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20 Jan. 2022 PeakSpan Capital closes third growth fund on $567 million [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: California-based PeakSpan Capital has closed its third growth equity fund on $567 million. The fund was oversubscribed and hit its hard cap. Founded in 2015, PeakSpan invests in growth-stage business-to-business software companies. With the close of its thir
19 Jan. 2022 CalPERS Board elects Theresa Taylor as president, Rob Feckner as vice president [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The CalPERS Board of Administration has elected Theresa Taylor as board president and Rob Feckner as vice president. "I'm honored to be elected president of the CalPERS board," said Taylor. "I look forward to working with my colleagues on the board to further ou
19 Jan. 2022 Endowment Index gains 14.59% for 2021 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Endowment Index calculated by Nasdaq OMX (Symbol: ENDOW) closed at 1,738.95 to end 2021. The Index gained 14.59% in 2021 (on a total return basis), which compares to a Global 60-40 portfolio which increased 9.54% for the same period. For the fourth quarter, the Index
19 Jan. 2022 AMG, Systematica CEO acquire BlueCrest's stake in hedge fund Systematica [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: American international investment management company Affiliated Managers Group (AMG) and Systematica Investments founder Leda Braga have jointly acquired the remaining minority equity interest in hedge fund Systematica previously owned by a third-party investor. Acc
19 Jan. 2022 Melody raises $1.95bn for digital infrastructure fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The New York alternative asset manager Melody Investment Advisors has raised $1.95 billion, above a $1.5 billion target, for a new fund Melody Communications Infrastructure Fund II. The alternative asset manager focused on mission-critical communications infrastruc
19 Jan. 2022 With 147 funds unlisted natural resources raising just under $130bn in 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Fundraising picked up accordingly in 2021, with 147 funds raising just under $130bn, the highest ever in natural resources, reflecting a more positive sentiment towards the asset class. As of October 2021, a record 430 unlisted natural resources funds were in the ma
18 Jan. 2022 Hedge funds returned 1.4% in December, ensuring the industry recorded a double-digital gain for two consecutive years [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds returned 1.4% in December, ensuring the industry recorded a double-digital gain for two consecutive years for the first time in more than a decade. The gain, made as stocks climbed and digital assets sank, saw HFM's Global Composite Index finish 2021 on 1
18 Jan. 2022 Research reveals pension funds and other institutional investors have reduced their allocation to fixed income [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A new study from Aeon Investments, the London based credit-focused investment company, reveals that over the past 18 months many pension funds and other institutional investors have reduced their exposure to traditional fixed income assets such as corporate and government
18 Jan. 2022 Global Infrastructure AUM to reach $1.87tn by 2026 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global infrastructure assets under management (AUM) are expected to reach $1.87tn by 2026, meaning infrastructure will overtake real estate to become the largest real asset class, said a study. "Infrastructure investments are well-positioned to reassert their b
18 Jan. 2022 FTX launches $2bn venture fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Cryptocurrency exchange company FTX Trading Limited has launched FTX Ventures, a $2 billion venture capital fund that will invest in crypto projects. The multi-stage venture capital fund said in a press release that FTX Ventures' core mission is to advance glo
17 Jan. 2022 Global hedge funds 2021 AUM up +8.1% on 2020 growing $4.32tn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds assets under management (AUM) passed the $4tn mark at the end of Q1 2021 and grew substantially to $4.32tn as of September 2021. Strong inflows and a spirited performance drove an +8.1% increase in AUM in 2021 relative to the end of 2020 ($3.99tn), said Pre
17 Jan. 2022 Banner year for U.S. venture capital investments as deals soar past $300bn in 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Despite the ongoing pandemic and growing adversities such as economy-wide supply chain woes and labor shortages, venture capital dealmaking, exit, and fundraising values all broke records in 2021 by stunning amounts. According to the PitchBook-NVCA Venture Monitor
14 Jan. 2022 Hedge funds wrap 2021 with a 1.26% gain in December and a 10.32% return on the year [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry returned to monthly gains in December, returning 1.26% on the month, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. By comparison, the S&P 500 Total Return Index was up 4.48% in December.
14 Jan. 2022 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index measures 0.51% in December [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SS&C Technologies Holdings announced that the gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for December 2021 measured 0.51%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index declined 0.62% in January. "SS&C GlobeOp's
14 Jan. 2022 Venture capital assets under management triples in five years to $1.68tn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Venture capital assets under management triples in five years to $1.68tn Venture capital assets under management (AUM) tripled between December 2016 and March 2021 from $547bn to $1.68tn, along with a marked increase in dry powder from $146bn to $355bn, said a study.
14 Jan. 2022 Alternative credit interval funds' assets doubled in size in 2021 [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: A report produced by Gapstow Capital Partners, a New York-based investment advisor with an exclusive focus on the alternative credit asset class, analyses the universe of 35 alternative credit-focused interval funds. Th
14 Jan. 2022 Alternatives AUM to jump to $23.21tn in 2026 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The growth across alternative assets to accelerate over the next five years giving Assets under management (AUM) total for the major alternative asset classes of $23.21tn in 2026, said a study. According to a study by Preqin, AUM in private capital grew from $4.08t
13 Jan. 2022 Man Group launches Capital Asset Solutions Initiative [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Man Group, the global, technology-empowered active investment management firm, today announces the launch of a new initiative, Capital Asset Solutions ('CAS') within Man Solutions Limited. The initiative is led by new hires Dan Robinson and Stephan Muecke, who are based i
13 Jan. 2022 Mariner Wealth Advisors acquires Viewpoint Financial Network [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Mariner Wealth Advisors, a national wealth advisory firm, announced the acquisition of California-based Viewpoint Financial Network, its 14th deal to close in 2021. The firm embarked on an aggressive growth strategy in July of last year following a minority stake acquisit
12 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
12 Jan. 2022 Concise Capital appoints Andrew Relph as Managing Director [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Concise Capital Management, a specialist investment firm primarily investing in short-duration high-yield credit, has named Andrew Relph as Managing Director and Head of its European business operations. Bringing 20 years of experience in asset management, with partic
12 Jan. 2022 Hedge fund business closes out 2021 with majority of funds reporting positive returns [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The global hedge fund business returned +1.58% in December, bringing the aggregate return for the industry for 2021 to +10.00%, according to the just-released December and year-end 2021 eVestment hedge fund performance data. Almost 80% of funds reporting to eVestment post
12 Jan. 2022 Hedge funds posted their second best annual performance since 2010 despite ongoing pandemic [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index gained 0.91% in December, supported by the robust performance of the global equity market as represented by the MSCI ACWI (Local) which returned 3.55% over the same period. December 2021 started out on a negative note due to the rising
12 Jan. 2022 Madison Realty Capital closes $2bn fifth fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Madison Realty Capital, a vertically integrated real estate private equity firm focused on bond and equity strategies, announced the final close of Madison Realty Capital Debt Fund V, raising $2.08bn in equity commitments, exceeding the fund's $1.75bn target. Fund V
12 Jan. 2022 Crestline raises $1bn for fund finance [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Credit-focused institutional alternative asset manager Crestline Investors announced that it has closed its second fund complex focused on Fund Finance, including NAV loans and preferred equity offerings, with commitments of $1 billion and additional overflow interest.
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  3. PE/VC: SOKA-BAU to raise private markets allocation with first move in private debt, Biotech deals tumble to lowest in a decade over regulatory fears[more]

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