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09 Aug. 2022 First Eagle Investments acquires alternative credit manager Napier Park [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Napier Park Global Capital has been acquired by First Eagle Investments. Napier Park and First Eagle have approximately $19.5 billion and $101.8 billion in assets under management, respectively. The transaction closed on August 1, 2022. Napier Park is a leadin
09 Aug. 2022 StepStone racks up $2.36bn for fifth co-investment fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global private markets firm StepStone Group Inc. amassed $2.36 billion in commitments to its flagship co-investment fund, looking to tap investment opportunities in the current economic downturn alongside private-equity firms. The new fund exceeded a $1.7 billio
09 Aug. 2022 Alliance Bernstein raises $1.3bn for the latest real estate debt fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US investment firm Alliance Bernstein (AB) has closed Commercial Real Estate Debt Fund IV (CRED IV) with $1.3bn of capital commitments from global institutional investors. US Commercial Real Estate Debt Fund IV is a continuation of the successful value-add transiti
08 Aug. 2022 Saba Capital to support Salient Midstream & MLP Fund's reorganisation [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Saba Capital Management, L.P. and associated parties have reached an agreement regarding the Fund, a fund that invests in securities of MLPs and other midstream energy compan
08 Aug. 2022 Equity hedge funds lead industry gains to begin second half of 2022 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds gained in July as US equity markets posted a strong reversal after the worst first half of a calendar year in over 50 years, despite accelerating generational inflation, the US Federal Reserve increasing interest rates, and the US economy entering a recession,
08 Aug. 2022 Siguler Guff raises $1.97bn for the fifth buyout opportunities fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Multi-strategy private markets investment firm Siguler Guff & Co. raised a $1.97 billion fund to back small and midsize businesses and private-equity firms that invest in them. Fund V was oversubscribed after five months of fundraising, exceeding its $1.65 billion t
08 Aug. 2022 HNWI optimism falls across the world on inflation, geopolitical concerns [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Optimism among high-net-worth investors (HNWI) has fallen to early-pandemic levels due to concerns over inflation, recession, and the war in Ukraine, said a study. According to the latest quarterly Investor Sentiment report by UBS research, which surveyed more than
05 Aug. 2022 H1 2022 hedge fund flows: AUM declined by $31.2bn in June [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund industry AUM declined by $31.2bn in June, marking the steepest loss in AuM since March 2020, the start of the pandemic, said Eurekahedge Report. Europe (-$11.0bn) and North America (-$6.2bn) accounted for most outflows as investors in the two regions sought
05 Aug. 2022 Top Tier Capital Partners raises $925m for its Venture Velocity Fund 4 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Top Tier Capital Partners (TTCP), a fund of funds based in San Francisco, California, has raised $925 million in fresh capital. The new commitments were for its Top Tier Venture Velocity Fund 4 (VVF4) and a number of separate accounts, including one for co-investin
05 Aug. 2022 Green bonds were up 25% in 2Q after a volatile start to 2022 for the global market [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Green, social, sustainability, sustainability-linked, and transition (GSS+) labeled debt reached a combined volume of USD417.8bn in the first half of 2022 (H1 2022), representing a year-on-year (YoY) decrease of 27% against H1 2021, said a study. However, signs of a
04 Aug. 2022 FundFront adds Haven Cove Absolute Return Fund to platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - London-based FundFront, the innovative alternative investment platform that simplifies access to leading hedge fund strate
04 Aug. 2022 J.C. Flowers racks up over $1.1bn for the fifth fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: American private equity investment firm has completed fundraising for its fifth private equity fund, JC Flowers (JCF) V, with more than $1.1 billion in commitments. According to a press release from the private investment firm dedicated to investing globally in the
04 Aug. 2022 Binance co-founder He to lead $7.5bn VC arm in the shuffle [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Cryptocurrency exchange Binance has appointed co-founder Yi He to oversee its venture capital arm, Binance Labs, two months after it raised $500 million for a new fund focused on Web3 and blockchain investments. According to a press release from the Cayman Islands-
04 Aug. 2022 Balbec Capital raises over $1.5bn for the fifth global credit fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global alternative asset manager Balbec Capital Management has secured over $1.5 billion in commitments for its fifth and largest flagship fund, which it will deploy to buy up residential, commercial, and consumer whole loan portfolios across the performance spectrum.
