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29 Apr. 2021 Hedge funds extend winning streak to six months and recorded strongest Q1 return since 2006 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers the ended month of March up 1.04% on an equal-weighted basis, and down 0.63% on an asset-weighted basis, said Eurekahedge. Global equity markets were supported by the implementation of the Biden administration's US$1.9 trillion economic stimulus pac
29 Apr. 2021 Fidelity launches securities lending platform for fund managers to profit from short-sellers [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: U.S. asset management giant Fidelity Investments is opening its internal securities lending platform to third-party asset managers and financial institutions. The Boston-based firm said the digital platform is for fund managers looking to lend out their holdings to
29 Apr. 2021 SpaceX investor Valor Equity raises $1.7bn in the latest growth equity fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Chicago- headquartered Valor Equity Partners announced that it officially closed its fifth fund - Valor Equity Partners V - at $1.7 billion. The oversubscribed fund closed at its hard cap. Following the Fund V close, Valor is managing approximately $7.3 billion i
28 Apr. 2021 North America maintains its dominance by accounting for 45.6% of global VC investment volume in Q1 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Despite a notable decline in share in March, North America maintained its dominance by accounting for 45.6% of global VC investment volume in Q1 2021, followed by APAC with 28.1%, Europe with 20.8% share, Middle East and Africa with 3.7% share, and South and Central Am
28 Apr. 2021 AssetMark launches customized portfolios on the iCapital platform [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: AssetMark, the turnkey asset management platform, is offering a new portfolio construction service to RIAs via the iCapital Network platform that services $73 billion in global client assets across more than 760 alternative investment funds. The customized alternati
27 Apr. 2021 Cloud-based productivity suite Backstop acquires CRM solution provider ProTrak [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Backstop Solutions Group, a cloud-based productivity suite for institutional and alternative investors, has acquired ProTrak International, a provider of a client relationship management (CRM) solution tailored specifically to the needs of asset managers. ProTrak has
27 Apr. 2021 Devon Equity Management joins the Group of Boutique Asset Managers (GBAM) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - One of the UK's newer investment boutiques, Devon Equity Management, has joined the Group of Boutique Asset Managers (GBAM). Devon is an independent fund management company founded in 2019 by well-known fund manager, Alexander Darwall, and former colleagues, R
27 Apr. 2021 Neuberger Berman closes impact fund on $280M [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Neuberger Berman, a private, independent, employee-owned investment manager, has announced that the NB Private Equity Impact Fund held its final close with nearly $280 million of commitments. The successful fundraise demonstrates the growth of Neuberger Berman's p
27 Apr. 2021 EQT hits $18.8bn for latest buyout fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Swedish global investment organization EQT AB has closed its latest fund with €15.6 billion ($18.78 billion) of fee-generating assets, making it among the largest private equity funds ever raised by a European manager. EQT IX, which is also the firm's largest s
26 Apr. 2021 Tikehau launches green strategy to decarbonize North America [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Following the successful fundraising for a €1bn European-focused T2 Energy Transition strategy, Tikehau Capital has launched a North American private equity strategy dedicated to transitioning to a low-carbon economy - and has already picked up $300m of committed capi
25 Apr. 2021 York Capital and Kennedy Lewis launch CLO platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - York Capital Management, a global private investment firm, and Kennedy Lewis Investment Management, an opportunistic credit manager, are partnering to form a new entity to be called Generate Advisors, LLC. Under the partnership agreement, York's approximately $4
23 Apr. 2021 Hedge funds experience $9bn in redemptions in February [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund flows reversed course in February with $9.0 billion in redemptions, following $30.5 billion in industry inflows a month earlier. February's redemptions represented 0.2% of industry assets, according to the Barclay Fund Flow Indicator published by BarclayHe
23 Apr. 2021 Soaring Capital Management launches to provide independent, expert investment advice [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Soaring Capital Management, LLC, an independent, registered investment advisory company that provides conflict-free, objective investment advice, announced its launch as a new company. Soaring Capital, founded and led by Brian Moss, CFA, a 30-year veteran of Wall
23 Apr. 2021 Launch of the first Luxembourg commodity fund of hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - AlphaBee Asset Management will soon launch its commodity arbitrage fund of hedge funds as second sub-fund of the Sicàv-SIF AlphaBee Asset Management Fund, registered with the CSSF in Luxembourg. AlphaBee Asset Management has been seeded by a single-family office in Ge
23 Apr. 2021 Carlyle's AlpInvest raises $3.5bn for an eighth co-investment fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Buyout firm Carlyle Group Inc's AlpInvest Partners said it has raised $3.5 billion for AlpInvest Co-Investment Fund VIII (ACF VIII). The Fund exceeds its $3 billion target. The fund, which focuses on private equity buyouts and growth capital transactions, will inves
23 Apr. 2021 Global VC market moves at incredible pace as VC investment hits $126.6bn in Q1'21 shattering Q4'20 record of $98.2bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Quarterly VC investment flew past the $100 billion mark for the first time, reaching $126.9 billion globally across 6,508 deals during Q1'21, up from the previous record of $98.2 billion across 7,329 deals achieved in Q4'20. A KPMG report revealed that Q1&#
23 Apr. 2021 Comvest closes credit fund at $1.3bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The middle-market private investment firm Comvest Partners closed direct lending fund Comvest Credit Partners V (CCP V) at more than $1.3 billion. Its target was $1.25 billion. The fund will be focused on investments in a range of industries including healthcare an
22 Apr. 2021 FundRock launches fund distribution offering for non-EU managers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - FundRock, the European third-party UCITS Management Company (ManCo) and Alternative Investment Fund Manager (AIFM), announced the launch of a new operation in Luxembourg that will provide fund distribution solutions to non-EU asset managers. It is one of the first example
22 Apr. 2021 Global hedge funds post 4.79% return in Q1, strongest first quarter performance since 2006 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers were up 0.95% in March - supported by the strong performance of the global equity market as represented by the MSCI ACWI (Local) which gained 3.24% during the month. In terms of year-to-date return, global hedge funds had their best start of the year a
22 Apr. 2021 GSAM survey says insurers with $13tn ready for portfolio risk [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) annual insurance survey revealed that asset managers responsible for investing more than $13 trillion in assets worldwide are planning to take on more risk as the global economy recovers. "Insurers plan to increase the risk
22 Apr. 2021 NexPhase raises $544m for the fourth fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Lower mid-market private equity firm NexPhase Capital has struck a $544m hard cap close for its fourth fund - a jump of more than 50% compared to its predecessor fund. The operationally-focused private equity firm said in a press release that NexPhase Capital Fund
21 Apr. 2021 Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund Benchmark up 7.81% in Q1 2021 - best Q1 since 2006 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After a strong 2020, hedge funds' performance in Q1 2021 continued its positive trajectory, according to the Preqin Quarterly Update: Hedge Funds Q1 2021, the latest hedge fund industry update provided by leading alternative asset data provider Preqin. The
21 Apr. 2021 Swiss fund market posts further gains in March [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In March 2021, the volume of assets placed in the investment funds covered by the statistics compiled by Swiss Fund Data AG and Morningstar stood at CHF 1,416.7 billion. This corresponds to a month-on-month increase of CHF 45.0 billion or 3.3%. Net outflows totaled CHF 1.
21 Apr. 2021 Total hedge fund capital surpass $3.8tln [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Driven by the strongest start to the year since 2000 and the continuation of investor allocations, hedge fund industry capital extended the year-end surge into 1Q 2021, surpassing multiple milestones of industry growth and expansion. Total hedge fund capital surpas
21 Apr. 2021 Notz Stucki appoints Christophe Verbaere as Chief Operating Officer [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Geneva-based asset management firm NOTZ STUCKI has appointed Christophe Verbaere as Group Chief Operating Officer. The COO role looks after operations and IT, and has a seat on the Executive Committee. With extensive experience in finance and other sectors, Christophe Ver
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    From Bloomberg: Private debt investors are turning away from distressed funds amid shrinking opportunities to profit from troubled companies. Investors were less keen to put their money to work in funds that target distressed credits in the past quarter than a year ago, according to a poll of

