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12 Aug. 2021 Top 100 hedge fund managers oversaw $1.8tn in hedge fund AUM [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - If 2020 was a year of great change and volatility, it was also a year of two halves. Many of the hedge fund industry's largest managers saw AUM hit by poor performance and outflows in H1 2020, said HFM. But many also saw those assets return in H2 2020 when the trading
12 Aug. 2021 Hedge fund returns dip negative in July, but just barely; India funds soar while China funds see a reversal of fortune [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The global hedge fund business' average return dipped negative in July, but just slightly, to -0.32, according to the just-released eVestment July 2021 hedge fund performance data. This marked the first month of industry-wide average negative returns in 2021. Just over 51
12 Aug. 2021 Hunter Street names former General Mills CIO and treasurer Marie Pillai as a senior advisor [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hunter Street Partners, a Minneapolis-based alternative investment management firm, announced that Marie Pillai has joined Hunter Street Partners as a Senior Advisor. Ms. Pillai, who most recently served as General Mills' Vice President, Chief Investment Officer and
12 Aug. 2021 Neuberger Berman okays Bitcoin and Ethereum exposure [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A commodity-focused fund managed by Neuberger Berman, a multi-billion-dollar asset manager, has opened the door to exposure to Bitcoin and Ethereum derivatives and investment vehicles through a subsidiary. The private investment management firm with $402 billion in
12 Aug. 2021 Fintech investment in the Americas robust with over $51bn in investment across 1,188 deals [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Total Fintech investment in the Americas was very robust with over US$51 billion in investment across 1,188 deals, said a study. According to KPMG's Pulse of Fintech, the overall Fintech investment in the US remained robust in H1'21, reaching $42.1 billion. VC inves
11 Aug. 2021 Global VC investment in Fintech reached a record $52.3bn in H1 2021, doubling YoY basis [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global VC investment in Fintech across M&A, PE, and VC deals reached a record $52.3 billion in H1'21 - more than doubling the $22.5 billion seen in H2'20, said the study. According to KPMG's Pulse of Fintech, dry powder cash reserves, increasing diversification in
11 Aug. 2021 CBRE Global Investors largest US value-add real estate fund beats target to raise $2.3bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The international real asset investment manager CBRE Global Investors closed its largest value-added real estate fund to date, raising a combined $2.3 billion for the fund and its co-investment vehicle. According to the independently operated affiliate of CBRE Group
10 Aug. 2021 Barclay Hedge Fund Index up 0.07% in July, up 9% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry tallied its 9th straight month of gains in July 2021 with an overall return of 0.07%, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. By comparison, the S&P 500 Total Return Index gained 2.38% i
10 Aug. 2021 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index down 0.13% in July, up 8% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds snapped their nine-month winning streak as the spread of the Delta variant and the Chinese regulatory crackdown unsettled investors. The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was down 0.13% in July 2021, trailing behind the global equity market as represented by the MS
10 Aug. 2021 Apex Group to acquire Swiss Representatives [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Apex Group Ltd., a global financial services provider, has proposed the acquisition of ARM Swiss Representatives SA (ASR), a leading independent FINMA-regulated firm providing Swiss representation and distribution services to foreign fund managers. This strategic a
10 Aug. 2021 AMF Enforcement Committee fines two Amundi group companies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The AMF Enforcement Committee fines two Amundi group companies, a brokerage firm and three former employees of these companies for price manipulation and breaches of several professional obligations. In its decision of 4 August 2021, the Committee fined Amundi Asset M
10 Aug. 2021 Sands Capital raises $560m for its second life sciences fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Virginia-based venture capital firm Sands Capital has raised a whopping $560 million for its second life sciences fund. The fund, Sands Capital Life Sciences Pulse Fund II LP, follows an earlier fund from 2018 focused on life sciences. Together the Pulse Strategy f
