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18 Mar. 2019 Willis Towers Watson appoints Anne Swift to DC Investment Team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Willis Towers Watson has appointed Anne Swift as a Senior Director on its Advisory Investment Services team in London, where she will focus on DC schemes. Ms Swift joins from KPMG, where she served as Head of DC Investment, advising clients on all aspects of their D
18 Mar. 2019 Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index gains 0.56% in February [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index returned 0.56% in February, slightly underperforming the 0.63% monthly return of the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index. "February marked a continuation of the renewed risk appetite seen in January, propelling equity and credit ass
15 Mar. 2019 State Street Quarterly Brexometer Index reveals latest investor sentiment towards Brexit [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - State Street Corporation announced the latest findings from its Brexometer Index, a quarterly pulse survey of institutional investor sentiment on the economic impact of Brexit. After a slightly more muted response from investors in Q4 2018, investor appetite for holdi
15 Mar. 2019 SFC reprimands and fines Morgan Stanley and Standard Chartered Securities [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has reprimanded and fined Morgan Stanley Asia Limited (Morgan Stanley) for failing to discharge its obligations as one of the joint sponsors in relation to the listing application of Tianhe Chemicals Group Limited (Tianhe) in 20
15 Mar. 2019 New sources of alpha will become important in the next six years: Fidelity [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Institutional investors are confident that private market investments and new sources of alpha will become important in the next six years, and the largest are reshaping their portfolios to reflect those beliefs. The Fidelity Global Institutional Investment Survey
15 Mar. 2019 Private debt assets to double but increasingly subject to market vulnerabilities [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The private debt market has experienced significant growth since 2008's global financial crisis, moving from a niche investment to an integral part of institutional portfolios, but it is unclear how competitive pressures and macro-economic changes will affect the asset
15 Mar. 2019 Feri Alternative Assets cross $9bn mark for first time [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Bad Homburg, Germany-based Feri Alternative Assets GmbH reported especially strong demand in the alternative investments sector in its financial report for 2018. During the reporting year, alternative investments exceeded the EUR 8 billion ($9bn) mark for the fi
14 Mar. 2019 SFC reprimands and fines Merrill Lynch Far East Limited $128m for sponsor failures [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has reprimanded and fined Merrill Lynch Far East Limited (Merrill Lynch) for failing to discharge its obligations as one of the joint sponsors in relation to the listing application of Tianhe Chemicals Group Limited (Tianhe) in
14 Mar. 2019 Marc de Kloe to join hedge fund specialist Theta Capital Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Theta Capital Management, the oldest and largest independent hedge fund specialist in the Netherlands, continues to add to its strengths, as Marc de Kloe joins as a Partner. Marc's role at Theta will be to further develop Theta's offering to an expanding client base
14 Mar. 2019 Brookfield Asset Management to acquire 62% of Oaktree Capital [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Brookfield Asset Management plans to acquire roughly 62 per cent of global investment manager Oaktree Capital Management in a cash-and-stock deal, bringing an end to the credit-investment firm's six-year run as a public company. As part of the transaction, Brookfi
14 Mar. 2019 Basel Committee says crypto assets represent high risk to banks, calls for thorough analysis and prudence [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The growth in crypto assets such as Bitcoin pose a threat to banks and global financial stability, despite relatively low levels of exposure among key players, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) has warned. The consortium of global bank regulators s
13 Mar. 2019 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index and Capital Movement Index [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for February 2019 measured 1.24%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 0.21% in March. "SS&C GlobeOp's Capital Movement Index rose 0.21% for March
13 Mar. 2019 TPG's McGlashan put on leave after admissions scandal [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: TPG has been placed William 'Bill' McGlashan on leave following news that he was part of the group of parents indicted in a wide-ranging scheme to game college admissions in the US. McGlashan is the founder and managing partner of TPG Growth and CEO
13 Mar. 2019 Arcline raises $1.5 billion maiden fund [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Arcline Investment Management has raised $1.5 billion for its debut fund. Arcline is led by former Golden Gate Capital dealmaker Rajeev Amara and launched last year. Arcline is focused on buyouts in North America. The generalist firm is targeting companies
12 Mar. 2019 Hedge funds up 0.86% in the calm month ahead of growth forecast cuts [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index gained 0.86% in February, supported by the global equity market which continued to rebound over a potential resolution of the US-China trade friction. Hedge fund managers focusing on developed markets and Asia posted gains during the m
12 Mar. 2019 Quantitative easing and the surge in policy uncertainties influence alpha: Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The alpha generated by hedge funds, and more generally by active managers, is influenced by multiple factors, pointed out Lyxor in its Weekly Brief. Some factors are cyclicals and reflect macro and markets dynamics. Others are more structural in nature, including th
12 Mar. 2019 eVestment: Hedge funds continue rebound [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds returned an average of +1.27% in February, according to the just-released eVestment February 2019 hedge fund return data. The positive month brings year-to-date (YTD) performance to +4.55%. The first two months of 2019 offered up the industry's
11 Mar. 2019 Allen & Overy adds to structured finance practice [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Allen & Overy today announced Nick Robinson has joined the firm's securitization and structured finance practice as a partner based in New York. Nick joins from Milbank LLP where he practiced for almost 15 years, most recently serving as Special Counsel in the Alternative
11 Mar. 2019 SkyBridge's Troy Gayeski appointed to co-CIO [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SkyBridge Capital, a leading alternative investments firm, today announced the promotion of Troy A. Gayeski, CFA to Co-Chief Investment Officer alongside Ray Nolte. In his new role, Troy will join Ray overseeing the firm's investment activities. As Senior Portfolio
11 Mar. 2019 K2 Advisors launches alts fund for Canadian investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Franklin Templeton Investments Canada today introduced Franklin K2 Alternatives Fund to provide investors with access to alternatives investments in a mutual fund format. The fund uses a multi-strategy approach in seeking to dampen volatility and offer downside protection
11 Mar. 2019 EnTrust Permal rebrands as EnTrust Global [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - EnTrustPermal - one of the world's largest hedge fund investors and a leading alternative asset manager headquartered in New York and London - announced that it has rebranded the firm as EnTrust Global. The timing and nature of the firm's rebranding is a direc
11 Mar. 2019 European Commission agrees to sustainable investment disclosure framework [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Commission welcomes the political agreement reached by the European Parliament and EU Member States today on new rules on disclosure requirements related to sustainable investments and sustainability risks. The agreed rules will strengthen and improve the
11 Mar. 2019 Private equity and venture capital assets touch $28bn in India [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: India-based private equity and venture capital fund firms' assets under management (AuM) have almost tripled from just $10bn at the end of 2008 to $28bn as of June 2018. According to Preqin, this growth has accelerated since 2015, spurred by strong fundraising mome
11 Mar. 2019 UAE authorities enact fund passporting rules to promote domestic funds market [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Several authorities have joined announced a new fund passporting facility following the enactment of relevant legislation and rules to facilitate the licensing of domestic funds by each authority for promotion across the UAE in a bid to strengthen the development of th
11 Mar. 2019 Net assets of UCITS and AIF declined in 2018 in Europe [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Net assets of UCITS declined by 4.6% to EUR9,284bn as 24 European countries recorded a decline in net assets in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA). Net assets of alternative investment funds (AIF) drop
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