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29 Jul. 2019 Tortoise launches suite of UCITS funds focused on energy transition, sustainable infrastructure and water [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Tortoise announced the launch of three UCITS funds: the Tortoise Energy Transition UCITS Fund, the Tortoise Sustainable Listed Infrastructure UCITS Fund and the Tortoise Sustainable Global Water UCITS Fund. These new products are part of the Tortoise Ecofin Platform.
29 Jul. 2019 Asset manager Schroders take control of Swiss impact investor BlueOrchard [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: British asset manager Schroders announced that it has agreed to acquire a majority stake in Swiss impact investor BlueOrchard Finance for an undisclosed sum. Zurich-based BlueOrchard, founded in 2001, is a player in microfinance and impact investing. It claims to
29 Jul. 2019 Private equity real estate deals hit record in Spain [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Spain represents one of the smaller European alternative asset markets - at €16bn, the AUM held by Spain-based fund managers is one of the lowest totals among the European countries, said a Preqin report. Nevertheless, in recent years Spain has consistently record
26 Jul. 2019 iMaps Capital Markets launches private label platform for Packaged Retail Investment Products [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - iMaps Capital Markets, a global private label provider of exchange-traded, actively managed investment vehicles, is expanding its offering with packaged retail investment products. iMaps ETI plc was set up as an Issuer of investment products in Liechtenstein and will
26 Jul. 2019 Hedge funds represent the largest alternative investment sector in Switzerland [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Switzerland houses the fourth-largest alternative assets industry within Europe, Preqin said in its market report. The hedge fund market represents the largest alternatives industry within Switzerland (€25bn), followed by private equity & venture capital (€14bn) a
26 Jul. 2019 Moody's buys two firms, adds value to climate risk and fintech capabilities [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: American business and financial services company Moody's Corporation has acquired RiskFirst, a FinTech company providing risk analytics solutions for the asset management and pension fund communities. The credit rating provider also has purchased a controlli
26 Jul. 2019 Colony Capital buys Digital Bridge for $325m [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Los Angeles-based Colony Capital has acquired investment firm Digital Bridge for $325m, resulting in a merged firm with $60bn in total assets under management. The acquisition is part of Colony's strategy to position itself as an owner and investment manager of ass
26 Jul. 2019 The Boris effect: pound bounces but volatility ahead [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Despite the slight climb of the British pound and the FTSE100, analysts are bearish on the UK currency and economy going forward. Boris Johnson, who was chosen as the new UK Prime Minister on 23 July, unveiled his new cabinet the next day, in which more than half of
25 Jul. 2019 58% of hedge fund assets will be tied to ESG criteria in 2019, rising from 42% last year [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds expect to invest more than half of their assets next year based on environmental, social, and governance factors, a quantum jump from 2018, revealed a survey. 58% of hedge fund assets will be tied to ESG criteria in 2019, rising from 42% last year, Ba
25 Jul. 2019 Sweden's $42.3bn hedge fund industry second largest in Europe [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The €92bn of assets managed by Sweden-based alternatives fund managers makes it the third-largest industry in Europe; in contrast, the €12bn of capital invested in Sweden-based assets since the beginning of 2018 ranks seventh among the countries. According to Pre
25 Jul. 2019 Renewable energy deals lose momentum, says Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: As the overall infrastructure market plunged in the first quarter of 2019, the number of renewable energy transactions also slowed, said Preqin. The Preqin Insights attribute the reasons for lacklustre deals to a combination of factors: sourcing suitable renewable
24 Jul. 2019 Over $201bn of alternatives AUM resides in France: Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: France represents the most developed alternative assets market in mainland Europe, Preqin said in its report on alternative assets in Europe. Over €180bn ($200.6bn) of alternatives AUM resides in France, and Paris is home to a number of market-leading fund managers
