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25 Apr. 2022 Britannia Financial acquires crypto trading firm Alphaplate [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: International financial services group Britannia Financial Group has acquired Alphaplate, a technology firm specializing in cryptocurrency trading. The terms of the deal were not announced. According to a media statement from the London-headquartered financial firm,
22 Apr. 2022 Global hedge funds' performance declined 1.47% during Q1 2022 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Q1 2022 ended up being one of the most challenging quarters for hedge funds with the strong 2021 momentum coming to an end, said a study. The asset class declined 1.47% during the quarter, making this year's decline the worst post-Global Financial Crisis (GFC) and
21 Apr. 2022 Man Group assets under management rose to a high of $151.4bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: British hedge fund manager Man Group said that the firm added a net $3.1bn the three months to March 31, lifting assets under management (AUM) to $151.4 billion from $148.6 billion on Dec. 31, 2021. The world's largest publicly traded hedge fund said in a pres
21 Apr. 2022 Oaktree-backed 17Capital racks up $2.9bn for inaugural credit fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The London-based investment firm 17Capital, backed by Oaktree Capital, has made a final close of its inaugural lending fund at its hard cap of €2.6bn ($2.9 billion) and exceeding its initial €1.5bn target. The financier to buyout groups said that the 17Capital Credi
21 Apr. 2022 Aggregate capital raised by global real estate in Q1 2022 totaled $29.5bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: After a record quarter during Q4 2021 for global real estate funds, where $71.9bn was raised, 2022 has started with a pause for breath. During Q1, just $29.5bn was raised, said a study. Preqin's Q1 2022 Real Estate Quarterly Report shows the real estate market h
21 Apr. 2022 Blackstone wraps up $1.6bn life sciences fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: American alternative investment management giant Blackstone has wrapped up a record $1.6 billion inaugural royalty and structured credit-focused life sciences fund as the company bets on the continued growth of that sector. According to a press release from the New
21 Apr. 2022 Castle Hall rolls out DiligenceExchange [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Due Diligence Company Castle Hall has launched DiligenceExchange, delivering a new level of industry intelligence for institutional investors. According to a release from the company, DiligenceExchange (DXC) contains due diligence data on several thousand fun
20 Apr. 2022 Capital raised for European non-listed real estate recovers to a pre-pandemic record high [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Capital raising activity reached a record high in 2021, with at least €254 billion raised globally for non-listed real estate investment. The Capital Raising Survey 2022, published today by ANREV, INREV and NCREIF, reveals a 167% increase on the €123 billion capital ra
20 Apr. 2022 FSB Chair's letter to G20 outlines financial stability issues arising from Russia's invasion of Ukraine [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Financial Stability Board (FSB) today published a letter from its Chair, Klaas Knot, to G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors ahead of their meeting on 20 April. The letter discusses the current outlook for financial stability and sets out the FSB's plans o
20 Apr. 2022 Endowment Index 1Q 2022 performance update [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Endowment Index calculated by Nasdaq OMX (Symbol: ENDOW) declined 6.32% (on a total return basis), for the quarter ended March 31, 2022, which compares to a Global 60-40 portfolio which declined 5.62% for the same period. The top performing component of the Ind
20 Apr. 2022 Mainsail Partners raises $915m for Fund VI [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: San Francisco-based investment firm Mainsail Partners has raised $915 million in limited partner capital commitments for its sixth fund, the largest in the firm's 19-year history. According to a press release from the growth equity firm that seeks to invest in rapi
20 Apr. 2022 Global private debt funds secured $33bn of capital through 22 funds in Q1 2022 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global private debt funds secured $33bn of capital through 22 funds in Q1 2022, a softer quarter compared to Q1 2021, which saw $43bn raised by 59 funds, said a study. According to Preqin's Private Debt Quarterly Report, this trend is partially driven by signifi
20 Apr. 2022 Global deal activity remains flat in Q1 2022 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: With a total of 17,745 deals, the global deals (including mergers & acquisitions, private equity, and venture financing deals) activity mostly remained flat in Q1 2022, said a study. This is a marginal increase of 0.8% over the 17,601 deals that were announced dur
