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The Overwatch League™ Adds New Teams for London, Los Angeles

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 13 agosto 2017

los angelesLos Angeles. The Overwatch League™ today announced its latest team sales, with esports organization founder Jack Etienne of Cloud9 purchasing the team for London, and sports industry leaders Stan and Josh Kroenke purchasing a team for Los Angeles. The Overwatch League is the first major global professional esports league with city-based teams, and will showcase world-class competitive play in Blizzard Entertainment’s hit game Overwatch®. Last month the League announced its first team sales to seven leading entrepreneurs and organizations from traditional sports, esports, and the technology sector, representing major global cities from Boston to Shanghai. With today’s announcement, the League now includes teams from Asia, Europe, and North America, including two teams for Los Angeles.“The Overwatch League continues to have great momentum,” said Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick. “We’re thrilled to add Jack Etienne of Cloud9 and Stan and Josh Kroenke of the Los Angeles Rams, Arsenal Football Club, Denver Nuggets, and Colorado Avalanche to our group of extraordinary Overwatch League owners around the world. They will enhance our ability to celebrate and reward players and fans in Los Angeles, London, and beyond.”
“Overwatch is a global game, with heroes – and players – from around the world, so it’s important to us that as many Overwatch League fans as possible have local or regional teams to root for,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “In addition to broadening the competitive field for Season 1, we’re excited that today’s announcement helps set the stage for more epic intercontinental rivalries.”“Building communities around the best competitive experiences in the world is incredibly rewarding, and the Overwatch League offers the chance to create something special,” said Josh Kroenke, cofounder of KSE Esports. “We’re impressed by the vision and strategy for the League, and we’re going to build a great team for Los Angeles that inspires fans near and far.” “We applaud the creation of the Overwatch League, and couldn’t be happier partnering with an organization that shares our values and vision of serving athletes, teams, and fans,” said Jack Etienne, founder and CEO of Cloud9. “We are thrilled that Cloud9’s formidable fan base throughout Europe and the UK now has a local team to call their own, and can’t wait to start representing London in the Overwatch League.” The Overwatch League is slated to begin later this year, with an official player signing window for Season 1 now open from August 1 to October 30, 2017. Details on player signings, salaries and benefits have been announced, with players earning a minimum of $50,000 each year, and at least 50 percent of team performance bonuses from winning playoffs and other League events going directly to players. Teams will provide players with health insurance and a retirement savings plan, as well as player housing and practice facilities during the season which will meet professional standards set by the Overwatch League.

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Strategic growth investment

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 13 agosto 2017

Andrew KonopelskiSTOCKHOLM /PRNewswire/The EQT Mid-Market Credit Fund announced that it has provided a tailored financing package to support a strategic growth investment by TA Associates in Inspired, a leading group of premium schools in Europe, Africa, Latin America and Australia. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.Inspired is a co-educational, non-denominational, independent school group designed to inspire students to achieve their maximum potential in a nurturing and progressive academic environment. Inspired has grown rapidly by building new schools and acquiring existing successful ones around the world. Inspired currently educates approximately 19,000 students between the ages of 1 and 18. The company has offices in London, Johannesburg, Bogota and Sydney.Oakley Capital, the Oppenheimer family, the Mansour Group, Genesis Capital and Graeme Crawford (founder of Reddam House) will continue as shareholders of Inspired. Nadim M. Nsouli, founder of Educas, a long-term education investment vehicle, will remain as the lead investor in Inspired.Andrew Cleland-Bogle, Director in EQT Partners’ Credit Team, Investment Advisor to the EQT Mid-Market Credit Fund, commented: “Inspired has achieved significant growth and development since its founding only four years ago. We are delighted to support TA Associates as Inspired’s entrepreneurial management team looks to continue its impressive track record of growth and expansion.” Andrew Konopelski, Partner and Head of EQT Partners’ Credit Team, Investment Advisor to the EQT Mid-Market Credit Fund, added: “This transaction exemplifies how private equity investors can use creative private debt capital to finance growth aspirations. Utilizing EQT’s independent Industrial Advisor network and sector expertise, we were able to move quickly with EQT Mid-Market Credit delivering a financing package on mutually attractive terms.” (photo:Andrew Konopelski)

