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29 Jan. 2019 Luxor Capital Group takes over Atlantic City casino [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: New York-based hedge fund Luxor Capital Group has taken ownership of Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City. Bruce Deifik, a Colorado-based real estate developer and former principal owner of Ocean will retain a minority stake in the casino. Luxor is a $3.2 b
28 Jan. 2019 Dalton adds ESG specialist [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Dalton Investments announced today that Craig Mercer, through his company Dalriata Pty. Ltd, has entered into a consulting relationship with Dalton and will act as an environmental, social, and governance (ESG) specialist. In this role, Mercer will continue building out t
28 Jan. 2019 Former Winton CEO joins DG Partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - DG Partners, the London based investment management firm with approximately $1.1 billion in assets under management, today announced that Tony Fenner-Leitao has joined DG Partners (US) to head marketing and business development in relation to Systematic Strategies in Nort
28 Jan. 2019 Lazard beefs up ESG team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Lazard Asset Management today announced that Jennifer Anderson and Nikita Singhal have joined the firm as Co-Heads of Sustainable Investment and ESG (environmental, social and governance). Anderson and Singhal are based in London and New York, respectively. "Our inve
28 Jan. 2019 2018 proves a tough year for alternative UCITS funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Only one in six alternative UCITS funds was able to post positive results for the year and assets under management in the total space declined with slightly less than 8%. The LuxHedge Global Alternative UCITS Index posted a loss of -4.45% in 2018, the worst annual r
28 Jan. 2019 A bumper year for private equity buyout deals in 2018: Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A total of 5,106 private equity-backed buyout deals were announced through 2018, an all-time record, building on the previous record of 4,829 seen in 2017, said a latest report by Preqin. According to Preqin Insights the total value of these deals also rose to reach
28 Jan. 2019 21% of hedge funds up 5.00% or more in 2018 while 59% posted negative returns [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: According to a new research, the global hedge fund industry registered the worst performance in ten years in 2018 with 59% of funds posting negative returns as turbulent markets exacted a toll. The Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark finished the year with lo
25 Jan. 2019 eVestment: Hedge fund asset flows mixed in 2018 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Forty-two percent of hedge fund managers were able to raise new capital in 2018, but those that saw redemptions and/or lost money were in the majority, according to the latest hedge fund asset flows report from eVestment. Investors removed -$19.64 billion fr
24 Jan. 2019 Currency asset management doyen Gary Klopfenstein strengthening QCAM's international market growth plans [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - QCAM Currency Asset Management announced that Gary Klopfenstein will serve as a Senior Strategic Advisor to the company. In this role, Mr. Klopfenstein will advise QCAM on both business and trading strategies with a focus on expanding the firm's capabilities and exten
24 Jan. 2019 New Crypto Valley top 50 shows Swiss blockchain industry defying 'crypto winter' [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investment company CV VC, in collaboration with PwC Strategy & and IT partner inacta, has published its new quarterly list of the largest and most important companies in Switzerland and Liechtenstein's Crypto Valley Blockchain cluster. The survey finds that, at the en
24 Jan. 2019 Hennessee: Hedge funds lost -2.27% in December [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hennessee Group LLC announced today that the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index decreased -2.27% for the month (-2.15% YTD), while the S&P 500 was down -9.18% (-6.0% YTD), the Dow Jones Industrial Average decreased -8.66% (-6.18% YTD), and the NASDAQ Composite Index lost -9.48% (
24 Jan. 2019 Record year for crypto fund launches: 239 new crypto funds were launched in 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 2018 was a record year for crypto fund launches. But, interestingly, it was also a record year for fund closures as prices for cryptocurrencies plummeted 80% or more from their record highs, said a research report. A surprising new report from Crypto Fund Research r
24 Jan. 2019 Colony Capital acquires LatAm portfolio from Abraaj [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: $44 billion private equity firm Colony Capital has acquired Abraaj's Latin American funds. The news follows a report from the Wall
24 Jan. 2019 Silver Lane acquired by Raymond James [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Boutique investment bank Silver Lane has been acquired by Raymond James. The transaction is expected to close in April of this year. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The Silver Lane team will become the Asset & Wealth Management group within the
23 Jan. 2019 IMDDA extends period for first global designation exam [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Faced with high demand, the Investment Management Due Diligence Association (IMDDA), an exclusive investor-based organization dedicated to the professionals who investigate facts concerning investment programs, announced that it has extended the global testing period for
23 Jan. 2019 63% of institutional investors feel senior execs don't understand blockchain [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 63% of respondents believe that senior business executives at large established businesses have a poor understanding of blockchain technology, said a small industry poll. A survey of institutional investors by the Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC) revealed t
22 Jan. 2019 Lyxor maintain overweight on merger arbitrage [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Alternative strategies appear overall attractive but dispersion across strategies might be high, said Lyxor in its weekly brief. "As we start 2019, we are positioned around three axes: reduce exposure to high beta strategies, reduce sensitivity to Momentum, and lev
22 Jan. 2019 Asia-Pacific outpaces global AUM, doubling to $30tn by 2025: PwC [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: By 2025, assets under management (AUM) in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) is set to outpace any other region globally, and almost double that from 2017. According to a report released by PwC, Asia-Pacific AUM is set to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 8.7%, from $1
22 Jan. 2019 Swiss Bank Falcon launches crypto wallet [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Switzerland-based Falcon Private Bank has introduced a cryptocurrency wallet as well as support for direct transfers and storage of select cryptocurrencies for private and institutional investors. According to an official press release, both private and institution
21 Jan. 2019 Bainbridge Equity Market Neutral fund launched with reduced fees for early investors [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: London based quantitative investment specialist Bainbridge Partners has launched a multi-strategy, global, equity market neutral investment fund following approval by the CSSF in Luxembourg, late last year. According to company sources, the fund has launched with
21 Jan. 2019 Crypto exchange Binance enters European markets with JTC, Carey Olsen support [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Binance, which claims to be the world's largest cryptocurrency exchange, has expanded into the European market with its entry into the Island of Jersey, a self-governing dependency of Great Britain. The offshore law firm Carey Olsen has provided legal and regulato
18 Jan. 2019 Investors in hedge funds redeem $22 bln in 4Q 2018, highest quarterly outflow since 3Q 2016 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Total hedge fund industry capital declined from the prior quarter record as investors redeemed capital, equity markets posted record losses, and financial market volatility surged. Investors redeemed an estimated $22.5 billion (0.7 percent of industry capital) from h
18 Jan. 2019 Eurekahedge ILS Advisers Index ended 2018 down 2.93% in second loss year [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Eurekahedge ILS Advisers Index, that covers insurance-linked securities (ILS) hedge fund strategies, ended 2018 down 2.93%, recording its second consecutive year of losses after 2017, during which the index slumped 5.60%. The catastrophic losses incurred by Hu
18 Jan. 2019 Global hedge fund industry AUM stood at $2.336tn as of December 2018: Eurekahedge [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The assets under management (AUM) of the global hedge fund industry stood at $2.336tn as of December 2018, down roughly 4.5% throughout the year, placing 2018 as the worst year for the global hedge fund industry since the global financial crisis. According to Eureka
17 Jan. 2019 Preqin: Dry powder in PE reaches $2tn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - At the end of June 2018, private capital dry powder - the capital available for fund managers to deploy - surpassed the $2tn mark to reach $2.10tn. Geographically, the majority of dry powder is still targeting North America, although that proportion has been declining in
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