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17 Mar. 2022 European buyout giant EQT acquires Baring Private Equity Asia for $7.5bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: European private equity firm EQT AB struck a 6.8 billion euros ($7.5 billion) cash and stock deal to buy rival private-equity firm Baring Private Equity Asia (BPEA), a big bet on the growth of Asia's private markets. According to Bloomberg, it's the biggest takeove
17 Mar. 2022 CTAs are generating positive returns despite volatility [more]
Opalesque Geneva: Some CTA/managed futures strategies are doing well so far this year. According to data provider HFM, managed futures posted their third consecutive month
17 Mar. 2022 The end of the UK TTP is nigh [more]
Opalesque Geneva: The end of the UK FCA's Temporary Transitional Power (TTP), on 31 March 2022, is of particular interest to AIFMs marketing funds in the UK and UK portfolio managers of AIFs (al
16 Mar. 2022 Managed futures return 0.95% in February and 1.61% so far in 2022 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The managed futures industry enjoyed its third consecutive period of gains with a 0.94% return in February, according to the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. For the year to date, CTAs are up 1.61% through February 28th.
16 Mar. 2022 Hedge fund industry significantly outperforms broad markets through a dreadful start to 2022 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry gave up a bit of ground in February, falling back -1.00% for the month, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. For the second consecutive month, hedge funds outperformed the S&P 500
16 Mar. 2022 South African hedge fund benefits from long book in February [more]
Opalesque Geneva: A hedge fund in Johannesburg that focuses on South African equities benefited from its long book in February and remains buoyant about the country's economic prospects. The 36ONE Offshore Portfolio, a Caymans-domiciled feeder fund that feeds into an equity long/short
16 Mar. 2022 Active ETFs and ESG strategies gaining momentum with global investors [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Actively managed strategies are in demand among global ETF investors, and global interest is gaining pace, said a study. According to Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH)'s ninth annual Global ETF Investor Survey, which polled 386 ETF investors from the U.S., Europe (inclu
15 Mar. 2022 Hedge funds extended their losing streak to a second consecutive month in February, posting a loss of -0.3% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds extended their losing streak to a second consecutive month in February, posting a loss of -0.3% as markets priced in the rapidly escalating Russia-Ukraine conflict and rising expectations for faster monetary policy tightening globally. Managed futures and macr
15 Mar. 2022 Omni Event Fund commences trading as Kryger Capital following the change of ownership [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Omni Event Fund, the hard catalyst focused event-driven fund managed by Omni Partners LLP, has commenced trading as Kryger Fund following the planned acquisition of the Omni Event business by its long-standing Chief Investment Officer, John Melsom. Following the change of
15 Mar. 2022 KKR rakes in $17bn for global infrastructure fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: KKR, the American global investment company that manages multiple alternative asset classes, closed its latest infrastructure fund, KKR Global Infrastructure Investors IV, at $17 billion. The fund will make global infrastructure investments, with a focus on OECD cou
14 Mar. 2022 Hedge funds see second consecutive month of negative returns [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The global hedge fund business had an aggregate return of -0.17% in February, according to the just released eVestment February 2022 hedge fund performance data. This is the second consecutive month of negative returns, which put the hedge fund industry at -1.91% year-to-
14 Mar. 2022 Crestline Investors pulls in $3.6bn across a trio of new fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Credit-focused institutional alternative asset manager Crestline Investors announced that it has closed a series of funds across multiple strategies with commitments totaling more than $3.6 billion. The asset manager said in a press release, it closed its Crestline
11 Mar. 2022 Global Capital equity, fixed income, and alternatives markets to garner $20tn in net new money in eight years [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: From now until 2030, domestic equity, fixed income, and alternatives markets will garner nearly $20 trillion in net new money, almost four times more than the $4.5 trillion in net flows into international equity, fixed income, and alternatives markets over the same per
11 Mar. 2022 Listed U.S., Canada asset managers' revenue leap 43.4% in 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Publicly-traded U.S. and Canadian money managers tracked by strategy consultant Casey Quirk produced record aggregate revenue of $84.3 billion in 2021, up 43.4% from the prior year, fueled by double-digit equity market appreciation in the U.S. and developed markets.