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Classic Week

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 28 giugno 2017

Classic WeekLondon – Christie’s Classic Week in London will present 11 auctions spanning the Decorative Arts, Antiquities, Old Masters, Books and Manuscripts, Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite and British Impressionist and 19th Century Works of Art along with the Collection of Raine, Countess Spencer. The week will be highlighted by the sale of Francesco Guardi’s masterpiece The Rialto Bridge with the Palazzo dei Camerlenghi, which is expected to achieve more than £25 million. Classic Week will be on view and open to the public from 1 July to 13 July 2017.(photo: Classic Week)

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Van Gogh and Schiele to Star in London Impressionist & Modern Art

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 13 maggio 2017

Vincent van GoghLondon Leading highlights by Egon Schiele and Vincent van Gogh are now on display at Christie’s New York until 17 May 2017 ahead of London’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale in June. Schiele’s Einzelne Häuser (Häuser mit Bergen) (1915, estimate: £20,000,000-30,000,000) was painted in the middle of the First World War and exemplifies the artist’s visionary understanding of landscape, which he used as an allegory of human emotion. Van Gogh’s Le Moissonneur (d’après Millet) (1889, estimate: £12,500,000-16,500,000), was painted in 1889, the same year that he left Arles and admitted himself into an asylum. The auction will take place on 27 June 2017 as part of 20th Century at Christie’s, a series of sales that take place from 17 to 30 June 2017. The works will tour to Hong Kong from 25 to 29 May 2017 and will be on view in London from 17 to 27 June 2017. (photo: Vincent van Gogh)

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Sculpture in the Square

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 1 maggio 2017

sculptureLondon Christie’s will present Sculpture in the Square an outdoor sculpture garden set within St James’s Square, London, on view to the public from 23 May to 29 June 2017. The exhibition will display a dozen works that will be offered in the Modern British Art and Impressionist & Modern Art sales as part of 20th Century at Christie’s, a series of sales that take place from 26 to 29 June 2017. Artists include Anthony Caro, Lynn Chadwick, Barry Flanagan, Elisabeth Frink, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore. Presented in the garden square adjacent to Christie’s headquarters on King Street, the one-off exhibition will showcase the works as they were intended to be seen, in a landscape setting. Sculpture in the Square will coincide with the opening of this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, which runs from 23 to 27 May 2017.
Exhibition curator Nicholas Orchard, Senior Director, Modern British & Irish Art at Christie’s: “This exhibition offers viewers an opportunity to appreciate leading Modern sculptures within the landscape surroundings that the artists intended for them. These monumental forms will lead the Modern British & Irish Art Evening Sale and are a key element of the 20th Century season at a time when London is a focal point for the cultural and horticultural worlds. It is an honour to present these pieces within the prestigious garden setting of St James’s Square at a moment when the artworks will be complemented by the flora and fauna of this landscape.” (photo: sculpture)

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London sits in 47th position globally for European expatriates – below Edinburgh and Cardiff

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 14 aprile 2017

londonLondon continues to sit in 47th position globally. It is ranked below several other UK cities in the global liveability rankings, with Edinburgh and Cardiff coming in at 20th and 28th positions respectively.“London scores somewhat higher than other locations in the UK on air pollution and crime, as one would expect from a very large city. But the scores are still relatively low in the larger scheme of things and so a Western European expatriate would not require a location allowance for an assignment to London,” said Ashman.Tirana, Albania, has seen the most substantial improvement in its scoring out of all ranked European cities over a five-year period. Substantial upgrades to infrastructure and educational facilities have meant that it has risen by 11 places in the global rankings from 2013 to 2017.Kiev, Ukraine, is on the opposite side of the scale. Over a five-year period, its overall liveability continues to be damaged by the ongoing conflict in Eastern Ukraine. It has led to a significantly heightened Socio-political tensions scoring over this period.(font: ECA International)

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Christie’s: Photographs, London

