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25 Jul. 2022 Just 15 infrastructure funds raise $50bn aggregate capital in Q2 2022 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The infrastructure asset class' fundraising furor continues into Q2 2022 - $50bn aggregate capital was raised by just 15 funds in the quarter, said a study. According to Q2 2022 Infrastructure Report by Preqin, there have been seven funds closing with more than
22 Jul. 2022 Thornburg obtains QDLP license in China [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Thornburg Investment Management's wholly foreign-owned enterprise, Thornburg Investment Management (Shanghai) Limited, has successfully filed for registration and has been granted a Qualified Domestic Limited Partnership ("QDLP") license from the China Asset Managemen
22 Jul. 2022 Ambienta raises $1.58bn for Europe's biggest PE fund focused on environmental businesses [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Ambienta SGR, a European asset manager entirely focused on environmental sustainability, has raced to a €1.55bn ($1.58bn) hard cap final close for its fourth flagship private equity fund focused on environment-positive businesses. The sustainability-focused private
22 Jul. 2022 Private equity fundraising was down 50.5% in Q2 2022 compared to the same period last year [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private equity (PE) fundraising is on the decline and may slow further in coming quarters as institutional investors digest the impact of market sell-off, said a study. According to Q2 2022 Private Equity Report by Preqin, private equity fundraising was $119bn and a
22 Jul. 2022 LGT Capital Partners beats target with latest fund [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Swiss private equity firm LGT Capital Partners has closed its third co-investment fund - Crown Co-investment Opportunities III (CCO III) - on $2.0 billion, beating its initial target size of $1.5 billion. The firm's predecessor co-investment fund CCO II clos
22 Jul. 2022 Advisors plan to increase allocation to alternative investments [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Cerulli Associates, a market intelligence provider, and Blue Vault polled more than U.S. 100 advisors, many of who are independent broker/dealers (IBD), on their use of alternative investments during the first half of 2022. They found that advisors had allocated an averag
22 Jul. 2022 CalPERS to increase exposure to private market assets following investment losses [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The California Public Employees' Pension Retirement System (CalPERS), the largest pension fund in the U.S.,
21 Jul. 2022 HFRI 500 Macro Index gains +13% in 1H22 as commodities, risk mitigation and CTAs surge [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Led by gains in Macro, CTA, Risk Mitigation and Commodity strategies, the HFRI 500 Macro Index gained +13.2 percent in the 1H 2022, topping the decline of the S&P 500 by 3300 bps and the Nasdaq Composite Index by nearly 4400 bps as US equity markets experienced the
21 Jul. 2022 VARUNA Technologies hires Matthias Fischer as head of institutional business [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - VARUNA Technologies has hired Matthias Fischer as Global Head of Institutional Business, starting in the role as of July 2022. VARUNA Technologies is a European techno
21 Jul. 2022 451 natural resources funds raise $214bn in Q2 2022 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The natural resources fundraising maintained near-record levels in Q2 2022, on the back of sustained tightness across many commodities markets and stellar returns in 2021, said a study. According to Q2 2022 Natural Resources Report by Preqin, 451 natural resources
21 Jul. 2022 Fundamental Advisors surges to $1.43bn close for biggest fund yet [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US-based alternative asset manager Fundamental Advisors has surged past its $1bn target for its fourth flagship private equity fund to hold the final close with $1.43 billion in capital commitments. The investment company dedicated to municipal and public purpose in
21 Jul. 2022 Eurazeo tops $1bn fundraising target for PME IV Fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: European private equity investor Eurazeo has exceeded its fundraising target for the Eurazeo PME IV Fund by attracting more than €1bn ($1.02bn), 50% more than its previous fund. The global investment group, with a diversified portfolio of €25.6 billion in assets un
20 Jul. 2022 Oaktree completes acquisition of majority interest in 17Capital [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Oaktree has completed its acquisition of a majority interest in 17Capital, as previously announced on March 9, 2022. 17Capital specializes in providing non-dilutive capital to high-quality private equity management companies, funds and institutional investors that are
