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08 Feb. 2022 Intel launches $1bn fund to support tech startups [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Intel is launching a $1 billion fund to support early-stage startups or other companies building technology for the foundry ecosystem. That could include novel intellectual property, software tools, chip architecture, or advanced packaging, all with the common theme
07 Feb. 2022 BBAM raises $1.5bn for second aviation fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: BBAM Limited Partnership, a player in commercial aircraft leasing and financing, has closed its latest flagship aircraft leasing fund, Incline Aviation II, with total capital commitments of approximately $1.5bn. A diverse group of institutional investors committed
04 Feb. 2022 U.S. wealth transfers to hit $84tn through 2045 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Some $84 trillion in wealth is going to change hands in the next 25 years - with $72.6 trillion in assets transferred to heirs, while $11.9 trillion will be donated to charities, said a study. According to Cerulli's study, "U.S. high-net-worth and ultra-high-n
03 Feb. 2022 Ex-CalPERS exec launches first pure institutional ESG VC firm [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Bay Bridge Ventures and its strategic advisors today announced the launch of the first purpose-built, institutional ESG and Sustainability focused venture capital firm. Bay Bridge Ventures is a diverse-owned and managed organization investing in scalable, profitable and i
03 Feb. 2022 Union Bancaire Privee partners with Bain Capital Public Equity to widen its liquid alternative and ESG offering [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Union Bancaire Privee, UBP SA announced today that it has onboarded its first Article 8 fund on its alternative UCITS platform, U Access (Ireland) UCITS Plc. Launched in partnership with Bain Capital Public Equity, LP, affiliate adviser of Bain Capital, a leading global p
03 Feb. 2022 Stonepeak raises $14bn for North American infrastructure fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Stonepeak, an alternative investment firm specializing in infrastructure and real assets, closed its flagship Stonepeak Infrastructure Fund IV at $14 billion, exceeding its $12 billion target. According to a press release from the New York-based alternative money m
03 Feb. 2022 Asian venture capital investment hit $46.2bn across 2,440 deals in Q4 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Venture capital (VC) investment in Asia remained quite strong in Q4'21 with $46.2bn raised across 2,440 deals, helping lift total VC investment to a new record high. According to a report by KPMG, several companies across the Asia Pacific region attracted large dea
02 Feb. 2022 Research reveals level of Bitcoin trading from 'serious' traders [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New research from GNY, the leading blockchain-based machine learning business, reveals that of those people who trade at least $1,000 a month in Bitcoin, 25% are trading $4,000 or more. Just 11% say they trade around $1,000 a month, with 34% saying it is between $1,000 a
02 Feb. 2022 Morgan Creek and EXOS launch SPAC Arbitrage ETF [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Chapel Hill, North Carolina-based asset manager Morgan Creek Capital Management and New York-based fintech company EXOS Financial launched the Morgan Creek - Exos Active SPAC Arbitrage ETF, an actively managed ETF with an investment strategy that invests in SPACs, and the
02 Feb. 2022 European venture capital fundraising hits $28bn across 2,041 deals in Q4 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Venture capital investment remains strong in Europe - with over $28 billion invested on 2041 deals during the fourth quarter of 2021, said a study. According to a KPMG study, Q4'21 saw several digital banks in Europe raise large VC rounds, with a $900 million raise
02 Feb. 2022 Asia-Pacific region deal activity grew 16.8% in the year 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The mergers and acquisitions (M&A) deals in Asia-Pacific (APAC) region during 2021 were up by 16.8% to a total of 17,410 deals compared to 14,903 deals announced during the previous year, said a report. According to GlobalData, the deal value during the year 2021 in
01 Feb. 2022 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index returns 9.5% in 2021 on asset-weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended the month up 0.80% MOM on an asset-weighted basis and up 0.98% MOM on an equal-weighted basis. The comparable benchmark indices were both up for the month with the S&P TSX 60 Total Return Index and S&P 500 Total Return I
