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Former CUNA counsels launch new firm

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Four high-profile credit union attorneys formed a new legal, advocacy and consulting firm based in Washington.The firm, CU Counsel PLLC, includes former CUNA Executive Vice President and General Counsel Eric Richard, former CUNA Deputy General Counsel and head of Regulatory Advocacy Mary Dunn and former NCUA Assistant General Counsel Steven Bisker as principals. Stephen Eisenberg, former executive vice president and general counsel for the $18.6 billion Pentagon FCU, serves as advisor to the firm, according to a release. continue reading »last_img

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Italian roundup: Minibond, Pioneer, BNP Paribas, Prometeia, PensPlan, Fondo Pegaso, Groupama

first_imgItalian asset manager Pioneer Investments has launched a €200m, five-year mini-bond fund to invest in Italian small and medium enterprises (SME).The closed fund, named Pioneer Progetto Italia, will invest in credit securities issued by firms with revenues between €10m and €100m and a minimum rating of B-.In a statement, Pioneer said that the fund would focus on companies with a “stable competitive position, credible growth pans, positive economic and financial parameters and that seek to finance further expansion, including on international markets”.The fund will have an option to continue operating for two years after the end of the five-year term. The minimum deposit is €150,000 and proceeds will be distributed annually to subscribers. There are four financing rounds of five months each until the fund reaches maximum capacity. Eidos Partners is advising Pioneer with the selection of firms that will issue the mini-bonds.Cinzia Tagliabue, chief executive of Pioneer Investments, said: “We believe we can contribute to the development of a direct brokerage network between asset management and investment that supports the Italian system.”Earlier this month, BNP Paribas Investment Partners Sgr, the Italian asset management arm of French bank BNP Paribas, announced that it had completed the first closing of BNP Paribas Bond Italia Pmi, another closed mini-bond fund that will invest in Italian SMEs.In the first round of financing, the fund raised €56m and targets an overall target of €150m. The fund has a seven-year term and the minimum deposit is €1m. Marco Barbaro, CEO of BNP Paribas Investment Partners Sgr, told Italian media that the fund has identified seven potential issuers of credit. Advisory firm Prometeia will assist the subscribers of the fund with further due diligence on the recipients.Pioneer Investments, which is owned by Italian banking group Unicredit, says that the mini-bond market is growing, with 30 funds launched – including one by PensPlan Invest – on the Extramot Pro segment of Borsa Italiana, the Milan Stock Exchange, since the creation of mini-bond by Italian lawmakers at the end of 2011.The market is now worth €12m and consists of securities with a 7-year term and coupons between 3% and 10% (6.5% on average).Mini-bonds were created by the ‘Development Decree’ of 2012 introduced by Mario Monti’s government, as a measure to encourage lending to SMEs.The measure has been the object of a passionate debate within the Italian institutional investor community, with critics arguing that pension funds and other investors should not step in to finance small and medium enterprises to make up for the lacking appetite for credit by the banking sector.In other news, Groupama Asset Management has won one of three mandates advertised by Fondo Pegaso, the second-pillar fund for employees of Italian utility companies.Groupama was awarded a global balanced mandate to manage a portfolio of global fixed income and equities for the €670m fund.last_img read more

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Cricket News Chief Selector MSK Prasad clears debate surrounding KL Rahul