20 Jul. 2022 Hong Kong's asset and wealth management business remained resilient in 2021 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A survey published today by the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) found that the asset and wealth management business in Hong Kong recorded a 2% year-on-year increase in assets under management (AUM) to $35,546 billion (US$4,558 billion) as at the end of 2021. N
20 Jul. 2022 Real estate funds raising fell by 32% quarter-on-quarter in Q2 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 2022 is proving to be far more turbulent for the global real estate market than many initially expected, said a study. According to Q2 2022 Real Estate Quarterly Report by Preqin, investors have had a rough ride, with many risk assets delivering negative returns -
19 Jul. 2022 Art auction house Christie's launches venture fund focused on tech in art, crypto [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: British auction house Christie's announced the launch of "Christie's Ventures," an investment fund for fintech companies looking to make technological breakthroughs in the art market. The U.K. art auction house said in a press release that the investment fund will
19 Jul. 2022 Year-to-date private debt fundraising reaches $93bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Despite this challenging comparator, and the upheaval in public markets, year-to-date private debt funds fundraising of $93bn is on track to be a close second, and it is likely to increase from here, said a study. As a point of comparison, 2021 was a record-breakin
19 Jul. 2022 VC fundraising in the US is down by 21.7% YoY to $123.1bn in H1 2022 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A total of 5,705 venture capital (VC) funding deals were announced in the US during the first half (H1) of 2022, while the disclosed funding value of these deals stood at $123.1 billion, said a study. According to GlobalData, although this is the highest capital rai
18 Jul. 2022 Hedge funds declined for a third consecutive month in June with a return of -2.7% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds declined for a third consecutive month in June with a return of -2.7%, recording their worst monthly performance since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020. Following the retreat, the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index has slipped to -5.6% YTD, marking its
18 Jul. 2022 Credit Suisse raises $1.7bn for debut private credit fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global asset manager Credit Suisse Asset Management said that its Credit Investments Group (CIG) has held a final close on $1.67 billion for its first direct lending-focused fund, the Private Credit Opportunities (PCO) Fund. Including leverage, the vehicle will ha
18 Jul. 2022 NOVA Infrastructure raises $565m for maiden infrastructure fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New York-based infrastructure investment firm NOVA Infrastructure has raised $565 million for its first midmarket-focused fund - NOVA Infrastructure Fund I. The value-added, middle-market infrastructure investment firm focused on North America said in a news release
15 Jul. 2022 Battery Ventures racks up $3.8bn across two new funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global technology-focused investment firm Battery Ventures has raised $3.8 billion across two new funds. The new funds, include Battery Ventures XIV and a companion fund, together capitalized at $3.3 billion, and the $530 million Battery Ventures Select Fund II.
15 Jul. 2022 Global venture capital fundraising declines by 8.6% YOY to $53.5bn in Q2 2022 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Capital raising by venture capital (VC) 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 dow
15 Jul. 2022 Capital Pilot launches systematically driven venture capital fund, Boost Fund I [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Capital Pilot, a startup investor relations platform and trading brand of Capnova Limited has launched Boost Fund I, the UK's first automated high-volume investment fund for high-growth UK startups. Established as a Jersey Private Fund, Boost Fund I invests in U
14 Jul. 2022 Swiss fund market: market distortions cause volume to shrink [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Swiss fund market suffered a significant decline in volume due to market distortions in the first half of 2022. The Ukraine war, inflation, and tighter monetary policy also prompted investors to withdraw money. Although individual asset classes recorded some inflows o
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    Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Family offices are investing more in private assets and cutting back on investments in public markets, with higher risk-adjusted returns cited as the main driver, said a study. According to the survey findings by German digital private equity firm Moonfare, and the

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    Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Medalist Partners, which specializes in private credit, has acquired a minority stake in Semper Capital to extend its offerings to the mass market. Medalist currently manages approximately $2.2 billion in assets across strategies in asset-based private credit, struc