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19 May. 2022 Andreessen Horowitz debuts $600m gaming fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Venture capital giant Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) has launched its inaugural gaming fund with plans to invest $600 million across game studios, gaming-related consumer apps, and infrastructure. A16z investors Andrew Chen, Jonathan Lai, and James Gwertzman said in a b
19 May. 2022 Al Gore's Generation launches its largest-ever growth fund at $1.7bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Generation Investment Management, a sustainability-focused public and private equity firm co-founded by Al Gore, is upping its bet on growth-stage companies via a new $1.7 billion fund - the firm's fourth and largest. The new Sustainable Solutions Fund IV allows th
19 May. 2022 Rapid growth propels venture capital AUM crosses the $2tn barrier [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Venture capital (VC) becomes the second private capital class to hit $2tn assets under management (AUM), said a study. According to Preqin, VC AUM has hit $2.03tn as of September 2021, the most recent date for which the calculation is possible. The VC segment i
19 May. 2022 Clearlake Capital wraps up its seventh flagship fund with $14.1bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Clearlake Capital Group, an investment firm that focuses on technology, industrials, and consumer industries, closed its seventh flagship private equity fund, Clearlake Capital Partners VII, at its hard cap of more than $14.1 billion, outpacing a $10 billion target.
18 May. 2022 Drury Capital trend program marks 25 years [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - US-based CTA Drury Capital this month marks 25 years of trading its flagship Diversified Trend-Following Program, as it continues its record of favorable performance. In the course of 25 years the Program has confronted many historical shock waves to hit the global econom
18 May. 2022 Hedge funds retreated 0.4% in April, dragging year-to-date returns further into the red at -0.6% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - April was a challenging month for the financial markets as the combination of the escalating Russia-Ukraine war, lockdowns in China and the increasingly hawkish Federal Reserve spurred stagflation worries. HFM's Global Composite Index was down -0.4% in April and -
18 May. 2022 Hedge fund veteran Michael Green launches the Simplify Macro Strategy ETF [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Simplify Asset Management has launched the Simplify Macro Strategy exchange-traded funds (ETF) offering it to investors as a total portfolio solution through exposure to a diversified set of risk drivers. According to a press release from the ETF provider, the new
18 May. 2022 Oak Real Estate Partners racks up $500m from institutional investors [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Oak Real Estate Partners, the US fund manager focused on the institutional investment sector, announced it has launched Oak Institutional Credit Solutions, a $500-million private real estate financing investment fund. According to a press release from the Michigan-b
18 May. 2022 Apollo takes stake in life sciences VC firm Sofinnova Partners [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US private equity giant Apollo Global Management is taking a minority stake and partnering with European venture capital firm Sofinnova Partners investment funds that concentrate on European life sciences investments. According to sources, the US buyout giant is tak
18 May. 2022 Allianz Global Investors US charged with fraud, to pay $6bn [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged Allianz Global Investors U.S. LLC (AGI US) and three former portfolio managers with fraud. The Comm
17 May. 2022 Global commercial real estate investment volume jumps 34% to $282bn in Q1 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global commercial real estate investment volume increased by 34% year-over-year to US$282 billion in Q1 2022, said a study. According to the CBRE study, investment was up by 47% in the Americas, 25% in EMEA, and 5% in Asia-Pacific. Note that all investment totals an
16 May. 2022 StepStone raises $600m for debut distressed credit fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global private markets firm StepStone Group has raised more than $600m for its Credit Opportunities Fund I (SCOF I), which will target both liquid and illiquid credit at stressed, dislocate, and distressed entry points. The US-based investment firm specializin
13 May. 2022 FundFront launches alternative investment platform to simplify access [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - FundFront, a London based FinTech company, announces the launch of its alternative investment platform. Founding partners, Amin Naj, Arman Salavitabar and Dr. Aric Whitewood come from leading financial institutions including J.P. Morgan and Credit Suisse with a collective
13 May. 2022 Hedge fund industry slips -2.66% in April, down -5.55% year to date [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry gave up ground in April, down -2.66% for the month, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. For the year to date interval, the hedge fund industry remained underwater with a compound
13 May. 2022 Hedge funds fell 0.50% in April as global equity markets tumbled amid growing stagflation fears [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index declined -0.50% in April 2022, outperforming the S&P 500 which fell -8.80% over the same period. Global equities posted steep losses in April as the continuation of the Russia-Ukraine war, global monetary policy tightening and continued su
13 May. 2022 Largest-ever Kayne Anderson debt fund closes at $1.9bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Kayne Anderson Real Estate, the real estate investment arm of Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, has closed its largest debt fund to date with $1.875 billion in capital commitments. The fourth flagship debt fund, Kayne Anderson Real Estate Debt IV (KARED IV), is aime
13 May. 2022 Venture capital AUM surpasses $2tn for the first time [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global venture capital (VC) assets under management (AUM) recorded by Preqin surpassed the $2tn mark for the first time, hitting $2.03tn as of September 2021. Venture capital has grown to become the second-largest asset class in the alternatives industry, with a hu
12 May. 2022 Emerging markets specialist Broad Reach expands to the US [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Broad Reach Investment Management, the London-based emerging markets macro manager, has announced plans to expand its operations into the US with the opening of a mid-town Manhattan office in September as assets grow amidst continued strong performance. The new US off
12 May. 2022 Laureola launches Sydney office to build life settlements interest [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After a soft entrance to the Australian market two years ago, life settlements fund manager, Laureola Advisors, has appointed an experienced distribution head and opened a Sydney office on Martin Place. Nathan Wares has joined as Managing Director, Australia and New Z
12 May. 2022 Jersey Limited Partnership amendments aim to provide greater flexibility for fund managers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Jersey Finance has welcomed a further series of amendments to Jersey's Limited Partnership Law, which were approved recently (27 April) and aim to provide fund managers with greater flexibility in their international fund structuring. The amendments, which are subject
12 May. 2022 Hedge funds suffer in volatile market, but outpace other benchmarks, offer bright spots [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - April was a difficult month in the investment/financial markets, and the global hedge fund business was no exception, with the aggregate industry return at -1.68% for the month, dragging year to date (YTD) returns further into the red at -2.59%, according to the just-rele
12 May. 2022 BlackRock plans to raise $1bn for a first-of-its-kind multi-alternatives fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: BlackRock Alternative Investors plans to raise $1 billion to invest in companies owned, led, or serving people of color, the latest example of the financial industry moving to address inequality. According to a press release from the American multinational investme
12 May. 2022 ADDX, Temasek's Fullerton partner to tokenize PE fund of funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Singapore-based private market exchange ADDX has partnered with Temasek subsidiary Fullerton Fund Management to list Fullerton's private equity fund of funds (FOF) on its digital platform. The Fullerton Optimized Alpha Fund is a closed-end fund targeting 8% to 12% i
11 May. 2022 Flow launches $725m blockchain development fund with A16z, Digital Currency Group a16z, Coatue, and other investors [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: NBA Top Shot's host blockchain, Flow, is getting a $725 million boost through a new Ecosystem Fund backed by its developer's company's investment arm, Dapper Ventures. The fund is backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Coatue, Union Square Ventures, Coinfund, Digital Curr
10 May. 2022 Crypto interest surges among alternative investment allocators [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Forty-one percent of alternative investment allocators said they expect their firms to increase allocations to cryptocurrencies and other digital assets this year said a survey. According to the 2022 Alternative Investment Allocator Survey, conducted by leading law
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