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20 Aug. 2019 Harrison Street raises $1.3bn for a new fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Harrison Street has raised $1.6bn for its seventh US opportunistic real estate fund - Harrison Street Real Estate Partners VII. The Chicago-based firm said that the fund closed at its hard cap of $1.3bn, above its original $950m fundraising target, while co-investm
20 Aug. 2019 Venture capital value remains slow at $10.1bn on 484 deals in Asia: KPMG [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In Q2 2019 venture capital (VC)-backed companies in the Asia region raised $10.1bn across 484 deals, says KPMG. Overall deal value and volume remained low during Q2 2019 in Asia, well off last year's record pace, the KPMG report 'Venture Pulse' said.
19 Aug. 2019 2019 to outpace 2018 for full-year venture capital fundraising in the US [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Nearly 200 US-based venture capital funds closed in H1 2019; however, there are still another 1,004 funds in the market collectively seeking over $95bn, revealed a Preqin report. According to Preqin and First Republic update on US venture capital, this is a 20% inc
16 Aug. 2019 Gramercy Funds Management hires Jeff Sharon to lead business development [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Gramercy Funds Management today announced that Jeffrey D. Sharon, CFP, CIMA has joined the firm as Global Head of Business Development. Jeff will be responsible for the firm's marketing, distribution and investor relations efforts and will also serve as a member of Gramer
16 Aug. 2019 Hedge funds report sixth month of gains for 2019 in July [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds had another positive month in July, returning 0.44% according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. By comparison, the S&P Total Return Index was up 0.66% in July. Hedge funds continue to build on the
16 Aug. 2019 Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index gains +0.55% in July [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Wilshire Liquid Alternative IndexSM, which provides a representative baseline for how the broad liquid alternative investment category performs, returned 0.55% in July, underperforming the 0.77% monthly return of the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index. The Wilshire Liquid A
16 Aug. 2019 Hirtle Callaghan taps Stephen Vaccaro for private equity [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hirtle Callaghan, pioneers of the Outsourced Chief Investment Officer (OCIO) model with over $20 billion under management, announced today that Stephen Vaccaro has joined the firm as Director of Private Equity. Mr. Vaccaro is an accomplished investment professional with m
16 Aug. 2019 Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark up 7.88% year to date [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark posted gains of 0.23% in July. This improved the YTD return for 2019 to 7.88% and marks the sixth positive return in the first seven months of the year. Multi-strategy hedge funds posted the highest return (+1.63%) for
16 Aug. 2019 Fitch's view on the investment management sector remains "negative" [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A growing cyclical and secular threat to the profitability of global investment management industry, which is exposed to late-cycle risks and business models challenged by a shift in customer demand towards passive investment products, says Fitch Ratings. Overall,
15 Aug. 2019 eSentire Report: 46% of legal organizations to experience a cybersecurity incident in the next year [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - eSentire, Inc., a global leader in Managed Detection and Response (MDR), in collaboration with the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA), announced the release of the inaugural Threat Intelligence Spotlight on the Legal Industry. The need to protect sensit
15 Aug. 2019 Actis hits $1.23bn final close for Long Life Infrastructure Fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: London-based emerging-markets investor Actis has wrapped up fundraising for its first longer-duration infrastructure fund. Actis Long Life Infrastructure Fund (ALLIF) collected $1.23bn in commitments and can deploy about $2bn in total funding, including co-investm
15 Aug. 2019 US-based venture capital funds focus more on the domestic market in H1 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 189 US-based venture capital funds have closed during H1 2019, collectively securing $24bn, which is just over half of the aggregate capital brought in last year (435 funds raised $47bn), said a report by Preqin. "Fundraising figures thus far in 2019 forecast an e
14 Aug. 2019 Rational Funds launches Rational Special Situations Income Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Rational Funds, a family of funds rooted in the investment philosophy of applying a rational approach to investing, today announced the launch of the Rational Special Situations Income Fund (RFXIX), which utilizes an investment strategy primarily focused on non-agency res
14 Aug. 2019 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index up 0.42% in July [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for July 2019 measured 0.42%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 0.38% in August. "SS&C GlobeOp's Capital Movement Index for August 2019 was
14 Aug. 2019 Venture capital investments in US companies touch $55bn in H1 with 17% increase in deal value [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Venture capital investment in US-based companies got off to a strong start in 2019: 2,179 deals completed for a total value of $55bn in H1, which represented a 17% increase in deal value, but a 20% drop in the number of deals, from H1 2018. "Looking at how this co
14 Aug. 2019 Investors search social media platforms for the pre-investment background investigation [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A new investor and operational due diligence (ODD) analyst survey revealed that investors shift focus to social media analysis during hedge fund and private equity background investigations. 62% of respondents stated that within the past year they have begun to se
14 Aug. 2019 Blackstone alternative asset management group names Limin Wang as head of quantitative research [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Blackstone Group, the largest alternative investment firm in the world, announced that Limin Wang has joined Blackstone Alternative Asset Management (BAAM) in the new position of managing director on its quantitative research team. Wang, whose duties include portf
13 Aug. 2019 6 out of 10 investors seek to move assets from UK amid brewing of perfect storm [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Six out of 10 investors are now actively seeking to move assets out of Britain as a perfect storm looks set to hit the UK economy, reveals a new poll. The survey of more than 740 clients carried out by deVere Group, one of the world's largest independent financia
13 Aug. 2019 Venture capital investments in Europe resilient on the back of mega-rounds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Europe's position in the venture capital (VC) world was maintained in Q2 2019 as the strength of Europe's VC market continued to be defined by the growing diversity of its innovation hubs. Q2 2019 European VC-backed companies raised $8.7bn across 825 deals. This gr
12 Aug. 2019 The pace of global venture capital investments lags in H1 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The pace of global venture capital (VC) investment lagged considerably at mid-year, behind the pace required to match the record level of annual VC investment seen in 2018, although it remained on track to match 2017's investment total. According to KPMG Venture
12 Aug. 2019 Hedge fund, managed futures performance up again in July [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds continued delivering positive returns in July, starting off the second half of 2019 in the green with aggregate industry performance at +0.73 %. According to the latest eVestment hedge fund performance, July's results bring year-to-date (YTD) aggregate
12 Aug. 2019 UBP shifts exposure to China via long/short China-focused hedge funds [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Swiss private bank UBP says it has started rotating China positions towards asymmetric positioning, as geopolitical risks remain concerning. Despite the 6-7% declines in China equity indices in August, valuations still fall short of pricing the economic risks ahead
09 Aug. 2019 Fintech investment in China slumps: KPMG [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The venture capital and private equity investment into fintech companies in China amounted to $2.5bn across 32 deals in the first half of 2019, down from the $16.3bn across 77 deals seen in the first half of 2018. According to the Pulse of Fintech H1 2019, publishe
09 Aug. 2019 Barnes and Noble has been officially sold to Elliott Advisors; Daunt is new CEO [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The largest activist fund in the world Elliott has completed its $683m acquisition of US book giant Barnes & Noble following approval by the majority of shareholders. Elliott's acquisition of Barnes & Noble, the largest retail bookseller in the United States, foll
09 Aug. 2019 Private equity-backed buyout healthcare deals boom in Australia [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The aggregate value of private equity-backed buyout healthcare deals in Australia grew exponentially from $0.2bn in 2016 to nearly $4bn in 2018, says Preqin. The healthcare industry in Australia is globally recognized as a hub for world-class medical research, robu
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