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 13 aprile 2017

Erwin BlumenfeldLondon. Christie’s Photographs auction on 18 May 2017 will showcase the broad spectrum of those practising in the medium from icons of 20th century photography such as Richard Avedon, Guy Bourdin and Erwin Blumenfeld, to the fashion photographers Steven Meisel and Patrick Demarchelier as well as contemporary artists Richard Mosse, Taryn Simon and Julie Cockburn. Highlights include Helmut Newton’s Private Property Suites I, II and III, the complete set from his personal collection, that capture familiar faces from the worlds of art and fashion – Andy Warhol and David Hockney and the models Charlotte Rampling and Raquel Welch (1984, estimate: £200,000-300,000). A contact sheet by Brian Duffy documents David Bowie evolving into the character Aladdin Sane for the album of the same title (1973, estimate: £10,000-15,000) while Miles Davis is immortalised by Irving Penn as he makes the note C with his hand (1986, estimate: £70,000-90,000). A group of works by the Japanese contemporary artist Nobuyoshi Araki is presented alongside the unmistakable vision of William Eggleston seen in Untitled, (1971-2012, estimate: £80,000-120,000) and to coincide with the retrospective at Tate Britain the sale offers photographs by David Hockney. Prices in the auction range from £2,000 to £200,000, providing opportunities for collectors at every level. The works will be on view in London from 13 to 17 May 2017. (photo: Erwin Blumenfeld)

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Catella Nordic Long Short Equity named best fund by The Hedge Fund Journal

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 31 marzo 2017

London. london-centralCatella Nordic Long Short Equity was yesterday evening named the “Best performing fund over a 2 year period” at The Hedge Fund Journal Awards in London.
“We are delighted that Catella Nordic Long Short Equity has won this award against tough competition. Our overall aim is to generate excess returns for our unitholders through a clear focus and excellent fundamental knowledge of the Nordic markets. The accolade is proof that we have succeeded in creating added value in the market,” says Erik Kjellgren, who heads Catella’s Swedish fund operations.“We are humbled and grateful to receive this award. Our objective for the fund is to generate attractive risk-adjusted absolute returns, regardless of market conditions, through good stock selection and sound risk management. The success of the fund management during the period stems from going long in cyclicals on the basis of our fundamental analysis, which at the time were very attractively valued. We also shorted overpriced quality companies, a positioning that benefitted the performance of the fund as well,” say the fund’s managers Martin Nilsson and Ola Mårtensson.Since 2004, The Hedge Fund Journal has conducted in-depth analysis spanning the entire spectrum of hedge fund strategies. Each year, The Hedge Fund Journal Awards nominate European fund managers that have stood out and have achieved good risk-adjusted absolute returns in a number of categories.
Catella Nordic Long Short Equity is an alternative absolute return equity fund with a Nordic focus that has the potential to perform in both rising and falling markets. The fund has a lower level of risk than the stock market and should deliver competitive risk-adjusted returns. It is managed by Martin Nilsson and Ola Mårtensson, who create a relatively concentrated portfolio of held and short positions in the Nordic region. The risk level of the fund is balanced with the help of derivatives.

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Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction Results

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 8 marzo 2017

post warLondon – The Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction continued the confidence that launched the season, totalling £96,384,000 / $117,781,248 / € 111,034,368, a 65% increase on last February’s equivalent total, with strong sell-through rates of 95% by lot and 98% by value. The top price of the evening was for Peter Doig’s spellbinding snow scene Cobourg 3 + 1 More, which saw determined bidding in the saleroom and on the phone and sold for £12,709,000 / $15,530,398 / €14,640,768. Another highlight Mark Rothko’s No. 1 (1949), realised a price of £10,693,000 / $13,066,846 / €12,318,336 demonstrating that American artists were a particular draw for collectors. This was echoed with Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Self Portrait, from the collection of U2’s Adam Clayton, selling for £2,225,000 / $2,718,950 / €2,563,200, and Basquiat’s Alpha Particles (£3,973,000 / $4,855,006 / €4,576,896, both emphasising international demand for the artist ahead of his first UK retrospective at the Barbican later this year. The appeal of contemporary European masters was demonstrated by Jean Dubuffet’s painting Être et poraître (To Be and to Seem), achieving £10,021,000 / $12,245,662 / €11,544,192, while his work on paper Deux Arabes gesticulant (Two gesticulating Arabs) set a world record at auction for the medium of £1,109,000 / $1,353,198 / €1,277,568. The total to date for 20th Century at Christie’s is £258,313,636 / £318,704,602 / £300,478,142.
“The exceptional sell-through rates of 95% by lot and 98% by value demonstrate that Christie’s is able to anticipate and meet the demands of the market today. The prices achieved for American artists demonstrate that they are a significant force and London is an international platform, with top prices achieved for Carl Andre, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Alexander Calder, Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol. Jean Dubuffet was another major highlight selling above estimate. The evening opened with record prices at auction for Wolfgang Tillmans, currently the subject of a celebrated retrospective at Tate Modern, quickly followed by records for Cecily Brown, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Henry Taylor, Albert Oehlen, Carol Rama and Günther Uecker.” Edmond Francey, Head of Department, Post-War and Contemporary Art, London (photo: post war)

