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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
10 May. 2022 Hines raises $846m for European open-ended core-plus fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hines, a privately owned global real estate investment firm has raised EUR 800 million ($846 million) of equity commitments for its open-ended core-plus fund, otherwise known as Hines European Property Partners (HEPP). The Houston, Texas, based investor, and devel
09 May. 2022 Macro hedge funds stand out in volatile April [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds posted gains in April as global equities and bonds suffered historic declines, accelerating an unprecedented hedge fund outperformance trend driven by powerful, broad- based gains across Macro sub-strategies, according to data released today by HFR®, the estab
09 May. 2022 UK tops European market for VC funding deals in Q1 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The United Kingdom (UK) was the top European market and also a key global market for venture capital (VC) funding deals that were announced during Q1 2022, said a study. According to GlobalData Britain accounted for 6.4% and 6.3% of the total number of deals announc
06 May. 2022 StepStone amasses $1.3bn for the second corporate lending fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global private markets firm StepStone Group has beaten its $1bn goal for its new senior corporate lending fund by reaching a $1.3bn final close. Through StepStone Senior Corporate Lending II (SCL II), it seeks to invest in post-Covid-19 vintage, senior secured,
06 May. 2022 European PE VC funds raise a record $124bn in 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Total fundraising in Europe during 2021 reached €118bn (US$ 124.27bn), 7% above 2020's figure and the highest level ever recorded, said a study by Invest Europe, an association representing private equity, venture capital, and infrastructure firms in Europe. Accordi
06 May. 2022 Rising short term interest rates should help some hedge fund strategy returns [more]
Don Steinbrugge, founder and CEO of Agecroft Partners, LLC, believes that rising short term rates could have a positive impact for a few hedge fund strategies, including CTAs, reinsurance, and short term relative value fixed income. Further
05 May. 2022 Australian-focused private capital industry AUM hits a record of $65bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Australia-focused private capital assets under management (AUM) stood at a record high of A$90bn ($65bn) as of June 2021, up 11% on December 2020's A$81bn, despite stringent lockdowns and pandemic-related challenges, said a study. Private debt was by far the fastest
05 May. 2022 RoundTable Healthcare hits an $800m final close for its sixth private equity fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: RoundTable Healthcare Partners, a US-based private equity firm focused exclusively on the healthcare industry, has hit an $800m final close for its sixth private equity fund, bringing its total raised since inception to $4.25bn. The total committed capital of $4.25
04 May. 2022 Geopolitical events put macro funds in the spotlight as HFM Macro Index is up 3% in 2022; 5.7% over past 12 months [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The conflict in Ukraine, rise in inflation and commodities price surge have all combined to create an optimal environment for macro funds since the new year. Investors have responded accordingly with 60% of macro funds having posted positive flows in 2022 against 46% of o
04 May. 2022 Quarter-end brings redemptions to majority of hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investors removed an estimated net $8.96 billion from hedge funds in March. Performance accounted for an increase in assets. The result of both factors was an increase in estimated industry AUM to $3.623 trillion, said eVestment. It is difficult for anything to grow wh
04 May. 2022 US-based start-ups grab lion's share of the global VC funding in Q1 2022 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Start-ups in the US held the lion's share of the global venture capital (VC) funding landscape and accounted for 38.7% and 46.2% of the total number of deals announced globally during Q1 2022 and the corresponding deal value, respectively, said a study. According to
04 May. 2022 Greater China PEVC AUM jumps up by 25% to $1.78tn in 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Greater China's private equity and venture capital (PEVC) industry AUM grew by 25% year on year to $1.78tn, of the $1.92tn total private capital industry AUM in the region, said a study. According to the Preqin Territory Guide: Greater China 2022, venture capital AU
03 May. 2022 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ends March -0.06% on asset-weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended March 2022 down -0.06% MOM on an asset-weighted basis and up 0.66% MOM on an equal-weighted basis. The comparable benchmark indices were both up for the month, with the S&P TSX 60 Total Return Index and S&P 500 Total Retu
03 May. 2022 Breakthrough Properties racks up $3bn for life sciences fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The life science real estate development company Breakthrough Properties has reached the final closings for its Breakthrough Life Science Property Fund, which raised $3 billion in direct capital and co-investments. A joint venture of Tishman Speyer and Bellco Capita
03 May. 2022 APAC deal activity up 11.6% with 4,511 deals in Q1 2022 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 4,511 deals (comprising mergers & acquisitions, private equity, and venture financing deals) were announced in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region during Q1 2022 representing an increase of 11.6% over 4,042 deals during Q1 2021, said a study. According to GlobalData, th
02 May. 2022 Global M&A activity transaction value drops 23% in Q4 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global merger and acquisition (M&A) activity has weakened in the first quarter of 2022 with total transaction value dropping to $725 billion-almost 23% lower than Q4 2021, said a study. According to GlobalData, this is a sign that activity is going back to 'normal',
02 May. 2022 Global venture capital investment during reaches $144.8bn in Q1 2022 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global venture capital (VC) investment during Q1'22 reached $144.8 billion, higher than all, but the four consecutive record-breaking quarters seen during 2021 - making for a robust result, despite the decline, said a study. According to KPMG's Venture Pulse report,
30 Apr. 2022 MetLife IM closes PE fund of funds on $1.6bn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - MetLife Investment Management (MIM), the institutional asset management business of MetLife, Inc., announced the launch of a private equity fund investment platform for institutional clients in concert with the closing of approximately $1.6 billion in commitments to a new
30 Apr. 2022 ICG adds to team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A strategic move to establish local specialist capability and expand further in the Asia-Pacific region ICG is delighted to announce that it has hired a dedicated team to invest in Asia-Pacific real estate equity and debt, focusing on mid-to-upper-market transactions, cor
30 Apr. 2022 Hedonova invests in ALTS 1 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedonova, an alternative assets hedge fund, has invested $3 million in the ALTS 1 Fund, the latest fund from the alternative investment management firm, Alts. The new partnership provides Hedonova's investors with access to the ALTS 1 fund's ten asset classes
29 Apr. 2022 London retains its crown as the globe's greenest finance center [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Western European cities, led by London, continue to dominate when it comes to green finance, according to the Global Green Finance Index (GGFI). Amsterdam, which has been characterized as London's closest competitor on the Continent to snatch its place as Europe's t
29 Apr. 2022 Global venture capital investment declines 16% in Q1 2022 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global venture capital (VC) investment, impacted by macroeconomic trends, recorded a 16% quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) decline to reach $195bn in Q1 2022, said a study. According to a GlobalData study, North America accounted for around $95bn in terms of deal valuati
29 Apr. 2022 AEA Investors, Amateras Capital launch joint venture to drive female investment in private equity and debt [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Alternative investment manager AEA Investors, which specializes in middle-market private equity and debt, is launching a joint venture alongside Amateras Capital, a woman-led investment platform focused on junior capital across private credit and equity. The firms
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