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09 Oct. 2019 One Equity Partners raises $1.75bn for mid-market fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: One Equity Partners (OED), spun out of JPMorgan in 2015, has held a final close of its second flagship mid-market fund as an independent private equity manager, One Equity Partners VII, at $1.75 billion in total capital commitments. OEP closed on the target amount f
09 Oct. 2019 Austin-based Escalate Capital Partners raises $282m for the fourth and largest fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Austin-based Escalate Capital Partners has announced the first close of its fourth and largest fund, Escalate Capital IV, in which it raised $282 million to provide loans to "venture and growth capital-backed companies." The mezzanine firm focused on investments in
09 Oct. 2019 Survey: Institutional asset owners are aggressively embracing ESG [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Institutional asset owners are making significant ESG allocations and planning to do even more, according to a CFA Society New York survey conducted at the recent ESG and Climate Asset Owner Summit. More than 200 asset owners, including pension funds, sovereign wea
08 Oct. 2019 Side Letter Study by Seward & Kissel points to continued challenges for funds of funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A new study by the law firm Seward & Kissel LLP of the hedge fund industry's use of side letters-special agreements between hedge funds and their investors-shows a marked decrease in the share of side letters issued to funds of funds. The study also revealed that mos
08 Oct. 2019 Satori Capital invests in Pavise Capital Management [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Dallas-based alternatives manager Satori Capital announced an investment and acceleration partnership with Pavise Capital Management, which manages a long-biased event-driven U.S. large-and mid-cap equity strategy. The Texas-based investment firm founded on the pri
08 Oct. 2019 Bridgeport Financial Technology rolls out private fund investing platform [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: San Diego-based fintech company Bridgeport Financial Technology has announced the launch of its private fund investment platform, BridgePort. The private fund investment technology firm claimed in a press release that BridgePort will transform the transaction and
08 Oct. 2019 Hedge fund performance mixed in September: HFR [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds posted mixed performance in the volatile month of September, as quantitative, trend-following CTAs declined, reversing August gains, on rising U.S. interest rates, while equity markets traded in a wide intra-month range, said HFR. The HFR Asset Weighted
08 Oct. 2019 Volatility deeply influence the hedge fund universe and the trendiness of opportunities: Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Volatility regimes are decisive for most investment approaches, particularly hedge funds. For both top-down players (CTAs, Global Macro, FI Sovereign Arb.) and bottom-up strategies (L/S Equity, Event-Driven, Credit Arb.), volatility deeply influences their universe and
08 Oct. 2019 Accelmed to raise $100m for fourth health tech venture capital fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Accelmed, a New York- and Herzliya, Israel-based group of funds investing in health tech companies in the fields of medical device and digital health, is establishing a new venture capital fund to raise and manage approximately $100m. The U.S.-Israel group of fund
07 Oct. 2019 Single manager model failing emerging market debt investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Willis Towers Watson has released research highlighting the increased importance of emerging market debt (EMD) with ever larger allocations from asset owners and continuing attractive return potential. They believe that now is the time to take another look at this asset
07 Oct. 2019 The Hennessee Hedge Fund Index lost -1.20% in August (+6.99% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The U.S.-China trade war escalated to new heights, weighing on risk-asset performance and sending global rates sharply lower. After little materialized from the Shanghai trade talks at the end of July, President Donald Trump announced tariffs of 10% on an additional $300
07 Oct. 2019 Ares Management and Fidante Partners create a joint venture to raise funds in Australia and New Zealand [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US-based alternative investment manager, Ares Management Corporation and Fidante Partners, part of Challenger, formed a joint venture to raise retail and institutional investor capital in Australia and New Zealand for Ares' various credit, private equity and real es
07 Oct. 2019 Paine Schwartz secures $1.4bn in food and agribusiness fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Paine Schwartz Partners closed its latest sustainable food chain fund, Paine Schwartz Food Chain Fund V, at $1.4 billion, exceeding its fundraising target and hard cap. The new fund is 57% larger than the prior fund in the series, Paine Schwartz Food Chain Fund IV,
07 Oct. 2019 Over 1 trillion EURO will flow into climate-related investment next 10 years as ESG becomes top issue for global fund managers [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: The Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industy (ALFI) recently held its annual Global Distribution conference where, according the organizer, it became clear that ESG is the number one issue for global fund managers. Summarizing the panels and presentations of the con
04 Oct. 2019 Alaska Permanent Fund and Barings partner on the Alaska Future Fund [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, a state owned corporation that manages the assets of the Alaska Permanent Fund and Barings have partnered to launch the Alaska Future Fund. The vehicle, which has an initial commitment of $100 million, seeks to identify
04 Oct. 2019 Responsible investing rapidly becoming critical to institutional investors, according to new Aon survey [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Aon plc, a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions, today released the results of its 2019 Global Perspectives on Responsible Investing survey and found an enormous uptick in the importance of responsible
04 Oct. 2019 Schroders expands access to private equity with new fund [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Schroders has launched a new private equity fund that is designed to be open to more investors. The Schroder GAIA II Specialist Private Equity Fund offers monthly subscriptions and quarterly redemptions. Investors can also gain exposure with a minimum investment
03 Oct. 2019 SBAI, former Hedge Fund Standards Board, expands in Asia [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: The APAC Committee of the Standards Board added two new members to the Committee: William Ma, CIO of Noah Holdings (HK) Limited and Brian Pohli, Executive Director of CQS (HK) Limited. Noah Holdings (HK) Ltd is both a Signatory to the Standards and a member of the SBAI I
01 Oct. 2019 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index down 0.6% in August, +3.8% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended August 2019 down -0.61% MOM on an asset-weighted basis and down -0.22%% MOM on an equal-weighted basis. The aim of the Scotiabank Canadi
01 Oct. 2019 Employee ownership a key predictor for strongest long-term gross returns of asset managers [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque for New Managers: FCLTGlobal, a think-tank founded in 2016 by BlackRock, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, The Dow Chemical Company, McKinsey & Company, and Tata Sons, has published a pa
01 Oct. 2019 Mark Okada retires from Highland Capital [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Mark Okada is retiring from Highland Capital Management a firm he co-founded with Jim Dondero in 1993. Okada will assume a senior advisory role through the end of the year to support transition activities. He will retain his ownership stake following his retirem
30 Sep. 2019 IFC adds signatories to its principles for impact investing [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Secretariat for the Operating Principles for Impact Management today announced that 18 more organizations have adopted the Operating Principles for Impact Management-a new set of standards for impact investing. With these new Signatories, the total number is 76. T
30 Sep. 2019 Hamilton Lane closes latest multi-strategy fund on $270M [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hamilton Lane has closed Hamilton Lane Private Equity Fund X L.P., a global and diversified private equity multi-strategy fund, on approximately $278 million. "We are glad to announce this close with the support of a diverse group of both new and existing LPs from aro
30 Sep. 2019 Dentons adds M&A partner in London [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Dentons has continued to strengthen its Corporate team in London with the hire of M&A and private equity specialist Paul Doris. Paul was most recently a partner in Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe's London office. Having previously worked in Madrid, Frankfurt and Pa
27 Sep. 2019 New hedge fund launches on the rise for second consecutive quarter [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New hedge fund launches increased for the second consecutive quarter, with launches through mid-year 2019 on a pace that could see the industry top launches from calendar year 2018. Launches totaled an estimated 153 in 2Q19, bringing the 1H total to 289 new funds, a
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