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American Post-War artists

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 3 marzo 2017

american-artistsLondon – Christie’s Prints & Multiples auction includes a focus on two groups of work: David Hockney as Printmaker, featuring 30 prints charting over three decades of his extensive engagement with print media. The second group celebrates the counter-cultural spirit of American Post-War artists from the 1960’s to the present day, and includes Jim Dine, Roy Lichtenstein, Glenn Ligon, Jeff Koons, Bruce Nauman, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Frank Stella, James Turrell, Andy Warhol and Christopher Wool. Prices in the sale range from £3,000-150,000, providing an opportunity for collectors of every level to purchase work by leading artists. A highlight is David Hockney’s Fish and Chip Shop (1954, estimate: £6,000-8,000), which was gifted by the artist to the proprietors of his local chippy, The Sea Catch, Eccleshill, West Yorkshire, while Hockney was studying at Bradford School of Art. The auction will also showcase Old Master & 19th Century, Modern and Contemporary prints, with a focus on German Expressionists. Featured artists include Otto Dix, Jean Dubuffet, Albrecht Dürer, Conrad Felixmüller, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, Rembrandt van Rijn and J.A.M. Whistler. (photo: american artists)

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Lancio del suo nuovo: Visa Innovation Center in London”

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 23 febbraio 2017

visaLondra. Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) ha annunciato il lancio del suo nuovo Visa Innovation Center in London, presso la propria sede di Paddington. Lo spazio, con una superficie di oltre 1.000 mq, è il più esteso tra i centri della rete globale dei Visa Innovation Center e rappresenta un ambiente di esperienza immersiva, dove Visa può operare a fianco di istituzioni finanziarie, esercenti e altri partner, per sviluppare la nuova generazione di soluzioni di pagamento. Il Visa Innovation Center di Londra è predisposto con dimostrazioni pratiche per stimolare e coinvolgere i visitatori, tra cui applicazioni IoT in auto connesse e in ambienti domestici connessi, per effettuare per esempio il pagamento dell’assicurazione dell’auto o per inoltrare un ordine di spesa direttamente dal frigorifero. I visitatori del centro potranno anche vivere l’esperienza del futuro dello shopping utilizzando la realtà virtuale per aggiudicarsi il posto migliore alla prossima gara di FormulaE e usando soluzioni biometriche per pagarne i biglietti.
Visa ha anche annunciato oggi che gli sviluppatori fintech di tutta Europa potranno ora avvantaggiarsi della Visa Developer Platform per creare nuove e sicure modalità di pagamento. Sviluppatori di esercenti, istituzioni finanziarie, società di tecnologia e startup avranno l’opportunità di selezionare da un set di API (Application Programme Interfaces) di pagamento, SDK (Software Development Kits) e relativa documentazione per creare la nuova generazione di applicazioni per il commercio.
Al lancio del nuovo Innovation Center di Londra, tenutosi oggi, Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) ha annunciato che, entro l’anno in corso, 12 Paesi europei adotteranno il Visa Token Service, una nuova tecnologia che rende i pagamenti in mobilità più pratici e sicuri attraverso la sostituzione dei dati della carta di pagamento con un identificativo digitale unico. La tecnologia Visa Token Service è già utilizzata a supporto di sistemi di pagamento in mobilità in 27 Paesi a livello mondiale, tra cui anche Francia, Irlanda, Polonia, Regno Unito e Svizzera, coinvolgendo oltre 1.300 istituzioni finanziarie partner. Visa sta lavorando con i propri clienti e partner per estendere ulteriormente l’uso di questa tecnologia a nuovi Paesi, nonché ai pagamenti online. Introdotto per la prima volta da Visa nel 2014, il Visa Token Service costituisce la tecnologia che sta alla base di principali servizi di pagamento in mobilità, come Apple Pay e Android Pay, offrendo ai consumatori uno strumento sicuro per ricaricare e accedere al loro conto di pagamento da dispositivo mobile. Il Visa Token Service costituisce anche il cuore della visione Visa sull’IoT (Internet of Things), permettendo transazioni sicure e pratiche su qualsiasi dispositivo connesso, da smartphone, tablet e dispositivi indossabili, fino addirittura ad automobili ed elettrodomestici.

