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19 Jul. 2019 CVC Capital Partners raises $5.2bn for second long-term fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: CVC Capital Partners has closed its second long-life fund at €4.6bn ($5.2bn), exceeding its target, exceeding its target by €600m. The UK-based private equity and investment advisory firm said in a press release that the fund CVC Strategic Opportunities II (SO II
19 Jul. 2019 86 new hedge funds launched in 2Q 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: There were 86 new hedge fund launches in Q2 2019, of which 87% were traditional single-manager commingled funds, said Preqin in ints Quarterly Update. No CTAs launched in Q2, which could be a knock-on effect of underperformance in 2018 (-3.96% vs. -3.01% for hedg
19 Jul. 2019 Investment in sin industries grows considerably over the past five years [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Preqin in its Insights said that investment in sin industries has grown considerably over the past five years. "Perhaps the most vociferous growth has occurred in the cannabis industry, which boomed after the drug was legalized at the state level in the US a
18 Jul. 2019 Hedge funds reverse two-month redemption trend in May [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds reversed a brief two-month redemption trend in May with $800 million in industry inflows, a turnaround from April's $9.4 billion in redemptions. While the fund flow needle turned upward in May, the month's inflows represented a negligible portion of indus
18 Jul. 2019 Blackstone racks up $11.1bn for eighth secondary market fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Strategic Partners, Blackstone's secondary private equity platform, closed its eighth fund on more than $11.1bn. Strategic Partners VIII L.P.'s investors included pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, financial institutions, endowments, foundations, fam
18 Jul. 2019 Equistone buys Moody's analytics arm [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: UK private equity firm Equistone Partners Europe has struck a deal to acquire Moody's Analytics Knowledge Services (MAKS). The London-based company provides bespoke research, analytics and automation technology to the financial services sector. With nine delivery
18 Jul. 2019 Oakley Capital raises $1.64bn fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Western Europe-focused private equity firm Oakley Capital has smashed the target of its fourth buyout fund, after raising €1.46bn ($1.64bn) for its final close. "Following strong investor demand, the Fund closed above its target size of €1.2bn and is Oakley's
17 Jul. 2019 eVestment expands hedge fund data offering [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - eVestment, a global leader in institutional investment data and analytics, today announced an agreement with Eurekahedge to offer Eurekahedge fund data and indices to clients of eVestment's suite of Analytics solutions. eVestment Analytics clients will now have acc
17 Jul. 2019 CTA funds up in June, led by crypto [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - CTA funds posted a 1.59% return in June, according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. Year-to-date, the Index has gained 3.84% through June. "Recession fears coupled with market anticipation of Fed loosening rallied p
17 Jul. 2019 Alternative investment team views sustainability reporting as increasingly important [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The importance of sustainability remains front and center both on the world stage and social media -from images of countless marine animals washing up dead after ingesting large quantities of plastic, to ongoing fights over the pollution caused by fracking sites across th
17 Jul. 2019 Madison Capital expands healthcare team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Madison Capital Funding a subsidiary of New York Life Insurance Company, today announced that Eric Hartung has joined the firm as a Managing Director within the Healthcare Group as part of the Specialty Originations team. Based in Chicago, Mr. Hartung is responsible for o
17 Jul. 2019 CTAs give back some of their gains from bonds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: CTAs which hold large long bond and USD positions gave back some of their earlier gains, Lyxor said in its weekly brief. Most other hedge fund strategies were about flat this week. With only about 12% of the distressed debt maturing within the next two years, liqui
17 Jul. 2019 Equity-strategy hedge funds lead June gain of 2.15% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Preqin's All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark gained 2.15% in June following losses in May of 0.99% - this takes the 2019 YTD return to a strong 7.73%. All fund structures generated positive returns in June, reversing industry-wide underperformance in May.
17 Jul. 2019 Natixis - Investors remain perplexed by volatility [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Market volatility has been a wake-up call for many US investors whose high return expectations don't accurately reflect their appetite and understanding of risk, particularly when it comes to active and passive investing. According to a new survey released today
17 Jul. 2019 LPs have a more positive view of the economy than Wall Street [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Institutional investors are more positive about the state of the economy than much of Wall Street is, according to a new survey from placement agent Eaton Partners. 50 percent of investors surveyed say that even though the economy is showing signs of slowing dow
17 Jul. 2019 New hedge fund on OPIM platform seeks to tap into China's arbitrage opportunities [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: OP Investment Management (OPIM), Asia's leading hedge fund platform, is launching Heqi Global Absolute Return Fund SP with Qijian Global Investment Management. The f
16 Jul. 2019 Hedge fund industry posting best H1 returns since 2009 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds' monthly results returned to the black in June. For the month, the hedge fund industry posted a 1.94% return, a turnaround from May's 1.66% decline, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. By compar
16 Jul. 2019 Institutional investors express concerns on geopolitical tensions and a slowing global economy [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Institutional investment managers are concerned slowing global growth could hurt returns, but most do not think the U.S. is headed for a recession in the next twelve months. According to a survey from Corbin Advisors, the neutral to bearish or bearish sentiment, w
16 Jul. 2019 RA Capital Management closes $308m venture capital fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Boston-based RA Capital Management said that it had closed its inaugural venture fund, RA Capital Nexus Fund (Nexus), at $308m to target life science investing. The multi-stage investment manager dedicated to evidence-based investing in public and private healthca
16 Jul. 2019 North America-focused telecom funds raise $27bn in 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Globally, with the exclusion of North America, $147bn has been raised for investment in the telecoms sector through 136 unlisted infrastructure funds that have closed since 2009. In contrast, North America-focused funds secured one-third of this amount during the
16 Jul. 2019 Bow River raises $160m for software-focused fund close [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Denver-based Bow River Capital has raised $160m for the final close of its oversubscribed software-focused growth fund. The strategy of the Bow River Capital 2019 Software Growth Equity Fund will provide first institutional capital and closely partner with manageme
15 Jul. 2019 Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index Gains 1.62% in June [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index, which provides a representative baseline for how the broad liquid alternative investment category performs, returned 1.62% in June, barely outperforming the 1.61% monthly return of the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index. The Wilshire
15 Jul. 2019 The unlisted natural resources market remains very crowded as managers bring new funds to market [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The unlisted natural resources market remains very crowded, with managers bringing new funds to market more quickly than they are being closed. At the start of Q3 2019 there are 307 funds seeking a total of $208bn from investors - figures very similar to the firs
15 Jul. 2019 Palladium Equity Partners raises $1.56bn for fifth buy-out fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The New York-based Hispanic-Focused Palladium Equity Raises has raised just over $1.5bn for its newest and largest fund. The middle market private equity firm with over $3bn in assets under management raised about $1.56bn at the close of its Palladium Equity Partne
12 Jul. 2019 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index up 1.67% in June [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for June 2019 measured 1.67%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index declined 1.28% in July. "Given that the month of July typically produces net outflows, SS
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