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10 Jul. 2020 Callan study finds private equity fee consistency [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private equity partnership fees and terms for funds in the market in 2018 and 2019 were highly uniform, indicating managers had significant bargaining power, according to a study by Callan. More than three-quarters of the partnerships were buyout funds, and North Am
10 Jul. 2020 Blackstone closes first life-science fund at $4.6bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Blackstone Group closed its inaugural life sciences fund, Blackstone Life Sciences V (BXLS V), at its hard cap of $4.6 billion, making it the largest life sciences private fund raised till date. Blackstone Life Sciences (BLS) invests in established life science co
10 Jul. 2020 DWS and NMC team up on alternatives [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global asset manager DWS is forming a partnership with Northwestern Mutual Capital (NMC), the private markets division of US insurer Northwestern Mutual. DWS said NMC had been investing in private markets for more than 40 years, and that the partnership, which i
10 Jul. 2020 Private equity activity declines significantly in Q2 2020, dry powder climbs towards $1.5tn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The COVID-19 pandemic had relatively little effect on Q1 activity, not impacting European or North American countries until the end of the quarter, said Preqin. However, the slowdown was very much evident in Q2, with fundraising and buyout backed dealmaking both se
09 Jul. 2020 Private equity portfolio companies weathering the Covid-19 storm [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private equity portfolio companies are largely weathering the storm caused by the coronavirus crisis, new research from risk management firm Willis Towers Watson shows. The report revealed that despite a subdued environment for exit deals in the first six months of
09 Jul. 2020 KKR to buy Global Atlantic for $4.4bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private-equity giant KKR agreed to acquire retirement and life insurance company Global Atlantic Financial Group for roughly $4.4 billion. According to the New York-based PE firm said it would pay the amount of Global Atlantic's book value as of the deal's closing,
09 Jul. 2020 Hedge funds continue the positive run for the third consecutive month in June [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds advanced in June for the third consecutive month, concluding a volatile 1H20 defined by a steep 1Q global equity market decline driven by the global coronavirus pandemic followed by a mixed 2Q recovery despite ongoing virus concerns and challenges, said acc
09 Jul. 2020 Walter GAM acquires stake in Auspice Capital Advisors [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Canadian private equity firm Walter Global Asset Management has acquired a minority interest in Auspice Capital Advisors, a Calgary-based asset management firm that specializes in alternative and non-correlated investment strategies utilizing a wide array of commoditie
08 Jul. 2020 Charlesbank wraps up second credit fund at $700m hard [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private equity firm Charlesbank Capital Partners smashes its $500m target by raising $700m for its Credit Opportunities Fund II (COF II). "The Fund had a $500 million target and received limited partner commitments above its $700 million hard cap," said a press rel
08 Jul. 2020 North America M&A performance and volume lag behind rest of world during H1 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: North America experienced the sharpest fall in M&A performance by some margin, said a report. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on deal-making in the first six months of 2020 was significant but not unexpected, yet regional differences in deal performance and volu
07 Jul. 2020 $1tn asset owners launch a green investing tool [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Asset owners in Australia, Canada, and the Netherlands, which together manage more than $1 trillion of assets, have launched an online green-investing tool that measures companies against United Nations sustainable development goals. "APG Asset Management NV, Austra
07 Jul. 2020 Patrizia's Trans-European flagship fund oversubscribed with $2bn firepower [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global real estate investment manager, Patrizia AG announced the final close of its seventh flagship trans-European real estate fund, Trans-European VII LP (TEP VII), at its hard cap, with EUR 750mn (USD 849mn), of total equity commitments. In the latest round
07 Jul. 2020 CTAs underperformed in June as risk assets kept creeping higher [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Lyxor Peer Groups suggest hedge fund performance was up +0.6% in June, with CTAs underperforming (-1%) and Directional L/S Equity, L/S Credit and Special Situation strategies outperforming (+1.2% to +1.5%). During the last weeks of June, market concerns over renewe
06 Jul. 2020 REYL & Cie appoints Thomas Fontaine as Partner of the Bank and Michael Welti as Deputy Head of Wealth Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - REYL & Cie is expanding its team of partners with the appointment of Thomas Fontaine, currently Head of the Entrepreneur & Family Office Services business line. He joins François Reyl, Pasha Bakhtiar, Nicolas Duchêne, Christian Fringhian and Lorenzo Rocco di Torrepadula a
06 Jul. 2020 EQT targets $14bn for its latest infrastructure fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Swedish alternative investment firm EQT AB said it would target €12.5 billion ($14 billion) for its fifth infrastructure fund which would be the firm's largest such vehicle to date. The target for EQT Infrastructure V is larger than the €9.1 billion raised for its f
03 Jul. 2020 Angelo Gordon surges to $1.5bn hard cap for third Europe property fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US-based alternative investment firm Angelo, Gordon & Co. has hauled in more than $1.5 billion in commitments for its latest European real estate fund, exceeding the target and hitting the fund's hard cap. The $35 billion privately held limited partnership, whi
03 Jul. 2020 Coronavirus crisis: PE industry mulls more realism and longer holding periods [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: More realism, longer holding periods and an advantage for investors with a long-term focus - these are the main changes that investment managers in the German private equity market expect as a result of the coronavirus crisis. The PE transaction activity is not exp
02 Jul. 2020 Schroders acquires majority stake in Asian real estate investor Pamfleet [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: British asset manager Schroders will acquire a majority stake in $1.1 billion Asian real estate investor Pamfleet. Schroder Real Estate, with $21.4 billion in assets under management, did not disclose financial details and the size of the stake. Pamfleet is a val
01 Jul. 2020 Disruption from COVID-19 hits ASEAN private equity hard [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After a strong 2019, the ASEAN private equity industry has been shaken by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, reports Preqin. As of September 2019 (the latest data available), ASEAN-focused private equity and venture capital assets under management had reached a rec
01 Jul. 2020 Financial conglomerate SBI to acquire $30m stake in digital asset firm B2C2 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - B2C2, the trading firm of choice in the institutional crypto markets, today announced that SBI Financial Services (a subsidiary of SBI Holdings, SBI) has agreed to acquire a $30 million minority stake in the firm. The investment marks the start of a strategic partners
01 Jul. 2020 Summit Partners raises over $2.2bn for two new megafunds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global alternative investment firm Summit Partners has raised two new megafunds. Summit Partners Europe Growth Equity Fund III, a growth fund, closed at its hard cap with €1.1 billion ($1.2 billion) in total commitments. Besides, Summit also closed its latest v
01 Jul. 2020 UN-backed research finds an urgent need for the finance sector to set biodiversity targets [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Financial institutions need to pay more attention to biodiversity loss, especially as they prepare for a post-pandemic economic recovery, said a study. The report, entitled 'Beyond Business as Usual: Biodiversity Targets and Finance'shines a spotlight on the urgent
30 Jun. 2020 EMPEA adds to board of directors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - EMPEA, the global industry association for private capital in emerging markets, today announced the appointment of Bill Ford, Chief Executive Officer of General Atlantic, and Suyi Kim, Head of Asia Pacific at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments), to its
30 Jun. 2020 Harper to lead H.I.G. Capital's London small cap LBO team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - H.I.G. Capital, LLC, a leading global private equity investment firm with over €34 billion of equity capital under management, is pleased to announce today that John Harper has joined H.I.G. Capital as a Managing Director and Head of the London LBO team, leading H.I.G.'s
30 Jun. 2020 Hedge fund launches near record low in 1Q20 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - New hedge fund launches declined to a near-record low in 1Q20, as the beginning of the global coronavirus pandemic and ensuing lockdowns drove intense volatility across as
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  1. Coronavirus crisis: PE industry mulls more realism and longer holding periods[more]

    Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: More realism, longer holding periods and an advantage for investors with a long-term focus - these are the main changes that investment managers in the German private equity market expect as a result of the coronavirus crisis. The PE transaction activity is not exp

  2. Multi-strategy hedge funds post double-digit gains, Tiger Global, Coatue score double-digit fund gains in 2020, Lone Pine soars after losses earlier this year, Can Pershing Square's standout year continue?[more]

    Multi-strategy hedge funds post double-digit gains From FT: Large multi-strategy hedge funds have posted double-digit gains for the first half of the year, reversing losses from March, as markets defied the economic downturn brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Citadel Advisors

  3. Tech: Pandemic boosts digitalisation across the fund industry, The India-China bust up and what it may mean for tech, Machine learning goes global[more]

    Pandemic boosts digitalisation across the fund industry From International Investment: The pandemic has certainly accelerated change and digitalisation in ways that we never imagined, including the funds industry in Luxembourg. Business Continuity Planning and Disaster Recovery Pl

  4. New Launches: Hedge fund Marshall Wace will bet on ESG stocks with new $1bn fund, Stafford Capital raises initial $532m for ninth timberland fund, Nalanda Cap eyes $800m fund, China's Unity Ventures hits first close on US dollar fund[more]

    Hedge fund Marshall Wace will bet on ESG stocks with new $1bn fund From Forbes: Hedge fund Marshall Wace plans to raise $1 billion for a new fund that will invest in stocks with strong environmental, sustainability and governance (ESG) ratings while betting against stocks with poor rating

  5. PPP: Troubled firm Marto Capital asked for PPP money - and got approved, records show, Fallen hedge fund's head among money managers getting PPP relief, Wall Street investors scored emergency government loans amid pandemic, The asset managers approved for PPP money[more]

    Troubled firm Marto Capital asked for PPP money - and got approved, records show From Institutional Investor: Marto Capital - a former wunderkind founded by an ex-Bridgewater Associates star - got approved for emergency funds from the U.S. government, records showed Monday. Katina Stef