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26 Jun. 2019 Typhon Capital Management launches quant trading program [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Typhon Capital Management announced today Roberto Vernazza and his Mercurio Quantitative Program have joined the firm. Mr. Vernazza is Typhon's first dedicated Quant portfolio manager under the team of François Moreau, Head of Quantitative Trading, and Cris Doloc, Ph.D.,
26 Jun. 2019 Commonfund Capital appoints Xiaonan Tian head of Beijing investment office [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Commonfund Capital, the private capital subsidiary of Commonfund, announced today the appointment of Xiaonan Tian as Associate Director and Head of its investment office in Beijing, China. Xiaonan will be responsible for the oversight of due diligence, manager selection,
26 Jun. 2019 Money managers hit by ever-rising costs as fees drop: Casey Quirk [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Rising costs, especially from non-compensation expenses, including technology, regulatory, back-office processing and office space, took its toll on manager profitability. Noncompensation-related expenses at asset managers have been rising steadily over the past f
26 Jun. 2019 Private equity-backed investments in fintech hit record in 2018: Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 2018 was a record year for private equity-backed (buyout and venture capital) investment in fintech, with 139 deals announced or completed at an aggregate value of $34bn. Refinitiv, which claims to be the world's first fintech company, was bought in a deal valued
26 Jun. 2019 TPG invests in Harlem Capital, a backer of minority- and women-run companies [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global alternative asset firm TPG made an undisclosed equity investment in New York-based Harlem Capital Partners (HCP), which invests in minority- and women-run startups, and joined Harlem's first fund as a limited partner. In connection with its investment
25 Jun. 2019 Notz Stucki intent on playing an active role in consolidation [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - 55 years after its foundation, the Geneva-based asset management firm NOTZ STUCKI has bolstered its governance with an expanded and rejuvenated Executive Committee. Drawing on its acknowledged investment expertise and its diversification into three complementary act
25 Jun. 2019 Yale SOM launches new asset management program [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Yale School of Management will launch a new degree program in asset management that will give students just starting their careers rich exposure to the application of data science and quantitative techniques to investment decisions. Taught by leading Yale SOM faculty,
25 Jun. 2019 Hamilton Lane raises $1.7bn co-investment fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hamilton Lane raises $1.7bn for latest fund - co-investment fund, the fourth of its kind for the alternative asset manager. The fund will invest equity in buyouts and growth capital deals, putting money to work alongside private equity firms, according to a Hamilto
25 Jun. 2019 Merger Arbitrage lags behind for the first half of 2019: Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Merger Arbitrage, a defensive strategy within the universe of hedge funds, lagged behind for the first half of 2019 after having delivered upbeat returns in 2018 in relative terms. In the first half of 2019, Merger Arbitrage lagged behind for three main reasons.
25 Jun. 2019 Institutional investor confidence and market gains are in bullish mode, says study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The first quarter of 2019 brought a more positive outlook for investors, after a difficult end to 2018, said a study on institutional investors. Investors were encouraged by signs of a possible (albeit temporary) thaw in US-China trade tensions and by signals from
25 Jun. 2019 CVC Credit Partners closes special situations fund on $1.42 billion [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: CVC Credit Partners has amassed $1.42 billion for its Global Special Situations Fund II in just eight months. The fund closed above its $1 billion target. The fund invests in stressed and distressed debt situations across Europe and North America, primarily
24 Jun. 2019 Preqin sees huge opportunities for Japanese private equity market [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Optimism permeates Japanese private equity landscape, with increased investor interest and an incremental flow of government funding allowing the asset class to gain considerable traction. In Q1 2019, 13 Japan-based private equity funds secured an aggregate JPY 221
24 Jun. 2019 Creandum raises $302m venture fund focusing on early-stage opportunities across Europe [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: European early-stage venture capital investor Creandum announced the successful first and final close of Creandum V, a EUR265m ($302m) early-stage venture fund focused on high-potential opportunities across Europe. "Following strong demand from existing and new inv
21 Jun. 2019 SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator up 3.81% in June [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for June 2019 measured 3.81%, up from 3.21% in April. "SS&C GlobeOp's Forward Redemption Indicator of 3.81% for June 2019 reflects lower redemptions compared to 4.17% reported for the same period a year ago for J
21 Jun. 2019 Nomura launches absolute return UCITS [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Nomura Alternative Investment Management (NAIM), a London and Paris-based quantitative investment manager within Nomura Group, has launched the Nomura Diversified Absolute Return UCITS Fund. The Fund aims to deliver absolute returns with a low volatility profile (close
21 Jun. 2019 US financial services firms advance rapidly with artificial intelligence [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A large number (84%) of surveyed US financial services corporations revealed they are either currently in or past the "enlightenment age" of artificial intelligence (AI), said a survey. According to Broadridge's AI Outlook Survey for 2019, firms are using AI for da
21 Jun. 2019 Global hedge fund industry AUM grows by $0.5bn as of May 2019 YTD: Eurekahedge [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global hedge fund industry AUM has grown by $0.5bn as of May 2019 year-to-date, said the June 2019 Eurekahedge report. Final Q1 2019 net outflows figure stood at $46.4bn, just under half of the investor redemptions totalling $94.7bn seen in the final quarter of
20 Jun. 2019 Private equity can boost impact investing, but GPs have to focus on transparency and trust building KMPG says [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The impact investing market size is now estimated to be $502 billion. But is private equity ready for it? A new report from KPMG surveyed senior private equity executives who are active in impact investing and asked them how funds can be successful if they shift
20 Jun. 2019 Infrastructure funds' investments in shipping growing larger, says Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Looking back at the development of the shipping-focused fundraising market in recent years reveals that managers have been closing fewer funds, but at record-high totals. According to Preqin Insights, the infrastructure funds investing in the shipping industry h
20 Jun. 2019 Institutional support on the rise in plant-based food sector [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Over the past two years, $13bn has been invested in the US vegan/alternative food industry, bringing the total amount invested in the sector up to $17bn, said latest Preqin Insights. With the vast majority of this capital injected into the industry within the past
20 Jun. 2019 H.I.G. Capital raises $1.5bn for special situations credit fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: H.I.G. Capital, alternative assets investment firm with over $31bn of equity capital under management, said that its distressed debt and special situation affiliate H.I.G. Bayside Capital closed its latest special situations credit fund, H.I.G. Bayside Loan Opportunity
19 Jun. 2019 Lazard Asset Management expands Quantitative Equity Platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Lazard Asset Management LLC (LAM), today announced the expansion of its quantitative equity platform with the addition of a San Francisco-based investment team. The new Lazard U.S. Systematic Equity team comprised of Oren Shiran, Philip Summe, Stefan Tang, and Seav
19 Jun. 2019 Seymour Banks joins INDOS Financial as head of ESG [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - INDOS Financial, the independent fund depositary and oversight business has appointed Seymour Banks as Head of ESG - Environmental, Social & Governance. He will be responsible for leading and developing INDOS's independent ESG screening and verification service to asset
19 Jun. 2019 SLC Management: A new $160bn asset manager established [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Sun Life Financial Inc. has merged several of its third-party money managers to create a new institutional investment arm - SLC Management. With $160bn combined assets under management as of March 31, 2019, SLC Management provides its more than 1000 institutional
19 Jun. 2019 Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark registers first negative monthly return in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark generated its first negative monthly return for 2019 in May, posting a loss of 0.10%. This ended a four-month stretch of positive monthly returns for the industry benchmark. Consequently, the YTD figure fell to +6.40%
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