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06 Nov. 2018 Robo advisory firm Sarwa first to emerge from DFSA sandbox [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: UAE's first automated investment platform or 'robo-adviser' Sarwa has become the first participant to graduate from its regulatory sandbox following nearly 12 months of testing, announced Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA). While granting Innovat
06 Nov. 2018 GAM CEO departs as troubles mount [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: GAM CEO Alexander Friedman has stepped down amid growing uncertainty over the firm's future. David Jacob will act as interim CEO while the firm conducts a search for a more permanent replacement. In a statement, GAM Chairman Hugh Scott-Barrett said: "Th
05 Nov. 2018 Institutional investors are taking positions in bearish crypto market: Grayscale Investments [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Institutional investors have made up the majority of digital currency investment company Grayscale Investments in the last three months. The crypto investment firm owned by Digital Currency Group said in a press release that 70% new money came from institutional invest
02 Nov. 2018 Laureate Digital Securities to leverage AlphaPoint blockchain technology to disrupt asset management industry [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Laureate Digital Securities, a fintech company which integrates blockchain technologies with the asset management industry, today announced that their planned asset digitization, investor portal, and secondary trading will be powered by AlphaPoint, a leading blockchain co
02 Nov. 2018 Neuberger Berman broadens alternative capabilities with acquisition of insurance-linked strategies manager Cartesian Re and affiliated reinsurer Iris Re [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Neuberger Berman has broadened its alternative investment platform through the acquisition of specialist asset manager Cartesian Re, which with its affiliate Iris Re, manages more than $1 billion in assets under management (AUM) focusing on the insurance-linked strategies
02 Nov. 2018 Oberland Capital adds to team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Oberland Capital, a healthcare focused investment firm with over $1.2 billion in capital commitments since inception, announced today the appointment of two new Partners, Cecilia Gonzalo and Michael Bloom. Ms. Gonzalo joins Oberland Capital from Vatera Healthcare Par
02 Nov. 2018 Refinitiv launches quantitative analytics platform in partnership with Microsoft Azure for hedge funds to get faster access to data [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Refinitiv - formerly the Financial and Risk business of Thomson Reuters - is launching its quantitative analytics platform, QA Direct, on the cloud through Microsoft Azure. The cloud-based service means asset managers and hedge funds can get faster access to data fo
02 Nov. 2018 Cryptocurrencies are a new institutional investment class, says Morgan Stanley [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Cryptocurrencies are newly labeled as an institutional investment class as institutional investors are increasingly investing in cryptocurrencies, says a report. According to a new report by Morgan Stanley, institutional investors are increasingly getting engaged wi
02 Nov. 2018 Blackstone invests in financial technology platform for alternative investments iCapital Network [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: U.S.'s largest alternative investment firm Blackstone is investing in iCapital Network, which provides platform to connect investors and advisers to alternative investment products. The financial behemoth joins UBS, Morgan Stanley, BlackRock, BNY Mellon and Cre
01 Nov. 2018 BNP Paribas Capital Partners announces initial closing of BNP Paribas CP European Special Opportunities Debt Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BNP Paribas Capital Partners ('BNPP CP'), BNP Paribas Asset Management's specialist in external alternative manager selection, launched an investment programme (known as 'Special Opportunities') earlier this year to provide institutional investors with
01 Nov. 2018 Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission announces new regulations for cryptocurrency and virtual asset market [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hong Kong's financial watchdog Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has unveiled a comprehensive set of regulations governing cryptocurrencies in a bid to make the city a major trading centre for virtual assets. The SFC referred to "virtual assets" which it def
01 Nov. 2018 Northern Trust names Dane Fannin global head of securities lending [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Northern Trust has appointed Dane Fannin as global head of securities lending, relocating him from Hong Kong to Chicago for the role effective 1 January 2019. His previous position of head of capital markets for APAC will be taken up by Mark Snowdon, who was respon
