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24 Aug. 2022 Total hedge fund industry assets down to $4.87 trillion [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The pace of hedge fund redemptions accelerated in June 2022 to -$42.14 billion, equivalent to a reduction of industry AUM of -0.83% according to the Barclay Fund Flow Indicator published by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. A -$173.10 billion trading l
24 Aug. 2022 Peter Munzig joins TPG as partner [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - TPG, a global alternative asset management firm, has appointed Peter Munzig as a Partner and Head of Business Services for TPG Capital, the firm's private equity platform. In his role, Munzig will lead TPG Capital's investment activity and portfolio management in the busi
24 Aug. 2022 Asset management industry in Switzerland stays on growth path despite everything [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The asset management industry complements the Swiss financial industry with high operational efficiency and with a differentiating value proposition, according to the Swiss Asset Management Study 2022. With sustainable investment having entered center stage as the
24 Aug. 2022 Federal Reserve Board issues letter regarding crypto-asset-related activities [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - On Aug. 16, 2022, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB) issued a letter regarding FRB-supervised banking organizations (Covered Entities) engaging in crypto-asset-related activities (C-A-R activities). While the Letter stated that the crypto-asset
24 Aug. 2022 iCapital acquires $7bn UBS alts feeder fund platform [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Alternative investments fintech iCapital has purchased UBS Fund Advisor, the wirehouse's legacy proprietary U.S. alternative investment manager and feeder fund platform. The platform generally referred to as "AlphaKeys Funds," represents more than US$7 billion in cl
24 Aug. 2022 Allocations to hedge funds are likely to increase, says Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investors are experiencing growing interest in hedge funds as a way to take risk off the table, said a survey. A total of 76% of survey respondents said they plan to increase or maintain their allocations to hedge funds in the next 12 months, up from 63% in the survey
23 Aug. 2022 Pension funds/institutional investors see growing ESG focus from structured credit [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Some 95% of pension fund and other institutional investors agree with the view that the bespoke nature of alternative credit presents a viable option for investors to make a positive social and environmental impact by educating smaller companies in the financing market.
23 Aug. 2022 Ampersand Capital hits $1.2bn hard cap target for its latest fund, Ampersand 2022 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: American alternative investment firm Ampersand Capital Partners announced the closing of the firm's latest fund with $1.2 billion in limited partner commitments. Ampersand 2022 (AMP-22), which is Ampersand's eleventh primary fund since 1992, was significant
23 Aug. 2022 North American private capital funds AUM hits $5.56tn, a 300% growth since 2008 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The total assets under management (AUM) of private capital funds focused on North America stood at $5.56tn (excluding funds of funds and secondaries) at the end of December 2021, said a study. According to the Preqin study, to put this into perspective, in December
22 Aug. 2022 Private markets managers fail to provide climate data [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private markets managers are failing to provide their clients with the information they need to effectively manage climate risks, said a study. According to research by Hymans Robertson, this lack of data has significant implications for both defined benefit and def
19 Aug. 2022 Maples Group launches ESG fund services solutions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Maples Group announced the expansion of its global Fund Services offering with the launch of new ESG solutions to support fund managers and institutional investors committed to investments with strong environmental, social and governance (ESG) and impact investing cre
19 Aug. 2022 Despite the July rebound, global hedge funds remained down 4.0% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index gained 1.3% in July, recording its highest monthly return since April 2021 after three consecutive months of decline, totaling 4.1% in Q2. Despite the July rebound, global hedge funds remained down 4.0% YTD. Among strategies, long/sh
19 Aug. 2022 VC AUM in the Latin America region stands at $9.3bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Venture capital (VC) AUM in Latin America was at $9.3 by September 2021, after increasing 15.6% annually over the five years ended 2020 and adding another $3bn over the first nine months of 2021, said a study. Meanwhile, private equity still stands as the leading a
18 Aug. 2022 White label ETF issuer received 53 enquiries last year for crypto fund/ETP launches [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - HANetf, Europe's first full services 'white label' UCITS ETF issuer, plans to extend its white label product platform capabilities to cryptocurrency ETCs. To date, the firm has focused on UCITS ETFs and physically backed gold and carbon ETCs. The current platform has arou
