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25 Jul. 2019 Renewable energy deals lose momentum, says Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: As the overall infrastructure market plunged in the first quarter of 2019, the number of renewable energy transactions also slowed, said Preqin. The Preqin Insights attribute the reasons for lacklustre deals to a combination of factors: sourcing suitable renewable
24 Jul. 2019 Over $201bn of alternatives AUM resides in France: Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: France represents the most developed alternative assets market in mainland Europe, Preqin said in its report on alternative assets in Europe. Over €180bn ($200.6bn) of alternatives AUM resides in France, and Paris is home to a number of market-leading fund managers
24 Jul. 2019 Private equity & venture capital dominates alternatives market in Germany [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Just over €23bn is held in AUM by Germany-based private equity & venture capital fund managers, making it the largest alternatives market in the country, said Preqin. Germany has emerged as a global venture capital hub in recent years, with only the UK market reco
23 Jul. 2019 BNY's Rosenthal joins US Bank [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - U.S. Bank Global Fund Services has hired Chris Rosenthal as senior vice president, business development. In this role, Rosenthal will be responsible for developing new business relationships nationally for asset managers, insurance companies, banks and other financial ins
23 Jul. 2019 Trilantic North America racks up $2.75bn for sixth fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Trilantic North America has closed its sixth fund at a hard cap of $2.75bn, beating its $2.25bn target. According to the New York City and Austin-based firm, the fund - Trilantic Capital Partners VI (North America) LP - will invest in companies in the business
23 Jul. 2019 Global Macro hedge funds up +5.3% year-to-date but returns show elevated dispersion [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: CTA and Global Macro strategies have so far extended their winning streak in July, Lyxor said in its Weekly Brief. "While we recently talked about the reasons for the outperformance of CTAs (+9.3% year-to-date), the performance of Global Macro strategies is a bit m
23 Jul. 2019 Asia: Venture capital investment in e-commerce reached a record high in 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Even though the total number of venture capital deals has decreased in the past three years, the total value of venture capital investment in the e-commerce sector in Asia has grown continuously. According to Preqin, in 2018, 942 deals were completed for a record-
22 Jul. 2019 Investors withdraw $44bn from hedge funds but some strategies benefit from inflows [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investors pulled $16.43bn from the hedge fund industry in June, bringing year-to-date (YTD) outflows to -$44.61bn, said eVestment. According to June 2019 eVestment Hedge Fund Asset Flows report, overall industry AUM stood at $3.273tn in June. 57% of reporting
22 Jul. 2019 Private equity, venture capital investments in real estate tech post record: Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private equity and venture capital investment in real estate tech has posted a record run over the past 4.5 years, with 905 deals valued at an aggregate $30bn, said Preqin. Unicorn and tech-advanced shared workspace provider WeWork Companies Inc. has been a large b
22 Jul. 2019 Sierra Ventures pulls in $215m for an oversubscribed twelfth fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: American venture capital firm based Sierra Ventures announced that it raised $215 million for a twelfth fund. The early-stage technology-focused VC firm said that "[the] fund was oversubscribed and the prior fund's institutional investors increased their commitmen
19 Jul. 2019 Union Bancaire Privée announces a net profit of $119.18m for the first half of 2019 and a 6% increase in AUM [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Assets under management (AUM) rose from CHF 126.8 billion at the end of December 2018 to CHF 134.4 billion at the end of June 2019. That growth was driven by net inflows from private clients, along with the CHF 2.127 billion contributed by Banque Carnegie in Luxembourg, a
19 Jul. 2019 Hedge fund assets eclipse 2018 record [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund assets reached a new record in the second quarter, driven by HFRI performance gains and investor re-allocations to top hedge fund firms. Total hedge fund capital increased to $3.245 trillion, narrowly eclipsing the previous record level of $3.244 trillion
19 Jul. 2019 CFA's Bowman joins CAIA [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association, the global leader in alternative investment education, today announced that John L. Bowman has joined the CAIA Association and been named Senior Managing Director. Mr. Bowman is an industry veteran and previ
19 Jul. 2019 Man GLG hires Patrick Kenney and Santiago Pardo as credit PMs [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Man GLG, the discretionary investment management business of Man Group, today announces the appointments of Patrick Kenney and Santiago Pardo as portfolio managers within its credit business. Based in London, they will focus on global (non-US) stressed, distressed and opp
