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29 Jun. 2021 Moore Cayman launches pioneering blockchain audit verification service [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Accountancy firm Moore Cayman which specialises in providing audit services to investment funds and the digital asset industry including nearly 200 cryptocurrency-focused funds, has launched the first verification service for its audit clients through a public blockchain.
29 Jun. 2021 Union Bancaire Privee to acquire Millennium Banque Privee - BCP (Suisse) SA [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Union Bancaire Privee, UBP SA (UBP) and Banco Comercial Portugues, S.A. (BCP) announced today that they have entered into an agreement whereby UBP will acquire the group's Swiss private bank, Millennium Banque Privee - BCP (Suisse) SA. The transaction, which is a sha
29 Jun. 2021 Putnam Investments taps Goldstein for co-CIO role [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In a move expected to provide long-term leadership continuity for its multi-asset investment group, Putnam Investments today announced that Brett S. Goldstein has been named Co-Chief Investment Officer, Global Asset Allocation (GAA), effective June 30. Goldstein, who will
29 Jun. 2021 US insurers increase holdings in private equity [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Private equity holdings by the U.S. insurance industry grew by 14.8% in 2020, with the life/annuity insurance industry seeing its highest value in five years, at $71.7 billion, according to a new AM Best report. U.S. property/casualty insurers also increased the book-
29 Jun. 2021 Widespread inflows continue into hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investors added an estimated $12.01 billion into hedge funds in May, lifting 2021 net inflow to $39.12 billion. Performance was accretive to asset levels and total estimated industry AUM increased to $3.570 trillion, said eVestment. If the picture in April was broadly
29 Jun. 2021 Boutique asset management shop Virtus acquires credit specialist Stone Harbor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Virtus Investment Partners, a multi-boutique asset management shop, has agreed to acquire Stone Harbor Investment Partners, a manager of emerging markets debt, multi-asset credit, global corporates, and other strategies with $15.4 billion of assets under management.
28 Jun. 2021 HFM Event-driven Composite Index up 11.9% YTD through May after 1.6% monthly gain [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Event-driven funds gained 1.6% in May, making their YTD return through May the largest among HFM's top-level hedge fund indices (11.9%). This came on the back of intense M&A activity in H1, high-profile activist campaigns and innovation within existing strategies. Re
28 Jun. 2021 Investors increase allocation to private markets during turbulent times [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Increasing capital flows into private markets -private equity, private debt, real estate, absolute return, infrastructure, and GP stakes - have led to rapid growth in assets under management of private markets and broadened the investor base within this segment, said a
25 Jun. 2021 Global ESG ETFs and ETPs assets reach a record of $280bn in May 2021 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ETFGI, the independent research and consultancy firm covering trends in the global ETFs and ETPs ecosystem, reports assets invested in Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) ETFs and ETPs listed globally reached a record of US$280 billion at the end of May 2021.
