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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
09 Jul. 2021 Global mergers and acquisitions activity hit an all-time high with deals worth more than $2.6tn in 1H [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 of $1.6tn. According to a new analysis by EY Glob
09 Jul. 2021 Private debt funds more than double since 2017 targeting $295bn across 651 funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The number of private debt funds in the market has more than doubled since January 2017, whilst private debt funds sit on $364bn of dry powder, said a study. According to the Q2 2021 Private Debt Quarterly Report published by Preqin, as of July 2021, private debt
08 Jul. 2021 Eurazeo raises $1.18bn for secondaries program [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: European investment major Eurazeo has closed its fourth secondaries program on €1bn ($1.18bn). The capital raised includes €700m for Idinvest Secondary Fund IV, exceeding its initial target of €600m, and €300m of additional secondaries capital raised from private i
07 Jul. 2021 Investment firm StepStone Group to acquire VC platform Greenspring Associates [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - StepStone Group Inc. (Nasdaq: STEP), a global private markets investment firm, and Greenspring Associates, a leading venture capital and growth equity platform, have made an agreement in which StepStone will acquire Greenspring and certain of its related entities. The
07 Jul. 2021 Hedge fund optimism on the rise amid double-digit returns [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Amid double-digit returns and increasing assets under management, hedge fund managers have grown even more optimistic about their business prospects over the next 12 months. According to the second quarter Hedge Fund Confidence Index (HFCI) from AIMA, Simmons & Sim
07 Jul. 2021 KKR raises $2.2bn for European real estate fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global investment firm KKR has raised $2.2bn for its second value-add and opportunistic European real estate fund. The fund focuses on value-added and opportunistic real estate investments in Western Europe in sectors such as logistics, residential, student hou
06 Jul. 2021 European asset managers weather the shocks of 2020 with a record $30tn in assets AUM, up 5% over 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The European asset management industry entered 2020 coming off record highs in aggregate revenues and profits, said a report. According to the report by McKinsey, European asset managers weathered the challenges, ending the year with a record €25.2 trillion ($30tn)
06 Jul. 2021 Covid-19 pandemic sharpens investor focus on sustainability [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: More than half of institutional investors think ESG is more important because of Covid-19, said a study. This is particularly the case among European investors - 62% of them now attach a greater significance to ESG. According to the annual Schroders Institutional
05 Jul. 2021 Global digital asset management market to grow 18.3% to $10bn by 2026 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global Digital Asset Management market size is projected to reach USD 10.220 billion by 2026, from USD 3.157 billion in 2019, at a CAGR of 18.3% during 2021-2026, said a study. According to the study by Valuates Reports, the emerging trend of digitization, alon
02 Jul. 2021 Nordic Capital raises $1.4bn for first mid-market fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The private equity investor Nordic Capital has created a new fund for mid-sized companies worth €1.2 billion ($1.4bn), including GP commitment of 6.8%, in just three months. The Evolution Fund was substantially oversubscribed at its hard cap and significantly excee
02 Jul. 2021 Ascribe Capital merges with Birch Grove to form a new entity to manage hedge funds and private credit vehicles [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: U.S. private equity firm American Securities' credit business Ascribe Capital has merged with Birch Grove Capital (BGC), an alternative credit manager. The combined firm - AS Birch Grove - will manage about $5 billion in assets in an opportunistic hedge fund, pr
01 Jul. 2021 UBP to acquire Danske Bank's wealth management business [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Union Bancaire Privée, UBP SA (UBP) and Danske Bank A/S have entered into an agreement whereby Union Bancaire Privée (Europe) S.A. will acquire Danske Bank's wealth management business in Luxembourg, operating through Danske Bank International S.A. (DBI). The transact
01 Jul. 2021 Hedge fund launches increased in Q1 amidst inflationary pressures [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New hedge fund launches increased in the first quarter of 2021 to the highest level since 4Q17 as hedge funds posted strong performance to begin 2021 and inflationary pressures have begun to emerge in the US, according to the latest HFR Market Microstructure Report, relea
01 Jul. 2021 Vistria raises $2.7bn for latest buyout fund, above its target [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Chicago-based midmarket-focused Vistria Group has wrapped up its largest-ever buyout fund with $2.68 billion and is raising money for a new private-credit strategy. The private investment firm's latest buyout vehicle, Vistria Fund IV LP, is more than twice t
01 Jul. 2021 Venture capital interest in Canadian start-ups skyrocket in 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Venture capital interest in Canadian start-ups, particularly tech, has skyrocketed in 2021, drawing capital from both domestic and foreign investors, said a report. According to Preqin, so far this year, more than $6.2bn has been invested in Canada-based portfolio
30 Jun. 2021 First Eagle Alternative Credit hires Nishil Mehta [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - First Eagle Alternative Credit, LLC has hired CLO industry veteran Nishil Mehta to assist with the expansion of First Eagle's private fund collateralized loan obligation debt and equity strategy. Mehta is a Managing Director and Product Specialist on First Eagle Alternati
30 Jun. 2021 EMPEA rebrands as the Global Private Capital Association [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - EMPEA, the global industry association for private capital investment in Asia, Latin America, Africa, Central & Eastern Europe (CEE) and the Middle East, today announced it is now the Global Private Capital Association. "Seventeen years after EMPEA's founding
30 Jun. 2021 MSCI launches new modeling solution for institutional investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - MSCI Inc., a leading provider of critical decision support tools and services for the global investment community, today launched the MSCI Crowding Model solution to help institutional investors navigate crowded markets by providing high quality, timely information and da
30 Jun. 2021 EPFR launches new hedge fund data reporting [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - EPFR, a subsidiary of Informa Financial Intelligence and worldwide industry leader in providing fund flows and allocation data to financial institutions, announces its Hedge Fund Flows dataset. The new offering applies EPFR's core competency in a combined database bet
30 Jun. 2021 World's biggest interdealer broker TP ICAP to launch crypto trading platform with Fidelity [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: TP ICAP Group, the world's biggest interdealer broker, is launching a cryptocurrency venue for institutions to trade BTC, and plans include adding ETH as well. The London-based broker, which has offered Bitcoin futures since 2019, said in a press release it's w
30 Jun. 2021 Acceleprise reaches closes two funds, rebrands as Forum Ventures [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: San Francisco based Acceleprise, an early stage venture firm and accelerator, has closed on two funds and rebranded as Forum Ventures. Forum's seed fund closed on $13.2 million and is backed by a number of tech luminaries including Eric Yuan, CEO of Zoom
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    Mobile commerce platform Rezolve to go public via $2bn SPAC deal From Reuters: Mobile commerce platform Rezolve said on Friday it will list in New York through a merger with a blank-check firm backed by billionaire Betsy Cohen, in a deal valuing the combined company at about $2 billion

