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10 Apr. 2019 iCapital partners with Nasdaq to create marketplace for private funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: iCapital Network, an alternatives investment platform for wealthy investors, is working with Nasdaq Private Market (NPM) to create a marketplace for individual investors to sell their private equity fund stakes. The NPM platform will offer liquidity solutions to a
10 Apr. 2019 Institituional investors increasing ESG investment in line with the UN goals, finds BNP Paribas Securities Services [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investors are increasing environmental, social and governance (ESG) investments in line with the UN's sustainable development goals (SDGs) framework, BNP Paribas Securities Services' ESG Global Investor Study 2019. Over half (52 percent) of environmental, social an
10 Apr. 2019 France: Private debt fund activity shows strong growth in 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The private debt fund activity in France in 2018 recorded sharp increase confirming the growing importance of private debt in financing methods, offering companies and equity investors an alternative and complementary financing solution to bank debt. According to
09 Apr. 2019 Hedge fund managers recorded strongest Q1 post-crisis despite growth forecast cuts [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index gained 1.00% in March, supported by strength in global equity and bond markets as central banks shy away from tight monetary policies. Optimism over the progress of the US-China trade talk supported both countries' equities over the fi
09 Apr. 2019 Shelter Rock Partners with Singapore's Philip Levinson to lead Asian Expansion [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Shelter Rock Capital Advisors today announced it has formed a strategic alliance with Penmount Partners to lead Shelter Rock's expansion in Asia. Penmount's Managing Partner is industry veteran Philip (Lev) Levinson a Singapore-based, real estate focused, capital advisor.
09 Apr. 2019 CTA strategies that exclude commodities outperforms: Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: CTAs' winning streak continues (+1.1% last week) in the hedge fund space, according to the Lyxor CTA UCITS peer group. CTA strategies that exclude commodities from their investment universe outperformed (+5.9% vs. +3.5% YTD for CTAs including commodities). C
09 Apr. 2019 Allocations to emerging fund managers decrease but average seeding amount up in 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Less seeding/allocating to emerging managers is taking place, said a survey. Compared with last year, allocators/seeders are meeting with and investing with fewer emerging managers, Peltz International's 2019 Survey of Allocators/Seeders of Emerging Managers said.
09 Apr. 2019 Michel Brogard joins CQS as head of US [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Michel Brogard has joined $18.4 billion hedge fund CQS as head of the London-based firm's US Business. Brogard will be based in New York. He will replace Jeffrey Lindenbaum who will head up intermediary distribution, a new role within the firm. Acco
08 Apr. 2019 Prytania AM adds Grosvenor's Felton to board [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Prytania Asset Management has announced the appointment of Eric Felton as independent director of the firm, effective April 1 2019. Eric has a wealth of investment experience, most latterly from 13 years as CFO of GCM Grosvenor, one of the world's largest alternative ass
08 Apr. 2019 Asia ex-Japan hedge funds already up 12% in Q1 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Asia ex-Japan hedge funds posted strong gains for both March and in the first quarter, performance data released Friday by Hedge Fund Research showed. Asia ex-Japan Index added +4.3% in March and +12.0% for Q1 2019, the report said. Aggregate hedge fund return
05 Apr. 2019 Fredrik Thor joins Resscapital's portfolio management team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Resscapital AB strengthens its portfolio management team by appointing Fredrik Thor as Portfolio Manager. "Fredrik brings, with his long experience in financial markets and portfolio management, valuable knowledge to our company. As an investment manager in a complex
05 Apr. 2019 Merida Capital Partners launches third Cannabis Fund for $200m [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The New York-based Merida Capital Partners revealed it had raised $200m for its third fund as it looks to continue investing in the cannabis industry, which has seen a flurry of deals in recent weeks. Since launching its first fund in late 2016, Merida has deployed
05 Apr. 2019 NY Church Pension Fund invests $40m to infrastructure fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Church Pension Fund (CPF), New York, which serves the Episcopal Church, made a $40 million investment in the New Energy Capital Infrastructure Credit Fund II. New Energy Capital Partners (NEC) is the manager of the infrastructure fund, which "will invest acros
05 Apr. 2019 $185bn raised across 12,500 venture capital transactions in 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 2018 marked another record year for global venture capital financing, with a total disclosed value of USD185 billion (EUR165 billion) raised across more than 12,500 transactions, revealed a study. Total transaction volume grew five per cent per year from 2014 to 2
05 Apr. 2019 CTAs have strong March: Societe Generale [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: All Societe Generale CTA indices posted positive performance in March bringing the CTA Index and Trend Index back on track for 2019 year to date. Societe Generale Prime Services said that it has been the best month for CTAs since the beginning of last year, in ter
04 Apr. 2019 Tikehau Capital brings on Nithin Johnson for biz dev [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Tikehau Capital the alternative asset management and investment group, today announced the appointment of Nithin Johnson as Executive Director of Business Development based in New York. Johnson will support the growth of Tikehau Capital's North American business by devel
04 Apr. 2019 Canadian asset manager Ninepoint Partners launches Ninepoint Trade Finance Fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Canada's alternative asset manager Ninepoint Partners has launched Ninepoint Trade Finance Fund. The fund was launched together with US-based alternative asset management company Highmore Group Advisors acting as Advisor to originate and underwrite transactions th
04 Apr. 2019 Ontario Teachers' posts 2.5% return for 2018 amid most volatile markets [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Canada's Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (OTPP) returned a net 2.5% in 2018, bringing its total assets to C$191.1bn ($140.1bn) as of Dec. 31. Toronto-based pension fund said in a press release that its return was above its custom benchmark's 0.7% return.
04 Apr. 2019 Shorting Lyft? That'll cost you. [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Lyft shares have been on a bit of a ride since Friday's IPO. Shares were up 8.7% following their debut at $72 a share, only to tumble this week ending Wednesday at $70. That volatility has also made Lyft shares the most expensive US equity to borrow, accor
04 Apr. 2019 New hedge funds are significantly raising minimum investment levels: Study [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Minimum investment amounts required by newly launched funds have skyrocketed as new managers are seeking out more start-up capital to counteract their rising bills, said the 'Seward & Kissel 2018 New Hedge Fund Study'. To launch their enterprises on a stable
03 Apr. 2019 BNY Mellon and BlackRock partner on client service tech [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation and BlackRock, through its BlackRock Solutions business, announced today a strategic alliance to deliver integrated data, technology, and asset management servicing capabilities to common clients. These new capabilities integrate BN
03 Apr. 2019 Dawn Capital leads $10M funding round for derivatives analytics platform OpenGamma [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - OpenGamma, a leader in derivatives analytics, announced today that it has raised $10 million in funding led by early-stage fintech and B2B software venture capital firm Dawn. The funding round includes participation from existing investors Accel, CME Ventures and ex-SunGu
03 Apr. 2019 Global Impact Investing Network publishes standards guide [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), today launches its Core Characteristics of Impact Investing, four tenets that define the growing space of impact investing and will provide financial markets with greater clarity on what constitutes credible impact investing pra
03 Apr. 2019 Joe DaGrosa and David Neithardt launch DaGrosa Capital Partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Today veteran investment executives, Joe DaGrosa and David Neithardt, have launched DaGrosa Capital Partners, established to manage their public securities investments for their respective family offices as well as those of their co-investors. In partnership with General
03 Apr. 2019 Tikehau Capital appoints Frédéric Giovansili as deputy CEO of Tikehau IM [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Tikehau Capital, the alternative asset management and investment group, has appointed Frédéric Giovansili as Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Tikehau Investment Management, the company's primary asset management platform, with effect from 1 April 2019. Reportin
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