Second Opinion

To end your first day back from the long weekend, Second Ops presents some CalPERS and private equity kerfuffle, JP Morgan hired tech banker Greg Mendelson and Sen. Marco Rubio is winning the tech money race.

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Have the courage to walk away

One thing I love about a newsroom is the spontaneous debates that spring up among reporters and editors. It’s part of the energy of a place where everyone’s job is to ferret out the most relevant facts and have a keen nose for BS.


PE HUB First Read

First Read starts off your week with news that GE is close to selling its private equity lending unit to Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Deutsche Bank co-CEOS quit and food delivery startup Delivery Hero snags funding that gives it a $3.1 billion valuation.


QIC and CalPERS launch $764 mln partnership

QIC has teamed up with California Public Employees’ Retirement System for a $764 million Asia-Pacific infrastructure partnership. According to terms of the agreement, QIC will source, create and manage a portfolio of Asia-Pacific infrastructure assets for the partnership.

Mouchakkaa joins CalPERS

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) said Wednesday that Paul Mouchakkaa was named CalPERS’ Senior Investment Officer for Real Assets. He takes over the position on March 2 and succeeds Ted Eliopoulos, who was named CalPERS Chief Investment Officer in September. Mouchakkaa joins CalPERS from Morgan Stanley Real Estate investing where he is currently an MD.


peHUB First Read

Catch up on your mid-week headlines with First Read bringing you news of the Dow surging up to 305 points after rising oil prices boost energy shares, Apple’s iPhone surpasses the Android In U.S. sales for the first time since 2012 and oh goody, there’s a new app that will calculate the odds of your plane crashing.


The pension and the placement agent

CalPERS will continue to be a major backer of private equity funds, only it’s arguably being more selective about where it parks its money, and on what terms (compared to the Golden Era).


peHUB First Read

First Read hunkers down for the #rainmageddon with news Microsoft is set to accept bitcoin payments for digital content, Hilton in talks to buy four hotels from Blackstone and eBay may eliminate thousands of jobs in early 2015.

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