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01 Apr. 2021 BlackRock banks $3bn for first dedicated secondary strategy [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The world's largest asset manager BlackRock Inc. has raised $3 billion to invest in the private equity secondary market to expand its presence in illiquid alternative investments. The capital raised by BlackRock Private Equity Partners included $2.4 billion for its
01 Apr. 2021 Ares moves into secondaries, scoops up Landmark Partners for $1.1bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Alternative investment firm Ares Management Corp. has agreed to buy private-markets specialist Landmark Partners from BrightSphere Investment Group for $1.08 billion. As part of the deal, Ares will buy the 60% stake BrightSphere owns as well as the 40% interest hel
31 Mar. 2021 Privium expands business development activities to Shanghai [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Leveraging on its existing offices in Hong Kong and Singapore, Privium will expand its business development activities to Shanghai on 5 April this year. Given China's continuing market reforms and gradual financial sector liberalisation, Shanghai's role as internation
31 Mar. 2021 Mill Road Capital launches fund to encourage diversity [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Greenwich-headquartered investment firm Mill Road Capital is launching a fund this spring designed to improve governance and diversity in small public companies. The vehicle, which will be structured like a hedge fund, has an initial target of $500 million, acco
30 Mar. 2021 Assets invested in the global ETFs industry increase the lead over global hedge fund industry to $4.39tn in 2020 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ETFGI reported that assets invested in the global ETFs and ETPs industry extended the lead over the global hedge fund industry to US$4.39 trillion at the end of 2020, an increase of 44.95% since 2019. Assets invested in global ETFs and ETPs industry increase the lead
30 Mar. 2021 Hedge funds: Long/short strategies on a roll as value stocks rally, trend-followers lead CTA recovery in February [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The HFM Long/Short Equity Composite is up 6.0% YTD through February 2021, overtaking the S&P 500 on a 12-month basis after another strong month. The HFM Managed Futures Composite Index was up 3.0% in February, after posting -0.2% in January, as the average CTA returned
30 Mar. 2021 Cerberus raises $2.8bn for distressed real estate [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Cerberus Capital Management has raised $2.8bn for its flagship global distressed real estate strategy fund, Cerberus Institutional Real Estate Partners V (CIREP V). The global alternative investment manager with approximately $53 billion in assets across various str
30 Mar. 2021 Hedge funds met or exceeded targets set by investors but dispersion expected to stay high [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge Fund performance over the past 12 months has either met or exceeded targets set by investors, said Global Hedge Fund Benchmark Survey, conducted by the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), Simmons & Simmons, and Seward & Kissel. However, p
30 Mar. 2021 The largest global asset manager BlackRock is also strongest asset management brand [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, with $8.67 trillion in assets under management as of January 2021, has been named the world's strongest asset management brand according to the 2021 Fund Brand 50 study, an annual dataset from Broadridge Financial Solut
29 Mar. 2021 Prestige Funds launches dedicated Islamic impact fund for UK agri and renewables financing [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Prestige Funds, a specialist private debt investment manager in the UK, has launched the 'Premium Alziraea Fund', a Shariah-compliant real assets and project financing fund targeted at the renewables and agriculture sector in the UK. The new Cayman Islands-domiciled
29 Mar. 2021 Hedge funds continue strong start to 2021 with elevated asset flows [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global hedge funds continued their strong start to 2021 with elevated asset flows in February, according to the just-released February 2021 eVestment Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report. Positive flows for the industry in February have been the norm since 2009, but the $16.44 b
29 Mar. 2021 Asia-Pacific: Private equity & venture capital fundrasing down 40% in 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Though fund managers in South Korea, Japan, and Australia raised more in 2020, it was not a great year for Asia-Pacific fundraising as a whole, said a report. According to Preqin, private equity & venture capital funds were down a staggering 40% compared to 2019 in
