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17 May. 2019 Marlin Equity Partners announces strategic minority investment by Blackstone [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Marlin Equity Partners, a global investment firm, announced that Blackstone's Strategic Capital Group has made a passive, minority investment in the firm. Blackstone's Strategic Capital Group is part of Blackstone Alternative Asset Management (BAAM) and speci
17 May. 2019 Managed futures posted another positive month in April [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures posted another positive month in April with a 0.85% return according to the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. Nine of BarclayHedge's 10 CTA indices had gains in April. Year to date, the Barclay CTA Index has
17 May. 2019 LaSalle and Artivest announces partnership [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - LaSalle Investment Management has partnered with Artivest to expand its reach into the retail market for privately placed U.S. value-add real estate investment programs through a closed end vehicle. LaSalle is a leading institutional investment manager focused on real est
17 May. 2019 Fundrock opens Singapore office [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - FundRock has opened a new branch in Singapore headed by Timothy Walkley, Managing Director - Asia Markets. Tim has been involved in the investment management industry for over 20 years with a significant experience in Asian markets. He has been actively involved in C
17 May. 2019 Natixis finds tailwinds for ESG, but a lack of standards hampers adoption [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - More than half (56%) of investors globally, including 61% in the US, believe companies that demonstrate higher integrity will outperform, according to a new report on Environ­mental, Social and Governance (ESG) investment issues released today by Natixis Investment Manage
17 May. 2019 JMP OppZone Services debuts platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - JMP OppZone Services, a dedicated business focused exclusively on financial and administrative support related to Opportunity Zone (OZ) investing, today announced the launch of an industry-first administrative platform for OZ investors, project sponsors and entrepreneurs.
17 May. 2019 Private equity real estate grows from strength to strength but turbulent months seen ahead [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The private equity real estate (PERE) industry reached a record $900bn in assets under management as of June 2018, marking a new high for a sector that has grown from strength to strength in recent years, said Preqin. Fundraising has remained strong, deal making
17 May. 2019 Wilshire Liquid Alternatives Index up 0.98% in April [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index returned 0.98 per cent in April, outperforming the 0.66 per cent monthly return of the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index. "April marked a continuation of gains across risk assets, buoyed by economic growth, low volatility and a favo
16 May. 2019 Mary D'Souza, former managing director at GE Capital, joins Star Mountain as a senior advisor [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Sar Mountain Capital, a specialized investment manager focused exclusively on the large and underserved U.S. lower-middle market, is pleased to announce that longtime personal investor across multiple Star Mountain funds Mary D'Souza has now also become a Star Mountain Se
16 May. 2019 European venture capital industry records strongest quarter ever [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: European companies raised €5.1 billion of venture capital funding during the first three months of 2019, an increase of 76% year-over-year, and marking the strongest first quarter ever recorded, says financial market data company Refinitiv in a new review. Despite
16 May. 2019 Hedge funds up 1.21% in April with only a handful of sectors in the red [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds extended their run of positive returns to four straight months in April, returning 1.21% for the month, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index. BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions, said that by comparison, the S&P 500 Total Return Index ro
16 May. 2019 State Street names Amelia Fawcett lead director [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: American financial services and bank holding company State Street Corporation has appointed Amelia Fawcett as independent lead director after its annual governance structure review. Fawcett most recently served on the Board's Executive Compensation, Risk and Techno
15 May. 2019 The global hedge fund industry AUM grows by $27bn as of April, Asia funds up almost 8% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global hedge fund industry AUM has grown by $27bn as of April 2019 year-to-date said Eurekahedge in its May 2019 report. Final Q1 2019 net outflows figure stood at $46.4 bn, just under half of the investor redemptions totalling $94.7 bn seen in the final quarte
15 May. 2019 Merger Arbitrage demonstrates its ability to deliver positive returns in adverse conditions: Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Merger Arbitrage again demonstrated its ability to deliver positive returns in adverse conditions, Lyxor said in its weekly brief. "This is a strategy on which we have maintained an Overweight stance over the recent quarters despite the recent underperformance," it
15 May. 2019 Emerging markets see highest expected returns [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: After five years of negative performance, Emerging Markets have some of the highest expected returns, said a report by eVestment. In its in latest annual Capital Market Assumptions report, eVestment said that from the nine consultants analyzed, on average, Emerging
14 May. 2019 CalPERS names Greg Ruiz to lead private equity program [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The California Public Employees' Retirement System announced today that Greg Ruiz will join the pension fund as its new managing investment director for private equity. Ruiz has extensive experience in private equity investing, having worked across multiple sector
14 May. 2019 UK, Europe tips hedge fund redemptions to $11B worldwide in March [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds proved unable to turn February's net inflows into a two-month trend, as March saw $11.0 billion in hedge fund redemptions worldwide, a dramatic shift from February's $12.1 billion in inflows. Hedge funds' March outflows represented 0.4% of hedge fund asse
14 May. 2019 150 surviving crypto hedge funds post 46% median loss in 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A report by PwC, based on conversations with managers at around 100 largest global crypto hedge funds, showed that crypto hedge funds suffered a median -46% loss last year. "2018 was a challenging year in crypto markets, with Bitcoin down -72%. The median crypto fu
14 May. 2019 Hedge funds expect inflows again in May [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for April 2019 measured 0.90%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 0.33% in May. "SS&C GlobeOp's Capital Movement Index for May 2019 rose 0.33% re
14 May. 2019 Event Driven/Activist strategies lead hedge funds up almost 10% YTD [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds gained an average of +1.26% in April, the fourth consecutive month of positive returns, following a five-month string of aggregate declines closing out 2018. According to eVestment April 2019 hedge fund performance data, the YTD 2019 industry average g
13 May. 2019 Hedge funds gains in April bring YTD return to +7.2% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: With all round gains across all main strategies led by Event-Driven and Macro in April, Hedge funds extended gains from the strongest 1Q since 2006. The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index advanced +1.6% for the month, bringing the YTD return to +7.2%, said HFR.
13 May. 2019 Irish administrated fund assets grow 200% since 2008, combined value touches EUR4.2tn in 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The value of fund assets under administration in Ireland has grown by over 200% since 2008, with the overall value of Irish-domiciled and non-domiciled funds reaching a combined value of €4.2tn by the end of 2018, said a report. Growth has been faster amongst Iris
13 May. 2019 Guernsey event-driven hedge fund up 10% YTD, to gain from Lighthouse takeover [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The Helium Rising Stars Fund, which follows an event-driven, special situations strategy, returned +3.4% in April in its GBP share class (3.2% in its CHF class), and announced that its largest fund holding had received a cash offer. The fund's co-investment advis
10 May. 2019 Blackstone poaches Goldman alum Tanya Barnes for new social good initiative [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investment giant Blackstone Group hired Tanya Barnes, a former managing director at Goldman Sachs Group, as a Managing Director to lead a new impact investing strategy, as pension plans and other institutions seek to put money into more businesses with social and envi
10 May. 2019 UK watchdog FCA bans and fines five directors for pension advice failings [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The UK watchdog Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has banned and fined five directors from three advice firms for their roles in pension transfer advice that affected some 2,000 customers. Two of the three firms involved - Financial Page and Henderson Carter Assoc
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  1. Alts managers sitting on over $2.5tn+ of dry powder[more]

    Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In the current rising interest rate environment, investment activity in the private markets has continued to grow, revealed a study. "With alts managers sitting on over $2.5T+ of dry powder and continuing to enjoy premium valuations and interest rates on a prec

  2. Opalesque Exclusive: Hong Kong manager expects additional tailwind in Asian markets[more]

    B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The Asia equity markets have not been at their best so far this year, with the MSCI Asia index down almost 13% YTD, but many managers remain buoyant about the region, as in

  3. Opalesque Exclusive: Emerging markets persist despite headwinds[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Emerging markets have been under significant pressure since the start of the year, but there are some nascent trends that suggest that things could be getting better. Emerging markets firm Gramercy Fund Management recently released its third quarter outlook and

  4. Other Voices: The selloff is overdone[more]

    Authored by Heeten Doshi, founder of Doshi Capital Management. Anyone who is still bearish and calling for more downside is foolish. The selloff is overdone. To point to further declines from here is poor risk management. With the Nasdaq 100 down 22% and S&P 500 down 13% for the year

  5. Other Voices: ESG exuberance is at all-time highs. But will investors buy?[more]

    As investors increase their focus on mission-based investing, they continue to grapple with ESG and what it means to them. By David Shalom, Director of Capital Introductions at Pershing Innovation. New investment solutions. That's how managers deliver value and attract new inve