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19 Jul. 2021 With deals worth more than $2.6tn global M&A activity hit an all-time high in 1H 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity hit an all-time high in the first six months of 2021, with deals worth more than $2.6tn, up from $926bn years on year and surging past the pre-pandemic five-year average (H1 2015-2019) of $1.6tn. According to a new ana
16 Jul. 2021 The U.S. government's one-stop location to stop ransomware [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The U.S. Government launched a new website to help public and private organizations defend against the rise in ransomware cases. is a whole-of-government approach that gives one central lo
16 Jul. 2021 Crypto arbitrage hedge fund Argentium appoints head of trading [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Sophia Chelli Herman has joined Argentium as a Principal and Head of Trading. Ms Herman has more than 25 years' experience in financial markets. She started her career at BNP in Paris, working in the research and development team on options modeling and trading mana
16 Jul. 2021 Hellman & Friedman raises $24.4bn for its biggest ever PE fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: American private equity firm Hellman & Friedman (H&F) has closed its largest buyout fund to date, Hellman & Friedman Capital Partners X (HFCP X), at its $24.4 billion hard cap. The PE firm's tenth fund was "significantly oversubscribed and reached its hard cap", i
16 Jul. 2021 US-based startups raise $152.9bn VC funding and 5,145 deals during H1 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US-based startups raised the highest venture capital (VC) funding amount during H1 2021 globally, said a study. According to GlobalData a total of 5,145 VC funding deals were announced in the US from January to June 2021, while the disclosed funding value of these d
16 Jul. 2021 Asia-Pacific venture capital healthcare deals boom in H1 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: At the midpoint of 2021, momentum for venture capital (VC) transactions in the sector looks set to continue; 561 healthcare-related VC deals have been concluded so far this year, for an aggregate value of $14bn - more than 67% of 2020's level. According to Preqin d
16 Jul. 2021 Dedicated sustainable assets to quadruple by 2025 reaching $13tn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Dedicated sustainable investing assets will reach an estimated $13 trillion globally by 2025, more than quadruple the $2.8 trillion total at year-end 2020, said a study. According to new research from asset management strategy consultant Casey Quirk, a Deloitte busi
15 Jul. 2021 Quantitative investment management firm Versor announces promotion of Leah Pozsgay [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Versor Investments, a quantitative investment management firm focused on alternative investment strategies, announced the promotion of Leah Pozsgay to partner within the firm. Leah is the head of Trade Execution and Counterparty Management. Leah is responsible for tra
15 Jul. 2021 Stonepeak raises $2.75bn for debut renewable-energy fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New York-based alternative investment firm Stonepeak Partners has raised $2.75 billion for its first fund solely dedicated to investments in renewable energy. The infrastructure-focused firm wrapped up Stonepeak Global Renewables Fund (GRF) LP at an increased hard c
15 Jul. 2021 Real estate transaction value up by 103% to $68.3bn in Q2 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Real estate deal value in Q2 2021 has increased by 103% compared to Q2 2020 with transactions totaling $68.3bn compared to $33.6bn a year earlier, said a study. According to the Q2 2021 Real Estate Quarterly Report published by Preqin, Q2 2021 deal numbers (1,785)
14 Jul. 2021 Quantumrock sees positive six-month 2021 performance [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - AI-based asset manager Quantumrock has proven that its flagship strategy, the Volatility Special Opportunities Program (VSOP), can make a positive contribution to earnings even in markets with low volatility. Although the first half of 2021 was characterised by a
14 Jul. 2021 Funds of funds post record high $51bn AUM in 2020 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Funds of funds globally increased their total value of assets under management (AUM) to a record high of at least €43.4 billion ($51bn) at the end of 2020, marking the third consecutive year of growth, according to the ANREV / INREV /NCREIF Fund Manager Survey 2021. Th
14 Jul. 2021 H1 hedge fund returns in 2021 one of the best for the last 20 years [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The global hedge fund business returned +0.18% in June, bringing year to date (YTD) performance for the industry to +9.22%, the best first half performance since 2009, according to the just-released eVestment June 2021 hedge fund performance data. "This year's perfor
