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21 Apr. 2021 First sale of a patent via NFT blockchain token happens today [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - True Return Systems LLC and D. Tiller Law PLLC are preparing the sale of U.S. Patent No. 10,025,797 on the blockchain in the form of an NFT (Non-Fungible Token). This event, which begins on or about Wednesday, April 21st, and will be available here, is expected to be the
21 Apr. 2021 Digital Alpha raises $1bn for second digital infrastructure fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: U.S. investment firm focused on digital infrastructure Digital Alpha has raised more than $1 billion for its second fund. The vehicle - Digital Alpha Fund II LP - will build a portfolio of about a dozen investments. It exceeded its initial hard cap, bringing Digital
21 Apr. 2021 Fundraising for real estate funds more competitive as record 1,088 funds seek $338bn in commitments [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The number of real estate funds reaching final close more than halved to 52 securing 25% less capital than in Q1 2020. Real estate funds raised $25bn in Q1 2021 through 52 closed funds, said a report by Preqin. "The fundraising environment is becoming more comp
21 Apr. 2021 BentallGreenOak raises $2.3bn for third value-added fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: BentallGreenOak (BGO), the global real estate investment management advisor and provider of real estate services, has announced the successful final close of its third European value-add fund with a total of €1.9 billion ($2.3 billion) in commitments. GreenOak Euro
20 Apr. 2021 Barclay CTA Index gains 0.32% in March [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures funds turned in a second consecutive monthly gain in March returning 0.32%, according to the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. For the year to date, CTAs returned 2.29% through March. "A strengthening U.S. d
20 Apr. 2021 Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners raises $8.4bn for global renewable energy infrastructure fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Danish fund management company Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners closed its global greenfield renewables fund, Copenhagen Infrastructure IV, at EUR 7 billion ($8.4 billion), ahead of its EUR 5.5 billion target. According to a press release from the investment firm
20 Apr. 2021 Unlisted natural resources: 30 funds reach the final close in Q1 2021, securing $20bn, up 26% from the previous quarter [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Unlisted natural resources fundraising recovered notably in the first quarter with aggregate capital raised hitting $20bn in Q1 2021, up 26% on the previous quarter, said Preqin. However, compared to an unusually robust $46bn secured by fund managers in Q1 2020 fund
19 Apr. 2021 Hedge fund industry performance moderately positive in March [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Performance across the diverse hedge fund industry was moderately positive in March with 60% of reporting funds producing positive results and an average return of +0.83%, said eVestment. For the year, the aggregate return for the industry is +4.92%, a fairly good rela
19 Apr. 2021 Unlisted infrastructure: 21 funds reach final close securing close to $17bn in Q1 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Fundraising activity in the unlisted infrastructure is off to a slow start at the beginning of the year. In Q1 2021, 21 funds reached the final close securing almost $17bn in commitments. This down from 26 funds capturing close to $39bn in Q1 2020, said the Q1 202
16 Apr. 2021 Hedge funds return 1.23% in March, up 4.93% year to date [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry continued its positive run in March returning 1.23% for a fifth consecutive month in the black, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. By comparison the S&P 500 Total Return Index gaine
16 Apr. 2021 Man Group reports $600m inflows, confident of more in coming quarters [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: British hedge fund manager Man Group said it saw a rise in funds under management in the first quarter, driven by investment gains and net fund inflows. The London-listed company said it had funds under management of USD127.0 billion on March 31, up 2.8% from USD123
16 Apr. 2021 Wealthspring Capital launches the SPAC hedge fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New York-headquartered financial advisor service provider Wealthspring Capital continues to strengthen its foothold in the special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) space with the launch of its second SPAC product and debut hedge fund offering, Fountain Opportuniti
16 Apr. 2021 Private debt fund managers closed 32 funds raising a combined $25bn in Q1 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private debt fundraising slowed in the first quarter of 2021, hit by rising uncertainty around a pickup in inflation expectations, said a report. According to Preqin Quarterly Update Private Debt Q1 2021, the quarter saw private debt fund managers closed 32 funds r
15 Apr. 2021 SFC reprimands and fines Optimas Capital Limited $1.05m over short position reporting failures [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has reprimanded Optimas Capital Limited (Optimas) and fined it $1.05 million over failures to ensure short position reports (SPRs) for a collective investment scheme (CIS) under its management were accurate and compliant with th
