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09 Apr. 2021 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 14: New Launches Amundi launches Just Transition for Climate fund, Index Ventures launches $200m seed fund, China's Hosen Capital hits $800m hard cap for third US dollar fundraise, Shackleton launches fifth venture secondaries fund [more]

Amundi launches Just Transition for Climate fund From Bloomberg: Amundi has launched a European fixed income fund that will support energy transition. The Just Transition for Climate fund is managed by Alban de Fa?, head of fixed income ESG investing, and Dany da Fonseca, credit portfolio manager. The investment universe of the new strategy is based on the...

02 Apr. 2021 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 13: SPACs Investors sour on SPACs, Hong Kong is set to target first SPAC listing by end of year, How the American SPACs rocket has failed to take off in Europe, UK car seller Cazoo agrees to go public on NYSE through Och-backed SPAC, The SPAC boom is losing steam [more]

Investors sour on SPACs From Institutional Investor: Is the blank-check bubble bursting?Shares of many special purpose acquisition companies are down 20 percent or more from the highs they hit in February. Many of them are blank-check companies that have announced merger partners but haven't yet closed their deals. Stocks of numerous blank check c...

26 Mar. 2021 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 12: SPACs ironSource to go public via $11bn merger with Thoma Bravo-backed SPAC, Billionaire scores 3,000% gain through e-vehicle SPAC, The SPAC bubble is going to pop - and it's going to be embarrassing [more]

ironSource to go public via $11bn merger with Thoma Bravo-backed SPAC From Reuters: Israeli advertising technology firm ironSource said on Sunday it has agreed to go public through a merger with a blank-check company backed by U.S. private equity firm Thoma Bravo, valuing the business at $11.1 billion. The deal with Thoma Bravo Advantage, a special purp...

19 Mar. 2021 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 11: Investing Where the world's most profitable hedge fund is investing, This Is the 'biggest risk of all' for investors, according to Howard Marks [more]

Where the world's most profitable hedge fund is investing From Guru Focus: Chase Coleman's Tiger Global Management is one of the most successful hedge funds of all time. Its flagship long-short equity fund has compounded investors' capital at 21% per annum after fees for the past 20 years. An investment in the fund at inception would have gr...

12 Mar. 2021 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 10: SPACs EcoR1 is launching a second SPAC, 20 most-shorted SPACs, SoftBank-backed Grab in talks to go public in nearly $40bn SPAC deal, First Swiss SPAC prepares for stock exchange listing [more]

EcoR1 is launching a second SPAC From Institutional Investor: One of the hottest health care-related hedge funds is planning to launch its second blank-check company one month after its first one closed on a merger deal. EcoR1 Capital, headed by one-time Institutional Investor Hedge Fund Rising Star Oleg Nodelman, on Tuesday said in a regulatory filing. Th...

05 Mar. 2021 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 9: SPAC and ESG fads are on collision course with billions at stake [more]

From Bloomberg: Two of the hottest equity market trends are headed for a clash as some ESG investors are having second thoughts about blank-check firms that have flooded the market. Early signs show that money managers wedded to environmental, social and governance themes are reluctant to buy into special-purpose acquisition companies before a target has been identified. That could poten...

26 Feb. 2021 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 8: PE/VC VC fund investors not raising alarms over SPAC trend, Asian private equity investors focus on business transformation [more]

VC fund investors not raising alarms over SPAC trend From Axios: Venture capital firms, formed to invest in startups, are increasingly becoming sponsors of SPACs, blank-check companies that bring later-stage businesses into the public markets. It's significant strategy creep, but so far there hasn't been much opposition from venture capital fund investors,...

19 Feb. 2021 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 7: Investing Tribune Publishing agrees to $430m takeover by hedge fund, Jana Partners builds new stake in Labcorp, Tiger Global's Coleman doubled down on stake in Uber, added bets in Airbnb and DoorDash, Baupost Group takes a large stake in Intel [more]

Tribune Publishing agrees to $430m takeover by hedge fund From Boston Globe: Tribune Publishing Co., the owner of the Chicago Tribune and New York Daily News, agreed to be acquired by Alden Global Capital LLC for about $430 million, putting a hedge fund known for firing journalists atop one of the nation's largest newspaper companies. Alden, which al...