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Catella: London is a winner in European logistics location ranking

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 8 dicembre 2016

catella-arenaThe new Catella Market Tracker of winning European logistics regions was launched today. The conclusion is that Catella expects Greater London in the UK, Oslo og Akershus in Norway, Île-de-France in France, Catalonia in Spain, and Hovedstaden in Denmark to offer real estate investors the greatest potential in the coming years.The Market Tracker includes a European-based scoring model with 107 logistics regions compiled by Catella for the first time.
“The European logistics map illustrates once again that it is regions and agglomerations that make up the dynamic competition in this sector, not countries,” says Dr Thomas Beyerle, Head of Group Research at Catella.
Catella concludes that the following regions will have the greatest potential in terms of socioeconomic, property-related and infrastructural factors, which were all evaluated in the analysis. A high-scoring value clearly correlates with the prime yield in the highest-scoring regions. The lowest yields can be found in London (4.25%), with Oslo og Akershus in second place (5.75%), and Île-de-France in third. Catalonia (6.00%) and Hovedstaden (7.00%) also demonstrate an attractive risk profile. The German logistics regions of Hamburg, Duisburg/ Niederrhein, Rhein-Main and Berlin/Brandenburg (Positions 6–9) are all at 5.00%, and reflect the currently high demand from investors.“The current discussions surrounding Brexit are causing a lot of insecurity in this industrial sector. With Noord-Holland (Amsterdam), Zuid-Holland (Rotterdam), Haute-Normandie/Île-de-France and Hamburg, potential competition from continental Europe stands at the ready,” says Dr Thomas Beyerle.The “Logistics regions in Europe – combining dynamism, competitiveness and high-quality locations” Market Tracker is available at catella.com/research.

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Christie’s: December Classic Week in London

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 25 novembre 2016

christiesLondon 8 King Street, St. James’s Following the landmark sale in July of Peter Paul Rubens’s masterpiece Lot and his Daughters, which achieved £44,882,500, this December Christie’s London will host a variety of auctions spanning the Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Antiquities, Old Master & British Paintings and Japanese Art. The week will also present two private collection sales, From Ancient To Modern: A Distinguished Private Collection and A Surreal Legacy Selected works of art from The Edward James Foundation, which each encapsulate the essence of the Classic Week concept with cross-category collecting in a context true to the way collectors live. The auctions will take place from 6 to 15 December 2016 and will present a diverse selection of works of art at varying price points, a fitting conclusion to Christie’s 250th anniversary year. The works will be on view and open to the public from 2 December 2016. (photo: Christie’s)

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The Italian Sale – London King Street, 6 October 2016

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 21 settembre 2016

boettiLondon On 6 October 8 King Street, St. James’, the 16th edition of the Italian Sale at Christie’s London, will offer top quality works of 20th century Italian art, from key Post-War artists such as Lucio Fontana, Enrico Castellani, Alighiero Boetti and Pino Pascali alongside an excellent selection of emerging names, from Ettore Spalletti to Carol Rama, whose works are fresh to the market and carry carefully measured estimates – an opportunity not to miss for international collectors. This season, the Italian Sale will feature 39 artists and will be led by Pino Pascali’s Coda di Delfino (estimate: £1,500,000 – 2,000,000). This is a unique chance to view such a significant Arte Povera sculpture in exceptional condition. In fact, not only is it one of the only two dolphin tail sculptures produced by the artist but it is also being offered at auction for the very first time.
Mariolina Bassetti, Chairman Christie’s Italy and International Director, Post-War & Contemporary Art: “Christie’s London Italian Sale this October features a particularly strong catalogue, with a rich group of museum-quality works, many of which are fresh to the market. I am particularly proud of the section dedicated to Arte Povera, a category which is constantly growing and attracting an international audience. It is an honour to present Coda di Delfino by Pino Pascali, a masterpiece of Arte Povera, which comes with excellent provenance as it was formerly part of the Franchetti collection in Rome and the Durant-Dessert collection in Paris”. (photo: boetti)

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Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sale Results