15 Apr. 2021 Global private equity assets under management climb to record high of $5tn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global private equity recovered strongly in Q1 2021 after a turbulent year. Assets under management (AUM) surpassed a record $5tn as of September 2020, bolstered by rising valuations in both private and public markets, said Preqin. More impressive is that dry powder
15 Apr. 2021 IPI Partners raises $3.8 billion with a second infrastructure fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global investment platform IPI Partners has wrapped up its second flagship private equity fund after securing $3.8 billion from investors, with plans to target data centers and other connectivity-related investments, the firm said. A press release from the joint ven
15 Apr. 2021 World's largest hedge fund appoints two co-CIOs to oversee a new sustainable investing group [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global leader in institutional portfolio management and the largest hedge fund in the world Bridgewater Associates launched a sustainable investing group overseen by Karen Karniol-Tambour and Carsten Stendevad, both newly named co-chief investment officers for sust
15 Apr. 2021 New crypto hedge fund to benefit from "once in a generation opportunity" [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Paul Frost-Smith, most recently CEO and Head of Markets at Haitong Securities, has spent the last two years working with developers Larry Grant and Marc Deveaux to build three crypto-strategies, known collectively as Chimera. The co-founders are now preparing to launch a
14 Apr. 2021 Hedge funds recorded their best Q1 performance since 2006 on the back of a global equity rally [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.95% in March 2021, supported by the robust performance of the global equity market as represented by the MSCI ACWI (Local) which gained 3.24% over the same period. Long-dated US treasuries continued to sell off, resulting in the y
14 Apr. 2021 Quantumrock's flagship strategy closes the first quarter with +2.77 % [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Quantumrock, the AI driven investment manager, announced that its absolute return strategy, Volatility Special Opportunities Program (VSOP), has closed the first quarter of 2021 up 2.77%. The volatility strategies contributed with +1.79%, profiting mostly from the
14 Apr. 2021 Crosspoint nabs $1.3bn for debut fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private equity manager Crosspoint Capital Partners has closed its debut fund, Crosspoint Capital Fund I, at $1.3 billion. The investment fund is focused on the cybersecurity, privacy, and infrastructure software sectors. The fund exceeded its $1 billion fundraising
13 Apr. 2021 Ardian rakes in $8.8bn for its largest buyout fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: France-based, independent private investment house Ardian closed its latest flagship control buyout fund, Ardian Buyout Fund VII, at €7.5 billion ($8.8 billion). The target amount was €6 billion. The fund raised €6.5 billion for the fund and an additional €1 billio
13 Apr. 2021 North American private equity sits on a record dry powder pile of almost $980bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: North America-based private equity firms boasted a record-high $976bn in dry powder as recently as last September, said a study. According to the Preqin study, the amount of dry powder as of September 2020 made up just less than a third (32.5%) of the total $3.0tn i
12 Apr. 2021 North America hedge funds 'most confident' for positive prospects in 2021 - new confidence index from AIMA [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The AIMA Hedge Fund Confidence Index (HFCI) is a new global index which measures the level of confidence that hedge funds have in the economic prospects of their business over the next 12 months. AIMA today announces that according to the March 2021 HFCI, over 90% of
12 Apr. 2021 Launch of Litecoin ETP: Team behind $1 billion Bitcoin ETP to list first Litecoin ETP on Deutsche Borse's XETRA [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ETC Group, the specialist provider of innovative, digital asset-backed securities, has announced that it will list LTCetc - ETC Group Physical Litecoin ETC (Ticker: ELTC) on Deutsche Boerse's XETRA platform on Wednesday 14th April 2021. The exchange traded cryptocurre
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    From Bloomberg: Private debt investors are turning away from distressed funds amid shrinking opportunities to profit from troubled companies. Investors were less keen to put their money to work in funds that target distressed credits in the past quarter than a year ago, according to a poll of

  2. Investing: Cathie Wood's Ark Invest abandons Chinese tech stocks amid regulatory crackdown[more]

    From Business Insider: Cathie Wood's Ark Invest has slashed its exposure to Chinese tech stocks amid an ongoing regulatory crackdown, according to Ark's daily trading updates. Ark's flagship Disruptive Innovation ETF has seen its exposure to Chinese stocks fall to less than 1% from a high of 8

  3. SPACs: SEC abruptly kills Ackman's controversial SPAC plans, Bill Ackman rejigs Universal deal after regulators probe SPAC plan, SPAC-ing the Southeast Asia story, SPAC deals will rebound for remainder of 2021[more]

    SEC abruptly kills Ackman's controversial SPAC plans From Institutional Investor: The Securities and Exchange Commission has killed Bill Ackman's special purpose acquisition company's complicated plan to invest in Universal Music Group. On Monday, his SPAC, Pershing Square Tontin

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  5. Investing: Tiger Global: The technology investor ruffling Silicon Valley feathers, Addepar raised $150m from hedge fund D1[more]

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