24 Jul. 2019 Private equity & venture capital dominates alternatives market in Germany [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Just over €23bn is held in AUM by Germany-based private equity & venture capital fund managers, making it the largest alternatives market in the country, said Preqin. Germany has emerged as a global venture capital hub in recent years, with only the UK market reco
23 Jul. 2019 BNY's Rosenthal joins US Bank [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - U.S. Bank Global Fund Services has hired Chris Rosenthal as senior vice president, business development. In this role, Rosenthal will be responsible for developing new business relationships nationally for asset managers, insurance companies, banks and other financial ins
23 Jul. 2019 Trilantic North America racks up $2.75bn for sixth fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Trilantic North America has closed its sixth fund at a hard cap of $2.75bn, beating its $2.25bn target. According to the New York City and Austin-based firm, the fund - Trilantic Capital Partners VI (North America) LP - will invest in companies in the business
23 Jul. 2019 Global Macro hedge funds up +5.3% year-to-date but returns show elevated dispersion [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: CTA and Global Macro strategies have so far extended their winning streak in July, Lyxor said in its Weekly Brief. "While we recently talked about the reasons for the outperformance of CTAs (+9.3% year-to-date), the performance of Global Macro strategies is a bit m
23 Jul. 2019 Asia: Venture capital investment in e-commerce reached a record high in 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Even though the total number of venture capital deals has decreased in the past three years, the total value of venture capital investment in the e-commerce sector in Asia has grown continuously. According to Preqin, in 2018, 942 deals were completed for a record-
22 Jul. 2019 Investors withdraw $44bn from hedge funds but some strategies benefit from inflows [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investors pulled $16.43bn from the hedge fund industry in June, bringing year-to-date (YTD) outflows to -$44.61bn, said eVestment. According to June 2019 eVestment Hedge Fund Asset Flows report, overall industry AUM stood at $3.273tn in June. 57% of reporting
22 Jul. 2019 Private equity, venture capital investments in real estate tech post record: Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private equity and venture capital investment in real estate tech has posted a record run over the past 4.5 years, with 905 deals valued at an aggregate $30bn, said Preqin. Unicorn and tech-advanced shared workspace provider WeWork Companies Inc. has been a large b
22 Jul. 2019 Sierra Ventures pulls in $215m for an oversubscribed twelfth fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: American venture capital firm based Sierra Ventures announced that it raised $215 million for a twelfth fund. The early-stage technology-focused VC firm said that "[the] fund was oversubscribed and the prior fund's institutional investors increased their commitmen
19 Jul. 2019 Union Bancaire Privée announces a net profit of $119.18m for the first half of 2019 and a 6% increase in AUM [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Assets under management (AUM) rose from CHF 126.8 billion at the end of December 2018 to CHF 134.4 billion at the end of June 2019. That growth was driven by net inflows from private clients, along with the CHF 2.127 billion contributed by Banque Carnegie in Luxembourg, a
19 Jul. 2019 Hedge fund assets eclipse 2018 record [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund assets reached a new record in the second quarter, driven by HFRI performance gains and investor re-allocations to top hedge fund firms. Total hedge fund capital increased to $3.245 trillion, narrowly eclipsing the previous record level of $3.244 trillion
19 Jul. 2019 CFA's Bowman joins CAIA [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association, the global leader in alternative investment education, today announced that John L. Bowman has joined the CAIA Association and been named Senior Managing Director. Mr. Bowman is an industry veteran and previ
19 Jul. 2019 Man GLG hires Patrick Kenney and Santiago Pardo as credit PMs [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Man GLG, the discretionary investment management business of Man Group, today announces the appointments of Patrick Kenney and Santiago Pardo as portfolio managers within its credit business. Based in London, they will focus on global (non-US) stressed, distressed and opp
19 Jul. 2019 BNP Paribas Asset Management adds to thematic equity team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BNP Paribas Asset Management announces the appointment of Ulrik Fugmann and Edward Lees as Senior Portfolio Managers, based in London. They joined on 17 June and report to Guy Davies, CIO of Equities. They will manage a global long-short sustainability-themed strateg
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