04 Aug. 2022 ASEAN venture capital deal activity soars 35% high, reaching a record $20bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Venture capital deal activity in ASEAN soared in 2021, reaching a record $20bn - which is twice as much as the rest of Asia, which witnessed a 0.8x growth in aggregate deal value over the same period, said a study. According to the 'Territory Guide: ASEAN 2022&#
03 Aug. 2022 Global VC fundraising hits $158.6bn, a record pace despite market uncertainty [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global venture capital (VC) fundraising activity remained on record pace at mid-year, with $158.2 billion in fundraising by the end of Q2 2022, driven by activity in the US, said a study. The growth is well on track to exceed the $$252.2 billion record high set in cal
03 Aug. 2022 Man Group posts weak investment inflows, but alts funds soften the blow [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: British hedge fund manager Man Group reported a drop in assets over the first half as its Long-only funds were pummelled in a volatile market environment. The world's largest publicly traded hedge fund, which manages $142.3bn in assets, posted net client inflow
03 Aug. 2022 Voya to acquire credit manager Czech Asset Management [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Voya Investment Management, the asset management business of Voya Financial (VOYA), will acquire the private credit asset manager Czech Asset Management (CAM) by year-end, increasing capital committed to private credit by $5 billion. The terms of the deal were not
03 Aug. 2022 ICG raises $8.25bn for eighth European Corporate fund, beats its $7.13bn target [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global alternative asset manager Intermediate Capital Group has almost doubled its predecessor to close its eighth European Corporate fund on €8.1bn ($8.25bn). According to a press release from the London-based private equity investment firm, Europe VIII significant
02 Aug. 2022 North American hedge funds decline $34.7bn from April 2022 peak [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The 2020s have seen seismic shifts in the North American hedge fund industry with the emergence of the coronavirus and the resultant global economic fallout causing investor sentiment and equity markets to plummet, reports data and research house Eurekahedge. AuM of North
02 Aug. 2022 Is ESG going to be the next big thing in alternative investments? [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BNY Mellon's Pershing has just released the results of its latest survey from 70+ hedge fund allocators, revealing their true goals and motivations behind investing in ESG strategies. Some top lines from the survey are: • There is a tremendous amount of op
02 Aug. 2022 Portage to raise $1bn late-stage Portage Capital Solutions Fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global fintech-focused venture capital investor Portage is raising a structured equity fund that will focus on financing late-stage startups in the financial technology sector that are reluctant to take a hit in their valuation amid the market downturn. According t
02 Aug. 2022 Assured Healthcare Partners wraps up the sophomore fund at over $750m [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Assured Healthcare Partners, the specialist investor backed by Carlyle arm AlpInvest, has struck a $750m-plus close for AHP Fund II, which exceeded both its target size and initial cap with aggregate commitments. The New York-based specialist investor said in a pres
01 Aug. 2022 Tikehau Capital raises $3.37bn for fifth gen of direct lending strategy [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global alternative asset manager Tikehau Capital has raised a record €3.3bn ($3.37bn) for the fifth generation of its direct lending strategy. According to a press release from the Paris-headquartered alternative asset management and investment company, the Tikehau
01 Aug. 2022 Azimut Alternative Capital Partners acquires 20% stake in European manager RoundShield Partners [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: European asset management firm Azimut Group said that its subsidiary Azimut Alternative Capital Partners (AACP), has acquired an approximate 20% equity interest in U.K.-based asset manager RoundShield Partners. Azimut Group has € 81 billion in Total AuM. RoundShield
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