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 30 giugno 2016

Christie’sLondon. Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction saw determined bidding in the room and on phones to achieve exceptional sell through rates of 92% by lot and 98% by value with 50% of works selling over estimate and 30% within estimate. The top three works of the night were by American artists that sold globally with buyers in Asia and Europe. Registered bidders from 39 countries across four continents demonstrated the continued demand in the global contemporary market, as well as a proven strength of the domestic market with 10 lots selling to UK-based collectors.The top lot of the evening was Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Pork (1981), selling over its high estimate for £5,122,500 / $6,838,538 / €6,167,490. A major draw, two works from the Collection of Johnny Depp were a highlight of the night, with Basquiat’s Self Portrait (1981) more than doubling its high estimate to reach £3,554,500 / $4,745,258 / €4,279,618 after a bidding war of 10 phone bidders. With both works dating from 1981, a pivotal year in Basquiat’s practice, Depp’s focused collecting eye met with keen approval in the sale room. Records were achieved for Sean Scully’s Eve (1992), which sold for £902,500 / $1,204,838 / €1,086,610 and Manolo Millares’ Untitled (Composition) Painting no. 4 which achieved £842,500 / $1,124,738 / €1,014,370, with a record for the medium: Neo Rauch’s work on paper Stau (Congestion), selling for £326,500 $435,878 / €393,106. A total of 10 works sold for over £1 million, with 16 for over $1,000,000 and 17 for over €1,000,000.Edmond Francey, Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art, London: “Tonight’s results offer real assurance and continued strength to the globalised art market, with a particularly energetic response to Adrian Ghenie, Andy Warhol, Nicolas de Staël, Georg Baselitz and Manolo Millares. The response to Johnny Depp’s Basquiats electrified the sale room and we continue to see that for the top works collectors will stretch themselves to the highest levels. Christie’s has been able to read the market and offer our consignors and buyers the quality that can continue to attract top collectors to the market. This evening’s total contributes to Christie’s successful 250th anniversary with a Bacon, two Freuds, two Rileys and two Auerbachs to come tomorrow as part of a stellar cast of artists, which we estimate will contribute a further £40-60 million to Post-War and Contemporary Art totals this week as part of the Defining British Art Evening Sale.” (photo: Christie’s)

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CEC, CCEE Presidents meet in London, strengthen and plan future cooperation

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 25 maggio 2016

Conference of European ChurchesThe presidents and general secretaries of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) and the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) met in London today to discuss issues of common concern and plan for upcoming joint initiatives. Presidents Rt. Rev Christopher Hill KCVO, DD (CEC) and Cardinal Péter Erdő (CCEE) were joined by CEC General Secretary Fr Heikki Huttunen and CCEE Secretary General Mgr Duarte da Cunha at Church House, the headquarters of the Church of England.The meeting gave the presidents an opportunity to discuss ecumenical issues in Europe, and evaluate the longstanding cooperation between CEC and CCEE. They reaffirmed their commitment to this important relationship and looked forward to the next meeting of the CEC-CCEE Joint Committee. The meeting is foreseen for early 2017 and will focus on the safeguarding of creation and freedom of religion.Throughout the meeting, the presidents also discussed the importance of current conflicts and challenges affecting Europe. The situation of refugees and migrants, peace and conflict in the Middle East, and cooperation within and beyond the EU were all topics of concern.The meeting ended with a meal at the invitation of Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. (foto: Conference of European Churches)

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I primi risultati della nuova Global Investment Survey