01 Nov. 2018 BNY Mellon's Pershing Advisor Solutions expands access to managed accounts solution [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A turnkey managed account solution designed to help advisors realize increased efficiencies and drive scale is now available to clients of BNY Mellon's Pershing Advisor Solutions. The wrap program Managed360, first offered by BNY Mellon's Lockwood Advisors, is now a
01 Nov. 2018 First tokenized hedge fund is listed on Nasdaq Fund Market [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Apis Capital Management has listed first tokenized hedge fund on Nasdaq Fund Market. According to a press release from Apis Capital Management, it became the first asset management firm to offer a tokenized investment option earlier this year, when it launched the
31 Oct. 2018 Preqin: Alternatives gain in emerging markets [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Alternative assets investors are increasingly globalizing their portfolios, and interest in emerging markets is growing. In the next five years, 46% of investors plan to increase investments in China and India, while 30% are planning to increase their allocations to Afric
31 Oct. 2018 Wilshire Phoenix teams with Coinbase on soon to launch institutional crypto fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Wilshire Phoenix, a New York-based investment firm that provides structuring, advisory and asset management services, has partnered with Coinbase Custody, the most secure crypto storage solution created by the world's leading platform for cryptocurrencies. Wilshire Ph
31 Oct. 2018 Northern Trust adds two [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Northern Trust today announced that it has appointed Dane Fannin as global head of securities lending. Mark Snowdon has been appointed to lead Capital Markets for the firm in Asia-Pacific (APAC). Fannin, who joined Northern Trust in London in 2006, was most rece
31 Oct. 2018 Michele Kinner joins Campbell Lutyens as US Advisory Director [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Campbell Lutyens, one of the leading global private capital advisors, is pleased to announce that Michele Kinner has joined as a US Advisory Director. Ms. Kinner has over 30 years of experience in private equity and banking. Most recently, she was a Partner at Quilvest Pr
31 Oct. 2018 Schroders names head of multi-asset strategy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Schroders is today announcing that Lesley-Ann Morgan has been appointed Head of Multi-Asset Strategy, with a core focus on the firm's strategic partnerships with clients globally. From 1 November 2018, Lesley-Ann will assume the high-level, client-facing role, allowi
31 Oct. 2018 Macquarie Group adds to cash equities team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Macquarie Group today announced the appointment of five senior contributors to its Cash Equities business within the Commodities and Global Markets Group, an increased investment to strengthen and diversify the Cash Equities business. Steve Lynch and Amy Reichard have
31 Oct. 2018 J.P. Morgan Alternative Investment Services adopts new technology platform to better service hedge funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: J.P. Morgan Alternative Investment Services is expanding its strategic partnership with Arcesium Technology, a post-trade technology and professional services firm using a first-of-its-kind technology platform. "End users are now able to have their own technology,
31 Oct. 2018 AIMA publishes Fund Manager Code of Conduct implementation guide [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) has published a Fund Manager Code of Conduct (FMCC) implementation guide. The global representative body of alternative investment managers said in a press release that the implementation guide is based on th
31 Oct. 2018 Crypto Platform Coinbase hits $8bn valuation after raising $300m in a fresh funding round [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: U.S. crypto exchange and wallet provider Coinbase will add an additional $300 million of investment at a valuation of over $8 billion to accelerate the adoption of cryptocurrencies and digital assets. According to a press release from the San Francisco-based crypt
31 Oct. 2018 60% of Americans surveyed open to crypto political donations: Survey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 60% of Americans believe that donations in cryptocurrency for federal election campaigns should be legal, revealed a survey. A recent survey done by blockchain-centric research firm Clovr said that only 21% of the people among the 1,023 eligible voters in the count
31 Oct. 2018 Wilf Family launches investment fund [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Minnesota Vikings Owners Mark & Zygi Wilf have launched WISE (Wilf Innovative Sports & Entertainment) Ventures, an investment fund based in Manhattan. The fund will focus on investments in the sports & entertainment and real estate industries and has already be
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