25 Jun. 2021 Systematic crypto arb hedge fund Argentium appoints CIO [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Jerome Dupuy has stepped up from his role as a Senior Advisor to become the Chief Investment Officer of Argentium. Jerome has over 30 years' experience in international financial markets, with special expertise in Relative Value Trading. Jerome moved to Hong Kong in
25 Jun. 2021 Andreessen Horowitz rakes in $2.2bn for third crypto venture fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Venture capital giant Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) Andreessen Horowitz raised $2.2bn for its third fund focused on digital assets, more than doubling its initial target in a sign of strong demand from institutional investors. The Silicon Valley group, that has backed
24 Jun. 2021 Good news continues for hedge funds as 2021 performance, flows remain strong [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Nearly half-way through 2021, the global hedge fund business continues to see strong performance and asset flows, with performance gains and new money boosting the industry to a new record $3.57 trillion AUM, according to eVestment's just-released May 2021 Hedge Fund Asse
24 Jun. 2021 AI Global Investors partners with Duo Reges Capital Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Asset management firm AI Global Investors (USA) LLC, a subsidiary of Alpha Innovations Ltd. (AI), announced a partnership with Duo Reges Capital Management (Duo Reges), the latest team to join AIGI's New York-based asset management platform. The Duo Reges team boasts
24 Jun. 2021 Asset managers take advantage of strong capital markets, boost headcount, and compensation [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Listed asset managers, which hit record revenues and assets under management in the first quarter of 2021, are increasing their overall headcount and compensation said a study. According to asset management strategy consultant Casey Quirk, a Deloitte business, many
24 Jun. 2021 Mill Road Capital launches fund to push for diversity among boards [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Greenwich-headquartered investment firm Mill Road Capital is set to roll out its Mill Road Progressive Governance (MRPG) fund in the second quarter of 2021, with an initial target of $500 million. According to a press release from the investment firm, MRPG's obj
23 Jun. 2021 Swiss fund market posts further growth [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In May 2021, the volume of assets placed in the investment funds covered by the statistics compiled by Swiss Fund Data AG and Morningstar stood at CHF 1,435.9 billion. This corresponds to a month-on-month increase of CHF 11.2 billion or 0.8%. Net inflows totaled CHF 5.7 b
23 Jun. 2021 Hedge fund assets grow nearly 40% YoY after posting $23.3bn in April net inflows [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Net inflows of $23.3 billion in April 2021 signaled a continued vote of investor confidence in the hedge fund industry. This result represented an increase in industry AUM of .6% on the month and built momentum on the previous month's $19.1 billion increase in hedge f
23 Jun. 2021 Calderwood appoints Laura McGrath as independent director [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Calderwood, a Cayman Islands boutique fund governance firm, has further expanded its senior team with the appointment of Laura McGrath as an independent director. Ms. McGrath is an accomplished board chairperson, attorney, and business executive. She possesses broad e
23 Jun. 2021 Magma Capital Funds lunches the Obsidian Fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Magma Capital Funds, a quantitative investment manager that leverages volatility-based, multi-asset strategies, announced the launch of the Obsidian Fund, a new investment product that will provide current and former professional athletes access to an actively managed
22 Jun. 2021 SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator up 2.68% in June [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SS&C Technologies Holdings announced that the SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for June 2021 measured 2.68%, up from 2.46% in May. "SS&C GlobeOp's Forward Redemption Indicator for June 2021 of 2.68% reflects a 37% reduction in redemption notices compa
22 Jun. 2021 GI Partners raises $3.9bn for sixth buyout fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: San Francisco-based private investment firm GI Partners closed buyout fund GI Partners Fund VI at $3.9 billion. The private equity fund, which focuses on North American health care, information technology infrastructure, services, and software companies, exceeded it
22 Jun. 2021 AsiaPac private equity and venture capital dry powder surge 291% in the past decade [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Asia-Pacific-based private equity & venture capital dry powder has increased by 291% in the past decade, reaching a record high of almost $343bn as of April 2021, said Preqin. This correlates directly with an increase in allocations to the asset class, alongside privat
21 Jun. 2021 Hedge funds: US Billion Dollar Club expands during global pandemic [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - HFM reports that assets managed by America's Billion Dollar Club (BDC) of leading firms hit a record high as the industry navigated the global pandemic and rebounded in the second half of last year. BDC membership and assets fell in the first six months of 2020 but b
21 Jun. 2021 FSN Capital raises $2.14bn for sixth mid-market fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Northern European investment advisory firm FSN Capital Partners has held the final closing of FSN Capital VI at €1.8bn ($2.14bn). The fund was oversubscribed and closed above its original hard cap. With the new fund, FSN has grown significantly since FSN Capital V c
18 Jun. 2021 Emerging funds outperform larger peers in 2021 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds managing less than $1bn averaged gains of 1.4% in May, extending returns for the year to 8.9%. That puts smaller funds ahead of billion-dollar-plus funds, which averaged 1% in May and 6.9% for the year so far, said HFM Insight. Long/short equity gains have
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