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31 Mar. 2022 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ends February +0.58% (-0.75% YTD) on asset-weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended February 2022, up 0.58% MOM on an asset-weighted basis and up 0.14% MOM on an equal-weighted basis. The comparable benchmark indices were both down for the month with the S&P TSX 60 Total Return Index and S&P 500 Total R
31 Mar. 2022 Managed futures posted second year of pandemic gains in 2021 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures posted second year of pandemic gains in 2021, profiting from late-cycle equity and bond markets, but were caught out by the emergence of new Covid variants. Managed futures posted returns of 8.8% in 2021 - their second year of pandemic gains, said HFM
31 Mar. 2022 Hull Street Energy closes second fund on $1.125bn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hull Street Energy, LLC, the Washington D.C. area-based energy transition investment firm, today announced the final closing of its second institutional fund, Hull Street Energy Partners II, L.P. The Fund, which targets investments in the North American power sector as th
31 Mar. 2022 H.I.G. adds two managing directors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - H.I.G. Capital, LLC, a leading global alternative investment firm with $48 billion of capital under management, is pleased to announce the expansion of its dedicated Infrastructure team with the addition of Antonio Botija as a Managing Director in H.I.G.'s London office a
31 Mar. 2022 Asia-Pacific racks up $296bn private equity investments in 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Undeterred by global turbulence, Asia-Pacific private equity investment value grew to a record $296 billion in 2021, said a study. According to a Bain & Co. report, the quick rebound resulted partly from rapid vaccination rollouts that helped Asia-Pacific economies
30 Mar. 2022 Joseph Rotondo joins PE firm MidOcean Partners from Invesco [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Joseph Rotondo, Senior Portfolio Manager for Invesco's Global Senior Loan group, will be joining MidOcean Partners, as Senior Portfolio Manager for MidOcean Credit's Collateralized Loan Obligation ("CLO") business. MidOcean is a New York-based altern
30 Mar. 2022 Nasdaq-listed Hamilton Lane and ADDX tokenise private assets fund, in major Asia foray by the US firm [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The private markets investment firm Hamilton Lane (NASDAQ: HLNE) has partnered with digital securities exchange ADDX to tokenize a class of shares issued by Hamilton Lane Global Private Assets Fund (GPA), to enable access to the private markets for a broader set of invest
30 Mar. 2022 Impact Cubed's ESG platform launches new tools for hedge funds to tackle greenwashing and regulatory reporting [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Impact Cubed, a provider of ESG data and sustainable investment solutions, has launched new tools on its automated platform so investors can see into fund holdings, measure impact, and report to regulators. Providing enhanced transparency with factual ESG data means inves
30 Mar. 2022 Fund managers believe alternative asset classes are first in line for tokenisation [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Private equity and hedge fund assets are the most likely to see relevant levels of tokenisation as the market begins to build, new global research from tokenisation platform Token City shows. The study, conducted among fund managers in France, Spain, Germany, Switzerl
30 Mar. 2022 Versor Investments adds portfolio manager [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Versor Investments, a quantitative investment management firm focused on alternative investment strategies, today announced that Neetu Jhamb joined the firm as Partner and Co-Portfolio Manager of the firm's event-driven strategies, including its award-winning Merger A
30 Mar. 2022 Varenne Capital promotes three [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Varenne Capital Partners, a Paris, France-based investment firm today announces the promotion of three investment management professionals: Florent Bersani, Giacomo De Nardis and Bertrand Vaur to Managing Directors. Varenne Capital's 's 37-member team includes 15 inve
30 Mar. 2022 Cerulli: The democratization of private markets gains momentum in Europe [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Cerulli Associates' latest report, European Alternative Investments 2022: An Alternative Future in the Making, shows that the democratization of private assets, or offering retail investors access to private assets typically reserved for institutional investors, continues
30 Mar. 2022 Yellow Wood Partners clinches $750m fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Consumer-focused private equity firm Yellow Wood Partners has struck its $750m hard cap for the final close of its third fund Yellow Wood Capital Partners III. The new fund was oversubscribed and included capital commitments from many of Yellow Wood's long-time lim
