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04 Jun. 2019 Selling a stake in a PE management company is fine, say LPs, depending on the GP's motivation [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Two thirds of investors will support a GP decision to sell a stake in its management company if it is to facilitate generational change at the business or to strengthen the resources the manager focuses on its market, according to the 30th edition of Coller Capital's Glob
04 Jun. 2019 Serge Harry joins CQS as group chief financial officer [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The investment management firm CQS announced that Serge Harry has joined CQS as Group Chief Financial Officer. He will report to Xavier Rolet, CQS' Chief Executive Officer, and he will join the CQS Executive Committee. Serge will also oversee the Human Resources fu
04 Jun. 2019 CTA strategies end in positive territory in May [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Alternative strategies performed reasonably well in May given the adverse conditions, said Lyxor in its Weekly Brief. Hedge fund strategies were down last week and for the full month of May on the back of adverse market conditions. Yet, alternative strategies perf
04 Jun. 2019 UBP joins force with Rothschild & Co for private equity launch [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Swiss group Union Bancaire Privée (UBP) has signed a partnership with investment bank Rothschild & Co to provide a private equity fund for private and institutional clients. Through this partnership UBP will benefit from Rothschild & Co's experience in private equi
04 Jun. 2019 AI seen to revolutionize financial services more than blockchain next five years [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 94% of UK-based financial services industry decision-makers believe that Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the most potential to revolutionise the sector over the next five years, considerably ahead of blockchain (53%) and the Internet of Things (24%). A survey am
03 Jun. 2019 Blackstone strikes the largest private real estate deal in history, buys Singapore-based GLP for $18.7bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The alternative investment manager Blackstone has struck the largest private real estate deal in history when it signed a deal to buy the US warehouses portfolio of Singapore-based GLP for $18.7bn, including debt. The transaction to acquire assets from three of GL
03 Jun. 2019 Marathon Asset Management raises $360m for new aviation fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New York-based credit investment manager Marathon Asset Management has announced the closure of its first fund -Marathon Aviation Fund - amounting to $360m, solely dedicated to aviation leasing. The new strategy, which was oversubscribed, will focus on leasing the
03 Jun. 2019 The United States is top source of traffic to crypto exchanges globally [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The United States has ranked as the top country contributing traffic to cryptocurrency exchanges. A study showed that 24.5% of all exchange traffic originates in the United States. Japan comes next in web traffic going to crypto exchanges, according to research co
03 Jun. 2019 Shinnecock Partners launches alternative fine art lending fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Shinnecock Partners, a family office investment boutique, has launched an open-ended, standalone dedicated alternative art lending fund (ALF) building on its seven-year non-bank lending history and fine-art secured lending experience. According to Alan Snyder, mana
31 May. 2019 HFRI China hedge fund Index up 16% YTD through April [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Chinese hedge funds have posted record gains into mid-2019, dominating the risk-on sentiment-fueled surge of Emerging Markets performance that has led the industry through mid-year, as reported with the release of the HFR Asian Hedge Fund Industry Report and the
31 May. 2019 Angelo Gordon closes latest fund at $2.75bn, exceeding its target [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Angelo Gordon, a $33bn alternative investment firm focused on credit and real estate investing, announced that it has raised over $2.75bn in equity commitments for its most recent U.S. real estate fund, AG Realty Value Fund X, exceeding the fund's $2.5bn target. A
31 May. 2019 iM Global Partner and Dynamic Beta investments launch Managed Futures Strategy ETF [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: iM Global Partners and New York-based hedge fund advisory firm Dynamic Beta Investments have rolled out an actively-managed managed futures exchange traded funds (ETF) . The iM DBi Managed Futures Strategy ETF (DBMF) comes with an expense ratio of 0.85% and lists
31 May. 2019 Net institutional outflows totaled -$22.8bn in Q1 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Long-only asset managers reported Q1 2019 institutional assets under management of $26.8tn, said eVestment. According to eVestment Q1 2019 Traditional Asset Flows Report, net institutional flows totaled -$22.8 n in Q1 2019 and -$499.0bn over the past four quarter
31 May. 2019 Global investor confidence rises in May by 6.6 points to 79.5 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global investor confidence rose to 79.5 points during May, up 6.6 points from April, yet overall sentiment towards markets remained low. While European and North American investor confidence increased to 76.7 and 92.5 points respectively, in Asia it dropped by 4.
30 May. 2019 Adams Street Partners closes debut private credit program with $1.1bn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Adams Street Partners, a private markets investment management firm with $37 billion of assets under management, announced today it has successfully completed fundraising for its inaugural Private Credit program with approximately $1.1 billion of capital available to depl
30 May. 2019 AI founder says 90% of investment signals from AI algos, alternative data are false [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Alpha Vertex, a financial technology company, sees untapped opportunity in advanced natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning tools to extract information - such as investment signals - from unstructured, text-based datasets with broad coverage. To tap
30 May. 2019 Latin American investors reveal growing importance of ESG/SRI metrics [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Environmental, social and governance (ESG)/ Socially responsible investing (SRI) appear to be gaining in influence for Latin American equities investors in tune with global trends. More investors are placing value on various facets of ESG/SRI investing and many inv
29 May. 2019 Canaccord Genuity invests in AI-powered hedge fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global investment banking and financial services company Canaccord Genuity Group has made a strategic investment in Artificial Intelligence powered hedge fund, Castle Ridge Asset Management. The investment will enable Castle Ridge to expand its distribution channe
29 May. 2019 Schroders acquires $1.3bn European real estate boutique Blue Asset Management [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global investment manager Schroders Schroders has bolstered its real estate capabilities with the acquisition of a boutique property investment manager in Germany. The acquisition of the €1.2bn ($1.3bn) Munich-based boutique manager, which invests in commercial an
29 May. 2019 IOSCO seeks feedback on regulating trading in crypto-assets [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) is seeking comments on a consultation paper that describes the issues associated with crypto-asset trading platforms (CTPs) and sets forth key considerations to assist regulatory authorities
29 May. 2019 A majority of alternative fund managers predict a rise in regulatory arbitrage between EU member states [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Over two-thirds (67%) of alternative investment fund managers believe the prospect of regulatory arbitrage between European Union member states seeking to attract business is likely to grow over the next two years, according to a new study. Intertrust interv
28 May. 2019 KS Asia Absolute Return Fund gets three Eurekahedge awards [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - KS Asia Absolute Return Fund came out tops at the 16th annual Eurekahedge Asian Hedge Fund Awards ceremony, securing the Best Asian Hedge Fund award, along with Most Consistent Asia-based Hedge Fund and Best Asian Multi-Strategy Hedge Fund. Following closely behind t
28 May. 2019 New Swiss hedge fund manager Stouff Capital partners with REYL Group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Stouff Capital announces distribution agreement for qualified investors with REYL Group. The quantamental fund offers a range of disruptive products. Julien Sto
28 May. 2019 Canadian Institutional Investors to hike alternatives allocations: Study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Canadian institutional investors are seeking to further increase their overall allocations to alternative investment strategies, including hedge funds, real estate, private equity, infrastructure and private debt, said a study. Investors are focussing on transpare
28 May. 2019 Hedge funds managing well as the tech sector navigating troubled waters [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: As the U.S. aims to deglobalize the tech industry and protect its national interests, the tech sector is navigating troubled waters. The L/S Equity managers at Lyxor have managed the sudden tech sector repricing so far. Communication and tech positions remain d
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