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18 Nov. 2019 Activist investing stimulate innovation and strength in targeted companies [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The third-party activism in corporate governance can increase the longevity and sustainability of a company's innovation, says a new research. Research from Columbia Business School's Professor Wei Jiang, Arthur F. Burns Professor of Free and Competitive Ent
18 Nov. 2019 Micro venture capital funds are set to beat the 2018 record in the U.S. [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US-based micro venture capital funds (sized at $100mn or less) had a record year in 2018, raising $7.8bn across 316 vehicles, a record that may well be broken this year, said a study. According to Preqin, with $6.1bn raised in the first three quarters of 2019, micro
18 Nov. 2019 European fund manager Azimut enters the U.S. market for private equity stakes [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: European fund manager Azimut, which manages about $65bn in assets under management, has launched Azimut Alternative Capital Partners (AACP) in New York to invest in general partner (GP) stakes of alternative managers specialized in the private markets space. The Ita
18 Nov. 2019 HarbourVest raises $3bn for Co-Investment Fund V [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Boston-based HarbourVest Partners closed its latest private equity fund above the fundraising target - the $3 billion HarbourVest Partners Co-Investment Fund V was oversubscribed and above its $2.5 billion target. The fund's strategy is to create a global, diversif
18 Nov. 2019 Optimism rules European family business says KPMG research [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 62 percent of Europe's private family businesses are confident or very confident about the future business's outlook for the next 12 months. Optimism is especially high among family businesses in Ireland (91 percent), Portugal (78 percent) and the Netherlands (6
15 Nov. 2019 September public pension commitments to private equity hits record for the year [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Thirty public pension plans reported a total of 105 commitments to private equity investments in September, totaling $9.13 billion, according to the latest eVestment Private Markets Monitor. September's announced activity marked the largest month for reported commitme
15 Nov. 2019 Alpine Investors raises the largest fund yet at $1bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: San Francisco-based technology-focused midmarket firm Alpine Investors has raised $1 billion for its newest fund, the largest amassed by the firm to date. The final tally for Alpine Investors VII LP was nearly double the $532 million the San Francisco-based firm rai
15 Nov. 2019 Record number of US venture fund raise 23% more assets by Q3 than in 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 2018 was a record-breaking year for US-based venture capital funds, and 2019 is poised to overtake it in terms of both the number of funds closed and amount of capital raised. At the end of Q3, 299 venture capital funds have already closed this year, raising an agg
14 Nov. 2019 Integration of SteppenWolf Capital FX-/CTA-Strategies with QCAM Currency Asset Management AG to enhance value for investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SteppenWolf Capital announced the integration of the SteppenWolf FX-/CTA-Strategy offering into QCAM Currency Asset Management AG, a foreign exchange focused asset manager in Switzerland with in excess of USD 5billion in assets under management, to offer a unified set of
14 Nov. 2019 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index up 1.15% in October [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for October 2019 measured 1.15%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 0.50% in November. "SS&C GlobeOp's Capital Movement Index showed a gain of 0.
14 Nov. 2019 Two Sigma launches risk management software [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Two Sigma announced it is launching Venn, a cloud-based investment analysis software platform. Venn was initially introduced on a limited, invite-only basis, and is now available to institutional investors and wealth managers among others. For many institutional in
14 Nov. 2019 Managed futures down for second straight month in October [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The managed futures industry suffered a second straight down month in October declining 0.74%, according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. Sixty percent of CTA funds had losses on the month, but year-to-date, CTAs have po
14 Nov. 2019 CVC racks up $1.6bn for second-growth fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global buyout firm CVC Capital Partners has raised $1.6 billion to invest in growing technology companies. The new fund, CVC Growth Partners Fund II, is more than 50% larger than the firm's first tech-focused fund, which closed with $1 billion in 2016. That fund has
14 Nov. 2019 Institutional investors consider ESG investing as a fiduciary duty, says a survey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: ESG remains a top priority for institutional investors as 46% of respondents in a survey cited the need to meet fiduciary duty and regulations as a key driver for adopting ESG principles. A survey conducted by State Street Global Advisors also found that 46% cited
14 Nov. 2019 US venture capital deal activity slows in Q3, but on track to hit a new record in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Venture capital deal activity in the US slowed in Q3 2019, but full-year activity is on track to set a new annual record. Venture capital deal activity in Q3 2019 dropped to 1,027 deals and $22bn in capital deployed - the lowest total value in any quarter this year,
13 Nov. 2019 Largest asset owners are critical to aiding society's biggest issues [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Asset Owner 100 (AO100) - the world's 100 biggest asset owners - account for US$19 trillion, up 1.7% from last year, according to research from the Thinking Ahead Institute. In its second study of the AO100, the Thinking Ahead Institute highlights the unique posit
13 Nov. 2019 Context Capital Partners rearranges senior leadership [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Context Capital Partners, a leading alternative specialist firm with holdings and operating companies in various sectors of the alternatives space, announced today key changes to their leadership. Eric Noll is being appointed Chief Executive Officer of Context Capital Par
13 Nov. 2019 Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index gains 0.3% in October [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Wilshire Liquid Alternative IndexSM, which provides a representative baseline for how the broad liquid alternative investment category performs, returned 0.31% in October, in line with the 0.31% monthly return of the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index. The Wilshire Liquid A
13 Nov. 2019 Association for Digital Asset Markets releases a code of conduct for digital asset markets [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Today, the Association for Digital Asset Markets (ADAM) published its Code of Conduct to promote integrity, fairness, and efficiency in digital asset markets. All ADAM members plan to sign the Code in early 2020 and adhere to its principles, and its release marks a neces
13 Nov. 2019 October sees positive gains for hedge funds, S&P 500 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The pace of hedge fund returns picked up a bit in October, with the industry posting a monthly gain of 0.88%, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. By comparison, the S&P Total Return Index was up 2.17% in Oc
13 Nov. 2019 Hedge funds gain in October, but managed futures funds drag [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The global hedge fund industry saw an average return of +0.55% in October, bringing year to data (YTD) average industry returns to +7.09%, according to the just-released October 2019 eVestment hedge fund performance data. Managed Futures funds, which saw returns at -1.73%
13 Nov. 2019 Cyberian launches off exchange liquidity venue [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Cyberian, the new institutional crypto off exchange liquidity venue, today announced its launch of the world's first trustless venue for trading blocks of digital assets. The new company makes the bold claim to be the only true trustless matching system of digital
13 Nov. 2019 October returns bring Eurekahedge hedge fund index to 6.21% YTD [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund managers were up 0.26% in October, pushing their year-to-date return to 6.21%, according to Eurekahedge. The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index gained 0.26% in October, supported by the global equity market rally as represented by the 1.93% gain recorded by the
13 Nov. 2019 Dyal Capital takes a stake in Owl Rock [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New York-based technology-focused private equity firm Dyal Capital Partners has taken a passive, non-voting minority stake in alternative investment firm Owl Rock Capital Group. Established in 2011 as a division of Neuberger Berman, Dyal Capital specializes in takin
13 Nov. 2019 Asset Managers exceed investor expectations on risk/return and ESG, says PwC [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Asset managers were able to exceed investors' expectations, both retail and institutional, on the crucial dimensions of risk/return and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG). These were also among the top three most important dimensions for investors globally, sai
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