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11 Mar. 2020 Pimco takes over Allianz Real Estate, forming $100bn unit [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global investment management firm Pacific Investment Management (Pimco) is taking over management of Allianz Real Estate, forming a combined unit with $100 billion in assets. Allianz Real Estate will become part of Pimco's Private Strategies platform withi
10 Mar. 2020 Real estate investors look to higher-risk strategies and emerging markets for better performance [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investors in real estate are extremely satisfied with the performance of their portfolios in 2019 by comparison with other asset classes, said a study. According to Preqin, twenty-one percent of those surveyed said that performance exceeded their expectations in 20
10 Mar. 2020 Sovereigns under threat by the dual impact of COVID-19 and oil price shock [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Sovereign credit fundamentals and ratings already under pressure from the coronavirus outbreak may be further hit by the oil price shock. According to Fitch Ratings, the dual impact of COVID-19 and the latest oil price collapse will affect countries depends on their
10 Mar. 2020 Nasdaq acquires institutional investment fintech firm Solovis [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The United States stock exchange operator Nasdaq announced the acquisition of Solovis, a provider of multi-asset class portfolio management solutions, for an undisclosed sum. With this Nasdaq will offer Solovis' solutions through Nasdaq's eVestment group, broadening
10 Mar. 2020 Aon acquires Willis Towers Watson in all stock deal [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Aon plc and Willis Towers Watson have announced a definitive agreement to combine in a $30 billion all-stock transaction. Willis Towers Watson will come under the Aon banner. The combined company will have an $80 billion valuation. Aon will maintain operat
09 Mar. 2020 HFRI 500 Relative Value gains in February as global equities plunge on contagion fears [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds posted mixed performance in February, led by fixed income-based Relative Value Arbitrage strategies, as global equities and commodities suffered steep declines on spreading coronavirus contagion fears. The investable HFRI 500 Relative Value Index gained +1.
09 Mar. 2020 Private debt: Performance expectations low amid concerns over pricing pressure [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private debt investors are more optimistic than they were at the end of 2018, but performance expectations have been lowered amid concerns over pricing pressure, said a report by Preqin. Among investors Preqin surveyed across all asset classes in November 2019, thos
09 Mar. 2020 Windham Capital launches ESG Risk Scaling Strategy [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Boston-based asset management firm Windham Capital Management has launched the Windham ESG Risk Scaling strategy. The asset management firm specializing in risk-based solutions said that its ESG strategy is designed to deliver meaningful protection to a diversified
06 Mar. 2020 SBAI publishes a memo on conflicts of interest between parallel funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Standards Board for Alternative Investments (SBAI) has published a memo on addressing potential conflicts of interest between parallel funds, which was developed by the Standards Board's Governance Working Group. The Standards Board is the global standard-settin
06 Mar. 2020 Angel Island Capital closes $440m second credit opportunities fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Golden Gate Capital-backed credit firm Angel Island Capital has raised around $440m for the close for AIC Opportunities Fund II. The San Francisco-based multi-strategy credit investment advisor and portfolio company said that the fund is AIC's inaugural third-party
06 Mar. 2020 86% of private equity investors plan to maintain or increase capital commitments in 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investors on the hunt for yield continued to commit capital to private equity in 2019, boosting total fundraising to $595bn, according to a study. Preqin Investor Outlook AlternativeAssets H1 2020 said that 2019 was the third year in a row that the amount secured
06 Mar. 2020 Petershill in talks to invest in Permira [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Petershill, an investing unit within Goldman Sachs that makes minority investments in asset managers, is in talks to invest in British private equity house Permira. The Wall Street Journal
06 Mar. 2020 CalSTRs CEO set to retire [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: CalSTRS CEO Jack Ehnes will retire in September. Ehnes made the announcement during a board meeting at the pension system today. Ehnes joined CalSTRS as CEO in February 2002. Ehnes is currently chairman of the FTSE Green Industries Advisory Committee and vi
05 Mar. 2020 Alternatives investor appetite holds steady in the face of challenging market conditions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Strong performance across most asset classes has kept satisfaction high, according to Preqin: Preqin's Investor Outlook: Alternative Assets, H1 2020* finds that investors are generally satisfied with performance in 2019. A minimum of 71% of investors in each
05 Mar. 2020 Reverence Capital Partners hits a $1.2bn hard cap for financial services fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Financial services-focused Reverence Capital has hit a $1.2bn hard cap for the final close of its latest investment vehicle, Reverence Capital Opportunities Fund II. The New York-based firm was initially seeking $750m for Fund II but was able to surpass this amount
05 Mar. 2020 Optimistic hedge fund investors to allocate more capital, reposition defensively [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund performance improved over 2019, but investors are demanding more from hedge funds. "Performance resurges from 2018, but investors are looking to rebalance their portfolios in what could be a make-or-break moment for the asset class," revealed Preqin Investo
04 Mar. 2020 Equity UCITS sales bounced back in Q4 but bond funds remain 2019 bestsellers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has published its latest Quarterly Statistical Release describing the trends in the European investment fund industry in the fourth quarter of 2019 as well as a summary for the full year. The report also incl
04 Mar. 2020 Bregal Investments closes latest growth equity fund at $1.5bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New York-based growth-focused private equity firm Bregal Sagemount has closed its Bregal Sagemount Fund III, at a hard cap of $1.5 billion, exceeding its $1.35 billion target. The prior fund, Bregal Sagemount Fund II, closed at $960 million in February 2017. Fund
04 Mar. 2020 Institutional investors to increase allocation to private markets [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Institutional investors across the world are shifting their interest from listed assets to private markets, said a new survey by BlackRock Inc. For fresh allocations, private markets remain the favorite by a wide margin. Indeed, more than half (55%) of investors sai
04 Mar. 2020 CTAs hit by equity slump but still up in February [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: CTAs, Special Situations, and L/S Equity Directional strategies suffered the most this week from their long exposures to equities, said Lyxor in its weekly brief. Merger Arbitrage strategies benefited from their lower correlation with equity markets and outperforme
04 Mar. 2020 ESG factors link to credit risk, says study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors have a more significant effect on sovereign credit spreads in developed markets than emerging ones, says a study. A research by Federated Hermes said there is a significant correlation and a "meaningful" relationshi
03 Mar. 2020 BV Investment Partners pulls in $1.1bn for buyout fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Boston-based middle-market private equity firm BV Investment Partners has closed its tenth fund on its $1.1 billion hard cap in a first and final close. BV Investment Partners Fund X's target was $1 billion. Fund X is 47% larger than its predecessor fund, the $
03 Mar. 2020 US tops cross-border M&A activity in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: With more than 1,500 outbound and than 1,300 inbound mergers and acquisitions (M&A) deals, the US occupied the top position in terms of outbound and inbound M&A deal volume and value in 2019. However, it lagged behind some of the top ten countries, in terms of volum
02 Mar. 2020 Global economy faces gravest threat since the crisis as coronavirus spreads [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The coronavirus Covid-19 presents the global economy with its greatest danger since the financial crisis, according to the OECD's latest Interim Economic Outlook. Covid-19 is spreading from China to othe
02 Mar. 2020 As India, Middle East hedge funds advance, HFRI China, Japan Indices fall to begin the year [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds investing in Emerging Markets and developed Asian regions began 2020 with a surge in realized asset volatility driven by the spreading coronavirus, a report from HFR said. According to HFR, coronavirus has contributed to steep losses across regional equi
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