09 Aug. 2021 Hedge funds post narrow decline in July [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds posted a narrow loss in July, the first decline since September 2020, ending the streak of consecutive monthly gains at nine. The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index (FWC) fell -0.6 percent in July, while the investable HFRI 500 Fund Weighted Composite Index de
09 Aug. 2021 North America accounts for the highest share of VC deal volume in Q2 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: With inconsistent activity across most of the regions, global venture capital (VC) funding volume continued to showcase a declining trend during the months in the second quarter (Q2) of 2021. But North America continued to attract the highest number of VC investmen
09 Aug. 2021 Asia-Pacific secondaries market raise $543m in 1H 2021, up 62% than the whole of 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The secondaries market within Asia-Pacific is evolving and investor interest is manifest in the growing fund flows throughout the first half of 2021, said a study. According to Preqin Secondary Market Update H1 2021, in the first six months of the year, $543mn was
06 Aug. 2021 Digitalization spree brings global M&A value over $1tn in Q2 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The rising use of technology due to social distancing and lockdowns has led all sectors to enter a digitalization rush, with companies using mergers and acquisitions (M&A) as a key strategy. The global M&A value stood at over $1 trillion in Q2 2021, said a study. Wh
05 Aug. 2021 Brandywine Global acquires Diamond Hill's high yield-focused funds and adds portfolio management team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Brandywine Global Investment Management, LLC, a specialist investment manager and subsidiary of Franklin Resources, Inc. has completed its acquisition of the business of Diamond Hill's high yield-focused U.S. corporate credit mutual funds following a previously announced
05 Aug. 2021 Prominent pastoralist joins Arbitrium Capital Partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The opportunistic credit, distressed debt and special situations fund chaired by Ray Horsburgh, AM, has appointed well known pastoralist and savvy investor Paddy Handbury to its Advisory Board. Ray Horsburgh, AM, as Chair of the firm's Board was delighted to have
05 Aug. 2021 Alternative investment secondary markets rebound in 1H, 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Completed transactions on the alternative investment secondary markets rebounded in the first half of 2021, up 171.7% from the first half of the previous year, said a study. According to the Setter Capital Volume Report H1 2020, volume was up significantly across m
05 Aug. 2021 High-value VC investments in Q2 2021: the US and China account for more than 60% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The US and China remained the preferred destinations for venture capital (VC) investors globally in Q2 2021, said a study. According to GlobalData study, the US and China collectively accounted for 66.2% and 61.8% of high-value VC investment deals volume and value
04 Aug. 2021 Michaela Wood joins KKR in London [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - KKR has appointed Michaela Wood as a Director, effective immediately. Based in London, Michaela will join the EMEA private equity team to work on UK coverage as well as supporting investments in the Business Services sector across Europe. Michaela joins KKR after six
04 Aug. 2021 Atalaya exits investment in SAILS and Patterns [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Atalaya Capital Management LP, an alternative asset manager focused on private credit and special opportunities investments, has exited its investment in The SAILS Group, Inc., a provider of residential care homes and other high touch treatment for behaviorally challenged
04 Aug. 2021 Lakemore Partners adds to US team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Lakemore Partners Ltd. and its group entities, a leading private credit investment firm primarily investing in control CLO equity, today announced it has named Dan Norman Managing Director and Head of its U.S. business operations. In this role, he will focus on growing La
04 Aug. 2021 Bitwise launches crypto funds Aave and Uniswap [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The $1 billion digital assets manager Bitwise Asset Management announced the launch of the Bitwise Uniswap (UNI) Fund and the Bitwise Aave (AAVE) Fund to its lineup of institutionally-focused investment vehicles. The world's largest crypto index fund manager said i
04 Aug. 2021 SVPGlobal amasses $5bn for the latest distressed debt fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Strategic Value Partners (SVPGlobal), a US-headquartered investment group focused on the debt of distressed companies, has closed its latest fund Strategic Value Special Situations Fund V (SVSS V) on its hard cap at $5bn. The fund focuses on distressed debt, event-d
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