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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
21 Jun. 2019 US financial services firms advance rapidly with artificial intelligence [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A large number (84%) of surveyed US financial services corporations revealed they are either currently in or past the "enlightenment age" of artificial intelligence (AI), said a survey. According to Broadridge's AI Outlook Survey for 2019, firms are using AI for da
21 Jun. 2019 Global hedge fund industry AUM grows by $0.5bn as of May 2019 YTD: Eurekahedge [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global hedge fund industry AUM has grown by $0.5bn as of May 2019 year-to-date, said the June 2019 Eurekahedge report. Final Q1 2019 net outflows figure stood at $46.4bn, just under half of the investor redemptions totalling $94.7bn seen in the final quarter of
20 Jun. 2019 Private equity can boost impact investing, but GPs have to focus on transparency and trust building KMPG says [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The impact investing market size is now estimated to be $502 billion. But is private equity ready for it? A new report from KPMG surveyed senior private equity executives who are active in impact investing and asked them how funds can be successful if they shift
20 Jun. 2019 Infrastructure funds' investments in shipping growing larger, says Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Looking back at the development of the shipping-focused fundraising market in recent years reveals that managers have been closing fewer funds, but at record-high totals. According to Preqin Insights, the infrastructure funds investing in the shipping industry h
20 Jun. 2019 Institutional support on the rise in plant-based food sector [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Over the past two years, $13bn has been invested in the US vegan/alternative food industry, bringing the total amount invested in the sector up to $17bn, said latest Preqin Insights. With the vast majority of this capital injected into the industry within the past
20 Jun. 2019 H.I.G. Capital raises $1.5bn for special situations credit fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: H.I.G. Capital, alternative assets investment firm with over $31bn of equity capital under management, said that its distressed debt and special situation affiliate H.I.G. Bayside Capital closed its latest special situations credit fund, H.I.G. Bayside Loan Opportunity
19 Jun. 2019 Lazard Asset Management expands Quantitative Equity Platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Lazard Asset Management LLC (LAM), today announced the expansion of its quantitative equity platform with the addition of a San Francisco-based investment team. The new Lazard U.S. Systematic Equity team comprised of Oren Shiran, Philip Summe, Stefan Tang, and Seav
19 Jun. 2019 Seymour Banks joins INDOS Financial as head of ESG [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - INDOS Financial, the independent fund depositary and oversight business has appointed Seymour Banks as Head of ESG - Environmental, Social & Governance. He will be responsible for leading and developing INDOS's independent ESG screening and verification service to asset
19 Jun. 2019 SLC Management: A new $160bn asset manager established [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Sun Life Financial Inc. has merged several of its third-party money managers to create a new institutional investment arm - SLC Management. With $160bn combined assets under management as of March 31, 2019, SLC Management provides its more than 1000 institutional
19 Jun. 2019 Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark registers first negative monthly return in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark generated its first negative monthly return for 2019 in May, posting a loss of 0.10%. This ended a four-month stretch of positive monthly returns for the industry benchmark. Consequently, the YTD figure fell to +6.40%
18 Jun. 2019 SALT announces its signature global thought leadership conference in Abu Dhabi, UAE [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - On the heels of its successful 10th anniversary flagship conference in Las Vegas, SALT announced that it will bring the global thought leadership forum to Abu Dhabi later this year in strategic partnership with Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the International Financial C
18 Jun. 2019 Mark R. Freeman launches Socorro Asset Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Socorro Asset Management LP, a long only asset management firm, will launch on July 1, 2019. Mark Freeman, founder and Chief Investment Officer, will manage the long onl
18 Jun. 2019 Global hedge fund redemptions continue for a second straight month [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The pace of hedge fund redemptions slowed in April but continued for a second straight month with $9.4 billion in net outflows worldwide, down from $11.0 billion in March. Despite the outflows, industry assets under management increased to more than $3.09 trillion due to
18 Jun. 2019 Crestbridge opens New York office [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Crestbridge, a leading independent fiduciary, administration, accounting and professional services provider, has opened its sixth office, in New York. The representative office, which complements Crestbridge's existing network of offices in London, Luxembourg, Bahra
18 Jun. 2019 Special situations strategies remain active buyers despite adverse market conditions [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Adverse conditions unlock opportunities for special situations, which have remained active buyers, said Lyxor in its weekly brief. Since President Trump's tweets, U.S. activists launched no less than 40 new campaigns. Details reveal interesting investing patterns.
18 Jun. 2019 Intertrust acquires Viteos Fund Services for $330m [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Dutch fund administrator Intertrust Intertrust announced the acquisition of the provider of technology solutions for U.S. funds Viteos Fund Services from PPC Enterprises, FiveW Capital (an affiliate of 22C Capital) and Viteos management. Viteos is a tech-enabled a
18 Jun. 2019 Alma Capital acquires DWS hedge fund UCITS business [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Luxembourg-based Alma Capital Investment Management will acquire DWS's hedge fund UCITS business. The platform has €2 billion across six funds. The deal is expected to be complete in the second half of this year. The UCITS funds have a range of strateg
17 Jun. 2019 Willis Towers Watson announces Luba Nikulina as head of research and Chris Redmond as head of manager research [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Willis Towers Watson has announced that Luba Nikulina will take on a new leadership role as head of research, effective as of 1st July. At the same time, Chris Redmond will be taking over from Nikulina as head of manager research. In her expanded role, Nikulina will
17 Jun. 2019 CalSTRS appoints director of investment strategy and risk [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Geraldine Jimenez was named director of investment strategy and risk at the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS). Investment strategy and risk is a new unit in the investment branch of the $233.9 billion California State Teachers' Retiremen
17 Jun. 2019 Blackstone raises $4.5bn for energy fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The credit arm of asset-management giant Blackstone Group, GSO Capital Partners has raised $4.5bn for one of the largest energy-focused credit funds ever. The second energy fund, GSO Energy Select Opportunities Fund II LP, comes at a tough time for the energy indu
14 Jun. 2019 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index down at -0.92% in May [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index May 2019 measured -0.92%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 0.19% in June. "SS&C GlobeOp's Capital Movement Index showed a gain of 0.19% for
14 Jun. 2019 Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index falls -1.27% in May [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Wilshire Liquid Alternative IndexSM, which provides a representative baseline for how the broad liquid alternative investment category performs, returned -1.27% in May, underperforming the -0.68% monthly return of the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index. The Wilshire Liquid
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