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11 Jan. 2022 Citco expands data services [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Citco group of companies (Citco) has enhanced its Citco Data Services platform to enable clients to receive data directly via their own cloud provider. The cloud delivery feature removes a number of steps for clients wishing to access their data, speeding up the p
11 Jan. 2022 Hedge fund Radcliffe sells minority stake to Kudu [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Radcliffe Capital Management, a $3.5 billion private credit hedge fund, sold a minority stake to Kudu Investment Management, a capital provider for asset and wealth management firms. Terms of the deal and size of the minority stake are not being disclosed, said a pr
11 Jan. 2022 KKR racks up $4bn for second healthcare strategic growth fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global investment firm KKR & Co. has raised $4 billion for its second fund focused on investing in high-growth healthcare companies. According to a press release from the private equity firm, the Health Care Strategic Growth Fund II (HCSG II) is dedicated to hea
11 Jan. 2022 Private debt firm Park Square sells stake to Bonaccord [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Park Square Capital, European private debt manager, announced that Bonaccord Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on acquiring non-control equity interests in leading mid-size private markets sponsors, has invested in a non-voting, passive minority stake in
10 Jan. 2022 Varenne Capital achieves net inflows in excess of $1bn in 2021 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Varenne Capital Partners, a Paris, France-based investment firm founded in 2003, achieved net inflows in excess of $1 billion from investors amid strong fund performance in 2021, as assets under management reache
10 Jan. 2022 New firm leads in emerging liquid private equity alternatives space [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - PEO Partners, LLC, a private equity liquid alternatives firm, has achieved a significant milestone of eight months of management of the PEO Private Equity Access Master Fu
10 Jan. 2022 HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index returned 1.3% in December, ending the calendar year at +10.3% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds advanced in December to conclude a strong year dominated by uncertainty and high volatility, as managers navigated the dual challenges of increasing interest rates and inflation, as well as the impacts of the second year of the global coronavirus pandemic. The
10 Jan. 2022 Spouting Rock takes majority stake in alternative credit manager Old Hill Partners [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Spouting Rock Asset Management, a multi-boutique manager platform providing investment solutions and services, has bought a majority stake in Old Hill Partners, a Connecticut alternative asset manager focused on asset-based lending transactions with small and midsize b
10 Jan. 2022 Florida investment manager crosses $2bn milestone after 15 years [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: "What started in 2007 with three people and $12m in assets under management has given way to a robust operation that in 2021 crossed the $2bn AUM milestone," says a Kawa Capital Management investor communication seen by Opalesque.
07 Jan. 2022 Crypto crime hit a record $14bn in 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Crypto crime hit a new all-time high in 2021 with illicit addresses receiving $14bn amid an explosion of interest in digital assets. Activity associated with illicit addresses jumped to new heights from a total of $7.8bn in 2020. Illicit addresses are defined as w
07 Jan. 2022 Hunter Point Capital buys stake in Iron Park Capital [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hunter Point Capital (HPC), an investment firm focused on minority stakes in middle-market alternative asset managers, is taking a minority stake in Iron Park Capital Partners (IPC), a global alternative investment manager across public and private credit markets. A
06 Jan. 2022 Mariner Wealth Advisors acquires Granite Investment Advisors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Mariner Wealth Advisors, a national wealth advisory firm, announced that it has acquired Granite Investment Advisors. The Concord, N.H.-based firm is Mariner Wealth Advisors' first office in the state and further expands its reach across the East Coast. This acquisition i
06 Jan. 2022 Global venture investment jumped up 92% totaling $643bn in 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global venture funding in 2021 broke records across the board as venture investment last year totaled $643 billion, compared to $335 billion for 2020-marking 92% growth year over year, said a report. According to the Crunchbase report, the investment last year was
06 Jan. 2022 New digital assets hedge fund advisor Corinthian hires head of research [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Denis Vinokourov has joined Corinthian Digital Asset Management Ltd as a principal and head of research from Synergia Ca
05 Jan. 2022 Digital asset custody is key consideration for institutional investors and wealth managers when investing in crypto and digital assets [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New research from London-based Nickel Digital Asset Management (Nickel), Europe's largest regulated and award-winning digital assets hedge fund manager founded by senior traders and investment professionals formerly from major financial institutions including Goldman Sach
05 Jan. 2022 IOSCO: Global fund sector leverage modest, but some hedge fund risks [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: According to new data from the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), leverage remains contained in the global investment fund industry. The umbrella group of global regulators published a report, based on comprehensive regulatory data, which
05 Jan. 2022 SWF industry exceeds the $10tn mark for the first time in history [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The size of the Sovereign wealth funds (SWF) industry increased a 6% year-on-year in 2021 and exceeded the US$ 10 trillion mark for the first time in history, said a report. According to the new report from data provider Global SWF, in 2021, state-owned investors
04 Jan. 2022 U.S. corporate pensions are the healthiest since the financial crisis [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Last year marked the strongest year for corporate pension plans since before the financial crisis of 2007, said a study. According to an analysis by Willis Towers Watson, the aggregate pension funded status of U.S. defined benefit pension plans is estimated to be 96
04 Jan. 2022 Steinbrugge's 13th annual Hedge Fund Predictions upbeat on industry [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Donald A. Steinbrugge, CFA, Founder and CEO of Agecroft Partners, LLC, has published the firm's 13th annual predictions for the biggest trends in the hedge fund industry for 2022. These predictions are based on insights from more than 2,000 institutional investors
03 Jan. 2022 ETFGI reports a record $20.23bn invested in Crypto ETFs and ETPs listed globally at the end of November 2021 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ETFGI reported a record US$20.23 billion invested in Crypto ETFs and ETPs listed globally at the end of November 2021. Crypto ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of US$1.11 billion during November, bringing year-to-date net inflows to US$9.26 billion which
03 Jan. 2022 Bitcoin to outperform the S&P 500 in 2022 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In 2021, Bitcoin has outperformed the S&P 500 index. Bitcoin is up 73%, while the S&P 500 is up 28% this year. Blockchain data research firm Arcane Research said in a study that Bitcoin will continue this performance next year. "Although bitcoin has beaten the
31 Dec. 2021 Hedge fund manager Infrastructure Capital Advisors launches ETF [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Infrastructure Capital Advisors, a leading provider of investment management solutions that seeks to meet the needs of income-focused investors, is today announcing the launch of the firm's newest Exchange-Traded Fund: the InfraCap Equity Income Fund ETF (NYSE Arca: ICAP)
30 Dec. 2021 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ends November up 1.08% on asset-weighted basis (8.6% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended November 2021 up 1.08% MOM on an asset-weighted basis and down -0.72% MOM on an equal-weighted basis. The comparable benchmark indices were both down for the month with the S&P TSX 60 Total Return Index and S&P 500 Total
30 Dec. 2021 Influencers see investor sentiment to cool down for SPAC in 2022 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) has become a popular path to go public in 2021, with increase in the number of SPAC deals as compared to 2020. However, Twitter influencers are of the opinion that the interest in SPACs may cool down in 2022, according to the Soc
30 Dec. 2021 Venture and growth capital fundraising grew by 240% over the past five years [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Over the past five years, venture and growth capital fundraising grew by 240%, driven by the emergence and growth of the so-called unicorns (privately held companies with valuations above $1 billion), said a study. In contrast, annual buyout fundraising in the US an
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