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08 Sep. 2021 SBAI appoints Paula Volent of The Rockefeller University to its Board of Trustees [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Standards Board for Alternative Investments (SBAI) announced today the appointment of Paula Volent, Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of The Rockefeller University, to its Board of Trustees. Mario Therrien, Chair of the SBAI stated: "We are absolutely de
08 Sep. 2021 Advisors rely on actively managed strategies to navigate unsettled markets [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: As choppy markets reflecting both optimism and uncertainty about an unfolding recovery, financial advisors are relying heavily on actively managed strategies to navigate the road ahead, said a study. According to a PGIM Investments survey of more than 500 financial
08 Sep. 2021 Hub International acquires Millennium Advisory Services [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Millennium Advisory Services, a Virginia-based Registered Investment Advisors (RIA) is the latest asset management firm to join Hub International Limited's growing retirement and private wealth division. The insurance brokerage and financial services firm headq
07 Sep. 2021 The global wealth management market to grow 10.7% CAGR to reach $3.43tn by 2030 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global wealth management industry was worth $1.25 trillion in 2020 and is expected to reach $3.43 trillion by 2030, manifesting a CAGR of 10.7% from 2021 to 2030, said a study. According to the report by Allied Market Research, the rapid demand for alternative i
07 Sep. 2021 Asia-Pacific ESG cross-border bonds issuance crosses $50bn mark in 1H 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: With the market witnessing robust growth in volumes, products, and issuer types in 2021, sustainable capital markets are becoming mainstream in Asia-Pacific, said a study. In the first half of 2021, the total issuance of cross-border bonds with an ESG label - i.e. g
06 Sep. 2021 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ends July up 0.49% (7% YTD) on asset-weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended July 2021 up 0.49% MOM on an asset-weighted basis and down 0.09% MOM on an equal-weighted basis. The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index
06 Sep. 2021 Nordea-backed Trill Impact raises $1.1bn for inaugural fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Trill Impact, a joint venture between former EQT partner Jan Ståhlberg and Nordea Asset Management (NAM), has closed €900m in commitments for its inaugural impact mid-market buyout fund from prominent global institutional investors. The fund, which was found to inv
03 Sep. 2021 Global sustainable bond issuance to hit $1tn in 2023 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global sustainable bond issuance is on track for a record 2021 after clocking in at US$469.1 billion in the first half, fuelled by growing demand for climate-related investments, and is likely to hit $1 trillion in 2023, said a study. Total volumes for the labeled
02 Sep. 2021 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ends July up 0.49% (7% YTD) on asset-weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended July 2021 up 0.49% MOM on an asset-weighted basis and down 0.09% MOM on an equal-weighted basis. The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index
02 Sep. 2021 Euro-Asian private equity house AGIC Capital raises the second fund at $1.2bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: AGIC Capital, a private equity firm concentrating on European and Asian markets, has raised $1.2bn for its second fund targeting advanced industrial and medical technology investments. AGIC said Fund II would make a majority and significant minority investments wi
02 Sep. 2021 Geneva wealth boutiques merge in $4.4bn assets deal [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Geneva-based wealth managers Pleion and Probus have agreed to merge in a deal that will see CHF4bn ($4.4bn) of combined assets. They have filed a request for authorization to proceed with their merger. The newly formed business will have operations in Thailand, UAE,
01 Sep. 2021 Wealth managers expand the range of investment strategies, adding new asset classes [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Wealth managers are adding new asset classes they offer to clients, including private markets and hedge funds, said a survey. The Wealth Manager Investment Survey by bfinance revealed that more than two-thirds (69%) said they have added new asset classes for wealth
31 Aug. 2021 Citco: Hedge funds extend winning streak [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry continued its strong resurgence in Q2 2021 according to research from the Citco group of companies. More managers delivered positive year-to-date returns and funds captured larger returns versus the previous quarter. Analysing global hedge fund
31 Aug. 2021 TSG Consumer Partners promotes two on consumer team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - TSG Consumer Partners, a leading private equity firm, today announced that it has promoted Alex Gilmore and Kelly Pease to Vice President. Mr. Gilmore and Ms. Pease are based in London and New York, respectively. "Alex and Kelly have made significant contributions eva
31 Aug. 2021 Sidley expands London office [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Sidley has announced that Dan Graham, Paul Dunbar, and Emilie Stewart have joined the firm as partners in London. Mr. Graham and Mr. Dunbar have joined the global M&A and Private Equity practice and Ms. Stewart has joined the Global Finance group. They join from Vinson &
31 Aug. 2021 MiddleGround Capital tops $1bn AUM with latest fund close [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - MiddleGround Capital, a Kentucky-based, middle market private equity firm that makes control investments in B2B industrial and specialty distribution companies, announced it has held final closes on its flagship fund MiddleGround Partners II, LP and a specialty vehicle fo
31 Aug. 2021 Hedge fund asset flows return to positive territory in July [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund asset flows returned to positive territory in July following a brief dip into the red in June. According to the just-released eVestment July Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report, investors added +$1.80 billion to the hedge fund business last month, bringing year-to-da
31 Aug. 2021 Arbitrium builds board and risk focus with high profile appointment [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Australian debt and special opportunities investment specialist, Arbitrium Capital Partners (Arbitrium), has appointed renowned financial services professional Harvey Kalman to its board as a non-executive director and chairman of its credit risk committee. Kalman
31 Aug. 2021 dv01 expands into solar residential ABS market [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - dv01, a leading capital markets fintech company driving technological innovation and loan-level transparency in structured finance, today announced it has partnered with GoodLeap, America's number one point-of-sale platform for sustainable home solutions, to further p
31 Aug. 2021 Gresham House adds to strategic equity team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Gresham House, a specialist alternative asset manager, has bolstered its Strategic Equity team with the appointment of investment managers Amber Stone-Brown and Cassie Herlihy. Stone-Brown and Herlihy join an investment team with more than three decades of experience,
31 Aug. 2021 With $7.65tn in AUM, North America is home to most of the world's largest alternative investment managers [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: With a combined total of $7.65tn in assets under management (AUM), the Americas are home to most of the world's largest alternative investment managers, said a study. According to a Preqin report, the region's 10,000+ active investors and more than 8,000 active man
30 Aug. 2021 ESG ETFs: Record assets and net inflows of $309bn and $97bn respectively at the end of July 2021 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ETFGI reports record assets and net inflows in ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) ETFs world-wide of US$309 billion and US$97 billion respectively at the end of July. ESG ETFs gathered net inflows of US$14.93 billion during July, bringing year-to-date net inflow
30 Aug. 2021 85% of alternative investment fund managers predict increased demands for international financial centers [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: An overwhelming majority (85%) of alternative fund managers expect to see increased demand for investment vehicles to be based in international financial centers (IFCs) over the coming three to five years, said a study. According to a global study of 100 senior-lev
30 Aug. 2021 Alternative investors embrace automation to manage data challenges [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Advisors and alternative investors embrace automation to manage data and workflows, finds a survey. According to a report "The Role of Technology in Managing Alternative Investments" by Canoe Intelligence and, 54% of respondents in the survey sp
27 Aug. 2021 Emerging markets hedge funds extend strong gains through mid-year 2021 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Emerging Markets (EM) hedge funds, led by funds investing in India, Russia, China, and the Middle East extended strong gains through mid-year 2021 as EM hedge fund capital eclipsed another record, with performance again topping gains in EM regional equity markets and comp
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