18 Aug. 2022 64 institutional investors with $9.8th AUM commit to prioritizing water in a new global initiative [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The sustainability investor group Ceres said participants include 64 US and international investors with a total of US$9.8 trillion under management including pension funds and asset managers launched the Valuing Water Finance Initiative (VWFI) to tackle the global wat
17 Aug. 2022 Thompson Street raises $1.5bn for Fund VI, its biggest fund yet [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Thompson Street Capital Partners announced the closing of its sixth committed capital investment fund, Thompson Street Capital Partners VI (TSCP VI). The Fund was oversubscribed with total commitments exceeding the $1.5 billion target. According to a press release
16 Aug. 2022 Arsenal raises $5.4bn for two funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Arsenal Capital Partners, which specializes in investments in industrial growth and healthcare companies, has amassed $5.4 billion for two new funds, including its first vehicle targeting fast-growing, high-technology businesses. New York-based private equity firm s
16 Aug. 2022 Butterfly Equity raises $1 billion for a food-focused fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Los Angeles-based private equity firm specializing in the food sector Butterfly raised $1 billion for its sophomore fund, nearly doubling in size from the previous vintage, from a wide range of partners including institutional investors, family offices, entrepreneurs,
15 Aug. 2022 HitecVision raises funds for offshore wind joint venture [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Norway-headquartered sponsor HitecVision has held a final close for its first non-oil and gas fund, with a focus on the energy transition - New Energy Fund (NEF) on its EUR 875m hard-cap, exceeding its EUR 500 million target. In addition, EUR 175 million in co-in
12 Aug. 2022 The rise of hybrid funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The lines between closed-end and open-end private investment fund investment structures have blurred in recent years, as managers structure funds to hold illiquid assets in open-end funds and liquid assets in closed-end funds, reports U.S. law firm Seward & Kissel. Common
12 Aug. 2022 Pomona soars past its target to reach over $2.4bn for its tenth flagship fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Secondaries-focused alternative manager, Pomona Capital has soared past the tenth flagship fund goal to reach over $2.4bn of commitments. Pomona Capital X (PC X) is oversubscribed and capped, exceeding its $2 billion target by 30% and is about 50% larger than its pr
12 Aug. 2022 Apollo raises $2.35bn for its first direct lending fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global alternative asset manager Apollo Global Management Inc. has closed on its first-ever $2.35 billion direct lending fund. The American global private equity firm said in a press release that Apollo Origination Partnership Fund I (AOP) contributes to Apollo'
11 Aug. 2022 Hedge fund industry AuM declined by $78.8bn in H1-2022 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds faced a challenging half-year during H1 2022 as geopolitical and macro-economic events sparked market chaos and a rare, concerted sell-off in stocks and bonds, according to the With Intelligence Spotlight Report "Hedge Funds in H1 2022". However, thi
11 Aug. 2022 68% of asset managers rate alternative retail distribution as a challenge [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 68% of managers rate the distribution of alternatives as a major or moderate challenge, said a study. After a wave of acquisitions, managers need to overcome retail distribution challenges as they seek to integrate alternative investment capabilities, said the new r
10 Aug. 2022 Despite July's slippage, CTAs remain in positive territory for the year, up 7.68% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The managed futures industry slipped to a monthly loss in July 2022, down -0.64% according to the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. Despite July's slippage, CTAs remain in positive territory for the year, up 7.68%. CTAs h
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    B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Howard Marks, co-founder and co-chairman of Oaktree Capital Management, weighs what should and should not matter for investors in his latest memo last week. Among the things t

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  3. Family offices upbeat on private assets, reduce public assets exposure[more]

    Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Family offices are investing more in private assets and cutting back on investments in public markets, with higher risk-adjusted returns cited as the main driver, said a study. According to the survey findings by German digital private equity firm Moonfare, and the

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  5. Alts manager Medalist Partners acquires a minority stake in Semper Capital to tap opportunities in structured credit[more]

    Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Medalist Partners, which specializes in private credit, has acquired a minority stake in Semper Capital to extend its offerings to the mass market. Medalist currently manages approximately $2.2 billion in assets across strategies in asset-based private credit, struc