business,” said Axel Schwarzer, the head of Vontobel’s asset management arm, in a press release.

Vontobel is also looking at acquiring Dusseldorf-based Meriten Investment Management from BNY Mellon. As of year-end 2014, Meriten Investment Management has €24.5 billion in assets under management.

Japanese Government Capital Provides Initial Life for Texas Bullet Train

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Dallas-based Texas Central Partners, LLC is the developer of a proposed high-speed rail system, dubbed the Texas Bullet Train, between Dallas and Houston. Project costs are estimated between US$ 12 billion to US$ 15 billion. The developer secured US$ 300 million in project loans from Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Corporation for Transport & Urban Development (JOIN) and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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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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