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31 Dec. 2019 Commonfund adds three to board [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Commonfund, a leading asset manager for nonprofit organizations, endowments, foundations and public pension investors, today announced the appointment of Nicole Arnaboldi, Mamak Shahbazi and David Thomas to the firm's Board of Trustees. Ms. Arnaboldi, Ms. Shahbazi and Mr.
31 Dec. 2019 Venture capital firm EV Growth closes first fund at a hard cap of $250m [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Singapore-based venture capital EV Growth has closed a $250 million funding round, exceeding the firm's initial $150 million target. The inflow of commitments come from Singapore's Temasek, an undisclosed sovereign wealth fund in Asia, as well as several Asia-based
30 Dec. 2019 US private equity firms hold approximately $2.4tn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private equity firms are holding approximately $2.4 trillion, while US corporations have access to about $2.2 trillion in cash, said a study. Non-financial companies have raised about $6 trillion in debt during the last decade, said a study by PwC on US Deals. Av
30 Dec. 2019 Seven out of 10 American investors have regrets for 2019: Survey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Seven in 10 investors (70%) - defined as Americans who currently have money in investment accounts - experienced some form of regret when it came to their investment strategy in 2019. Investors wish they had done something different this year to increase their retur
27 Dec. 2019 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ends November up 4.8% YTD on asset-weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended November 2019 up 1% MOM on an asset-weighted basis and up 1.62% MOM on an equal-weighted basis. The aim of the Scotiabank Canadian
24 Dec. 2019 Kennedy Wilson wraps up sixth US real estate fund at $775 mln [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Beverly Hills-based real estate investment company Kennedy Wilson has secured $775 million in capital commitments. The group has now closed fundraising for the Kennedy Wilson Real Estate Fund VI, which is focused on value-add real estate investments. "Institu
24 Dec. 2019 Europe: UCITS and AIFs net sales sharply rebound in October [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The European Fund and Asset Management Association (Efama) posted its latest monthly data which shows a sharp rebound in net sales of UCITS and alternative investment funds (AIFs) in October, up to €43bn ($48bn) from €25bn in September. UCIT funds registered net inf
23 Dec. 2019 Graycliff Partners ends fourth fundraise on $350m hard cap [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New York-based Graycliff Partners has hit a $350m hard cap for the final close of its fourth mid-market buyout fund - Graycliff Private Equity Partners IV LP (GPEP IV). Limited partners in the new fund include pension funds, insurance companies, university endowme
23 Dec. 2019 Europe's Amundi to establish China asset management venture [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: European money manager Amundi and BOC Wealth Management, a Bank of China subsidiary, have received approval from China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission to establish an asset management joint venture. According to the European's largest asset management c
23 Dec. 2019 Adams Street Partners raises $740m for 2019 global fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Chicago-based private markets investor Adams Street Partners is capping a busy fundraising year with a $740 million closing of its latest annual global partnership fund. The investment management firm with $40 billion in assets under management said that the Adams
20 Dec. 2019 Volition Capital closes $600m in separate funds for new investments [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Boston-based growth equity firm Volition Capital has raised a total of $600 million for its latest pair of growth-equity funds, continuing an investment strategy that has attracted greater interest from venture-capital and buyout firms. The technology and consumer gro
20 Dec. 2019 Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners closes third infrastructure fund at $5.5bn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners has closed North Haven Infrastructure Partners III at $5.5 billion, above its $4 billion fundraising target. The global infrastructure investment platform of the $507 billion AuM manager Morgan Stanley Investment Management said i
20 Dec. 2019 CAIA and the Financial Data Professional (FDP) Institute welcome the first class of FDP Charterholders [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Financial Data Professional (FDP) Institute recently completed its inaugural exam cycle and has welcomed the first class of FDP Charterholders, early adopters of what is rapidly becoming a mark of distinction for those financial professionals who increasingly find the
20 Dec. 2019 NAIC and Aon form partnership to support diverse-owned private equity firms [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The National Association of Investment Companies (NAIC), the largest network of diverse-owned private equity firms and hedge funds, and Aon plc, a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions, announced a partn
20 Dec. 2019 YieldStreet acquires WealthFlex [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - YieldStreet, the digital wealth management platform, today announced the acquisition of WealthFlex-a first-of-its-kind digital IRA platform providing investors with fast, easy, and cost-effective access to private investment opportunities through self-directed IRAs. The a
20 Dec. 2019 Ropes & Gray grows private equity platform in Chicago [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global law firm Ropes & Gray has announced that Martin Q. "Marty" Ruhaak has joined the firm in Chicago as a partner in the firm's preeminent private equity transactions practice group. With more than a decade of experience as a transactional lawyer Mr. Ruhaak comb
20 Dec. 2019 Hedge funds see inflows of $4.45bn in November, ending long string of outflows [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: The hedge fund business turned around eight consecutive months of aggregate outflows in November, with investors allocating +$4.45 billion to the industry, according to the just-released November 2019 eVestment Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report. November's asset inflows and
20 Dec. 2019 New hedge fund launches decline to lowest level since 4Q 2008 despite steady flow of new European funds [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque for New Managers: New hedge fund launches declined in 3Q, reversing the trends of the first half of the year, with the number of launches falling to the lowest level since 4Q08, despite a st
19 Dec. 2019 Eurex's ESG segment exceeds half a million traded contracts [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Eurex's Environmental Social Government (ESG) derivatives reached half a million traded contracts on 12 December, with a nominal value of EUR 7 billion. This milestone, which further demonstrates Eurex's leading role in this segment, was achieved shortly before the qu
19 Dec. 2019 Flat World Partners expands into hedge fund market through partnership with Titan Advisors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Flat World Partners, an institutional advisory and asset management firm 100% focused on sustainable investments, today announced a partnership with hedge fund solutions business Titan Advisors, aimed at filling an ESG gap in the hedge fund market. The duo plans to bu
19 Dec. 2019 Värde Partners raises $2.47bn for its 13th alternative investment fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global alternative investment firm Varde Partners closed its latest distressed debt fund, Varde Fund XIII, with $2.5 billion in commitments, above its $2 billion target. The Fund will have the flexibility to invest in a range of credit and credit-related assets
19 Dec. 2019 Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Funds benchmark returns +1.29% in November [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark returned +1.29% in November. This builds on gains of 0.88% in October and pushes the 2019 YTD and 12-month returns to +9.66% and +7.27% respectively. All but one of the top-level strategies made gains in November, with
19 Dec. 2019 Gaw Capital Partners closes APAC opportunistic real estate fund at $2.2bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hong Kong-based Gaw Capital Partners has closed its APAC-focused Gateway Real Estate Fund VI at its hard cap of $2.2 billion. According to the real estate-focused private equity firm with $23 billion in assets under management as of June 30, also secured $800 millio
19 Dec. 2019 Canadian insurance major Sun Life acquires 80% stake in London alternative manager InfraRed Capital for $390m [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Canadian insurance major Sun Life Financial Inc is acquiring an 80 percent stake in InfraRed Capital Partners, a London-headquartered global infrastructure and real estate investment manager, for 300 million pounds ($390 million) to expand its asset management unit.
18 Dec. 2019 Standards Board for Alternative Investments publishes co-investments memo [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Standards Board for Alternative Investments (SBAI) has published a memo on co-investments which was developed by the Standards Board's Governance Working Group. The Standards Board is the global standard-setting body for the alternative investment industry, prov
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