01 Feb. 2022 US venture capital fundraising hits $88.2bn across 3,536 deals in Q4 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The VC market in the US finished the year on a high note, setting a fourth consecutive record for VC investment in Q4'21, propelled by $1 billion+ funding rounds, said a study. According to the KPMG study, In Q4'21 US VC-backed companies raised $88.2B across 3,536 d
01 Feb. 2022 Sustainable bonds to top $1.35tn in 2022, says Moody's [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Sustainable bond volumes are set to surge again this year, with issuance of green, social, sustainability (GSS), and sustainability-linked bonds (SLBs) expected to hit $1.35 trillion in 2022, a 36% increase over the estimated $992bn issued in 2021. According to a
31 Jan. 2022 Iron Road Partners taps ex-SEC member for new role [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Iron Road Partners, a regulatory consulting firm serving the alternatives investment industry, announces the expansion of its team with two hires including a former senior member of the SEC's Private Funds Unit. Paul McGowan, J.D. joins Iron Road Partners as a Directo
31 Jan. 2022 MetLife Investment Management adds to team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - MetLife Investment Management (MIM) is pleased to announce today that it has hired Jeff Passmore to a newly created role of Lead Liability Driven Investing (LDI) Strategist in the firm's Public Fixed Income department. Mr. Passmore will serve in a value-added capacity
31 Jan. 2022 HCI Equity Partners adds to team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - HCI Equity Partners, a leading lower middle market private equity firm, has announced that Jonathan Konkoly has joined HCI as Vice President of Portfolio Operations, and Ben Choi has joined the firm as Senior Associate. In his role, Mr. Konkoly will focus on identifyi
31 Jan. 2022 Global venture capital investment nearly doubled in value to $671bn in 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 2021 saw $671 billion invested throughout the full year 2021, a staggering sum when compared to the annual highs seen at the start of the decade, said a study. According to the latest quarterly report from KPMG Enterprise 2021 was the strongest year for VC investme
31 Jan. 2022 With over 38,000 deals worth $3.8tn, 2021 was an outstanding year for M&A [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 2021 was a standout year for M&A, with over 38,000 deals worth $3.8 trillion, said a study. The number of merger and acquisition (M&A) deals valued over $1 billion rose by a staggering 62% in 2021, compared to 2020-reaching 825 deals, said GlobalData. GlobalDat
28 Jan. 2022 M&G gobbles up responsAbility [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: British asset manager M&G acquire substantially all of responsAbility Investments AG, a Zurich-based impact investor focused on private debt and private equity in emerging markets. The London-based investment manager will acquire 90% of responsAbility's shares,
28 Jan. 2022 UBS acquires Wealthfront for $1.4bn to reach young affluent American investors [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Swiss lender UBS Group has agreed to acquire California-headquartered digital-only wealth platform Wealthfront as part of a wider plan to target scalable growth in the affluent investor space across the world. The all-cash agreement to acquire the U.S.-focused auto
27 Jan. 2022 Hedge funds end challenging 2021 with 9.31% gain led by North American hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers ended the month of December up 0.85% on an equal-weighted basis, and up 1.15% on an asset-weighted basis, Eurekahedge said. Market risk sentiment improved over the second half of December after research revealed that the Omicron variant leads to mi
27 Jan. 2022 IQ-EQ supports first-time female fund managers with new initiative [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A new initiative from IQ-EQ will support women to launch and grow their first funds. IQ-EQ Launchpad aims to expand inclusivity for the wider asset management industry and foster a self-sustaining network of women in senior leadership roles. Funds with over 50% women
27 Jan. 2022 Global ETF assets double next 5 years to hit $20tn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global Exchange Traded Funds (ETF) assets under management (AuM) are set to double in the next five years, reaching $20trn by 2026, and representing a 17% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) said a study. According to a PwC report, titled 'ETF 2026: The next big lea
27 Jan. 2022 BitBull Capital launches two new crypto hedge funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: BitBull Capital, a fund management company in San Francisco, has introduced two new funds that aim to offer innovative crypto hedge fund strategies to an institutional, family office, and accredited investors. "BitBull Capital, which has pioneered innovative cr
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