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: With World cup being less than four months away, the teams are trying to work regressively with the full fortitude to get to their best 15-member squad. For India, even after all the permutations and combinations, the team is still left with a few spots to grab. One of which turns out to be – reserve opener. Going into a tournament like World Cup, the teams generally try to go ahead with an extra opener in case one of the two regular openers gets injured. Though Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are doing exceeding well at their respective positions, there is still a concern in the Indian dressing room. And hence the debate surrounds to who will be India’s reserve opener for the upcoming World Cup?The skipper along with the team management has already tried a few faces for that spot but hasn’t been convinced with their consistency. With the clock ticking every single minute, time to try fresh faces isn’t there. In these circumstances, the Chief selector of the Indian team, MSK Prasad spoke about whether KL Rahul is still in the contention for the upcoming World Cup. MSK Prasad clarifies the debate surrounding KL Rahul.Rahul is still in the scheme of things. Rahul is expected to be a part of the upcoming India-Australia series.  Prasad explained that his poor form for India urged the selectors to put him in India A side for his form was beginning to pose a concern ahead of World Cup.”In England, he could have done well. I was very disappointed when he failed against the West Indies at home. But with his style of play we thought he would definitely do well in Australia because he had done well on the previous tour [2014-15] there, and pace and bounce suit his game better. Unfortunately, he did not deliver. It is definitely a cause of concern. Having said that, he is a class act and he is just a good knock away. That is why we have put him in the India A team currently playing the England Lions,” said Prasad in an interview with ESPNCricinfo.”All of us have confidence him. Take that century in the Manchester T20. He is a batsman of supreme class. He has definitely failed in red-ball cricket, but you cannot look at the red-ball form in white-ball cricket. That is what we as selectors ought to consider. Also, he has had limited opportunities to play in ODIs owing to the good form of the regular opening pair of Rohit and Shikhar. Even in the Asia Cup, he sat out. That did not help him. So not only was he was failing in Test cricket, the majority of the time he was sitting out in white-ball cricket. So that failure got magnified,” he added. On being whether KL Rahul is still in the mix of the things for the World Cup, Prasad said, “Of course, he is definitely part of the conversation, but we expect him to get runs if he has to make a comeback.”last_img read more

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John Fernandes Ltd supports South American 10K Road Race Classic

first_imgJohn Fernandes Limited on Tuesday became the first corporate entity to support the second leg of the South American 10K Road Race Classic, which is set to run off on Sunday, November 4 in Georgetown.AAG President Aubrey Hutson receives a cheque for an undisclosed sum from John Fernandes Limited’s Accounts Executive Tricia Azaire. Also in photo is executive Peter PeruneThe company, which has a rich history in supporting sport and its development in Guyana, expressed delight at having an opportunity to be part of something it deemed as ‘significant’, and also wished the local athletes representing Guyana well.Aubrey Hutson, President of the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG), which is tasked with ensuring that one of South America’s important fixtures of distance athletes is properly organised, upon collecting the cheque for an undisclosed sum, lauded John Fernandes Limited for answering the call for support.According to the AAG President, the 16th edition of the South American 10K will coincide with the Association’s 70th anniversary, and as such, John Fernandes’ support is seen as timely.The South American 10K’s second leg will officially be launched on Thursday , at which time all information pertaining to the event will be given.The race will be held under the theme “Run for Guyana gold”’, since it will be the only athletic meet of its kind in Guyana to offer the winner a ‘real’ gold medal.last_img read more

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DONEGAL EVENTS TO MARK INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

first_imgTo celebrate International Women’s Day, the Letterkenny Women’s Centreare hosting a COFFEE MORNING today Thursday 8th March from 10.30 am to 12noon. Everyone welcome.DOWNSTRANDS FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE (Ardara)International Women’s Day:  Celebrate International Women’s Day with aClothes Swap today at 11.00am in the Dolmen Centre.Bring along good or new items of clothing, bags or shoes you no longerlove and swap it for something you like. Enjoy coffee, cake and achat, beat the recession and have fun.For further information contactthe FRC office on               074 9545879         074 9545879INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAYAn evening of relaxation and fun will take place in Raphoe FamilyResource Centre on today at 8pm to celebrateInternational Women’s Day. Bring your favourite food to share withfriends. All women welcome!! Hillhead Presbyterian Church, Lifeline (Inishowen) Domestic ViolenceService and Inishowen Women’s Information Network will hold anInterdenominational Service to mark International Women’s Day in theHillhead Church, Carndonagh today Thursday 8th March at 7.30pm. Thisservice is open to all Women and Men. Light refreshments will followthe service.  DONEGAL EVENTS TO MARK INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY was last modified: March 8th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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