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19 Mar. 2021 AXS Investments acquires COGIX market neutral fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - AXS Investments, a leading alternative investment manager, today announced the acquisition of the AXS Market Neutral Fund (COGIX) to its expanding suite of alternative investment funds designed to open access for all investors to proven strategies previously available to
19 Mar. 2021 Credit Suisse splits fund unit under new head [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global wealth manager Credit Suisse Group is overhauling its asset management business. The Swiss bank is splitting away its asset-management unit from its business with wealthy clients, following the fallout of its relationship with collapsed firm Greensill Capital.
18 Mar. 2021 Swiss fund market growing again [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In February 2021, the volume of assets placed in the investment funds covered by the statistics compiled by Swiss Fund Data AG and Morningstar stood at CHF 1,368.4 billion, an increase of CHF 24.6 billion or 1.8% month-on-month. Net inflows totaled CHF 3.8 billion. Th
18 Mar. 2021 Institutions say that 2020 had influenced their thinking on diversity, equity, and inclusion [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: According to Aon survey of institutional investors, while 42% of the respondents stated that the events of 2020 had not changed their thinking or approach to diverse asset manager investing, the majority (58% reported that the events of last year did make them more att
18 Mar. 2021 Germany: Alternative assets AUM jumps up nearly 40% in 3 years [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The German alternatives industry has evolved significantly in recent years. Assets under management (AUM) increased from €59bn at the end of 2017 to €81bn as of June 2020 - a rise of nearly 40%, said Preqin. To put this growth into context, over the same period, the
17 Mar. 2021 PPS Global Equity Fund up 31.37% in its first year, AUM reaches $250m [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Professional Provident Society Multi-Managers Proprietary Limited (PPS Multi-Managers), part of a mutual financial services company founded in 1941 in South Africa, has announced the first full-year performance of the PPS Global Equity Fund since launching on the Prescien
17 Mar. 2021 Hedge fund industry performance was broadly positive in February [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Industry performance was broadly positive in February 2021 with 80% of products reporting to eVestment reporting gains during the month. While the average positive result was high (+4.51%), it has been surpassed by four other months in the course of the prior twelve.
17 Mar. 2021 Barclay CTA Index gains 1.76% in February [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures funds posted a positive month in February gaining 1.76%, according to the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. For the year to date, CTAs returned 1.68% through the end of February. "Signs of economic recovery
17 Mar. 2021 Ares raises $3.7bn for the oversubscribed alternative credit fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global alternative investment manager Ares Management closed its Ares Pathfinder Fund at $3.7 billion. The alternative credit fund closed well above its fundraising target of $2 billion. Pathfinder is the team's flagship global Fund that invests in alternative credi
17 Mar. 2021 Global healthcare private equity buyouts posted record-setting volumes in 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The number of global healthcare private equity deals rose to a record 380 last year, up 21% from 2019, even as the value of those deals fell 17% in that time, said a study. According to Bain's tenth annual Global Healthcare Private Equity and M&A Report, a glut of
16 Mar. 2021 Hedge funds return 2.68% in February, up 3.76% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry continued its positive run in February, returning 2.68% for the month, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. By comparison, the S&P Total Return Index gained nearly 2.76% in February.
16 Mar. 2021 Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index returns 1.18% in February [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index, which provides a representative baseline for how the broad liquid alternative investment category performs, returned 1.18% in February, underperforming the 1.52% monthly return of the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index. The Wilshire Liquid
16 Mar. 2021 CI Financial snaps up 16th U.S. RIA - $4.7bn Brightworth [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Less than a week after notching its 15th deal in as many months, Canadian investment management firm CI Financial announced the acquisition of an Atlanta-based registered investment advisor (RIA) with $4.7 billion in client assets. Brightworth marks the third acqu
16 Mar. 2021 Alantra buys stake in Spanish investment strategy firm [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private markets manager Alantra Partners agreed to acquire a 40% stake in Spanish alternatives manager MCH Investment Strategies. Madrid-based investment strategy firm MCH Investment, which is focused on investors in Italy, Portugal, and Spain, will boost Alantra&#
15 Mar. 2021 Performance remains top concern for alternative risk premia managers after a turbulent year for the industry [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - MJ Hudson announced the publication of the latest Alternative Risk Premia Fund Review that presents an overview of industry performance in 2021 along with selected fund managers' perspectives on the results and outlook. Key findings in the report: • After a year
15 Mar. 2021 ESMA selects Natasha Cazenave as candidate for executive director position [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Natasha Cazenave, Deputy Secretary General, Head of the Policy and International Affairs at the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF), was chosen this morning to be the European Securities and Markets Authority's (ESMA) candidate to succeed Verena Ross, its Executive
15 Mar. 2021 Hedge fund Paretone Capital partners with AnChain.AI [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Paretone Capital, an OTC trading desk and hedge fund with over $2 billion in annual trading volume, announced its partnership with Silicon Valley-based blockchain intelligence provider AnChain.AI. According to a joint press release, the companies formed the partner
15 Mar. 2021 VC investments: Low-value deals account for a dominant share in the AI space [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Low-value venture capital (VC) funding deals (investment
12 Mar. 2021 Barometer to launch global music royalty fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Toronto-based active investment manager Barometer Capital Management Inc. is launching a new investment fund - the Barometer Global Music Royalty Fund LP. The Fund will invest in a diversified portfolio of attractive music copyrights with a strong track record of earn
12 Mar. 2021 MetLife Investment grows private debt portfolio to $102bn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - MetLife Investment Management (MIM), the institutional asset management business of MetLife, announced it originated $15.7 billion in private placement debt and private structured credit across 215 transactions in 2020. This included $3.6 billion of investments origi
12 Mar. 2021 Efficient Capital adds Blackthorne Sentiment Enhanced Strategy to its fund hosting platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Blackthorne Capital Management, a commodity trading advisor (CTA) specializing in absolute-return trading strategies, and Efficient Capital Management, a player in the ma
12 Mar. 2021 80% of hedge funds see positive performance in February [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The global hedge fund business continued its strong start to 2021 with 80% of funds reporting to eVestment seeing positive performance in February, according to eVestment's just-released February hedge fund performance data. The average positive performance among this lar
12 Mar. 2021 PAI Partners raises $1.1bn for debut mid-market fund, above original hard cap [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: PAI Partners has surged past both its target and hard cap for its debut mid-market fund to reach €920 million ($1.1bn) at the final close. The pan-European private equity firm said in a press release that PAI Mid-Market Fund (PAI MMF) was raised entirely virtually a
11 Mar. 2021 Dealmaker One Rock Capital raises biggest ever flagship fund at $2bn hard cap [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: One Rock Capital Partners, the middle-market buyout shop, held a final close of its third middle-market buyout fund, One Rock Capital Partners III, at its $2 billion hard cap. The firm, which focuses on manufacturing, chemicals, and auto-retail companies, exceeded
11 Mar. 2021 US is home to eight of the top ten global VC investors [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US-based firms dominated the list of top ten global VC investors by the number of investments in 2020, with eight headquartered in the US, said a study. According to GlobalData, several American venture capital (VC) investors managed to make a sizeable number of in
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