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27 Aug. 2021 Global fintech market size to grow a CAGR of 8.5% to reach $191bn in 2028 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global fintech market size was USD 100.09 billion in 2020 and is expected to register a revenue CAGR of 8.5% to reach USD 190.80 billion during 2021 - 2028, boosted by rising demand for digitization in organizations. According to the latest report by Reports an
27 Aug. 2021 Captrust buys $85bn investment consultancy Ellwood Associates [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Nearly two months after making its 50th acquisition, the investment management company Captrust Financial Advisors has agreed to acquire Chicago-based Ellwood Associates with a 55-person team in Chicago that oversees about $85 billion in assets for 200 clients. Ellw
26 Aug. 2021 Multi-strategy investor flows top net $5bn during July [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Multi-strategy performance took a hit in July, down 1.1%, but continues to hold up well in 2021. The HFM Multi-strategy Index was up 9.1% YTD through July, slightly trailing the event-driven and L/S equity indices, but ahead of the HFM Global Composite's 8.7% YTD gain.
26 Aug. 2021 Asia leads UHNWI population growth [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global population of ultra-high-net-worth individuals (UHNWI) is growing fast led by Asia, with the growth pace in countries such as Indonesia and India to be particularly impressive, said a study. According to the Wealth Report 2021 issued by Knight Frank, ther
25 Aug. 2021 Hedge fund managers down 0.27% in July [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers were down 0.27% in July, trailing behind the global equity market as represented by the MSCI ACWI (Local) which gained 0.40% during the month. In terms of 2021 performance, global hedge funds were up 7.85%, recording the strongest July year-to-date ret
25 Aug. 2021 Lakemore Partners collects $400m for Aquatine IV Fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Lakemore Partners and its group entities, a private credit investment firm primarily investing in control CLO equity, announced it has successfully closed Aquatine IV at $400m as a result of strong investor demand. Aquatine IV is Lakemore's fourth CLO fund withi
24 Aug. 2021 BIS Innovation Hub and HKMA investigate how tokenized green bonds can improve sustainable investment [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In many countries, issuing and investing in bonds can be cumbersome and complex, involving many steps and parties, and typically requiring a considerable financial commitment from the investor. For those investing in environmentally friendly projects, there is uncertainty
24 Aug. 2021 The Jordan Company raises $1.3bn for continuation fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Jordan Company (TJC) has closed The Resolute II Continuation Fund, which raised about $1.3 billion from a Hamilton Lane-led investor group. The capital raised by the continuation fund will be used to buy portfolio companies from a 2007 fund raised by The Jordon
23 Aug. 2021 Alternative asset manager Fundamental Advisors acquires MMA Capital Holdings [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - An affiliate of Fundamental Advisors LP has acquired MMA Capital Holdings, an infrastructure finance company based in Baltimore, Maryland, focused on providing debt financing for renewable energy projects, in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $162 million. T
23 Aug. 2021 Ogier launches compliance tool to get fund managers 'climate ready' [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Ogier Global is launching a new online product, ESG Align, designed to help global asset managers get up to speed with environmental, social and governance (ESG) themes, terminology and regulatory requirements. Created by Ogier Global's Sustainable Investment Consulti
23 Aug. 2021 Private equity secondaries AUM reaches $300bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private equity secondaries make up the largest part of the private debt secondaries. AUM in this area has increased significantly over a short period of time, rising 23.4% from $243bn at the end of 2019 to $300bn as of December 2020, said a report by Preqin. Accord
20 Aug. 2021 Private equity: Sellers continue to utilize secondaries as a portfolio management tool [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The private equity secondary market continues to grow and remain active with over 1,100 potential sellers and 1,450 potential buyers, revealed a study. According to Preqin Secondary Market Update H1 2021, while potential sellers of fund stakes are varied, there is
20 Aug. 2021 With 7,360 VC funding, US-based start-ups held the lion's share from January to July 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US-based startups held the lion's share of global venture capital (VC) funding from January to July 2021 and accounted for more than 44% and 52% of the total deal volume and value during the period, said a study. According to the GlobalData report, a total of 7,360
