News in brief: 20 November

- Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) has awarded three research grants to study the effects of increasing institutional ownership on companies.

The European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI), the University of Oxford and the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) have received grants worth in total USD 500,000. NBIM chief governance and compliance officer, Carine Smith Ihenacho, said: "During the last decades, ownership in companies have become more fragmented as institutional investors, like ourselves, have become significant shareholders owning a slice of thousands of companies across the globe. We would like to understand better how this may affect companies.”

- The Swedish Pensions Agency has signed an agreement to rent an office space in Luleå, which it will move into in mid-2023.

The agency has signed a six-year agreement for the rental of new office premises in Luleå. The property, close to Luleå University of Technology, is built and rented by Diös Fastigheter. The agency has grown from around 70 employees in early 2019 to around 150 employees today.

- Spanish pension plan assets fell to €715m in October remaining at €73,862m, according to the latest data by VDOS.

Over the month, net acquisitions totalled €62m, with Caixabank leading the group for the most assets under management with a share of 22.91 per cent. Over the month, the group with the highest net acquisitions was Banco Sabadell.

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