10 Mar. 2022 Oaktree acquires majority stake in private credit firm 17Capital [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Oaktree Capital Management, an American global asset management firm specializing in alternative investment strategies, acquired a majority stake in London-based private credit firm 17Capital. 17Capital specializes in providing non-dilutive capital to high-quality p
10 Mar. 2022 Four scenarios of Russia-Ukraine war's potential implications [more]
Opalesque Geneva: In its latest Focus report authored by CIO Charles-Henry Monchau, Syz, a boutique Swiss private bank headquartered in Geneva, considers four scenarios. These scenarios, which have diff
10 Mar. 2022 Buyout firm Carlyle to buy Todd Boehly's CBAM for $787m in credit investment push [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Carlyle Group, the American multinational private equity, alternative asset management, and financial services corporation, is acquiring the portfolio of assets from credit manager CBAM Partners, an affiliate of Eldridge, in a $787 million in a deal that would make the
10 Mar. 2022 Time to focus on alternatives and proactive risk management, says UBP [more]
Opalesque Geneva: According to UBP, a Swiss private bank, the conflict between Russia and Ukraine now threatens to create far-reaching commodity shocks for the global economy, drawing a parallel between the OPEC crude oil embargo in 1973 and this year's emerging supply shock as Western countr
09 Mar. 2022 APAC venture capital investments in fintech surge to a record high of $15.69bn in 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Venture capital investments in APAC-based fintech surged to a record high of $15.69 billion in 2021, more than double the prior year's figure of $5.87 billion, said a study. While this growth followed subdued funding activity in 2020, the 2021 figure also repres
08 Mar. 2022 Women hold just 12.9% of senior positions in alternative investments industry [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In a new report published by Preqin, the global leader in alternative assets data, tools, and insights, the Women in Alterna
08 Mar. 2022 Macro hedge funds led industry gains in February [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Macro hedge funds led industry-wide gains in February, extending the strong start to 2022 by again posting negatively-correlated gains as financial market volatility surged across equity, fixed income, commodity, and currency markets as Russia invaded Ukraine. The HFRI 50
08 Mar. 2022 U.S. funding ratio of '$20 billion club' rises to 93.8% in 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The average funding ratio of 19 U.S. publicly listed corporations with more than $20 billion in global pension fund liabilities totaled 93.8% at the end of 2021, up from 86.2% at the start of the year, said a study. According to Russell Investments' annual analysis
07 Mar. 2022 HarbourVest raises $1.6bn for ninth Europe, Asia fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global private markets investment specialist HarbourVest has closed its ninth Europe and Asia fund-of-funds at USD 1.6bn, above the target size of USD 1.25bn. The US-private equity firm said that the fund, HarbourVest International Private Equity Partners IV (HI
04 Mar. 2022 Asia-Pacific Fintech investment reaches $27.5bn in 2021 across a record 1,165 deals [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The fintech investment in the Asia-Pacific region reached US$27.5 billion in 2021 across a record 1,165 deals, said a study. While total investment fell well shy of 2019's peak, it was almost twice the US$14.7 billion seen in 2020, according to the report '
04 Mar. 2022 Cornell Capital wraps up sophomore fund at $1.7bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Cornell Capital, the investment firm launched by former Goldman Sachs veteran Henry Cornell, has beaten its target of $1.5 billion for its sophomore private equity fund with $1.7bn final close. According to the private equity firm based in New York and Hong Kong, th
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    Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Family offices are investing more in private assets and cutting back on investments in public markets, with higher risk-adjusted returns cited as the main driver, said a study. According to the survey findings by German digital private equity firm Moonfare, and the

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