19 Aug. 2021 Investcorp and ADDX tokenise US real estate fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investcorp, a global provider and manager of alternative investment products, and private capital exchange ADDX - formerly known as iSTOX - announced today a long-term partnership to expand the use of digital securities in the alternative investment or private market spac
19 Aug. 2021 ASEAN-focused PEVC industry size doubles in five years [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The ASEAN-focused private equity and venture capital (PEVC) industry reached a peak of $37bn as of December 2020, having more than doubled over the previous five years ($17bn), said Preqin in its report 'Alternative Assets in Asia-Pacific'. "Southeast Asia's
18 Aug. 2021 Billion dollar hedge funds: larger funds ahead of smaller funds during turbulent July [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The average Billion Dollar Club (BDC) hedge fund gained 0.1% in July but could not prevent the broader HFM Global Composite Index from slipping 0.1% off the back of underperformance among sub-BDC funds. In what was a turbulent month for markets, few hedge funds added s
18 Aug. 2021 Three-way merger creates $4.3bn wealth consultancy with global reach [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hong Kong wealth advisory firm The Capital Company has merged with US counterparts LeoGroup and the hybrid RIA based in Dallas BFT Financial Group to create a US$4.3 billion global wealth adviser. The new unified entity is called Leo Wealth and is expected to have
18 Aug. 2021 All-China hedge fund returned 7% in July as Chinese stocks declined [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The APS All China Long Short Fund returned over +7% net in July 2021 - compared to -10% for the MSCI Golden Dragon index, and +3% for the Eurkahedge Greater China Long/Short Equities index. APS's returns were driven by significant contributions from the short book whi
18 Aug. 2021 Digital currency fund benefits from high bitcoin weighing in July [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: July was a positive month for the digital currency market with bitcoin (BTC) rising +20% and Ethereum (ETH) posting a +11.29% increase that month, according to The market capitalization of crypto-assets minus bitcoin showed a move of almost +8%.
17 Aug. 2021 Hedge fund industry's AUM swells to a staggering $4.32tn in June [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investors diverted an additional $16.6 billion to hedge funds in June. The month's inflows represented 0.4% of assets and continued an inflow trend that saw $36 billion in new assets in May, $23.3 billion in April and $19.1 billion in March, according to the Barclay Fund
16 Aug. 2021 M&A value in second quarter surpasses $1tn: S&P [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The second quarter represented the third straight period in which total announced M&A value surpassed $1 trillion, said a study. According to a report by S&P Global Market Intelligence, this is the first time the announced deal value exceeded that threshold in thre
16 Aug. 2021 EMEA region sees record-breaking VC investment in H1 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region saw US$39.1 billion in Fintech investment in H1'21, including a record US$15.1 billion in venture capital (VC) funding, said a study. According to KPMG's Pulse of Fintech, the overall Fintech investment in the EMEA r
13 Aug. 2021 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index down -0.34% in July [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SS&C Technologies Holdings announced that the gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for July 2021 measured -0.34%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 0.55% in August. "SS&C GlobeOp's Capit
13 Aug. 2021 iCapital expands pact with Ray Dalio's Bridgewater on investing platform [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global financial technology platform iCapital Network has expanded its relationship with Bridgewater Associates, a specialist in institutional portfolio management, and the world's largest hedge fund. iCapital Technology platform caters to alternative inves
13 Aug. 2021 Berkshire Residential rises $1.85bn for its third US multifamily debt fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Berkshire Residential Investments closed real estate fund Berkshire Multifamily Debt Fund III at its hard cap of $1.85 billion in equity commitments. The total exceeds its fundraising target of $1.5 billion, said a press release. The US residential-focused lendin
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  3. PE/VC: SOKA-BAU to raise private markets allocation with first move in private debt, Biotech deals tumble to lowest in a decade over regulatory fears[more]

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