19 Jul. 2019 BNP Paribas Asset Management adds to thematic equity team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BNP Paribas Asset Management announces the appointment of Ulrik Fugmann and Edward Lees as Senior Portfolio Managers, based in London. They joined on 17 June and report to Guy Davies, CIO of Equities. They will manage a global long-short sustainability-themed strateg
19 Jul. 2019 CVC Capital Partners raises $5.2bn for second long-term fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: CVC Capital Partners has closed its second long-life fund at €4.6bn ($5.2bn), exceeding its target, exceeding its target by €600m. The UK-based private equity and investment advisory firm said in a press release that the fund CVC Strategic Opportunities II (SO II
19 Jul. 2019 86 new hedge funds launched in 2Q 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: There were 86 new hedge fund launches in Q2 2019, of which 87% were traditional single-manager commingled funds, said Preqin in ints Quarterly Update. No CTAs launched in Q2, which could be a knock-on effect of underperformance in 2018 (-3.96% vs. -3.01% for hedg
19 Jul. 2019 Investment in sin industries grows considerably over the past five years [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Preqin in its Insights said that investment in sin industries has grown considerably over the past five years. "Perhaps the most vociferous growth has occurred in the cannabis industry, which boomed after the drug was legalized at the state level in the US a
18 Jul. 2019 Hedge funds reverse two-month redemption trend in May [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds reversed a brief two-month redemption trend in May with $800 million in industry inflows, a turnaround from April's $9.4 billion in redemptions. While the fund flow needle turned upward in May, the month's inflows represented a negligible portion of indus
18 Jul. 2019 Blackstone racks up $11.1bn for eighth secondary market fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Strategic Partners, Blackstone's secondary private equity platform, closed its eighth fund on more than $11.1bn. Strategic Partners VIII L.P.'s investors included pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, financial institutions, endowments, foundations, fam
18 Jul. 2019 Equistone buys Moody's analytics arm [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: UK private equity firm Equistone Partners Europe has struck a deal to acquire Moody's Analytics Knowledge Services (MAKS). The London-based company provides bespoke research, analytics and automation technology to the financial services sector. With nine delivery
18 Jul. 2019 Oakley Capital raises $1.64bn fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Western Europe-focused private equity firm Oakley Capital has smashed the target of its fourth buyout fund, after raising €1.46bn ($1.64bn) for its final close. "Following strong investor demand, the Fund closed above its target size of €1.2bn and is Oakley's
17 Jul. 2019 eVestment expands hedge fund data offering [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - eVestment, a global leader in institutional investment data and analytics, today announced an agreement with Eurekahedge to offer Eurekahedge fund data and indices to clients of eVestment's suite of Analytics solutions. eVestment Analytics clients will now have acc
17 Jul. 2019 CTA funds up in June, led by crypto [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - CTA funds posted a 1.59% return in June, according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. Year-to-date, the Index has gained 3.84% through June. "Recession fears coupled with market anticipation of Fed loosening rallied p
17 Jul. 2019 Alternative investment team views sustainability reporting as increasingly important [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The importance of sustainability remains front and center both on the world stage and social media -from images of countless marine animals washing up dead after ingesting large quantities of plastic, to ongoing fights over the pollution caused by fracking sites across th
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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]

    B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The Asia equity markets have not been at their best so far this year, with the MSCI Asia index down almost 13% YTD, but many managers remain buoyant about the region, as in

  3. Opalesque Exclusive: Emerging markets persist despite headwinds[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Emerging markets have been under significant pressure since the start of the year, but there are some nascent trends that suggest that things could be getting better. Emerging markets firm Gramercy Fund Management recently released its third quarter outlook and

  4. Other Voices: The selloff is overdone[more]

    Authored by Heeten Doshi, founder of Doshi Capital Management. Anyone who is still bearish and calling for more downside is foolish. The selloff is overdone. To point to further declines from here is poor risk management. With the Nasdaq 100 down 22% and S&P 500 down 13% for the year

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