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28 Jun. 2019 Encourage Capital closes solar finance fund on $40m [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Encourage Capital, LLC, an impact investment asset manager and advisory firm, today announced the first closing of a new private equity fund, Encourage Solar Finance, L.P. at USD $40 million. The fund will invest in specialized financial institutions in India that can dev
28 Jun. 2019 Preqin: Japanese investors embrace alternatives [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Bank of Japan adopted negative interest rates in 2016, leading many investors in the country to seek more diversification and higher yields by investing in alternative assets. In 2019, two-thirds of Japan-based investors now allocate to at least one alternative asset
28 Jun. 2019 New hedge fund launches on the rise [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New hedge fund launches increased to begin 2019, climbing to 136 in Q1, an increase over the 111 launches in the volatile 4Q18, according to the latest HFR Market Microstructure Report. According to the report, the 136 new launches brings the rolling 12-month launc
28 Jun. 2019 Severe funding problems widespread across the US state pension system: Study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Despite revenue growth and strong investment returns, the public pension funding gap for all 50 states still exceeded $1tn in 2017, according to brief by The Pew Charitable Trusts. The US state pension system is ill-prepared for the next downturn in financial mark
28 Jun. 2019 Northern Trust transfers private equity blockchain tech to Broadridge [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Northern Trust will transfer its blockchain enabled private equity platform to Broadridge, a FinTech company. Following the agreement, Broadridge will develop the platform which will provide data and analytics tools connecting the PE lifecycle for all market pa
27 Jun. 2019 Investcorp acquires CM Investment Partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investcorp Credit Management US LLC, a subsidiary of Investcorp Bank B.S.C., today announced that it has entered into a definitive interest purchase agreement to acquire a majority ownership interest in CM Investment Partners LLC, the investment adviser to CM Finance Inc
27 Jun. 2019 Hedge fund professionals nervous about shifting trade policy [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A new survey of alternative investment professionals has found that hedge fund and private equity executives alike predict moderate economic growth for the second half of this year. Hedge fund executives are nervous about fluctuations in international trade policy
27 Jun. 2019 Global investment fund assets resurgence in 1Q 2019, up by 9.2% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global assets rebound with strong growth that was driven by the recovery in financial markets, according to the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA). Worldwide Investment fund assets worldwide increased by 9.2% to EUR 48 trillion at end Q1 2019, E
27 Jun. 2019 Investors pull another $3.78bn from hedge funds - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Global investors pulled another $3.78 billion from hedge funds in May, according to the just-released May 2019 eVestment Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report. May's results bring year to date (YTD) flows to -$25.43 billion. Performance losses reduced assets further, pu
26 Jun. 2019 Major discrepancies in hedge fund performance reporting [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - The Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA), one of the most important organizations in the investment industry, is expected to announce performance presentation stand
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
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