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08 Apr. 2022 CI announces plan to sell part of its US wealth business via IPO [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: CI Financial, the Canadian-based asset management firm which has been aggressively buying up registered investment advisors in the United States, plans to take its $133 billion U.S. wealth management business public. The integrated global wealth and asset managemen
08 Apr. 2022 Turn/River Capital's fifth flagship fund soars to a $1.35bn hard cap [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The technology growth equity and buyout firm Turn/River Capital has soared to a $1.35bn hard cap close for its fifth flagship fund, more than triple the size of its predecessor vehicle. The San Francisco-based software investment firm said in a press release that t
07 Apr. 2022 SBAI establishes Global Regulatory Committee to further collaboration with regulators around the world [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The SBAI, an active alliance of institutional investors and alternative asset managers, announced today the launch of its Global Regulatory Committee. The Committee brings together leading institutional investors, asset managers and investment consultants to enhance and s
07 Apr. 2022 Carlyle wraps up the second credit opportunities fund at $4.6bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: American multinational alternative asset management Carlyle has tapped investors for $4.6bn for its second credit opportunities fund - Carlyle Credit Opportunities Fund (CCOF II). The US buyout giant exceeded its $3.5bn target and attracted almost double the amount
07 Apr. 2022 Global government debt to hit record $71.6tn in 2022 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global sovereign debt is expected to climb by 9.5% to a record $71.6 trillion in 2022 while fresh borrowing is also broadly set to remain elevated, said a study. The $6.2tn increase in debt will primarily be driven by the US, Japan, and China, but every country acro
06 Apr. 2022 MSCI launches thematic exposure standard [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - MSCI, a leading provider of critical decision support tools and services for the global investment community, has announced the launch of its Thematic Exposure Standard, enabling investors to better understand their portfolio's economic linkage to long-term structural tre
06 Apr. 2022 Reverence Capital Partners invests $100M in CAIS [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - CAIS, the leading alternative investment platform, today announced a $100 million investment from Reverence Capital Partners. The raise is a continuation of the Company's $225 million round in January, led by Apollo, Motive Partners, and Franklin Templeton which resulted
06 Apr. 2022 Thoma Bravo amasses $3.3bn for the second credit fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: American private equity and growth capital firm announced the completion of fundraising for Thoma Bravo Credit Fund II at $3.3bn in total available capital, including leverage. The software investment firm said in a press release that Fund II is its largest credit f
06 Apr. 2022 The US dominates the list of global top five VC funded companies in 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: With three US-based companies-Cruise, Robinhood, and Databricks-collectively attracting $12.8 billion worth of venture capital (VC) funding, the USA dominated the list of the global top five VC-funded companies in 2021, said a study. According to a report by Global
06 Apr. 2022 GI Partners raises $1.45bn for fund targeting data centers, life sciences [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: GI Partners, a private investment firm with 20-plus years of investing in technology and healthcare real estate, has lined up $1.4 billion in commitments for its initial fundraising round for its latest investment vehicle, the GI Real Estate Essential Tech + Science Fu
05 Apr. 2022 With Intelligence launches the Eurekahedge Institutional 200 Index, a professional benchmark of large institutional absolute return funds for institutional investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - With Intelligence, the data provider and global business information organization focused on the asset management industry, announced the launch of the Eurekahedge Institutional 200 Index (Bloomberg Ticker: EHFI687). The Eurekahedge Institutional 200 Index was created
05 Apr. 2022 Insurers plan to invest more in private equity and ESG [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global insurance companies will invest more in private equity and green or impact bonds this year, as formulas to be able to seek greater profitability and cover themselves from the current scenario of rising inflation, said a study. Goldman Sachs Asset Management&#
05 Apr. 2022 Freeport Financial raises $1.5bn for the fifth direct-lending fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Chicago-based private equity investment firm Freeport Financial Partners has closed its fifth fund and now has $1.5 billion on hand to lend to companies in the lower midmarket. The middle-market direct lending manager said that the fund, Freeport First Lien Loan Fu
04 Apr. 2022 SEI appoints new CEO [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SEI today announced that Ryan Hicke, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, will become the company's next chief executive officer and a member of its board of directors, effective June 1, 2022. Hicke will succeed Founder Alfred P. West, Jr., who is trans
04 Apr. 2022 Blue Wolf Capital closes fifth fund on $1.1bn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Blue Wolf Capital Partners LLC, a New York-based private equity firm, today announced it has successfully closed Blue Wolf Capital Fund V (the "Fund") at its hard cap. The Fund was oversubscribed with strong support from existing investors along with a diverse base of new
04 Apr. 2022 Hedge funds' confidence level remains resilient [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - From AIMA's Q1 2022 Hedge Fund Confidence Index report: Confidence levels reported by hedge funds remain resilient despite a number of prevailing headwinds impacting the global economy, including the war in Ukraine and subsequent economic sanctions being imposed,
04 Apr. 2022 European placement agent POLARIS strengthens advisory board with renowned international investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - With Dajana Brodmann, Marc Lau and Pablo Lopez de Ayala, POLARIS Investment Advisory AG appoints three investors as senior advisors to its advisory board. The three notable experts will support POLARIS with their many years of expertise as institutional investors and thei
04 Apr. 2022 Many US-listed SPACs are averse to Chinese targets amid evolving regulatory landscape [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: About one-fifth of special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) initial public offerings (IPOs) is not in favor of completing the de-SPAC transaction with any entity that had principal business operations in China (including Hong Kong and Macau), said a study. Accor
01 Apr. 2022 Hedge fund managers were down -0.26% in February - recording their second consecutive month of outperformance [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers were down -0.26% in February - recording their second consecutive month of outperformance against the S&P 500 which slipped -3.14% during the month. Nearly half of global hedge funds have posted positive returns in February while around 43.0% of them h
01 Apr. 2022 Canada's CI Financial scoops up $11.4bn Eaton Vance wealth business from Morgan Stanley [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Toronto-based CI Financial is buying the wealth management business of Eaton Vance WaterOak Advisors, which has some US$11.4 billion of client assets and formerly did business as Eaton Vance Investment Counsel (EVIC) of Boston. Before its acquisition by Morgan Sta
01 Apr. 2022 Ufenau Capital Partners raises $1.1bn hard cap for its seventh fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Ufenau Capital Partners, a privately owned investment company headquartered in Switzerland, has held a final close for Ufenau VII on its EUR 1bn ($1.1bn) hard-cap. "The fund was swiftly closed at the hard cap, following strong demand from global investors despite th
01 Apr. 2022 Sarasin & Partners acquires Bread Street Capital [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Sarasin & Partners has acquired Bread Street Capital along with its team, including founders Alex Barr and James Witter. Barr and Witter will lead the combined entity Sarasin Bread Street, building out the investment program. Other Bread Street staff, Alexa
31 Mar. 2022 Carlyle raises $2.1 for Fortitude Re [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global investment firm Carlyle and FGH Parent, L.P., the parent company of Bermuda's largest multiline reinsurer, today announced significant milestones that advance Carlyle's Insurance Solutions strategy and position Carlyle and Fortitude Re for insurance industry leader
31 Mar. 2022 UBS, Envestnet and iCapital launch alts platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UBS, Envestnet, and iCapital today announced that the Alternatives Exchange is now live, providing private market investment opportunities to Envestnet's client base with more than 35 funds available from managers across geographies and strategies. Users of Envestnet's Al
31 Mar. 2022 Cerulli: Fund of funds thrive in China [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - An increasing number of Chinese investors are buying into the concept of diversified fund asset allocation, spurring demand for funds of funds (FOFs). The interest could persist over the next few years, thanks to prospects in third-pillar pensions and the shift towards bu
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  1. Alts managers sitting on over $2.5tn+ of dry powder[more]

    Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In the current rising interest rate environment, investment activity in the private markets has continued to grow, revealed a study. "With alts managers sitting on over $2.5T+ of dry powder and continuing to enjoy premium valuations and interest rates on a prec

  2. Opalesque Exclusive: Hong Kong manager expects additional tailwind in Asian markets[more]

    B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The Asia equity markets have not been at their best so far this year, with the MSCI Asia index down almost 13% YTD, but many managers remain buoyant about the region, as in

  3. The Big Picture: With the war, E, S, and G have collectively moved back to the fore[more]

    B. G., Opalesque Geneva: In this interview, Dr. Patrick Welton, founder and CIO of Welton Investment Partners, offers his observations on the major macro themes expected to affect the comm

  4. Other Voices: The selloff is overdone[more]

    Authored by Heeten Doshi, founder of Doshi Capital Management. Anyone who is still bearish and calling for more downside is foolish. The selloff is overdone. To point to further declines from here is poor risk management. With the Nasdaq 100 down 22% and S&P 500 down 13% for the year

  5. Other Voices: ESG exuberance is at all-time highs. But will investors buy?[more]

    As investors increase their focus on mission-based investing, they continue to grapple with ESG and what it means to them. By David Shalom, Director of Capital Introductions at Pershing Innovation. New investment solutions. That's how managers deliver value and attract new inve