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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
05 Oct. 2021 Vista closes third credit fund above target on $2.3bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Vista Equity Partners has announced its latest flagship credit fund, Vista Credit Partners Fund III (VCPF III), has closed at $2.3 billion, exceeding its original $1.5 billion fundraising target. VCPF III is a continuation of VCP's strategy of raising flexible pools
04 Oct. 2021 World's largest clean hydrogen infrastructure fund launched [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investment giant Ardian has teamed with FiveT Hydrogen to create Hy24, which it hopes will become the world's largest clean hydrogen infrastructure investment platform. Hy24 is targeting €1.5bn ($1.74bn) for its first fund, making the platform the industry's largest
04 Oct. 2021 Hedge fund confidence grows globally [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Almost all (99%) of all hedge funds that participated in the Alternative Investment Management Association's (AIMA) Global Hedge Fund Confidence Index are confident in the economic prospects of their business over the coming 12 months. According to the Index, ma
01 Oct. 2021 The AMF warns against the Initial Coin Offering of the company Air Next [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Autorite des Marches Financiers (AMF) is warning the public about the risks of fraud associated with the Initial Coin Offering (ICO) prepared by the company Air Next. The AMF has been contacted by Air Next to obtain a visa for its proposed ICO. The project's
01 Oct. 2021 Hedge funds: investors keep faith as event-driven revival continues while macro trails other strategies YTD after mixed August [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - HFM's event-driven index was up 1.4% in August, making it the month's second-top-performing strategy index, after downticks of -0.1% and -1.2% in June and July respectively. The average event-driven fund has now returned 11.8% YTD, putting it within touching distanceof eq
01 Oct. 2021 Global venture capitalists invested over $75bn in AI startups in 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global investments by venture capitalists (VC) in private companies focused on artificial intelligence (AI) are growing at a dramatic pace, said a study. According to a new report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the U.S. a
01 Oct. 2021 Majority of largest US foundations invest $1 in $6 in diverse-owned asset management firms [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Assets of the largest U.S. foundations are still managed predominantly by white men, but a new study sees growing commitment to diversity. The study by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation reveals that 30 of the 55 largest foundations are currently investing o
30 Sep. 2021 Mercer Advisors acquires Quest Capital Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) Mercer Global Advisors, which is majority owned by Oak Hill Capital and Genstar Capital, has acquired Quest Capital Management, a wealth management firm located in Dallas, Texas. Quest serves approximately 660 clients with assets u
30 Sep. 2021 Franklin Templeton acquires O'Shaughnessy Asset Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Franklin Resources, Inc., a global investment management organization operating as Franklin Templeton, today announced that it will acquire O'Shaughnessy Asset Management, LLC , a leading quantitative asset management firm. Through this acquisition, Franklin Templeton add
30 Sep. 2021 LPs and GPs come together on ESG reporting [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Leading global general partners (GPs) and limited partners (LPs) today announced the creation of the ESG Data Convergence Project to advance an initial standardized set of ESG metrics and mechanism for comparative reporting. The California Public Employees' Retirement
30 Sep. 2021 BlackRock launches new private market allocation tool [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - With interest rates near record lows and stock market valuations near record highs, many advisors are looking to private markets to diversify and potentially amplify returns for their clients. BlackRock has launched the Expected Return Analyzer, an innovative portfolio an
30 Sep. 2021 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ends August up 0.85% on asset-weighted basis (+8% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended the month up 0.85% MOM on an asset-weighted basis and up 0.71% MOM on an equal-weighted basis. The comparable benchmark indices were both up over the month with the S&P TSX 60 Total Return Index and S&P 500 Total Return
30 Sep. 2021 Hedge fund launches steady as investors position for higher interest rates [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - New hedge fund launches remained steady through mid-2021, according to the latest HFR Market Microstructure Report, released today by HFR®. The prevailing trend in
30 Sep. 2021 The environment remains key for institutional investors in ESG allocation [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: When it comes to ESG, environmental issues remain the most prominent among institutional investors in Europe with many looking to deepen their ESG investment focus over the next year. Asset allocation research among 850 institutions with €1 trillion of assets showed
29 Sep. 2021 Hedge funds return 0.78% in August as dovish Fed boosted market sentiment [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers ended the month of August up 0.78% on an equal-weighted basis, and up 0.25% on an asset-weighted basis, said a report by Eurekahedge. Global markets were buoyed by a rise in investor risk appetite due to the continuation of highly accommodative mone
29 Sep. 2021 Hedge funds keep breaking records; August inflows, performance bring industry to $3.7tn AUM [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The global hedge fund business continues to set, then break, new overall AUM records as investors pour more money into hedge funds and performance gains bolster industry AUM further. According to the just-released August eVestment Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report, investors
29 Sep. 2021 Providence Strategic Growth raises $4.5bn for its fifth U.S. flagship fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Boston growth equity firm Providence Strategic Growth Capital Partners (PSG) has raised $4.5 billion for its private-equity strategy that backs software makers and technology-heavy service providers. The fifth flagship private equity fund, PSG V, targets investment
28 Sep. 2021 The SBAI continues to focus on culture and diversity in the alternatives industry publishing its principles report [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Today the SBAI, a global alliance of alternative investment managers and allocators and custodian of the Alternative Investments Standards, releases the first publication as part of the SBAI Culture and Diversity Initiative - Principles of Culture and Diversity Strategies
28 Sep. 2021 Sionic expands wealth practice in Geneva and London [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial services consulting firm Sionic has further expanded its multi-award-winning Wealth Management & Private Banking Practice with the appointment of two new Directors, a new Geneva base and new digital transformation services. Anja de Troyer joins as a Direc
28 Sep. 2021 Citco-administered fund of hedge funds generate approx $2.5bn in net capital flows in H1 2021 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Fund of hedge funds administered by Citco continued to demonstrate their value as an access to alternatives by delivering positive returns in the first half of 2021, thus continuing their recovery after a solid 2020. The findings from Citco's H1 2021 Fund of Hedge Fun
28 Sep. 2021 Franklin Templeton snags Aviva's U.S. credit strategies and team [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global asset manager Franklin Templeton has hired Aviva Investors' entire US-based investment-grade credit team as part of plans to bolster its fixed income coverage. "Franklin Resources struck a deal to acquire the strategies and track records of Aviva Investors&#
28 Sep. 2021 US start-ups raise $219.3bn VC funding in 8,832 deals during January-August 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US-based startups raked in the highest venture capital (VC) funding during January-August 2021 globally. According to GlobalData a total of 8,832 VC funding deals were announced in the US during January-August 2021, while the disclosed funding value of these deals
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  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]

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