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25 May. 2021 Nearly half of traditional hedge funds considering crypto investments [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Almost half of the traditional hedge funds are exploring digital assets or are currently investing in them with around a fifth of traditional hedge funds having holdings already, said a study. The research by the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA)
25 May. 2021 Australian private capital industry AUM hits a record of $77bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Australian private capital industry reached a record-breaking $77 billion in assets under management (AUM) as of June 2020 during the peak of COVID-19 pandemic uncertainty, said a study. According to the latest Preqin & Australian Investment Council Yearbook 202
24 May. 2021 Global crypto hedge fund AUM reaches $3.8bn in 2020, up from $2bn in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The total AuM of crypto hedge funds globally increased to nearly US$3.8 billion in 2020 from US$2 billion the previous year, said a study. According to a new report by the Alternative Investment Management Association, and Elwood Asset Management, the percentage of
21 May. 2021 Certares-Knighthead travel distress fund raises $1.5bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private equity firm Certares Management and hedge fund manager Knighthead Capital Management raised $1.5 billion for their fund focused on distressed travel and tourism investments, closing the vehicle to new money after exceeding an initial $1 billion goal. The du
21 May. 2021 Kartesia credit opportunities fund V hits $1.8bn hard-cap [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Pan-European focused fund house Kartesia Kartesia has held the final close on its fifth credit opportunities fund at the hard cap of €1.5bn ($1.8bn). According to the London-headquartered private credit firm, the vehicle, Kartesia Credit Opportunities Fund V (KCO V)
21 May. 2021 South African equity market positive for this hedge fund [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: South Africa's stock market has been doing well over the past year even though domestically, concerns persist over a possible new wave of the Covid-19 and the return of
20 May. 2021 Swiss fund market posts slight asset gain in April [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In April 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 1,428.0 billion. This corresponds to a month-on-month increase of CHF 9.2 billion or 0.6%. Net inflows totaled CHF 5.3
20 May. 2021 The average billion-dollar club hedge fund is up 6.1% YTD after a 2.5% gain in April [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds managing over $1bn outperformed their sub-$1bn peers in April, aided by another surge in event-driven performance, said HFM. The billion-dollar club (BDC) hedge funds rose 2.5% last month compared to an average 2.2% gain in the sub-BDC range, but the latt
20 May. 2021 IQ-EQ acquires Concord Trust [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - IQ-EQ, an Astorg portfolio company, is pleased to confirm that it has received regulatory approval to formally acquire Concord Trust Company, making Concord officially part of IQ-EQ Group. News of this transaction was first publicised in April 2021. This strategic transac
20 May. 2021 MSCI launches risk modelling solution to support next phase of private infrastructure investing [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - MSCI Inc., a leading provider of critical decision support tools and services for the global investment community, announced today the launch of its Private Infrastructure Modeling Service, a new service that will help investors profile the risk of complex private infrast
20 May. 2021 Global real estate AUM upsurges 11% in 2020 to $4.1tn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Total assets under management (AUM) of global real estate investment managers rose by 11% in 2020 to reach €3.3 trillion ($4.1 trillion), despite the challenges of the global pandemic, said a study. According to an annual fund manager survey by NCREIF, INREV and AN
20 May. 2021 LGT raises $6bn across two secondaries funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global specialist in alternative investing LGT Capital Partners has raised $6bn to capture investment opportunities in private equity secondaries. The Swiss alternative investment specialist said in a press release that it is all set to hold final closes for Cr
19 May. 2021 GSR appoints hedge fund veteran Jon Loflin as Chief Risk Officer [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - GSR, a global leader in digital asset trading, has appointed hedge fund veteran and AI / machine-learning expert Jon Loflin as Chief Risk Officer & Managing Director. Loflin's team will be tasked with developing the next iteration of the firm's risk management framewo
19 May. 2021 Conversus StepStone Private Markets surpasses $100m in AUM [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Conversus, an investment platform designed to expand access to the private markets for high net worth and accredited investors, announced that its inaugural fund, Conversus StepStone Private Markets (CPRIM), reached $108 mm of assets and that its shares had appreciated 36
19 May. 2021 Barclay CTA Index returns 1.43% in April [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures funds produced a third straight positive month in April returning 1.43%, according to the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. For the year to date, CTAs returned 3.80% through April. "Strong performance in com
19 May. 2021 Coinbase looks to raise $1.25bn from institutional investors [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase seeks to raise $1.25 billion in funds through a proposed private offering for institutional buyers. The United States-based service provider for digital assets said in a press release that the offering will be in the form of con
19 May. 2021 Global deals nosedives by 15.2% to 4,720 in April 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global deal activity declined by 15.2% in April 2021, said a study. A total of 4,720 deals (comprising mergers & acquisitions, private equity, and venture financing) were announced globally during April 2021, which is a decline of 15.2% over 5,566 deals announced in Ma
18 May. 2021 GoldenTree Asset Management names Simon Granger as head of restructuring & turnarounds, EMEA [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - GoldenTree Asset Management, a global credit manager, announced that Simon Granger has been named Partner and Head of Restructuring & Turnarounds, EMEA. Mr. Granger brings to GoldenTree nearly 25 years of restructuring and turnaround experience. He was previously Se
18 May. 2021 Hedge funds return 2.14%, up 7.06% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry added to its gains in April, returning 2.14% as the industry posted a sixth consecutive month in the black, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. By comparison the S&P 500 Total Return Index gained 5.34% in April.
18 May. 2021 Broadly positive performance for hedge funds in April [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Fund performance across the hedge fund segment in April 2021 was broadly positive, with 85% of reporting products producing positive results with an average return of +2.61%, said eVestment. For the year, the aggregate return for the industry is +7.61%, a fairly good r
18 May. 2021 Canyon Partners raises $650m for US real estate debt strategy [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global alternative asset manager Canyon Partners said that its real estate direct investing arm Canyon Partners Real Estate has raised over $650m for its latest US real estate debt vehicle. The Los Angeles-based manager said the amount raised for the Canyon Laur
17 May. 2021 Hedge funds extend gains in April led by event-driven and long/short equities [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.95% in April 2021, pushing its 2021 return to 6.96%, supported by the robust performance of the global equity market as represented by the MSCI ACIW (Local) which was up 3.53% over the same month. The strong corporate earning
17 May. 2021 New Quadriga senior appointments - Christian Thum and Jarkko Matilainen [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Quadriga Asset Managers announced the senior appointments of Christian Thum and Jarkko Matilainen to the Quadriga Asset Managers team and Board. Christian Thum, a German national, joins Quadriga as Senior Portfolio Manager Equity Long/Short Opportunities based in Madr
17 May. 2021 Systematic crypto arb hedge fund manager Argentium appoints advisory board [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Emi Lorincz has been appointed as a Senior Advisor on Crypto markets. Ms Lorincz started her career at Morgan Stanley, then moved to aircraft financing at GE Capital and later to commodity trading at Eni. She is currently Director, Business Development for Ledger and a Bo
17 May. 2021 ESG moves up private equity agenda [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The management of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues is moving up the board agenda for private equity, however, climate risk exposure requires greater scrutiny, according to a new study. According to PwC's 2021 Global Private Equity Responsible In
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