  2. Investing: Cathie Wood's Ark Invest abandons Chinese tech stocks amid regulatory crackdown[more]

    From Business Insider: Cathie Wood's Ark Invest has slashed its exposure to Chinese tech stocks amid an ongoing regulatory crackdown, according to Ark's daily trading updates. Ark's flagship Disruptive Innovation ETF has seen its exposure to Chinese stocks fall to less than 1% from a high of 8

  3. SPACs: SEC abruptly kills Ackman's controversial SPAC plans, Bill Ackman rejigs Universal deal after regulators probe SPAC plan, SPAC-ing the Southeast Asia story, SPAC deals will rebound for remainder of 2021[more]

    SEC abruptly kills Ackman's controversial SPAC plans From Institutional Investor: The Securities and Exchange Commission has killed Bill Ackman's special purpose acquisition company's complicated plan to invest in Universal Music Group. On Monday, his SPAC, Pershing Square Tontin

  4. New Launches: Apollo investors look past Black-Epstein tie to back impact fund, Leeds Equity closes in on $1.25bn for its seventh buyout fund, Schroders Capital surpasses $389m for its fifth European infrastructure senior debt fund, Neuberger Berman closes NB Private Equity Impact Fund at nearly $280m, HSBC AM launches fintech venture capital strategy, Slate rounds up close to $600m for first credit fund, Trifecta Capital raises $130m for close of VC fund, Lumira Ventures closes on $255m of new capital to build transformative healthcare companies[more]

    Apollo investors look past Black-Epstein tie to back impact fund From Bloomberg: The backlash against Apollo Global Management Inc. over Leon Black's ties with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is waning, with investors lining up to entrust the firm to manage investments dedicated to social

  5. Investing: Tiger Global: The technology investor ruffling Silicon Valley feathers, Addepar raised $150m from hedge fund D1[more]

    Tiger Global: The technology investor ruffling Silicon Valley feathers From FT: For the first 15 years of running Tiger Global Management, Chase Coleman wore a suit every day in the hopes that investors would look past his inexperience. Today, his firm faces a different kind of reputat