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02 Mar. 2020 The private equity industry stands at $1.5tn dry powder in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: According to BDO's 2020 U.S. Private Capital Outlook report, the private equity industry stands at the beginning of a new decade with more dry powder on hand than ever - $1.5 trillion - thanks to record fundraising in 2019. In 2002, the secondary market was about $2
02 Mar. 2020 Artificial intelligence: Venture capital activity records a fluctuating trend in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Venture capital (VC) funding and mergers & acquisitions (M&A) activity in the artificial intelligence (AI) space showcased a fluctuating trend across all the quarters in 2019. According to GlobalData, VC funding and M&A deal activity in the AI space remained inconsi
29 Feb. 2020 Ardian acquires real estate portfolio from Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Ardian, a world leading private investment house, has signed an agreement with Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena for the acquisition of a portfolio composed of 28 properties, owned by the MPS Group. The agreement concludes a competitive process started in July 2019. This fo
28 Feb. 2020 Hedge funds start off 2020 with $10.38bn in new money [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Following a challenging 2019 in which investors pulled approximately $100 billion from the global hedge fund industry, 2020 is starting off on a positive note, with investors adding $10.38 billion to the hedge fund business, according to the just-released eVestment Januar
28 Feb. 2020 iM Global Partner appoints Philippe Uzan as Chief Investment Officer [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - iM Global Partner announces the appointment of Philippe Uzan as Deputy CEO and CIO Asset Management. He will be in charge of managing the iM Global Partner fund platform and in particular the OYSTER fund range. Following the announcement of the acquisition of SYZ Asse
28 Feb. 2020 Global institutional assets under management reach $26.9tn in Q4 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Traditional asset managers reported institutional assets under management of $26.9 trillion through Q4 2019 to eVestment. According to the report by eVestment, net institutional flows totaled -$59.4 billion in the most recent quarter and -$210.7 billion over the fu
28 Feb. 2020 Asia, Europe see a massive high of fintech investment in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: While Europe saw a banner year of fintech funding in 2019, Asia saw relatively strong funding compared to historical norms, revealed a study. Europe set a new record for fintech funding - attracting $58.1 billion in investment compared to $43.4 billion in 2018, acco
28 Feb. 2020 Female representation in venture capital fundraising space up [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Demand and awareness for female representation in venture capital is increasing each year, revealed Preqin. In 2019, women-owned firms in the US closed 41 funds for just under $3bn in aggregate, which compares with a total of $49bn raised across all venture capital
28 Feb. 2020 Investcorp Absolute Return Investments and HC Technologies launch HC Capital Advisors [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York for New Managers: Investcorp and HC Technologies are partnering to launch a new quant firm - HC Capital Advisors. HC Technologies is a quantitative and algorithmic trading firm. HC
27 Feb. 2020 Roundtable Capital and Barometer Capital to merge [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Canadian asset managers Roundtable Capital Partners Inc. and Barometer Capital Management Inc. are to merge. The combined entity will operate as
27 Feb. 2020 Women still account for less than 20% of alternative assets employees [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Representation has improved over the last two years, but a strong imbalance remains, according to Preqin, a provider of data, analytics and insights to the alternative assets community: Preqin's landmark 2020 Women in Alternatives study finds that more women are
27 Feb. 2020 Blackstone global private equity head Joe Baratta to join board [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Joe Baratta, Blackstone's global head of private equity, will join its board of directors. Baratta, who has been with Blackstone for 22 years, has overseen the firm's corporate private equity business since 2012. A Blackstone statement said under Baratta's le
27 Feb. 2020 Summit Partners promotes five [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Summit Partners, a leading alternative investment firm, today announced the promotion of five professionals globally. Scott Ferguson and Sergio Mur were promoted to Principal; and Chris Bon, Olivia Ley and Jono Pagden were promoted to Vice President. "We are plea
27 Feb. 2020 US-based venture capital funds: Net cash flow turns negative for the third year in a row [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US-based venture capital funds have posted double-digit median net internal rate of return (IRR) from vintage 2010 onwards, said a report by Preqin. The high of 18.9% for vintage 2016 funds indicates early increases in the unrealized value of these funds' underlying
27 Feb. 2020 Asset managers: Fee pressure takes a toll on operating margins [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Operating margins for traditional publicly traded U.S. money managers fell by more than 20% over the five years ended Dec. 31, said a report. However, the balmy market environment generated equity returns of nearly 60% over the same period, according to Casey Quirk,
27 Feb. 2020 First Data deal drives US-based fintech investment to a new high in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The US set a new record for fintech funding in 2019, with $59.8 billion in investment compared to $58 billion in 2018, according to the 'Pulse of Fintech', a report by KPMG. According to the report, the top deals in the US in H2'19 included the $22 billion a
27 Feb. 2020 Ridgewood Infrastructure beats target on debut fund [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Ridgewood Infrastructure has closed its debut fund - Ridgewood Water & Strategic Infrastructure Fund at the $600 million hard cap. The vehicle beat its $500 million target. Ridgewood Infrastructure invests in essential infrastructure in the U.S. lower middl
26 Feb. 2020 Hedge funds predicted to increase level of shorting of UK stocks in 2020 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New research from ETF provider GraniteShares reveals 81% of institutional investors expect the use of leveraged investment strategies to increase over the next five years. Similarly, 58% predict the level of shorting of UK stocks by hedge funds to become more pre
26 Feb. 2020 Hedge funds assets reached reached all-time high end of 2019 despite record $15.4bn net outflows in Q4 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund industry assets under management (AUM) reached an all-time high at the end of 2019, with performance gains helping to offset negative capital flows and push total assets to $3.66tn, the industry has grown by 5.9% since the end of 2018. According to Preqin
26 Feb. 2020 Asian firms occupy top five venture capital-funded emerging tech companies in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: All the top five venture capital (VC) funded companies in the global emerging tech space in 2019 were from the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. According to GlobalData compilation, among the top five, Chinese and Indian companies occupied two positions each while a Singa
26 Feb. 2020 Global fintech investments reach $135.7bn across 2,693 deals: KPMG [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global fintech investment fell short of 2018's record year, with $137.5 billion invested across 2,693 deals in 2019 compared to $141 billion in 2018, said a report. According to the Pulse of Fintech H2, a report by KPMG, global fintech M&A rose from $91 billion in
26 Feb. 2020 US-based micro venture capital funds raise a record amount of capital in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US-based micro venture capital funds (sized at $100mn or less) had another record-breaking year in 2019, said a report. Managers of micro funds surpassed the $8.3bn raised in 2018 with $8.4bn secured through 282 fund closures, according to the report by Preqin and t
25 Feb. 2020 UK FCA opens new portal for reporting net short positions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The UK Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") has opened a new portal for reporting net short positions, the Electronic Submission System ("ESS"), with immediate effect. Position holders should note that the FCA no longer accepts notifications by email and should apply to cr
25 Feb. 2020 Europe: 2019's UCITS and AIF results to strengthen the average return of investment funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has published its latest monthly Investment Fund Industry Fact Sheet and 2019 overview of net sales data of UCITS and AIFs. After the challenging year 2018, 2019 ended as a good year for the European investmen
25 Feb. 2020 Venture capital fundraising see a steep drop-off in fund closures in Q4, 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Venture capital fundraising is typically strongest in the final quarter, but in 2019, an unexpectedly sluggish Q4 dampened the annual total. According to a Preqin report, at the end of Q3 2019, full-year fundraising by US-based venture capital funds looked set to o
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