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13 Oct. 2021 Capital raised for European non-listed real estate debt hits highest level since 2015 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - 2020 recorded the highest share of capital raised for European non- listed real estate debt products since 2015, a sharp increase to 19% from just 5% in 2019. Traditional equity real estate players are stepping in to fill the funding gap in the market in search of yiel
13 Oct. 2021 Hedge funds down 0.33% in September [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was down 0.33% in September 2021, outperforming the global equity market as represented by the MSCI ACWI (Local) which returned -3.55% over the same period. Concerns over rising inflation continue to weigh on markets with the Federal R
13 Oct. 2021 Environmental hedge fund hires two managers and plans new strategies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Ambienta SGR, one of Europe's largest asset managers entirely focused on environmental sustainability, has expanded its London-based Public Markets division, Ambienta
13 Oct. 2021 Marketing: Most alternative investment managers suffer declining brand awareness [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The top alternative investment management (Alts) firms competed with the Global 100 (the 100 largest asset managers in the world) for brand awareness, but the majority of alts managers experienced declining interest in the last 12 months, according to Peregrine Communicat
13 Oct. 2021 Volatile markets take a toll on hedge fund performance in September [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Aggregate performance for the global hedge fund business dipped into negative territory in September, at -0.55%, according to the just-released eVestment September 2021 hedge fund performance figures. This is only the second month this year the industry posted negative ag
13 Oct. 2021 Värde Partners elevates Brad Bauer and Giuseppe Naglieri to Co-CIOs [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Värde Partners, a leading global alternative investment firm, today announced it has elevated Deputy Chief Investment Officers (CIOs) Brad Bauer and Giuseppe Naglieri to join Ilfryn Carstairs as Co-CIOs. Brad and Giuseppe will share oversight of Värde's global investme
13 Oct. 2021 Preqin: Private equity fundraising softens in Q3 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Private equity has been performing well since the pandemic, but some signs of market softness may be appearing in Q3, according to the Q3 2021 Private Equity Quarterly Report published by Preqin, the global leader in alternative assets data, tools, and insights. Fundr
13 Oct. 2021 Man Group: Funds under management hit record high in Q3 at $139.5bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: British hedge fund manager Man Group posted a record record-high funds under management (FUM) during the third quarter ended September 30, 2021, underpinned by 'strong' net inflows. According to a press release from the asset management company, funds under
13 Oct. 2021 A record 337 infrastructure funds targeting $235bn in capital in Q3 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: As infrastructure outperforms nearly all other alternative asset classes, the value of aggregate capital targeted by funds in the market in Q3 2021 is up 15% from the start of the year, with a record 337 funds targeting $235bn in the capital, said a study. Accordin
13 Oct. 2021 Francisco Partners closes second credit fund on $2.2bn [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Tech investor Francisco Partners has closed its second credit fund on $2.2 billion. The Fund's total capital commitments reached its hard cap and exceeded its original $1.25 billion target. The fund is roughly triple the size of its debut credit fund which c
12 Oct. 2021 European private market ESG market to hit $1.4tn by 2025 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: European private market ESG assets could skyrocket to EUR 1.2 trillion ($1.4 trillion) by 2025, said a study. The report by PWC predicts ESG assets will account for 27.2% to 42.4% of the likely private markets AUM in Europe, up from 14.8% of a total of €1.7 trillio
11 Oct. 2021 US-based LaSalle raises $972m for LaSalle China logistics fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global real estate investment manager LaSalle Investment Management announced the final close for LaSalle China Logistics Venture (LCLV) and its co-investment vehicle with total committed capital of US$972 million raised. The Fund and its co-investment vehicle had
11 Oct. 2021 Global financial assets cross $231tn for the first time [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global gross financial assets increased by 9.7% in 2020, reaching the magic EUR 200 trillion ($231tn) mark for the first time, Allianz unveiled the twelfth edition of its 'Global Wealth Report'. The report, which puts the asset and debt situation of households
08 Oct. 2021 Fixed income hedge fund leads gains in September as interest rates rise [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds gained in September, navigating a volatile month paced by sharp declines in global equities and fixed income, as inflationary pressures continued to mount. The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index (FWC) advanced +0.13 percent in September, topping declines in eq
08 Oct. 2021 The world's ultra-wealthy are increasingly investing in startups, says a study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global family offices segment is increasingly investing in startups, both directly from their family offices and through venture capital funds, according to research from SVB Capital and Campden Wealth. "The next generation taking charge of family wealth are sei
