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04 Oct. 2021 World's largest clean hydrogen infrastructure fund launched [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investment giant Ardian has teamed with FiveT Hydrogen to create Hy24, which it hopes will become the world's largest clean hydrogen infrastructure investment platform. Hy24 is targeting €1.5bn ($1.74bn) for its first fund, making the platform the industry's largest
04 Oct. 2021 Hedge fund confidence grows globally [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Almost all (99%) of all hedge funds that participated in the Alternative Investment Management Association's (AIMA) Global Hedge Fund Confidence Index are confident in the economic prospects of their business over the coming 12 months. According to the Index, ma
01 Oct. 2021 The AMF warns against the Initial Coin Offering of the company Air Next [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Autorite des Marches Financiers (AMF) is warning the public about the risks of fraud associated with the Initial Coin Offering (ICO) prepared by the company Air Next. The AMF has been contacted by Air Next to obtain a visa for its proposed ICO. The project's
01 Oct. 2021 Hedge funds: investors keep faith as event-driven revival continues while macro trails other strategies YTD after mixed August [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - HFM's event-driven index was up 1.4% in August, making it the month's second-top-performing strategy index, after downticks of -0.1% and -1.2% in June and July respectively. The average event-driven fund has now returned 11.8% YTD, putting it within touching distanceof eq
01 Oct. 2021 Global venture capitalists invested over $75bn in AI startups in 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global investments by venture capitalists (VC) in private companies focused on artificial intelligence (AI) are growing at a dramatic pace, said a study. According to a new report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the U.S. a
01 Oct. 2021 Majority of largest US foundations invest $1 in $6 in diverse-owned asset management firms [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Assets of the largest U.S. foundations are still managed predominantly by white men, but a new study sees growing commitment to diversity. The study by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation reveals that 30 of the 55 largest foundations are currently investing o
30 Sep. 2021 Mercer Advisors acquires Quest Capital Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) Mercer Global Advisors, which is majority owned by Oak Hill Capital and Genstar Capital, has acquired Quest Capital Management, a wealth management firm located in Dallas, Texas. Quest serves approximately 660 clients with assets u
30 Sep. 2021 Franklin Templeton acquires O'Shaughnessy Asset Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Franklin Resources, Inc., a global investment management organization operating as Franklin Templeton, today announced that it will acquire O'Shaughnessy Asset Management, LLC , a leading quantitative asset management firm. Through this acquisition, Franklin Templeton add
30 Sep. 2021 LPs and GPs come together on ESG reporting [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Leading global general partners (GPs) and limited partners (LPs) today announced the creation of the ESG Data Convergence Project to advance an initial standardized set of ESG metrics and mechanism for comparative reporting. The California Public Employees' Retirement
30 Sep. 2021 BlackRock launches new private market allocation tool [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - With interest rates near record lows and stock market valuations near record highs, many advisors are looking to private markets to diversify and potentially amplify returns for their clients. BlackRock has launched the Expected Return Analyzer, an innovative portfolio an
30 Sep. 2021 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ends August up 0.85% on asset-weighted basis (+8% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended the month up 0.85% MOM on an asset-weighted basis and up 0.71% MOM on an equal-weighted basis. The comparable benchmark indices were both up over the month with the S&P TSX 60 Total Return Index and S&P 500 Total Return
30 Sep. 2021 Hedge fund launches steady as investors position for higher interest rates [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - New hedge fund launches remained steady through mid-2021, according to the latest HFR Market Microstructure Report, released today by HFR®. The prevailing trend in
30 Sep. 2021 The environment remains key for institutional investors in ESG allocation [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: When it comes to ESG, environmental issues remain the most prominent among institutional investors in Europe with many looking to deepen their ESG investment focus over the next year. Asset allocation research among 850 institutions with €1 trillion of assets showed
29 Sep. 2021 Hedge funds return 0.78% in August as dovish Fed boosted market sentiment [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers ended the month of August up 0.78% on an equal-weighted basis, and up 0.25% on an asset-weighted basis, said a report by Eurekahedge. Global markets were buoyed by a rise in investor risk appetite due to the continuation of highly accommodative mone
29 Sep. 2021 Hedge funds keep breaking records; August inflows, performance bring industry to $3.7tn AUM [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The global hedge fund business continues to set, then break, new overall AUM records as investors pour more money into hedge funds and performance gains bolster industry AUM further. According to the just-released August eVestment Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report, investors
29 Sep. 2021 Providence Strategic Growth raises $4.5bn for its fifth U.S. flagship fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Boston growth equity firm Providence Strategic Growth Capital Partners (PSG) has raised $4.5 billion for its private-equity strategy that backs software makers and technology-heavy service providers. The fifth flagship private equity fund, PSG V, targets investment
28 Sep. 2021 The SBAI continues to focus on culture and diversity in the alternatives industry publishing its principles report [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Today the SBAI, a global alliance of alternative investment managers and allocators and custodian of the Alternative Investments Standards, releases the first publication as part of the SBAI Culture and Diversity Initiative - Principles of Culture and Diversity Strategies
28 Sep. 2021 Sionic expands wealth practice in Geneva and London [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial services consulting firm Sionic has further expanded its multi-award-winning Wealth Management & Private Banking Practice with the appointment of two new Directors, a new Geneva base and new digital transformation services. Anja de Troyer joins as a Direc
28 Sep. 2021 Citco-administered fund of hedge funds generate approx $2.5bn in net capital flows in H1 2021 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Fund of hedge funds administered by Citco continued to demonstrate their value as an access to alternatives by delivering positive returns in the first half of 2021, thus continuing their recovery after a solid 2020. The findings from Citco's H1 2021 Fund of Hedge Fun
28 Sep. 2021 Franklin Templeton snags Aviva's U.S. credit strategies and team [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global asset manager Franklin Templeton has hired Aviva Investors' entire US-based investment-grade credit team as part of plans to bolster its fixed income coverage. "Franklin Resources struck a deal to acquire the strategies and track records of Aviva Investors&#
28 Sep. 2021 US start-ups raise $219.3bn VC funding in 8,832 deals during January-August 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US-based startups raked in the highest venture capital (VC) funding during January-August 2021 globally. According to GlobalData a total of 8,832 VC funding deals were announced in the US during January-August 2021, while the disclosed funding value of these deals
27 Sep. 2021 Apax amasses $1.75bn for tech fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: London-headquartered global private equity advisory firm Apax Partners has held a final close for Apax Digital Fund II on USD 1.75bn. Apax Digital II was launched in June 2021 and had a USD 1.5bn target. Apax said in a statement that the fund took less than four mo
27 Sep. 2021 UK-based startups raised the highest VC funding at $19.6bn in 1,256 deals during January-August 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A total of 1,256 VC funding deals were announced in the UK during January-August 2021, while the disclosed funding value of these deals stood at US$19.6bn. "The UK is the key European market for venture capital (VC) investments, as the UK-based startups raised the
24 Sep. 2021 Do ransomware attacks impact stock market performance? [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Ransomware attacks can cost organizations huge amounts of money, and their frequency is on the rise. Ransoms range from thousands to millions of dollars. If the ransom isn't paid or the attacker withholds the decryption key, the resulting data loss and downtime can crippl
24 Sep. 2021 Decarbonization-focused PE firm Ara Partners raises $1.1bn for the second fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Ara Partners, a private equity firm specializing in industrial decarbonization investments, has closed its second fund with approximately $1.1 billion in capital commitments. The Houston-based firm said it wrapped up Ara Fund II far above an initial $650 million tar
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    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