18 Apr. 2022 Adams Street raises over $3bn for the second private credit program [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Adams Street Partners, a global private markets investment manager, has completed fundraising for its second Private Credit program (PC II), closing the oversubscribed program with more than $2.1bn of committed capital and over $3bn, including leverage. The indepen
18 Apr. 2022 Global infrastructure funds secure $70bn of capital through 20 funds in Q1 2022 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global infrastructure funds closing in Q1 2022 secured $70bn of capital through 20 funds, delivering a record quarter in capital raised, 42% higher than the previous peak in Q4 2019, said a study. According to Preqin's Q1 2022 Infrastructure Quarterly Report, th
14 Apr. 2022 70% of new hedge funds launched in 2021 had equity or equity-related strategies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - With the most severe obstacles to businesses imposed by the pandemic beginning to ease, both hedge fund investors and managers showed marked signs of confidence in alterna
14 Apr. 2022 Hedge funds post first month of positive aggregate returns this year in March [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After two negative months to start 2022, aggregate hedge fund industry performance was positive in March with an average return of +1.50%, according to the just-released March 2022 eVestment hedge fund performance data. Aggregate year to date (YTD) return for the hedge fu
14 Apr. 2022 One Equity Partners raises $2.75bn private equity fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: One Equity Partners (OEP), a private equity firm with over $10bn in AUM, has raised $2.75 billion in commitments for its One Equity Partners VIII (OEP VIII) fund. "Thanks to strong demand from investors, the fund was significantly oversubscribed, and the hard cap wa
14 Apr. 2022 Global venture capital funds raise $54bn in Q1 2022, an 11.1% rise compared to Q4 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Venture capital fundraising continued at a strong pace in Q1 2022. $54bn was raised by global venture capital funds in the quarter, an 11.1% rise on Q4 2021, but an 8.8% decline in the same period last year, said a study. The year-on-year decline is not a bad resul
13 Apr. 2022 More than 200 alternative managers opt for private placement through Jersey [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - More alternative investment funds (AIFs) are being marketed to EU investors through Jersey using National Private Placement Regimes (NPPR) than ever before, according to the latest figures. Recent data from the Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC) for the perio
13 Apr. 2022 Omega Systems completes merger with ACE IT Solutions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Omega Systems, a portfolio company of Pfingsten Partners and managed service provider to highly regulated and security-conscious businesses, announced it has merged with ACE IT Solutions, a New Jersey-based technology solutions provider. Based in Reading, PA, Omega w
13 Apr. 2022 Global private equity funds raise $116bn of capital in Q1 2022 through 137 funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global private equity funds raised $116bn of capital in Q1 2022 through 137 funds-representing a 10% decline in capital raised from Q4, and a 38% decline from the same quarter last year, said a report. According to Preqin's Q1 2022 Private Equity Report, a
13 Apr. 2022 72% of financial advisors want a spot Bitcoin ETF before allocating to crypto [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 72% of financial advisors would be more likely to invest client assets in crypto if a spot exchange-traded fund (ETF) product were offered in the United States, said a survey. According to a new Nasdaq survey of 500 financial advisors who are currently or consideri
12 Apr. 2022 Hedge funds up 1.48% in March despite ongoing Russia-Ukraine war and persistent inflationary pressure [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index gained 1.48% in March 2022, supported by the robust performance of the S&P 500 which returned 3.58% over the same period. The first half of March started out on a negative note due to Russia's shocking invasion of Ukraine in late February
12 Apr. 2022 Tramondo launches European equity strategy, aims to tap into the continent's hidden potential [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Tramondo Investment Partners AG, a bank-independent Zug, Switzerland- based investment boutique, announces that it had recently launched Dynamic Equity Europe, a sub-fund of Tramondo UCITS Funds. The strategy of the Dynamic Equity Europe Fund is a carve-out of the fir
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