14 Jul. 2021 Hedge fund firm Silver Creek Capital hires Brendan Connor from GCM Grosvenor [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Silver Creek Capital Management, a boutique alternative investment manager, announced that Brendan Connor, former Executive Director and a strategy head within the Absolute Return Strategies group at GCM Grosvenor, has joined the firm as a Managing Director. In this
14 Jul. 2021 19% of hedge funds still down in 2021 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds recorded their best H1 performance since 2009 but only 81.1% of the constituents of the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index generated positive returns during that period.The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.15% in June 2021, trailing behind the global equity
14 Jul. 2021 PGIM buys Montana Capital Partners to expand alternative capabilities [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: PGIM, the global investment management business of Prudential Financial with $1.5 trillion in assets, agrees to acquire Montana Partners (MCP), a European-based private equity secondaries asset manager, to enhance PGIM's existing alternatives offering. MCP, with
14 Jul. 2021 Funds within the natural resources asset class seek to raise a record high of $215bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Funds within the natural resources asset class are seeking to raise a record five-year high of $215bn, a study revealed. According to the Q2 2021 Natural Resources Quarterly Report published by Preqin, this equals the previous high of $215bn recorded in Q1 of 2020,
14 Jul. 2021 BlackRock buys stake in options overlay provider SpiderRock [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: American multinational investment management BlackRock has made a minority investment in SpiderRock Advisors, expanding its customized investment and separately managed account (SMA) offering for wealth managers and financial advisers. The asset manager said in a p
13 Jul. 2021 The SBAI publishes a toolbox memo on indemnification wording in fund governing documents [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Today the Standards Board for Alternative Investments (SBAI) announces the publication of its latest Toolbox Memo. This Memo, published as part of our Governance Toolbox, provides an informational overview of indemnification wording. Most alternative investment funds incl
13 Jul. 2021 Apex Group enters German market with acquisition of mola-administration [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Apex Group Ltd., a global financial services provider, today announces the acquisition of mola-administration GmbH, one of Germany's leading fund administrators. This strategic acquisition establishes the Group's local presence in Germany, supplementing its existing capab
13 Jul. 2021 Over a third of investors plan to increase their hedge fund allocation in H2 2021 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investor Intentions H2 2021, the latest bi-annual investor focused report by business intelligence provider HFM, and the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) - the global representative of the alternative investment management industry - has found that mor
13 Jul. 2021 The number of private equity and venture capital funds surge by 35% to 510 in 2Q 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private equity and venture capital (PEVC) deal flow continue to surge higher as 510 funds managed to close during Q2 2021, 35% higher than the same period last year, with venture capital now the standout strategy in terms of performance over the last three years. Ac
12 Jul. 2021 The number of global unlisted infrastructure funds hits a record of 328 targeting $238bn of capital in 2Q [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A record 328 global unlisted infrastructure funds are currently in the market globally, targeting $238bn of capital, said a study. According to the Q2 2021 Infrastructure Quarterly Report published by Preqin, the number of unlisted infrastructure funds is up by alm
12 Jul. 2021 Alternative credit hedge funds with larger exposures to stressed and distressed corporate credit generate highest returns in Q2 [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Credit hedge funds, as measured by Gapstow's composite index, gained 3.2% in Q2-2021, bringing year-to-date performance to 8.7%. While all credit peer groups generated positive returns for the quarter, those with larger exposures to stressed and distressed corpora
09 Jul. 2021 Hedge funds post strongest 1H gain since 1999 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund performance advanced in June, extending the streak of consecutive monthly gains to nine and completing the best first half of a calendar year since 1999, driven by optimism regarding the US economic reopening and despite increasing signs of building inflationar
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