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06 Mar. 2019 Who's the richest? A look at 2019's top-ranking billionaires shows decrease in billionaires and their combined wealth [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: There are 2,153 billionaires on the 2019 list of Forbes 33rd annual ranking of the world's billionaires, down from 2,208 in 2018. The total combined net worth of this year's billionaires is $8.7 trillion, down from $9.1 trillion in 2018. This represents the first d
06 Mar. 2019 Nut Tree Capital Management crosses milestone of $1bn in AuM [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia for A Square: Nut Tree Capital Management, a alternative manager within Investcorp's Hedge Fund Partnership platform, has reached $1bn in assets under management (AuM). Based in New York, Nut Tree is an alternative credit investment manager that launched
05 Mar. 2019 Octogone and Firmus announce strategic alliance [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The internationally based Octogone Group and the Panama-based Firmus Broker & Asset Management Inc. have entered into a strategic alliance to provide services in wealth and asset management to their private, institutional and corporate clients. This alliance offers po
05 Mar. 2019 Global blockchain spending to grow 88.7% YoY to reach $2.9bn in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The amount spent on blockchain technology by businesses seeking to utilise the trust-enhancing features of distributed ledgers is expected to grow to $2.9 billion in 2019. This would represent a growth of 88.7% over the $1.5 billion spent on the technology during 2018.
05 Mar. 2019 Emerging markets rally caught hedge fund managers off guards: Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The summer 2018 Emerging Markets (EM) crisis which targeted EM markets displaying weak financial equilibrium caught EM hedge fund managers off guards. It led EM L/S Equity strategies to accelerate their de-risking, which proved insufficient to weather the year-end stor
04 Mar. 2019 Europe: Net sales of UCITS and AIFs nose-dives -76% to EUR221bn for 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Net sales of UCITS and alternative investment funds (AIFs) amounted to EUR221bn in 2018, compared to EUR940bn in 2017, according to The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA). EFAMA also found UCITS net sales reached EUR115bn, compared to EUR738bn in
04 Mar. 2019 KKR poaches Goldman's Asian investment bank chairman Kate Richdale [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: KKR, global investment firm that manages multiple alternative asset classes, has hired Kate Richdale, the chairman of investment banking at Goldman Sachs in Asia, to boost its Asia-Pacific presence. In this role, Ms. Richdale will work with KKR's senior leadership t
01 Mar. 2019 Institutional investors redeemed $517.5bn from traditional investments in 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Net institutional flows totaled -$234.4bn in the fourth quarter pushing full year 2018 redemptions past the half tn mark to -$517.5bn, said eVestment. Long-only asset managers reported Q4 2018 institutional assets under management of $23.81tn, according to the just
01 Mar. 2019 DarcMatter joins forces with Hana Financial to expanding Korean institutional investor footprint [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: FinTech platform for alternative investments DarcMatter (DM) has announced a partnership with South Korea's bank holding company Hana Financial Group (HFG). DarcMatter claims that the partnership solidifies it as a key partner in providing enhanced access to exc
01 Mar. 2019 Hedge fund and private equity sectors are is still dominated by men: Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Women are still underrepresented in the workforce when it comes to hedge fund and private equity sectors, new data released by Preqin showed. Less than one in five hedge fund professionals are women, according to a report released by Preqin. And the number drops to
28 Feb. 2019 MAPFRE AM launches an investment fund based on behavioural economics [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - MAPFRE AM is launching the 'MAPFRE AM Behavioral Fund' - a fund that aims to exploit pricing inefficiencies in European equities caused by the behaviour of market participants. MAPFRE AM has developed a proprietary methodology for identifying opportunities caused by i
28 Feb. 2019 Balance Point Capital Partners names Eric Dale as Partner [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Balance Point Capital, a leading provider of capital to lower middle market companies, has announced that Eric J. Dale has joined the firm as a Partner. Dale brings extensive legal and transactional experience, having most recently served as Chief Legal Officer and Ch
28 Feb. 2019 Citco launches center of excellence [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Citco Group of Companies, a leading provider of asset servicing solutions to the global alternative investment industry, today confirmed its on-boarding of additional commitments from longstanding client EQT, a leading global investment firm with more than 50 billion
28 Feb. 2019 Four women in private equity raise a $1.5bn for their four funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Private Equity Women Investor Network (PEWIN) announced that its Members - Adele Oliva (1315 Capital), Hollie Haynes (Luminate Capital Partners), Kristina Heinze (ParkerGale) and Kate Mitchell (Scale Venture Partners) - have each successfully closed a new fund.
