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26 Nov. 2021 Canada's Ontario Teachers' sets up a global strategy department [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Canada's Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board has set up a global investment strategy department which will be headed by Jonathan Hausmann, who was named the senior managing director. The Canadian pension fund company said in a press release that the global Investme
25 Nov. 2021 VC investment totaled $239bn in 12,837 deals for the first nine months of 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: For the first nine months of 2021, venture capital (VC) investment totaled $238.7 billion in 12,837 deals. VC investment over nine months this year has eclipsed the record of $166.4 billion set in all of 2020 by more than 43%, said a study. According to accounting a
24 Nov. 2021 Blackstone racks up $5.6bn for second GP stakes fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: American alternative investment management company Blackstone announced the final close of Blackstone Strategic Capital Holdings II (BSCH II) at $5.6 billion. According to a news release from the New York-based investment and advisory firm, the commingled fund speci
24 Nov. 2021 AUM at the largest 100 asset owners globally totaled $23.5tn at the end of 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Assets under management at the largest 100 asset owners (AO100) globally totaled $23.5tn at the end of 2020 - a 16.4% increase over 2019, according to the Willis Towers Watson Thinking Ahead Institute (TAI), with pension funds remaining the single biggest group. Pen
24 Nov. 2021 Voya buys small-cap boutique Tygh Capital [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Voya Investment Management, an active asset management firm, is buying small-cap growth boutique Tygh Capital Management. According to a press release from the asset management business of Voya Financial, the Portland, Oregon-based Tygh Capital Management (TCM) will
24 Nov. 2021 Lime Rock and GSAM team up on energy continuation fund [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Energy investor Lime Rock Partners has closed its latest continuation fund on $203 million. The fund has acquired assets formerly owned by Lime Rock Partners VI, L.P., a 2012 vintage fund. Goldman Sachs Asset Management Vintage Funds was the lead investor i
24 Nov. 2021 Alternatives shore up master trust performance in Q3 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Alternative assets outperformed public market assets in the third quarter of 2021, according to the latest data from BNY Mellon's U.S. Master Trust Universe. The BNY Mellon U.S. Master Trust Universe offers peer comparisons of performance by plan type and si
23 Nov. 2021 Lower manager fees cut cost burden on institutional investors [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Thanks primarily to lower external money management fees, the institutional investors' expenses have gone down, said a study. 87% of expenses went toward external investment management fees, down 6 percentage points from 2015 (93%), according to a survey from in
22 Nov. 2021 Allocations to hedge funds rebound, now on par with private equity [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Although private equity has continued to outpace investor expectations by a wide margin, hedge funds' actively managed strategies proved attractive to investors, helping them to end several years of mixed performance and outperform investor expectations, said a study.
19 Nov. 2021 Vatic Investments hires Shashi Borade, formerly of Engineers Gate, D.E. Shaw [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Vatic Investments, a systematic quantitative investment manager, announced the appointment of Shashi Borade, Ph.D., as Deputy Head of Quantitative Investments. Mr. Borade will report to Allen Poteshman, Ph.D., Chief Investment Officer and Head of Statistical Arbitr
19 Nov. 2021 Hedge fund managers returned 1.51% in October [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers returned 1.51% in October, underperforming the global equity market as represented by the MSCI ACWI (Local) which returned 4.61% during the month. In terms of 2021 performance, global hedge funds were up 9.18%, with more than a third of the constituent
19 Nov. 2021 The Asia Pacific attracts global family offices [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Family offices across the globe, particularly in North America, are looking to increase investments in the Asia Pacific, said a report. A new report by Campden Wealth and Raffles finds that family offices based in Asia are richer, more ambitious, and more positive a
18 Nov. 2021 Canadian family office SureFire starts new fund structure [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SureFire Capital, a family office specializing in alternative investments, debuted its innovative structure for investors in SureFire Multi-Strat, LP, which achieved a +24% year-to-date 2021 return including +15.6% in October and +28.4% annualized. The underlying qua
18 Nov. 2021 New York Life taps DeSanto for CEO-elect role [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New York Life, America's largest and most admired mutual life insurer, today announced that the company's Board of Directors has named Craig DeSanto CEO-elect of New York Life. Mr. DeSanto, who is currently the company's president, will succeed Ted Mathas, who has ser
18 Nov. 2021 Bridge Alternatives hires SS&C veteran Kyle Fields [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Bridge Alternatives, the specialist alternative investment advisor, is today announcing the launch of Bridge Alternative Investment Solutions, an outsourced Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Operations Officer (COO) business focused on meeting the institutional need
18 Nov. 2021 iCapital partners with Israel's largest investment house, Altshuler Shaham [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Altshuler Shaham, Israel's largest investment house, and iCapital Network, the global financial technology platform driving access and efficiency in alternative investing for the asset and wealth management industries, today announced a strategic partnership through which
18 Nov. 2021 Institutional investors losing trust in companies' ESG and net zero commitments [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 86% of U.S. institutional investors believe that companies frequently overstate or exaggerate their ESG progress when disclosing results, and 72% of investors globally don't believe companies will achieve their ESG commitments, said a study. A survey released by Ed
18 Nov. 2021 Global exchange-traded products enjoy $1tn net inflows so far this year [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Exchange-traded products (ETPs) listed globally, including exchange-traded funds (ETFs), gathered more than $1 trillion in net inflows this year through October, helping to propel assets to a record of just under $10 trillion. According to the ETFGI report, ETFs and
18 Nov. 2021 Orion Resource Partners raises $2.3bn for third mine finance fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Orion Resource Partners, a global alternative investment management firm specializing in institutional metals investment strategies, announced the final closing of Orion Mine Finance Fund III. Together with co-investments, Fund III raised a total of $2.3 billion. Th
17 Nov. 2021 100 women in finance announces new Global Association Board members [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - 100 Women in Finance (100WF) announced the election of four new Global Association Board members: Sarah Dana Dyer, Wayne Lee, Lisa Petrelli, and Ulrika Robertsson. The new Board members' first three-year term of service will begin on January 1, 2022. 100WF is a glo
17 Nov. 2021 US distressed-investor Oaktree Capital closes its largest-ever fund at a record $16bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The distressed-debt manager Oaktree Capital Management has closed its largest fund to date, gathering $15.9 billion to invest in troubled industries and credit-constrained companies. Oaktree Opportunities Fund XI LP and related vehicles exceeded the original fundr
16 Nov. 2021 SBAI publishes guide to operational due diligence of crypto assets [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The SBAI, a global alliance of alternative investment managers and allocators and custodian of the Alternative Investments Standards, has released a new Toolbox memo providing guidance on completing operational due diligence on crypto assets. The memo can be found in the
16 Nov. 2021 Investment in alternative assets continues to grow in the Middle East [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investment in alternative assets continues to grow in the Middle East, according to the Alternatives in the Middle East 2021 Report, published
16 Nov. 2021 CalPERS new asset allocation mix adds 5% leverage to increase diversification [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: The CalPERS Board of Administration today selected a new asset allocation mix that will guide the fund’s investment portfolio for the next four years, while at the same time retaining the current 6.8% target it assumes those investments will earn over the long term. The
12 Nov. 2021 MFA announces international partnership with CAASA [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed Funds Association (MFA), the leading organization representing the global alternative investment industry, announced the Canadian Association of Alternative Strategies and Assets (CAASA) as the first international member of the MFA Partnership Program. "CA
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