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22 Sep. 2021 Northern Trust invests in Essentia Analytics to boost active manager alpha [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Northern Trust has reached an agreement to take an equity stake in Essentia Analytics, Ltd., a provider of behavioral analytics and consulting services that utilizes a cutting edge cloud-based platform to bring together historical data and behavioral science to identify a
22 Sep. 2021 iCapital Network builds out alternative investments with Axio acquisition [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - iCapital Network, the global financial technology platform driving access and efficiency in alternative investing for the asset and wealth management industries, and Axio Financial LLC (Axio), an end-to-end service provider to the U.S. structured notes market, announced
22 Sep. 2021 Middle-market private equity sponsors successfully respond to the pandemic [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The middle-market private equity sponsors have made a remarkably smooth transition during the COVID-19 pandemic and the swift and decisive adjustments in a highly uncertain environment could result in a record-setting year, said a study. According to the research b
21 Sep. 2021 Research reveals room for improvement in investment services provided to charities [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New research with senior executives of UK based charities who collectively have around £3 billion in investible assets, reveals room for improvement when it comes to the services provided by investment management firms. The survey, which was commissioned by the char
21 Sep. 2021 Levine Leichtman wraps up third buyout fund at $1.38bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Los Angeles-based private equity firm Levine Leichtman Capital Partners (LLCP) closed its latest buyout fund, LLCP Lower Middle Market Fund III (LMM III), at its increased hard cap of $1.38 billion. The oversubscribed fund had a fundraising target of $1 billion an
20 Sep. 2021 Chicago CTA launches bitcoin managed futures program [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After investing in the digital asset space for nearly four years, Synchronicity Futures, LLC is launching a managed futures product, the Synchronicity Bitcoin Managed Futures/Options Program for Qualified Eligible Participants (QEPs). The Program is a discretionary
20 Sep. 2021 Annual Global FundWomen Week selects over 300 female managers to connect with leading institutional investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - 100 Women in Finance (100WF), a global finance industry network committed to empowering women in finance, announced that over 300 female fund managers have been approved to participate in its annual Global FundWomen Week, a virtual conference facilitating capital allocati
20 Sep. 2021 European asset managers increasingly put focus on altcoins, says study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: One in three (33%) surveyed institutional investors and wealth managers in Europe predict that professional investors with an allocation to Bitcoin will dramatically increase the allocation to altcoins (a cryptocurrency other than bitcoin) class of cryptocurrencies.
17 Sep. 2021 Japan focussed private equity AUM reaches $68bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Japan's private equity (PE) industry is just beginning to grow, with Japan focussed PE assets under management (AUM) at $68bn as of December 2020, said a study. According to the Preqin report, 'Alternative Assets in Asia - Japan', the total dry powder in Ja
16 Sep. 2021 Sub-billion dollar funds beat their billion-dollar rivals in August [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds running less than $1bn gained almost twice as much as their Billion Dollar Club (BDC) rivals in August. In a notably strong month for the emerging funds industry, sub-BDC funds rose 0.8%, compared to 0.5% for funds with more than $1bn. The global industry
16 Sep. 2021 Drury's Flagship Trend up by 30% smashing indexes [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - US-based CTA Drury Capital is recording big returns in 2021 as its flagship Trend Following Program rides the crest of the commodities bounce-back by outperforming many other strategies and sectors. Drury Capital's flagship Diversified Trend-Following Program, launche
16 Sep. 2021 Key Family Partners appoints a new Partner [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Geneva-based Multi-Family Office Key Family Partners has appointed Emanuele Zanon di Valgiurata as Partner and Board Member. Prior to joining Key Family Partners, he was Head of Private Banking at Banque Morval in Geneva. Additionally, Key Family Partners has nominated Si
16 Sep. 2021 JTC acquires fund services provider, Segue Partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - JTC has acquired Segue Partners (Segue), an innovative fund services business head-quartered in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Founded in 2010, Segue provides a range of sophisticated fund solutions to meet the needs of private equity, venture capital, debt funds and famil
16 Sep. 2021 HPS raises $11.7bn for the latest direct lending fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New York-based HPS Investment Partners has clinched its fifth specialty loan vehicle, Specialty Loan Fund V (SLF V), with about $15.4 billion in investable capital. According to a press release from the credit investment firm with approximately $75 billion in asse
16 Sep. 2021 European alternatives industry AUM crosses $2.43bn, hedge funds back in favor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Europe-based alternative asset fund managers now hold €2.06tn ($2.43bn) in assets under management (AUM) as of December 2020, up from €1.81tn a year ago-an increase of over 13%-and are on track to make 2021 a record year for fundraising. According to Preqin's 2
15 Sep. 2021 Returns soar for European non-listed real estate in Q2 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Results from the latest pan-European INREV Quarterly Asset Level Index reveal the strong performance of European non-listed real estate. Total returns hit 3.01% in Q2 2021, driven largely by capital growth of 2.10% (up from 0.42% the previous quarter) and marking the four
15 Sep. 2021 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index up 1.07% in August [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SS&C Technologies Holdings announced that the gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for August 2021 measured 1.07%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 0.40% in September. "SS&C GlobeOp's
15 Sep. 2021 97% of fund managers say they get at least one custom DDQs from investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - DiligenceVault, a digital diligence platform that delivers data collection and information exchange solutions for asset owners, allocators and fund managers, released its latest whitepaper entitled "2021 Manager Survey: How RFPs and DDQs Get Done." The pape
15 Sep. 2021 Survey reveals the growing application of ESG among alternative asset classes [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Growing application of ESG among alternative asset classes, including infrastructure (41% of investors), private equity/debt (38%), and real estate (37%), said a BNP Paribas survey. The ESG Global Survey 2021 of 356 asset owners, official institutions, and asset ma
14 Sep. 2021 Hedge funds advanced in August as global equities rallied driven by the dovish stance of the Federal Reserve [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.80% in August 2021, trailing behind the global equity market as represented by the MSCI ACWI (Local) which gained 2.45% over the same period. Despite persistent concerns over the spread of the Delta variant and inflation, global e
14 Sep. 2021 Notz Stucki becomes NS Partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Geneva-based asset management group Notz Stucki becomes NS Partners. This shift will be marked by a visual identity makeover, with a refashioned logo and a new slogan. The change is a response to the company's development over the past few years. Indeed, for th
14 Sep. 2021 British buyout firm CVC to acquire secondaries manager Glendower Capital [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: UK private equity giant CVC Capital Partners agreed to acquire secondaries manager Glendower Capital in a deal, creating a combined company with total assets under management of about 113 billion euros ($134.2 billion). The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Glen
14 Sep. 2021 Veteran infra investor Whitehelm Capital bought by real assets specialist Patrizia [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: European real assets manager Patrizia is set to acquire infrastructure manager Whitehelm Capital and the combination of the two businesses creating an asset manager with more than €50bn in assets under management. According to a press release from the global real as
13 Sep. 2021 Barclay Hedge Fund Index up 1.23% in August, +10% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry generated an average return of 1.23% in August 2021, which may have pushed its winning streak into double-digits, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. For the year to date, the Ba
13 Sep. 2021 MSCI appoints global head of ESG and climate indexes [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - MSCI Inc., a provider of critical decision support tools and services for the global investment community, announced today the appointment of Melissa McDonald as Global Head of ESG and Climate Indexes, effective September 7, 2021. Based in London, Ms. McDonald wil
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