28 Feb. 2019 State Street appoints Lou Maiuri as new chief operating officer [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: State Street Corporation has named Lou Maiuri as its chief operating officer (COO). Maiuri was previously the head of State Street's Global Markets and Exchange business lines. Maiuri will be responsible for State Street's IT, global delivery, global exchange, Char
28 Feb. 2019 Global institutional investor confidence has exhibited little signs of recovery: State Street [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global institutional investor confidence has exhibited little signs of recovery following last month's sharp decline in the State Street's global investor confidence index (ICI). It appears that investor confidence was slightly less cautious in February from the pr
28 Feb. 2019 Mackenzie Investments launches three new alternative funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Mackenzie Investments has launched three new liquid alternative funds designed to manage the negative impact of market volatility and improve portfolio stability. The investment firm with $134.6bn in assets under management as of January 31, 2019 said in a press
28 Feb. 2019 Private equity buyouts jump 10% to $582bn globally: Bain [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global private equity (PE) funds produced another impressive surge in investment value in 2018, capping the strongest five-year stretch in the industry's history with $2.5tn in disclosed buyout deal value. The total buyout value jumped 10% in 2018 to $582bn, ca
28 Feb. 2019 Hedge fund liquidations outpace launches for the third year in a row [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A total of 601 hedge fund launches and 730 liquidations were recorded in 2018, marking a third consecutive year in which hedge fund closure activities outpace launches. Among these funds launched last year, 22.2% charged no less than 2% management fees, and 55.5% of
28 Feb. 2019 Lincoln International: Middle market companies outpace S&P 500 in 2018 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Middle market private equity investment returns are outpacing the S&P 500, according to a new index report from Lincoln International. In 2018, equity values of the Lincoln Middle Market Index grew by 13.8%, while the S&P 500 declined by 6.2%. Enterprise va
27 Feb. 2019 Axioma appoints Amaury Dauge President [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Axioma announced today the appointment of Amaury Dauge as President. Dauge will also continue to serve as Chief Financial Officer, a position he has held since joining Axioma in June 2016. As President, a newly created position, Dauge will focus on enhancing execution and
27 Feb. 2019 Apex acquires Beacon Fund Services [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Apex Group Ltd., the world's fifth largest fund administrator, announced the acquisition of Beacon Fund Services (Bermuda) Ltd, Beacon Corporate Services Ltd and Beacon Management Ltd. Apex is a portfolio company of Genstar Capital. The acquisition of Beacon, a w
27 Feb. 2019 Carillon Tower Advisers acquires ClariVest Asset Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Carillon Tower Advisers, a global multi-boutique asset-management firm with $64.6 billion in assets under management and advisement, is pleased to announce its plan to increase its ownership stake in ClariVest Asset Management LLC. Effective in April, ClariVest will beco
27 Feb. 2019 eVestment Private Markets Group partners with Preqin [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - eVestment, a global leader in institutional investment data and analytics, today announced a data partnership with Preqin, the foremost provider of alternative assets insight and intelligence. The partnership will give eVestment clients access to Preqin's industry-leading
27 Feb. 2019 The $4bn fintech SoFi plans to offer cryptocurrency trading [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The San Francisco-based online finance start-up SoFi plans to offer cryptocurrency trading to its customers in the second quarter of this year. The $4bn fintech also announced the launch of its savings and investing platforms, SoFi Money and SoFi Invest. Short fo
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