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28 Feb. 2022 SBAI creates DEI forum [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Today the SBAI, a global alliance of alternative investment managers and allocators and custodian of the Alternative Investments Standards, announced it has created a forum of alternative investment industry organisations committed to addressing diversity in the alternati
28 Feb. 2022 Lightyear Capital adds head of fundraising [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Lightyear Capital, a New York-based private equity firm focused on financial services, today announced that it has hired Courtney Sullivan as Managing Director and Head of Fundraising and Investor Relations. She joins Lightyear from Inverness Graham Investments, a private
28 Feb. 2022 Blackstone expands healthcare investing team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Blackstone today announced three key leadership promotions in the healthcare investing sector. Ram Jagannath will serve in a newly created role of Global Head of Healthcare Investing - overseeing this area across Blackstone's Private Equity, Tactical Opportunities and Gro
28 Feb. 2022 BNY Mellon hires BBH's Tung [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Vivian Tung has joined BNY Mellon as Global Head of ETF Services from Brown Brothers Harriman. In this role, Tung will be responsible for managing all of the operational aspects of BNY Mellon's ETF business, with a particular focus on the innovation, design, and tech impl
28 Feb. 2022 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index down 1.3% on asset-weighted basis in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended January 2022 down -1.32% MOM on an asset-weighted basis and down -2.71% 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 Tot
28 Feb. 2022 Hedge funds start 2022 with worst January performance since 2016 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers ended the month of January down 1.55% on an equal-weighted basis, and down 1.10% on an asset-weighted basis, according to Eurekahedge data from With Intelligence. Global equity markets tanked after market risk sentiment was dampened due to geopolitical
28 Feb. 2022 Investors allocated over $10bn to hedge funds in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investors allocated just over $10bn to hedge funds in January, marking a turnaround from the past two months, which witnessed the industry experiencing two consecutive months of outflows. The investor inflow was achieved despite the negative performance of hedge funds, as
28 Feb. 2022 Research reveals sources of Bitcoin losses/fraud [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New research from GNY, the leading blockchain based machine learning business, reveals that 46% of serious Bitcoin traders claim to have suffered losses from by sending the cryptocurrency to fraudulent or inaccessible addresses. Some 38% say they have suffered from secur
28 Feb. 2022 Investors pull $4.18bn from global hedge fund business to kick off 2022 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investors pulled -$4.18 billion from the global hedge fund business in January, starting 2022 on a slight down note for the business, according to the just released eVestment January 2022 Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report. The outflows from the business come on top of J
28 Feb. 2022 Mirova builds out impact investing team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Mirova, a pureplay sustainable finance investment firm and affiliate of Natixis Investment Managers, has completed hiring for its impact private equity team. The team will manage Mirova's environmental impact investing, which is designed to further the growth of compa
28 Feb. 2022 Wilkie expands west coast PE team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP have announced that Joe Kaczorowski has joined the Firm as a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department, where he will be part of Willkie's leading Private Equity Practice Group. Joe is based in Willkie's Los Angeles office. He w
28 Feb. 2022 Blackstone BCRED raised $32.6bn of cash [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: American alternative investment management company Blackstone raised $32.5bn of cash last year for its newest perpetual private credit strategy Blackstone Private Credit Fund (BCRED) amid red-hot demand for the growing asset class that offers higher yields and interest
28 Feb. 2022 Norway's sovereign wealth fund to divest from Russia [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Norway's sovereign wealth fund will divest all of its investments in Russia following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The $1.3 trillion fund's investments include shares in 47 Russian companies, as well as government bonds. The investments amount
25 Feb. 2022 BIS launches Asian Green Bond Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) today launched a new green bond fund dedicated to help finance investments in green projects in the Asia and Pacific region. The Asian Green Bond Fund joins two other green bond funds issued by the BIS since 2019. Together,
25 Feb. 2022 Private equity returns beat publicly listed stocks again [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 2021 saw private equity's continued outperformance of public equity, generating an extra 83 cents per dollar invested since 2017, said a study. Hamilton Lane's market overview for 2022 shows that private real estate and credit, with significantly lower risk prof
25 Feb. 2022 Insight Partners seals $20bn fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The New York-based, 27-year-old, global software investment firm Insight Partners has closed its twelfth flagship fund with $20 billion in capital commitments. The fund marks the Insight Partners' largest fundraise to date which received strong support from both
24 Feb. 2022 December trading profits help hedge funds drive industry assets to $4.80tn as 2021 wraps [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry experienced net outflows in December with $20.4 billion in redemptions, equivalent to a -0.44% reduction in industry assets, according to the Barclay Fund Flow Indicator published by BarclayHedge. Nevertheless, a $39.8 billion trading profit i
24 Feb. 2022 General Catalyst hauls in $4.6bn across three funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: American venture capital firm General Catalyst (GC) has hauled in $4.6 billion, which is spread across a trio of distinct strategies, contributing to a strong start for venture fundraising this year. According to a press release from the VC firm focused on early-sta
23 Feb. 2022 DCM Advisors adds to team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - DCM Advisors, LLC, a New York-based asset management firm, announced the addition of seasoned equity and fixed income portfolio managers and analysts to further strengthen the firm's multi-brand boutique manager platform. In January, DCM completed the integration of
23 Feb. 2022 UBS O'Connor expands with healthcare-focused investment team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UBS O'Connor, the multi-strategy hedge fund manager within UBS Asset Management, announced today that it has hired Jason Bonadio MD, Robert Sweeney MD, and Adam Sandler MD to manage a relative value equity strategy focusing on the healthcare therapeutics industry.
23 Feb. 2022 PEVC fundraising prospects remain bullish despite intense competition [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) firms are largely optimistic of their fundraising prospects for the year ahead despite facing an increasingly packed field of cash-hungry rivals, said a study. "Firms overwhelmingly agreed that competition for fund
22 Feb. 2022 M&A deal activity will be a bright spot in 2022, says a study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Company filings hint that they are confident in acquisition and deal-making strategies in 2022 despite the ongoing pandemic and inflationary pressures, said a study. The study by GlobalData found that mentions of Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) in earnings call tran
21 Feb. 2022 68.4% of APAC VC investments volume in 2021 goes to early-stage funding rounds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Early-stage funding rounds accounted for 68.4% of the total venture capital (VC) deals (with disclosed funding rounds) announced in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region during 2021, said a study. "Startups seeking early-stage funding (Seed and Series A) got a much bigger
21 Feb. 2022 Fintech VC funding in the Americas and Europe break records [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: VC funding in the Americas more than doubles to record US$64.5 billion while Europe sees record-breaking VC investment even as M&A dries up. According to a KPMG report, total fintech investment in the Americas rose from US$83.5 billion in 2020 to US$105 billion in 2
21 Feb. 2022 Energy-focused hedge fund Powhatan files for bankruptcy after years of litigation [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Powhatan Energy Fund LLC has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation, with more than $26m in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) market manipulation sanction liabilities but less than $53,000 in cash. The filing effectively ends years of litigation.
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