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 16 marzo 2016

london-centralLondra. Questione di generazioni. Così si può riassumere il rapporto che hanno gli italiani con le nuove tecnologie anche quando si parla di investimenti.Gli investitori sopra i 40 anni infatti dichiarano una minor confidenza e apertura verso canali alternativi per investire legati a nuovi device e alle possibilità offerte dalla Rete rispetto ai Millennial. È quanto emerge dai primi dati rilasciati dalla nuova edizione della Global Investment Survey – giunta al quarto anno – realizzata da Legg Mason Global Asset Management, uno dei principali gestori globali diversificati. L’indagine è stata realizzata in 19 paesi e ha raccolto i dati di oltre 5000 rispondenti, e per la prima volta ha voluto mettere a confronto i comportamenti di due macro-classi di età quelli tra i 40 e i 75 anni e i più giovani (18-39).
Solo il 13% degli investitori più maturi si dichiara propenso a fare investimenti tramite cellulare contro il 35% dei connazionali più giovani. Soltanto il 12% degli over 40 prende in considerazione l’ipotesi di investire mediante venditori online conosciuti – come ad esempio Amazon – rispetto al 30% dei Millennial italiani.Ma le divergenze non finiscono qui: il 30% delle nuove generazioni di investitori è ben disposto a fare investimenti attraverso un’applicazione dedicata (come Schwab) mentre lo è solo il 10% degli investitori italiani più navigati.Il 32% dei Millennial prenderebbe in considerazione la possibilità di servirsi di una piattaforma di consulenza automatizzata in rete per consigli di investimento rispetto ad appena il 10% degli over 40.
Il 27% dei Millennial italiani è disposto a fare investimenti avvalendosi di una piattaforma dedicata di social media contro l’8% degli investitori maturi.Notevoli differenze si notano anche in relazione ad uno dei temi più caldi legato alle nuove tecnologie, quello dei robo-advisor. Mentre il 69% degli investitori over 40 si dichiara sereno nell’investire in base ai consigli ricevuti dal proprio consulente finanziario, solo il 35% lo sarebbe nel seguire quelli di un robo-advisor. Al contrario il 67% dei Millennial si sentirebbe sicuro affidandosi a consulenti non in carne ed ossa.Esiste però un tratto comune tra i due gruppi di investitori, che caratterizza l’Italia rispetto agli altri paesi europei in cui l’indagine è stata svolta: il ruolo del promotore finanziario.Più della metà degli investitori maturi (53%) si affida ad un promotore finanziario per i propri investimenti: si tratta della più alta percentuale registrata in Europa dopo il Belgio (59%). Decisamente lontani paesi come Germania (35%), Francia (36%) e Regno Unito (36%).
Anche per i Millennial il ruolo del promotore finanziario è sempre più rilevante: vi si affida il 70% dei rispondenti, la più alta percentuale in Europa dopo la Francia (73%).“La nostra indagine registra come il ruolo del promotore finanziario stia diventando sempre più importante nel nostro paese” – dichiara Marco Negri, country head Italy per l’Italia. “La survey del 2015 evidenziava come vi si affidasse solo il 40% dei rispondenti, mentre ora lo sceglie più della metà degli stessi (53%). Il che testimonia come, indipendentemente dall’età, l’investitore italiano senta sempre più forte – in un contesto di mercato sempre più difficile da decifrare e in cui vengono a mancare i classici investimenti sicuri e redditizi – la necessità di affidarsi ad un esperto che possa dare consigli su misura rispetto alle esigenze e alla propensione al rischio di ognuno. Le nuove tecnologie saranno sempre più un ulteriore strumento a disposizione degli investitori che si affiancheranno ai canali e alle figure tradizionali ma non stupisce come a mostrarsi fin da subito più aperti e propensi all’utilizzo siano le generazioni più giovani, così come accade in altri campi” conclude Negri.
Legg Mason è una società di gestione di investimenti globale con un totale di 671,5 miliardi di dollari Usa di patrimonio gestito, al 31 dicembre 2015. La società offre una gestione attiva degli asset in molti dei principali centri di investimento del mondo. Legg Mason ha la sua sede centrale a Baltimora, Stati Uniti, ed è quotata presso il New York Stock Exchange (codice: LM).

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20th-Century Masters From The Fiterman Collection, London – February 2016

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 24 gennaio 2016

Christie’sLondon – Christie’s will present further highlights from The Miles and Shirley Fiterman Collection as leading works in The Art of the Surreal Evening Sale (2 February 2016) and the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction (11 February 2016). Following the successful sale of work from the Miles and Shirley Fiterman collection in the New York sales in November 2015, this new selection brings together major British artists, including David Hockney and Barry Flanagan, alongside international figures such as Joan Miró and Andy Warhol. From Minnesota to Palm Beach, New York, and beyond, the Fitermans held a lifelong and deeply shared affinity for fine art, and built a collection that featured artistic pioneers such as Alexander Calder, Jean Dubuffet, David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Miró, Claes Oldenburg and Andy Warhol. Their collection was founded on not only the appreciation of scholarship and visual flair but also an understanding of the importance of establishing longstanding connections with artists. Eleven works will be offered across ‘Twentieth Century’ at Christie’s, a series of auctions that take place in London from 2 – 12 February 2016. (Photo: Christie’s)

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Cavalleria rusticana e Pagliacci in diretta dalla Royal Opera House di Londra