08 Oct. 2021 A consortium of private-equity firms, foundations rolls out new ESG platform Novata [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A consortium including the Ford Foundation, Omidyar Network, S&P Global, and Hamilton Lane, are backing Novata, a new public benefit corporation aiming to streamline ESG measurement, data collection, and benchmarking for private companies and private-markets investors.
07 Oct. 2021 Harrison Street raises $2.5bn for eighth opportunistic real estate fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Alternative real asset manager Harrison Street has soared to a $2 billion hard cap close for its latest flagship real estate fund, exceeding its $1.5 billion target. The investment management firm also raised an additional $510 million in co-investment vehicles to i
07 Oct. 2021 Global asset management industry AUM reaches an all-time high at $115tn: McKinsey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Based on sheer growth in assets under management (AUM), 2020 was the second-best year since the financial crisis, and the global asset management industry reached an all-time high of $115 trillion (a 9.4% increase from $104 trillion at the end of 2019). Moreover, gr
07 Oct. 2021 Main Capital raises $1.4bn across two funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: European software investor Main Capital Partners has raised EUR 1bn for Main Capital VII, as well as EUR 210m for Main Capital Foundation I, a new strategy that will focus on earlier-stage companies. Following the launch of Main Capital VII and Main Foundation I, Ma
06 Oct. 2021 U.S. Bank announces new cryptocurrency custody services for institutional investment managers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - U.S. Bank announced that its cryptocurrency custody services are now live and available to their Global Fund Services clients. The services are intended for institutional investment managers with private funds in the U.S. or Cayman Islands who would like a safekeeping sol
06 Oct. 2021 MSCI launches climate lab to help investors measure and manage climate risk across investment process [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - MSCI Inc., the provider of investment decision support tools and services, announced the launch of MSCI Climate Lab, a new application for enterprise-level monitoring and management of climate and financial risks for investors. Combining MSCI's strengths in climate mo
06 Oct. 2021 Global venture firm G Squared nabs $1.2bn for tech-focused bets [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: G Squared, the US-based global growth-stage venture capital firm, announced the close of its $1.2 billion fifth flagship fund, G Squared V. According to a press release from the global venture capital firm, the fund will invest in growth-stage businesses in G Squar
05 Oct. 2021 CIFC launches $2bn leveraged loans platform with Texas pension fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) and CIFC Asset Management LLC (CIFC) have announced the creation of a new leveraged loan investment fund platform known as Texas Debt Capital LP (TDC). A CIFC affiliate is the general partner and investment manager of TDC. TR
05 Oct. 2021 Thomas H. Lee amasses $5.6bn for the ninth flagship buyout fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Thomas H. Lee Partners, a private equity firm investing in middle-market growth companies, has closed its latest flagship fund at $5.6 billion, representing a 56% increase in capital over its predecessor. The buyout fund - Thomas H. Lee Equity Fund IX - focuses on i
05 Oct. 2021 KKR raises $4.3bn for U.S. real estate-focused fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global investment firm KKR closed a $4.3 billion fund dedicated to investing in underperforming real estate mainly in the United States. The KKR Real Estate Partners Americas III (REPA III) will focus on all commercial real estate asset classes, particularly industr
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    AI argues for and against itself in Oxford Union debate From BBC: The Oxford Union has heard from many great debaters over the years, but this week added an artificial intelligence engine to its distinguished speakers. The AI argued that the only way to stop such tech becoming to

  3. PE/VC: SOKA-BAU to raise private markets allocation with first move in private debt, Biotech deals tumble to lowest in a decade over regulatory fears[more]

    SOKA-BAU to raise private markets allocation with first move in private debt From IPE: SOKA-BAU, the German umbrella organisation of the two pension funds for the employees in the construction industry ULAK and ZVK, is targeting an allocation to private markets of 15%, up from the curr

  4. New Launches: Goldman collects $5bn for Petershill IV, OSF Ventures launches third and largest venture capital fund, London growth investor Sprints Capital raises $602m for new technology fund, BlackRock launches two new active Climate Action funds, Edtech-focused Owl Ventures raises over $1bn across three funds[more]

    Goldman collects $5bn for Petershill IV From PE News: Goldman Sachs Asset Management has made a final close of its Petershill IV fund, the fourth vintage of its GP stakes growth-focused private equity funds. The firm said the fund had been oversubscribed with commitments mostly c

  5. PE/VC: A record year in private equity drives competition for lucrative industries, The power law - how venture capital ate the stock market, Europe's unicorn herd multiplies as VC investment more than doubled in 2021, Platform private equity deals could be 'fraught with risk'[more]

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