30 Mar. 2022 Goldman Sachs to purchase Robo-adviser NextCapital [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) has agreed to acquire Chicago-based managed account provider NextCapital Group as it expands its asset-management services. The parent company Goldman Sachs (GS) Group, the American multinational investment bank, and financial s
29 Mar. 2022 Rothschild & Co shuffles leadership team [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York for New Managers: Investment bank Rothschild & Co. has shuffled its leadership team. Javed Khan, Head of Merchant Banking, has been appointed as a Managing Partner of Rothschild & C
29 Mar. 2022 ICG hits debut infrastructure fundraise target with $1.65bn final close [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global alternative asset manager Intermediate Capital Group (ICG) has completed fundraising for its debut Infrastructure fund, ICG Infrastructure Equity. The Fund reached total commitments of €1.5 billion, surpassing its target of €1 billion due to strong demand fro
29 Mar. 2022 Burford Capital raises $360m for new private investment fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global finance and asset manager Burford Capital Limited announced its new $360 million Burford Advantage Master Fund. According to a media release from the asset management firm focused on law, the Advantage Fund focuses on lower risk, lower return pre-settlement l
28 Mar. 2022 Investors pour $10bn into hedge funds in February, continue to flee credit strategies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After starting 2022 with net investor redemptions, hedge funds bounced back in February with investors pouring $10 billion in new money into the business. After January's outflows, year-to-date asset flows to the business now stand at +$7.95 billion and overall hedge fund
28 Mar. 2022 Thematic investing gains traction in Asia as the region launches 198 sector equity funds in 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Thematic investing has gained traction among Asian investors during the pandemic, evident from the net inflows of US$19.8 billion and US$19.3 billion gathered in 2020 and 2021, respectively, said a study. According to the report by Cerulli Associates, managers launc
25 Mar. 2022 New hedge fund launches rise as total industry capital surpasses historic milestone [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New hedge fund launches rose the highest level since 2017 as total industry capital remained above the historic $4 trillion milestone to begin 2022, according to the latest HFR Market Microstructure Report, released today by HFR. An estimated 614 new funds launched in 202
25 Mar. 2022 Private markets AUM hits nearly $10tn in 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Total assets under management across private markets reached $9.8 trillion as of June 30, 2021, up from $7.4 trillion a year earlier, said a study. According to a report by McKinsey & Company, after a year of pandemic-driven turbulence that suppressed fundraising an
25 Mar. 2022 Venture capital investor Redalpine launches $1.08bn fund with evergreen structure [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: European venture capital investor Redalpine is launching its next private equity fund with a target volume of CHF1 billion ($1.08bn) and an evergreen structure making it more attractive to a broader professional investor base. The Zurich-based early-stage VC firm sa
25 Mar. 2022 The passive investing super cycle could be coming to an end [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association has released a new report on what lies ahead for alternatives. The report notes that alternatives are expected to produce half of industry revenue in a few years, despite representing just 12% of th
24 Mar. 2022 Strategic Funds launches strategic commodity hedge fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Puerto Rico-based hedge fund Strategic Funds LLC announced the launch of The Strategic Commodity Fund, a new private hedge fund that marries traditional and digital economy exposure by pairing opportunistic trading in conventional exchange-traded commodities with more
24 Mar. 2022 Major institutional investors ready to re-think portfolio strategies [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: About two-thirds (66%) of major global institutional investors are more worried now than two years ago about extreme events disrupting their investment strategies-and nearly as many (64%) believe investors need to completely re-think how they approach portfolio constru
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    Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In the current rising interest rate environment, investment activity in the private markets has continued to grow, revealed a study. "With alts managers sitting on over $2.5T+ of dry powder and continuing to enjoy premium valuations and interest rates on a prec

  2. Opalesque Exclusive: Hong Kong manager expects additional tailwind in Asian markets[more]

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    B. G., Opalesque Geneva: In this interview, Dr. Patrick Welton, founder and CIO of Welton Investment Partners, offers his observations on the major macro themes expected to affect the comm

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