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 5 dicembre 2015

royal operaLondra. L’Italia è la protagonista della nuova produzione del Covent Garden. Cavalleria Rusticana e Pagliacci saranno dirette da Antonio Pappano, il più giovane direttore della Royal Opera House. L’allestimento è affidato a Damano Michieletto, regista giovane e moderno, cresciuto alla scuola Paolo Grassi di Milano. L’appuntamento nelle sale di The Space Cinema è giovedì 10 dicembre. Figlio di beneventani, Pappano ha suonato per diletto il pianoforte prima a Londra e quindi negli Stati Uniti, stimolato dal padre. Non hai conseguito un diploma e ciò ha generato contestazioni pesanti sulla sua professionalità. Ma Pappano non si è mai arreso arrivando al clamoroso ingaggio dalla Royal Opera House come più giovane direttore delle orchestre dell’istituzione londinese.
Cresciuto alla scuola d’arte Paolo Grassi di Milano, Michieletto è laureato in lettere moderne alla Ca’ Foscari. Ha modernizzato il melodramma ideando Donizetti in spiaggia, Puccini in un hangar, Rossini su un treno. Solo lui poteva riproporre in chiave moderna la Cavalleria rusticana di Pietro Mascagni e Pagliacci di Ruggero Leoncavallo. Sul palco ci saranno Carmen Giannattasio e i mezzi soprani Martina Belli ed Elena Zilio, insieme alle star Eva-Maria Westbroek e Aleksandrs Antonenko. Cavalleria rusticana è ambientata in un villaggio del Sud Italia e narra l’amore del contadino Turiddu verso Lola. Pagliacci racconta la via in una compagna di teatro. Le due opere, ambientate nel secolo scorso, sono messe in scena come voluto dai compositori quali parte del movimento verista che ha riprodotto la realtà della vita dell’Italia popolare. (photo: royal opera)

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Safety Concerns Boost Use of Electric Power Steering in European Light and Medium Commercial Vehicles

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 19 novembre 2015

london-centralLONDON. Owing to a severe shortage of drivers, light commercial vehicle (LCV) and medium commercial vehicle (MCV) manufacturers across Europe are working towards improving safety functionalities. With added impetus from environmental regulations, it is only a matter of time before electrically actuated power steering becomes a standard feature in LCVs and MCVs. Steering electrification serves as a spring board for the provision of a whole array of safety and driver assistance functionalities such as lane keeping assist, lane centring assist and active cruise control. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Strategic Insight of Electrically Actuated Power Steering for Light and Medium Commercial Vehicles in Europe, finds that the steering electrification market for LCVs and MCVs is expected to register a compound annual growth rate of 13.5 percent from 2014 to 2021. The installed base is likely to surpass one million as early as 2018. With the enforcement of several retrospective bans, such as the one in France on diesel-propelled vehicles, electrifying the steering system to reduce emissions is one of the foremost researched areas in the commercial vehicle industry. “As cities across Europe deploy pollution control strategies, fleet managers are looking to operate ancillary systems under fully electric or hybrid power systems,” said Frost & Sullivan Intelligent Mobility Research Analyst Manish Menon. “Keeping pace with these trends, leading vehicle manufacturers such as Daimler and Volkswagen are already incorporating electrically actuated power steering solutions in select LCV models.” For MCVs, fully electrified steering is out of the question, at least for now, due to the vehicles’ heavier front axle loads. Nevertheless, mass market suppliers will push for partial electric assist in key MCV models.
By 2021, one in two LCVs and MCVs are expected to be fitted with either a fully or partially electrified system. In vehicles still using standard hydraulic systems, fleet managers are likely to retrofit plug-and-play electrified steering add-on modules in large numbers. “Plug-and-play modules provide benefits similar to partially electrified steering solutions,” observed Menon. “Despite higher costs, add-on modules offer considerable value by enabling better integration of comfort and safety features than hydraulic solutions.” Increasing the safety and operational efficiency of LCVs and MCVs through steering electrification will pave the way for connected vehicle technologies and, in the long run, the development of autonomous trucks. Strategic Insight of Electrically Actuated Power Steering for Light and Medium Commercial Vehicles in Europe (MB4C-18) is part of the Automotive & Transportation (http://ow.ly/Uph30) Growth Partnership Service program. The study analyses the steering electrification market for LCVs and MCVs across Europe. It provides a strategic overview of LCV and MCV steering electrification solutions, with an in-depth breakdown of market size and forecasts. It evaluates market attractiveness while clearly quantifying the current and future potential for electrified steering solutions in Europe.

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