  2. Tech: AI argues for and against itself in Oxford Union debate, 15% of Dutch pension funds fall victim to cyber crime, The fight to control the metaverse: Crypto die-hards prepare for battle with Facebook and Big Tech[more]

    AI argues for and against itself in Oxford Union debate From BBC: The Oxford Union has heard from many great debaters over the years, but this week added an artificial intelligence engine to its distinguished speakers. The AI argued that the only way to stop such tech becoming to

  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]

    SOKA-BAU to raise private markets allocation with first move in private debt From IPE: SOKA-BAU, the German umbrella organisation of the two pension funds for the employees in the construction industry ULAK and ZVK, is targeting an allocation to private markets of 15%, up from the curr

  4. New Launches: Goldman collects $5bn for Petershill IV, OSF Ventures launches third and largest venture capital fund, London growth investor Sprints Capital raises $602m for new technology fund, BlackRock launches two new active Climate Action funds, Edtech-focused Owl Ventures raises over $1bn across three funds[more]

    Goldman collects $5bn for Petershill IV From PE News: Goldman Sachs Asset Management has made a final close of its Petershill IV fund, the fourth vintage of its GP stakes growth-focused private equity funds. The firm said the fund had been oversubscribed with commitments mostly c

  5. PE/VC: A record year in private equity drives competition for lucrative industries, The power law - how venture capital ate the stock market, Europe's unicorn herd multiplies as VC investment more than doubled in 2021, Platform private equity deals could be 'fraught with risk'[more]

    A record year in private equity drives competition for lucrative industries From Institutional Investor: With more private equity capital available than ever before, valuations are high - and competition is even higher. According to PitchBook's 2021 annual PE breakdown report, which wa