26 Mar. 2021 Jersey funds industry reaches new record heights in 2020 in face of challenging global market conditions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The upward trajectory of Jersey's funds industry continued in 2020 with the value of regulated funds business serviced in the jurisdiction growing by 9% over the year to reach a new record level, according to the latest quarterly statistics. Figures for the fourth quar
26 Mar. 2021 MIT Investment Management Company rolls out a website supporting emerging managers [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia for New Managers: The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Investment Management Company (MITIMCo), an $18.4 billion endowment, launched a website designed to help new fund managers get
26 Mar. 2021 New hedge fund launches at 175 exceed liquidations in 4Q20 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New hedge fund launches increased to an estimated 175 in 4Q20 and exceeded the estimated quarterly liquidations for the second consecutive quarter, after eight quarters of contraction, said a report. According to the latest HFR Market Microstructure Report, launches
26 Mar. 2021 Latin America private equity industry AUM stands at $28bn, including $7.2bn in dry powder [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Latin America's growing middle class and early pension reforms have created a significant pool of assets to invest in private capital, says a Preqin study. The size of the private equity industry in Latin America has remained stable in recent years, despite challeng
25 Mar. 2021 ZEDRA acquires BFCS in Luxembourg [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ZEDRA, the fast-growing global specialist in Fund Services, Active Wealth and Global Expansion, today announces the acquisition of BFCS, the fund and corporate services arm of Banque Internationale à Luxembourg ('BIL'). The transaction is subject to regulatory approval fr
25 Mar. 2021 Capital Dynamics hails secondaries 'renaissance' as it breaks its all-time fundraising record [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global asset management firm focusing on private assets Capital Dynamics has raised approximately USD 786 million in commitments for its latest fund - Capital Dynamics Global Secondaries V (GSEC V). The Fund exceeded its initial target size of USD USD700 millio
25 Mar. 2021 Orangewood Partners raises $300 million across funds [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Growth and special situations sponsor Orangewood Partners has closed its second fund on $200 million and has raised an additional $100 million in equity across other vehicles. The bulk of the fundraise was completed during the second half of 2020. Eaton Part
24 Mar. 2021 Hedge fund industry starts the year strong with $30.5bn in January inflows [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry experienced $30.5 billion in inflows in January, a strong start to the year following a December that saw nearly balanced flow activity with $42.6 million in redemptions, reports BarclayHedge. January 2021's inflows represented 0.8% of industry
24 Mar. 2021 Hedge fund managers up 2.99% in February [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers were up 2.99% in February - recording their third consecutive month of outperformance against the global equity market as represented by the MSCI ACWI which returned 2.72% over the month. In terms of performance distribution, the top 10% of global hedg
24 Mar. 2021 Oaktree Capital rings up $4.7bn targeting distressed assets and rescue financing [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Los Angeles-based Oaktree Capital Management closed its largest real estate fund, Oaktree Real Estate Opportunities Fund VIII (ROF VIII), and related vehicles with about $4.7 billion. The funding vehicle exceeded its original target of $3.5 billion. ROF VIII alread
24 Mar. 2021 Triton spinout KLAR Partners seals biggest first-time European PE fundraise with $714m hard cap close [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A team of former Triton executives has sealed a €600m ($714.2 million) hard cap final close for their debut fundraise as KLAR Partners. European private equity firm KLAR Partners said in a press release that the fund is one of the largest European first-time funds
23 Mar. 2021 Drury Capital flagship fund up 37.9% and new 2020 fund up 22% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - US-based CTA Drury Capital has delivered investors a bumper 37.9% return over the past 12 months to February 2021 (S&P 500 for same period is 28.8%) with its flagship Diversified Trend Following Program. Despite big market movements in 2020, and at a time of unpreceden
23 Mar. 2021 Financial sector M&A deals in Asia-Pacific more than tripled to 255 in 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The number of financial sector M&A deals announced in Asia-Pacific more than tripled to 255 in 2020, S&P Global Market Intelligence data show. "The Asia-Pacific will likely remain an active place for mergers and acquisitions in the financial sector in 2021, thanks
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