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13 Oct. 2021 Hedge funds down 0.33% in September [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was down 0.33% in September 2021, outperforming the global equity market as represented by the MSCI ACWI (Local) which returned -3.55% over the same period. Concerns over rising inflation continue to weigh on markets with the Federal R
13 Oct. 2021 Environmental hedge fund hires two managers and plans new strategies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Ambienta SGR, one of Europe's largest asset managers entirely focused on environmental sustainability, has expanded its London-based Public Markets division, Ambienta
13 Oct. 2021 Marketing: Most alternative investment managers suffer declining brand awareness [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The top alternative investment management (Alts) firms competed with the Global 100 (the 100 largest asset managers in the world) for brand awareness, but the majority of alts managers experienced declining interest in the last 12 months, according to Peregrine Communicat
13 Oct. 2021 Volatile markets take a toll on hedge fund performance in September [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Aggregate performance for the global hedge fund business dipped into negative territory in September, at -0.55%, according to the just-released eVestment September 2021 hedge fund performance figures. This is only the second month this year the industry posted negative ag
13 Oct. 2021 Värde Partners elevates Brad Bauer and Giuseppe Naglieri to Co-CIOs [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Värde Partners, a leading global alternative investment firm, today announced it has elevated Deputy Chief Investment Officers (CIOs) Brad Bauer and Giuseppe Naglieri to join Ilfryn Carstairs as Co-CIOs. Brad and Giuseppe will share oversight of Värde's global investme
13 Oct. 2021 Preqin: Private equity fundraising softens in Q3 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Private equity has been performing well since the pandemic, but some signs of market softness may be appearing in Q3, according to the Q3 2021 Private Equity Quarterly Report published by Preqin, the global leader in alternative assets data, tools, and insights. Fundr
13 Oct. 2021 Man Group: Funds under management hit record high in Q3 at $139.5bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: British hedge fund manager Man Group posted a record record-high funds under management (FUM) during the third quarter ended September 30, 2021, underpinned by 'strong' net inflows. According to a press release from the asset management company, funds under
13 Oct. 2021 A record 337 infrastructure funds targeting $235bn in capital in Q3 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: As infrastructure outperforms nearly all other alternative asset classes, the value of aggregate capital targeted by funds in the market in Q3 2021 is up 15% from the start of the year, with a record 337 funds targeting $235bn in the capital, said a study. Accordin
13 Oct. 2021 Francisco Partners closes second credit fund on $2.2bn [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Tech investor Francisco Partners has closed its second credit fund on $2.2 billion. The Fund's total capital commitments reached its hard cap and exceeded its original $1.25 billion target. The fund is roughly triple the size of its debut credit fund which c
12 Oct. 2021 European private market ESG market to hit $1.4tn by 2025 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: European private market ESG assets could skyrocket to EUR 1.2 trillion ($1.4 trillion) by 2025, said a study. The report by PWC predicts ESG assets will account for 27.2% to 42.4% of the likely private markets AUM in Europe, up from 14.8% of a total of €1.7 trillio
11 Oct. 2021 US-based LaSalle raises $972m for LaSalle China logistics fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global real estate investment manager LaSalle Investment Management announced the final close for LaSalle China Logistics Venture (LCLV) and its co-investment vehicle with total committed capital of US$972 million raised. The Fund and its co-investment vehicle had
11 Oct. 2021 Global financial assets cross $231tn for the first time [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global gross financial assets increased by 9.7% in 2020, reaching the magic EUR 200 trillion ($231tn) mark for the first time, Allianz unveiled the twelfth edition of its 'Global Wealth Report'. The report, which puts the asset and debt situation of households
08 Oct. 2021 Fixed income hedge fund leads gains in September as interest rates rise [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds gained in September, navigating a volatile month paced by sharp declines in global equities and fixed income, as inflationary pressures continued to mount. The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index (FWC) advanced +0.13 percent in September, topping declines in eq
08 Oct. 2021 The world's ultra-wealthy are increasingly investing in startups, says a study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global family offices segment is increasingly investing in startups, both directly from their family offices and through venture capital funds, according to research from SVB Capital and Campden Wealth. "The next generation taking charge of family wealth are sei
08 Oct. 2021 A consortium of private-equity firms, foundations rolls out new ESG platform Novata [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A consortium including the Ford Foundation, Omidyar Network, S&P Global, and Hamilton Lane, are backing Novata, a new public benefit corporation aiming to streamline ESG measurement, data collection, and benchmarking for private companies and private-markets investors.
07 Oct. 2021 Harrison Street raises $2.5bn for eighth opportunistic real estate fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Alternative real asset manager Harrison Street has soared to a $2 billion hard cap close for its latest flagship real estate fund, exceeding its $1.5 billion target. The investment management firm also raised an additional $510 million in co-investment vehicles to i
07 Oct. 2021 Global asset management industry AUM reaches an all-time high at $115tn: McKinsey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Based on sheer growth in assets under management (AUM), 2020 was the second-best year since the financial crisis, and the global asset management industry reached an all-time high of $115 trillion (a 9.4% increase from $104 trillion at the end of 2019). Moreover, gr
07 Oct. 2021 Main Capital raises $1.4bn across two funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: European software investor Main Capital Partners has raised EUR 1bn for Main Capital VII, as well as EUR 210m for Main Capital Foundation I, a new strategy that will focus on earlier-stage companies. Following the launch of Main Capital VII and Main Foundation I, Ma
06 Oct. 2021 U.S. Bank announces new cryptocurrency custody services for institutional investment managers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - U.S. Bank announced that its cryptocurrency custody services are now live and available to their Global Fund Services clients. The services are intended for institutional investment managers with private funds in the U.S. or Cayman Islands who would like a safekeeping sol
06 Oct. 2021 MSCI launches climate lab to help investors measure and manage climate risk across investment process [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - MSCI Inc., the provider of investment decision support tools and services, announced the launch of MSCI Climate Lab, a new application for enterprise-level monitoring and management of climate and financial risks for investors. Combining MSCI's strengths in climate mo
06 Oct. 2021 Global venture firm G Squared nabs $1.2bn for tech-focused bets [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: G Squared, the US-based global growth-stage venture capital firm, announced the close of its $1.2 billion fifth flagship fund, G Squared V. According to a press release from the global venture capital firm, the fund will invest in growth-stage businesses in G Squar
05 Oct. 2021 CIFC launches $2bn leveraged loans platform with Texas pension fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) and CIFC Asset Management LLC (CIFC) have announced the creation of a new leveraged loan investment fund platform known as Texas Debt Capital LP (TDC). A CIFC affiliate is the general partner and investment manager of TDC. TR
05 Oct. 2021 Thomas H. Lee amasses $5.6bn for the ninth flagship buyout fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Thomas H. Lee Partners, a private equity firm investing in middle-market growth companies, has closed its latest flagship fund at $5.6 billion, representing a 56% increase in capital over its predecessor. The buyout fund - Thomas H. Lee Equity Fund IX - focuses on i
05 Oct. 2021 KKR raises $4.3bn for U.S. real estate-focused fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global investment firm KKR closed a $4.3 billion fund dedicated to investing in underperforming real estate mainly in the United States. The KKR Real Estate Partners Americas III (REPA III) will focus on all commercial real estate asset classes, particularly industr
05 Oct. 2021 Vista closes third credit fund above target on $2.3bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Vista Equity Partners has announced its latest flagship credit fund, Vista Credit Partners Fund III (VCPF III), has closed at $2.3 billion, exceeding its original $1.5 billion fundraising target. VCPF III is a continuation of VCP's strategy of raising flexible pools
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  1. Alts managers sitting on over $2.5tn+ of dry powder[more]

    Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In the current rising interest rate environment, investment activity in the private markets has continued to grow, revealed a study. "With alts managers sitting on over $2.5T+ of dry powder and continuing to enjoy premium valuations and interest rates on a prec

  2. Opalesque Exclusive: Hong Kong manager expects additional tailwind in Asian markets[more]

    B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The Asia equity markets have not been at their best so far this year, with the MSCI Asia index down almost 13% YTD, but many managers remain buoyant about the region, as in

  3. The Big Picture: With the war, E, S, and G have collectively moved back to the fore[more]

    B. G., Opalesque Geneva: In this interview, Dr. Patrick Welton, founder and CIO of Welton Investment Partners, offers his observations on the major macro themes expected to affect the comm

  4. Other Voices: The selloff is overdone[more]

    Authored by Heeten Doshi, founder of Doshi Capital Management. Anyone who is still bearish and calling for more downside is foolish. The selloff is overdone. To point to further declines from here is poor risk management. With the Nasdaq 100 down 22% and S&P 500 down 13% for the year

  5. Other Voices: ESG exuberance is at all-time highs. But will investors buy?[more]

    As investors increase their focus on mission-based investing, they continue to grapple with ESG and what it means to them. By David Shalom, Director of Capital Introductions at Pershing Innovation. New investment solutions. That's how managers deliver value and attract new inve