12 Feb. 2021 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 6: New Launches Macquarie closes latest renewable energy fund at $1.9bn, Principal closes private debt fund with nearly $600m in commitments, Big data VC OpenOcean hits $111.5m for third fund, Royal London boosts sustainable arm with credit fund, University of Cambridge launches its eighth Enterprise Fund [more]

Macquarie closes latest renewable energy fund at $1.9bn Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) has raised more than €1.6 billion for investment in renewable energy with the final close of Macquarie Green Investment Group Renewable Energy Fund 2 (MGREF2) - exceeding its initial minimum fundraising target of €1 billion. MGREF2 is a...

05 Feb. 2021 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 5: Tech Amazon, Alphabet and Salesforce are all investing in a $28bn company that crunches big data [more]

Databricks, a start-up whose software helps companies quickly process large sets of data and get it ready for analysis, said Monday it has raised $1 billion in fresh cash, including from a few prominent corporate investors. Amazon Web Services, Alphabet's CapitalG venture arm and Salesforce Ventures all joined in, according to a statement. Microsoft, which invested in Databricks ear...

29 Jan. 2021 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 4: PE/VC Venture capital takes off How the lines between VC and PE are blurring, Global venture capital clusters in fewer firms, Bumper year for UK private equity as deals soar 257% [more]

Venture capital takes off: How the lines between VC and PE are blurring From PE News: As 2020 came to an end, Ian Connatty, managing director of British Patient Capital (BPC), had good reason to feel satisfied with the progress of the organisation that he helped set up in 2018. In the two and a half years since it was launched by the state-owned British Bu...

22 Jan. 2021 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 3: New Launches Lesser-known Tiger Seed launches long-only fund, Bill Gates-led fund raises another $1bn to invest in clean tech, Claret Capital strikes initial close for first fund since spinout from Harbert [more]

Lesser-known Tiger Seed launches long-only fund From Institutional Investor: A hedge fund whose largest investor is Julian Robinson Jr.'s Tiger Management has launched a long-only fund as part of a larger reshuffling of its investment vehicles. Tiger Legatus Capital Management, a so-called Tiger Seed headed by Jesse Ro that has remained under the radar, earlier...

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  1. New Launches: Atlas Holdings closes fourth PE fund at $3.1bn, Zigg Capital nabs $225m to invest in proptech startups, Canvas Ventures raises $350m to help bring intentionality back to early-stage investing, BlackRock and Fidelity launch first green bond ETFs[more]

    Atlas Holdings closes fourth PE fund at $3.1bn From PE Insights: Atlas Holdings has held the first and final close of its fourth private equity investment fund, Atlas Capital Resources IV LP (ACR IV) at its hard cap of $3.1 billion. The latest fundraising, which began in Novembe

  2. SPACs: UK stock market to lure SPACs with rules overhaul, Nuvation Bio flounders after EcoR1 SPAC merger, Singapore Exchange may launch regulatory framework for SPACs by mid-2021, SPAC listings slow to a crawl with bankers buried in paperwork[more]

    UK stock market to lure SPACs with rules overhaul From Yahoo Finance: Britain's financial watchdog has fired the starting gun on plans to overhaul stock market rules in a bid to lure more SPACs to the London market. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) on Wednesday said it woul

  3. New Launches: Amundi launches Just Transition for Climate fund, Index Ventures launches $200m seed fund, China's Hosen Capital hits $800m hard cap for third US dollar fundraise, Shackleton launches fifth venture secondaries fund[more]

    Amundi launches Just Transition for Climate fund From Bloomberg: Amundi has launched a European fixed income fund that will support energy transition. The Just Transition for Climate fund is managed by Alban de Fa?, head of fixed income ESG investing, and Dany da Fonseca, credit portfo

  4. SPACs: Investors see $90bn SPAC craze fizzling in the next year, US regulator turns spotlight on rosy SPAC projections, SPACs drive March M&A record, but other infotech players are still buying, Blank-check ETFs keep coming even as SPAC fever cools down[more]

    Investors see $90bn SPAC craze fizzling in the next year From PE News: Investors overseeing almost $13tn in assets say the frenzy around Spac listings will slow over the coming 12 months, predicting a spate of high profile failures will suppress appetite for so-called blank-cheque comp

  5. PE/VC: 'Frustrated' limited partners are questioning PE-sponsored SPACs, European venture reaches all-time high in the first quarter of 2021[more]

    'Frustrated' limited partners are questioning PE-sponsored SPACs From Institutional Investor: It's hard to imagine that private equity firms would have stayed out of the booming business of special-purpose acquisition companies. But private-equity-sponsored SPACs could lead to conflicts