Nonghyup hires Pimco and Wamco

The $109 billion Korean institution is also targeting openings in overseas private equity via KKR.
South KoreaÆs National Agricultural Cooperative Federation, known colloquially as Nonghyup, has for the first time signed up foreign fund managers to run segregated accounts, and is in the process of seeding their mandates, says Park Jeong-hee, head of investments and securitisation at the groupÆs investment banking department.

The W100 trillion $109 billion institution has agreed to allocate $100 million to a global fixed-income account managed by Pimco. It is in similar negotiations with Western Asset Management Wamco, although the final size of the mandate has yet to be concluded. Both mandates will use the Lehman Global Aggregate Index as a benchmark.

The institution now has around $3 billion invested in various overseas assets. Park...
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