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06 Feb. 2019 Activist investors pushed 922 companies to perform better in 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 922 companies were approached last year compared with 856 companies approached in 2017 by activist investors, says a study. According to the Activist Investing Annual Review 2019, produced by Activist Insight in association with Schulte Roth & Zabel (SRZ), among 92
06 Feb. 2019 Isle of Man launches Blockchain Office and Sandbox [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Island of Man (IoM) has decided to promote the blockchain in the country by creating a new blockchain hub in the country, the Blockchain Office. According to the government of self-governing British dependency, this is a key decision in order to help the block
06 Feb. 2019 Hedge fund strategies experienced a symmetric move in January: Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund strategies experienced a symmetric move a smarket conditions switched swiftly from panic mode to exuberance mode over the recent weeks. Those who suffered in December rebounded last month (L/S Equity, Special Situations) while those who were resilient at
06 Feb. 2019 Oaktree, Lazard and Janus Henderson down on AuM in 2018 [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: According to fourth quarter and full year results reports, the three global investment firms lost some of their assets under management (AuM) in 2018. Janus Henderson completes share buyback
05 Feb. 2019 Catalyst Funds launches Catalyst Enhanced Income Strategy Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Catalyst Funds, an alternative-focused mutual fund company, today announced the launch of the Catalyst Enhanced Income Strategy Fund (EIXIX). The Fund employs an income-focused strategy that invests in a variety of non-traditional income asset classes. EIXIX invest
05 Feb. 2019 Aura Group appoints Damien Hatfield as executive director [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Aura Group has announced the appointment of industry veteran, Damien Hatfield, as its new Executive Director, Aura Alternative Assets. Damien will be responsible for launching several funds over the next 18 months. "I am excited to be working with this dynamic gro
05 Feb. 2019 US crypto exchange Kraken acquires UK rival Crypto Facilities spending 'nine figures' [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The US cryptocurrency exchange Kraken has made its largest acquisition to date, pushing into futures trading with the purchase of London-based Crypto Facilities. The parties declined to reveal the exact figure involved in the deal, saying only that it was a "nine-f
05 Feb. 2019 Lyxor maintains overwight on merger arbitrage, says it should perform [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The dominance of speculative drivers early this year would keep on unsettling long fundamental strategies, either forcing investors to stay on the sidelines or to take reckless risks, Lyxor said in its weekly brief. "We downgraded L/S Equity strategies that sh
04 Feb. 2019 Warrington Asset Management launches the Warrington Strategic UCITS fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Warrington Asset Management, an alternative asset manager founded by Scott C. Kimple in 1997, has launched the Warrington Strategic UCITS Fund on the MontLake UCITS Platform. "The Warrington Strategic UCITS Fund seeks to generate attractive absolute returns, non-co
01 Feb. 2019 Willis Towers Watson calls for change in hedge fund industry [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investors must change their approach to hedge funds amid structural headwinds facing the industry, according to a new research paper by Willis Towers Watson. In its paper, 'The New Way', Willis Towers Watson argues that the competitive advantage delivered by hedge fun
01 Feb. 2019 Blackstone Hedge Fund Solutions AuM up 4% to $77.8bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Blackstone, the world's biggest alternative asset manager, said that the total assets under management (AuM) of its Hedge Fund Solutions was up 4% to $77.8bn with inflows of $2.6bn in the fourth quarter and record inflows of $13.3bn for the year. The increase is pr
01 Feb. 2019 Brookfield raises $15bn for its largest real estate fund to date [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global alternative asset manager Brookfield Asset Management has exceeded the initial $10bn fundraising target it set for its third global opportunity fund by 50%. Brookfield Strategic Real Estate Partners III (BSREP III) has received total equity commitments
01 Feb. 2019 Unlisted natural resources funds raised a record $93bn in 2018: Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Unlisted natural resources funds raised a record $93bn in 2018, surpassing 2017's record of $91bn, despite the number of funds closed falling from 145 the previous year to 91 in 2018. Though this marks a five-year low in the number of funds closed, it represents a r
01 Feb. 2019 DBRS Ratings expects 2019 to be another strong year for European NPL securitizations [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: DBRS Ratings has issued a new report - "European NPL Securitisations: Development of a New Asset Class" noting strong growth of non-performing loan securitizations across Europe. According to the report, 2018 was a banner year for NPL securitization driven
31 Jan. 2019 Wells Fargo Asset Management names Matthias Scheiber global head of multi-asset portfolio management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Wells Fargo Asset Management (WFAM) announced today that Matthias Scheiber has joined the firm as Global Head of Portfolio Management, Multi-Asset Solutions. In this role, Matthias will be responsible for developing and managing outcome-oriented multi-asset investment
31 Jan. 2019 2018: Record year for venture capital deals with 14,889 deals worth a total of $274bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 2018 was a record year for venture capital deals, with the year seeing 14,889 deals worth a total of $274bn. The growth has been driven by a number of new participants in the deal making space, said Preqin. According to the report, despite more deal makers entering
31 Jan. 2019 Family offices set to increase hedge fund allocations for 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The fast-growing family offices that manage estates and investments for the wealthy are set to increase hedge fund allocations during 2019. According to Family Office Networks (FON), the appetite for various hedge fund strategies is increasing. More capital is
31 Jan. 2019 Global investor confidence down by 9.4 points in January to 70.2 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The State Street Global Investor Confidence Index (ICI) decreased to 70.2 in January, down 9.4 points from December's revised reading of 79.6. According to State Street Global Exchange, confidence among North American investors worsened, with the North American ICI
31 Jan. 2019 Shelton Capital Management acquires alternatives boutique Cedar Ridge Partners [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: San Francisco-based multi-strategy asset management firm Shelton Capital Management has acquired alternative specialist boutique Cedar Ridge Partners. Cedar Ridge, a Connecticut-based alternative investment manager, manages credit-focussed, long/short and long-only
30 Jan. 2019 Mizuho-Eurekahedge Index records best outperformance over MSCI ACWI IMI since 2011 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Mizuho-Eurekahedge Index (USD), an asset-weighted index representing the global hedge fund industry performance was down 0.39% in December, bringing its year-to-date loss to 4.09% amidst the global equity market sell-off. Despite ending the year in the red, hedg
30 Jan. 2019 Citco crosses $1tn in Assets under Administration [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Citco Group of Companies, a provider of asset servicing solutions to the global alternative investment industry, has passed the $1tn mark for assets under management. The provider of financial products and services to hedge funds claimed in a press release that
30 Jan. 2019 Northern Trust hires Kimberly Evans as new head of US private capital fund admin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Chicago-based asset manager Northern Trust has appointed Kimberly Evans to head of private capital fund administration in North America, as it looks to expand its middle- and back-office services for alternative investment managers. The administrator of assets wor
29 Jan. 2019 Validity Finance beefs up investment team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Litigation funder Validity Finance has made a notable addition to its growing investment team with the arrival of portfolio counsel William C. Marra in New York. The firm also announced a prominent addition to its governance structure, with Allen Fagin, formerly chair of
29 Jan. 2019 Deutsche Bank's McNamara joins MUFG [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - MUFG Investor Services, the global asset servicing arm of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, has appointed Daniel McNamara as Chief Strategy Officer to support and shape MUFG Investor Services' long-term growth plan. He will be based in London and will report to John Sergide
29 Jan. 2019 CIFC launches first structured credit UCITS fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The CIFC Global Floating Rate Credit Fund opens up access to the firm's structured credit expertise for the first time in a UCITS format. It will invest in some of the more liquid tranches of collateralised loan obligation (CLO) bonds, investing at least half of its funds
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