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26 Jan. 2021 Leon Black retires after Jeffrey Epstein ties revealed [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Apollo Global Management CEO Leon Black has decided to retire following revelations that he had financial ties to sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. Law firm Dechert conducted an independent internal review and found that Black was not involved in any of Epstein
26 Jan. 2021 Despite recent losses, Citadel and Point72 back Melvin Capital [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge fund Melvin Capital has received an influx of $2.75 billion despite losing 30% this year. The cash comes from Citadel and Point72. Citadel is investing $2 billion and Point72 is providing the remaining $750 million. Another $1 billon may yet come from othe
25 Jan. 2021 Global hedge fund industry ends 2020 with positive signs for 2021 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investors pulling $58.76 billion from hedge funds around the world in 2020 may not be cause for celebration, but that $58.76 billion in redemptions was dwarfed by the $102.25 billion investors pulled from hedge funds in 2019. And while investors pulled $9.74 billion from
25 Jan. 2021 Europe shatters annual record for VC investment attracting $49bn in 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Europe beat its previous annual high of $41.9 billion in VC investment (2019), attracting $49 billion in VC investment in 2020, said a study. According to the KPMG Private Enterprise Venture Pulse report, Europe also saw a second straight quarter of record VC invest
25 Jan. 2021 Coller Capital amasses $9bn for the latest secondaries fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: UK-based Coller Capital has raised more than $9 billion for its latest fund that will buy and sell investors' stakes in private-equity funds. According to a press release from the global investors in the private equity secondary market, the Coller International Par
22 Jan. 2021 Andy Mantel announces the launch of Ten Events Ventures [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Founder & CEO Andy Mantel announced the launch of Ten Events Ventures in Hong Kong. Ten Events Ventures is a family office-style firm that will focus on early to mid-stage private projects in sports, technology, lifestyle, entertainment and other consumer-related ventures
22 Jan. 2021 Canadian hedge fund Vivid Energy returns 116% in 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Canadian asset manager Vivid Capital Management said that its hedge fund Vivid Energy Fund returned 116% in 2020 with bets on solar power and other clean energy stocks. According to a press release from the Toronto-based asset manager, it has repositioned its ene
22 Jan. 2021 Global VC funding soars to $300bn in 2020, the second-highest level ever, next to 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global VC funding in 2020 was $300.5 billion - up from $281.6 billion in 2019 and second only to 2018's record $329.7 billion despite a drop in deal volume. According to the KPMG Private Enterprise Venture Pulse report, despite global uncertainty resulting from
22 Jan. 2021 More than 50% of institutional and professional investors will have exposure to digital assets in 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: More than 50% of institutional and professional investors will have exposure to digital assets in their portfolios by year-end, said a study. This would mark 2021 as a tipping point where investors go from evaluating the opportunity to act. According to a report by
22 Jan. 2021 APAC VC funding: Big-ticket deals take the back seat [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Low-value deals (investment
21 Jan. 2021 Union Bancaire Privée announces net inflows of nearly $10bn at the end of 2020 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Union Bancaire Privée announces net inflows of nearly CHF 9 billion ($10bn) and an increase in assets under management to CHF 147.4 billion (+5.1%). Assets under management at UBP rose by 5.1% to CHF 147.4 billion. Net new money (up CHF 8.97 billion) came essentially
21 Jan. 2021 Hedge fund managers post gains of 11.68% in 2020 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers were up 3.30% in December and returned 11.68% in 2020 - recording their best annual performance in over a decade, said Eurekahedge in its January 2021. In comparison, the underlying global equity market as represented by the MSCI ACWI gained 12.32%
21 Jan. 2021 Barclay CTA Index gains 2.49% in December, 5.18% for 2020 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures funds finished 2020 with another positive month and gained 2.49% in December, according to the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. For the year, CTAs returned 5.18%. "Global equity and commodity markets benef
21 Jan. 2021 Hedge fund liquidations increased by 20% in 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge Fund launches have remained steady in recent years, but the number of fund liquidations increased nearly 20% last year compared to 2019 (from 66 liquidations in 2019 to 79 in 2020), said a study. According to Pivotal Path's annual review of launches and l
21 Jan. 2021 Kennedy Lewis raises $2.1bn for the sophomore opportunistic credit fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The opportunistic credit manager Kennedy Lewis Investment Management closed its latest opportunistic credit fund, Kennedy Lewis Capital Partners Master Fund II, at $2.1 billion. Kennedy Lewis' first fund closed in November 2018 with over $500 million of committ
21 Jan. 2021 North American buyout funds AUM stands at $1.38tn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Fundraising and strong performance have helped North American buyout funds soar in value in recent years. Total assets under management (AUM) stand at $1.38tn as of June 2020, a 3.7x increase since 2005, says Preqin. Average annual fundraising for North America-foc
21 Jan. 2021 Hedge funds return strong at +16.69% in 2020, says Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark had a strong end to 2020, posting +3.99% in December, said Preqin Hedge Fund Performance Update of December 2020. The YTD return was pushed to +16.69%, and the three-year annualized return to +8.20%. This marked a drast
20 Jan. 2021 Nuveen buys European renewable energy fund manager Glennmont [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global investment manager Nuveen has agreed to acquire Glennmont Partners, one of Europe's largest renewable energy fund managers, to meet increasing global demand for environmentally responsible investments. Money manager Nuveen, which has over $1 trillion of ass
20 Jan. 2021 Sheridan wraps up $306m sophomore fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Chicago-based healthcare private equity firm Sheridan Capital Partners has collected $306 million for its second fund, with total capital commitments significantly above the $250 million target. The lower-midmarket firm closed Sheridan Capital Partners Fund II with
19 Jan. 2021 Swiss fund market posts growth of roughly CHF90bn ($101bn) in 2020 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In December 2020, the volume of assets placed in the investment funds covered by the statistics compiled by Swiss Fund Data AG and Morningstar stood at CHF 1,324.6 billion, an increase of CHF 86.3 billion or 6.5% year-on year and a month-on-month increase of CHF 23.0 bill
19 Jan. 2021 Total hedge fund capital jumped to $3.6 trillion as of year-end [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund industry capital surged to conclude a volatile 2020 as strong performance gains drove hedge fund assets globally, and in particular Equity Hedge strategies, to significant new milestones. Total hedge fund capital jumped to $3.6 trillion as of year-end, a qua
19 Jan. 2021 Global M&A value touches $2.9tn in 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: With an overall value of $ 2.9 trillion, global M&A in 2020 is tracking below 2019's value of $3.3tn but still ranks fifth for the value of deals in the post-global financial crisis period, said a study. According to the EY research looking at global M&A trends in
19 Jan. 2021 M&A deal volumes up 18% and deal values increase 94% in H2 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: M&A dealmaking jumped in the second half of the year with total global deal volumes and values increasing by 18% and 94%, respectively compared to the first half of the year, said a study. Besides, both deal volumes and deal values were up compared to the last six
18 Jan. 2021 Quantumrock finishes 2020 up 31% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Quantumrock, the AI driven investment manager, announced its best year of performance since 2016 for its flagship strategy Volatility Special Opportunities Program (VSOP), having closed the year by +30.93%. After November's momentum change, stocks continued their
18 Jan. 2021 Hedge fund Industry returns 3.29% in December ending the year up 10.95% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry posted a second consecutive positive month in December, returning 3.29% according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index. By comparison, the S&P 500 Total Return Index was up 3.84% in December. For the year, the hedge fund industry gained 10.95% in 2
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