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Whineray Appointed Chief Investment Officer of New Zealand Superannuation Fund

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Photo Credit: New Zealand Superannuation Fund

Photo Credit: New Zealand Superannuation Fund

The New Zealand Superannuation Fund (NZSF) has selected a chief investment officer. Matt Whineray has been appointed to the role by the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation. Reporting under CEO Adrian Orr, Whineray will manage a team of 35 and will oversee the hiring of external investment managers.

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Before joining the superannuation fund in 2008 as a general manager in private markets, Whineray was head of financial sponsor coverage for non-Japan Asia at Credit Suisse in Hong Kong. Before that role, he was a managing director at First NZ Capital and a vice president at Credit Suisse First Boston.

Whineray has been behind several high-profile deals while at the New Zealand Superannuation Fund. In March, Whineray supported the superannuation fund’s US$ 250 million commitment with KKR to get exposure to North American energy markets. By promoting Whineray, the NZSF may take a greater appetite toward large, illiquid investments. In May, Neil Williams, previously general manager of public markets at the NZSF, left for a role as managing director of multi-asset and investment solutions at the Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC). Williams was integral in helping develop the reference portfolio at the NZSF.

Marina One and DUO Officially Open

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Khazanah Nasional Berhad and Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited announced the official opening of two major building projects, Marina One and DUO. Together the properties have a gross development value of 11 billion SGD. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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SWFI First Read, January 16, 2018

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BP Plans to Take $1.7 Billion Charge to End Legal Claims on Deepwater Horizon

BP Plc is planning to take a US$ 1.7 billion charge to end legal claims regarding the disastrous 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Ethereum Co-Founder Leaves Fenbushi Capital

Vitalik Buterin, a co-founder of Ethereum, which is a cryptocurrency, exited China-based Fenbushi Capital. Fenbushi Capital was formed in 2015. Buterin is retaining his role as an advisor of Fenbushi Capital. Buterin dropped out of the University of Waterloo in 2014 when he got a Thiel Fellowship. This permitted him to work on Ethereum full time.

Kingdom Holding Sells Four Seasons Beirut Hotel Stake

Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Holding sold its position in the Four Seasons Hotel in Beirut for roughly US$ 100 million. Blominvest, a unit of Blom Bank, advised on the transaction. The Four Seasons will continue to manage the property.

Mercer Signs Deal to Buy BFC

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Deutsche Bundesbank to Slowly Add Renminbi into Foreign Reserve Mix

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Deutsche Bundesbank’s executive board made a decision to invest in Chinese renminbi in the summer of 2017 as part of its foreign currency reserves. The German central bank on January 15, 2018, confirmed it will start investing in Chinese renminbi and also consider investing in additional foreign currencies. The move mimics the European Central Bank (ECB), which already considers the Chinese renminbi as a reserve currency. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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