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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
31 Jul. 2022 Qontigo and CEPRES partner on private markets solution [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Qontigo, a global leader in risk analytics and index solutions, has partnered with CEPRES, the leader in private market investment technology and data, to develop a suite of private market factor risk models for unique insights into private capital fund risk in multi-asse
29 Jul. 2022 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended June -0.89%, -2.8% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended June 2022, down -0.89% MOM on an asset-weighted basis and down -3.95% MOM on an equal-weighted basis. The comparable benchmark indices were both down for the month, with the S&P TSX 60 Total Return Index and S&P 500 Tota
29 Jul. 2022 Russell to step down as head of UBS O'Connor [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After a successful 29-year career in the industry, including seven years at UBS, Kevin Russell will step down as Head and CIO of UBS O'Connor, UBS Asset Management's single manager hedge fund adviser. Under Kevin's leadership, the business has grown significantly and cont
29 Jul. 2022 Schroders appoints Whitney Sweeney to sustainability team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Schroders has hired Whitney Sweeney who will join Schroders' global sustainable investment team in the role of Investment Director, Sustainability. In this role, Whitney will focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) efforts, integration and education acr
29 Jul. 2022 The AMF is conducting a consultation on the end of life of private equity funds intended for retail investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The AMF is conducting a consultation in order to adapt the regulatory framework of the end of life of private equity funds intended for retail clients, with a view to strengthening investor protection and creating a framework facilitating compliance with the initial liqui
29 Jul. 2022 First Eagle Alternative Credit rakes in $1bn for the fifth direct lending fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The alternative credit investment manager First Eagle Alternative Credit (FEAC) has closed its fifth direct lending fund on over $1bn in total available capital, including leverage. The firm has raised over $2.2bn in direct lending available capital in the past 12 m
29 Jul. 2022 Asset managers report strong growth in ESG investment across asset classes [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Despite recent global economic uncertainty and geopolitical turbulence, asset managers reported strong growth in ESG investment over the past year across asset classes and believe it will continue well into the future, said a survey. According to the second annual
29 Jul. 2022 Silversmith collects $1.25bn for the fourth fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Boston-based growth equity firm Silversmith Capital Partners announced the final close of its fourth fund with $1.25B in capital commitments from limited partners. Fund IV will follow the investment strategy of its preceding funds of backing profitable SaaS, IT, he
29 Jul. 2022 Nowhere to hide but some choice short positions [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Australian hedge fund manager Kardinia Capital
29 Jul. 2022 SFC fines hedge fund HK$400K for breaching liquidity rules [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has reprimanded and fined KTF Capital Management Limited (KTFCM) HK$400,000 (US$51
28 Jul. 2022 Hedge funds lost 0.5% of assets in May [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund redemptions accelerated slightly in May 2022 to -$27.53 billion (-0.54% of industry assets), according to the Barclay Fund Flow Indicator published by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. A -$26.36 billion trading loss in May brought total hedg
28 Jul. 2022 Fitch Group launches DEI strategy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Fitch Group, a global leader in financial information services with operations in more than 30 countries, today announced the launch of its new, updated global diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategy. The new strategy further advances Fitch's DEI efforts by str
28 Jul. 2022 Synova beats target to close Fund V on $1.06bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: European growth investor Synova has held the first and final close of its fifth flagship fund on its hard cap of 875m ($1.06bn), beating its initial 750m target in just three months. London-based private equity house said in a press release that Synova V received
28 Jul. 2022 BlackRock raises $2.07bn for diversified private debt fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: American multinational investment management corporation BlackRock Inc. has raised a total of 1.7 billion ($2.07 billion) from UK pension plans to invest in a private debt fund. Unlike most private funds that focus on a single strategy, BlackRock's Diversified Pri
28 Jul. 2022 Coller Capital co-leads largest ever GP-led secondary transaction in Asia [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Coller Capital and Hahn & Company have closed the largest GP-led transaction in Asia. The transaction is for Ssangyong C&E Co., Ltd a Korean cement manufacturer that is actively expanding into waste management businesses. The transaction is valued at approxi
27 Jul. 2022 Global downloads of fintech apps exceeded 6.1bn in 2021 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The global market for fintech apps has seen consistent expansion over the past few years. Since the initial outbreak of Coronavirus, its growth pace has gone up. According to data from, the total number of downloads of fintech apps globally surpassed
27 Jul. 2022 Cerulli: Investors turn to infrastructure funds among inflation fears [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - European investors' interest in infrastructure-including indirect exposure via equities-is growing in response to rising inflation, according to the latest issue of The Cerulli Edge-European Monthly Product Trends. "One of the few pockets of the European market to rec
27 Jul. 2022 Global venture capital fundraising down 8.6% YOY to $53.5bn in Q2 2022 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global venture capital (VC) raising by funds in Q2 fell just 9% compared to Q2 2021, to $53.5bn, but lower distributions and longer hold periods could hit in H2, said a study. According to Q2 2022 Venture Capital Report by Preqin, the number of funds closed was down
27 Jul. 2022 Family office allocations into alternatives continue to rise, says study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global Investment Survey, focusing on the investment sentiments and activities of global family office CIOs over the past year, conducted by Family Office Exchange (FOX) revealed that allocation into direct private equity continues to rise. In 2021, enterprise fami
26 Jul. 2022 High-net-worth investors turn to alternative assets for higher returns [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: High-net-worth investors (HNWIs) are carving out more space in portfolios for alternative assets: 4 in 10 now have weightings of 20%-plus, said a study. According to Connection Capital's private client Alternatives Investment 2022 Survey, the private investors' expo
26 Jul. 2022 70% of investment fund assets to miss 2050 climate goals [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Over 70% of assets on average across some 35,000 investment funds will contribute to global warming above 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) by 2050 without significant emissions reductions, said a study. According to the research report from research from sustain
26 Jul. 2022 Argosy Private Equity raises $422m for latest fund [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Argosy Private Equity, a lower middle market private equity firm, has raised $422 million for its sixth fund. The fund beat its target and reached its hard cap. Consistent with Argosy V, Argosy VI will focus on making control investments in niche manufactur
25 Jul. 2022 Preqin: equity strategies account for 54% of launches in Q2 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - According to Preqin's Q2 2022 Hedge Funds Report, equity str
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