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23 Feb. 2022 DCM Advisors adds to team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - DCM Advisors, LLC, a New York-based asset management firm, announced the addition of seasoned equity and fixed income portfolio managers and analysts to further strengthen the firm's multi-brand boutique manager platform. In January, DCM completed the integration of
23 Feb. 2022 UBS O'Connor expands with healthcare-focused investment team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UBS O'Connor, the multi-strategy hedge fund manager within UBS Asset Management, announced today that it has hired Jason Bonadio MD, Robert Sweeney MD, and Adam Sandler MD to manage a relative value equity strategy focusing on the healthcare therapeutics industry.
23 Feb. 2022 PEVC fundraising prospects remain bullish despite intense competition [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) firms are largely optimistic of their fundraising prospects for the year ahead despite facing an increasingly packed field of cash-hungry rivals, said a study. "Firms overwhelmingly agreed that competition for fund
22 Feb. 2022 M&A deal activity will be a bright spot in 2022, says a study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Company filings hint that they are confident in acquisition and deal-making strategies in 2022 despite the ongoing pandemic and inflationary pressures, said a study. The study by GlobalData found that mentions of Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) in earnings call tran
21 Feb. 2022 68.4% of APAC VC investments volume in 2021 goes to early-stage funding rounds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Early-stage funding rounds accounted for 68.4% of the total venture capital (VC) deals (with disclosed funding rounds) announced in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region during 2021, said a study. "Startups seeking early-stage funding (Seed and Series A) got a much bigger
21 Feb. 2022 Fintech VC funding in the Americas and Europe break records [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: VC funding in the Americas more than doubles to record US$64.5 billion while Europe sees record-breaking VC investment even as M&A dries up. According to a KPMG report, total fintech investment in the Americas rose from US$83.5 billion in 2020 to US$105 billion in 2
21 Feb. 2022 Energy-focused hedge fund Powhatan files for bankruptcy after years of litigation [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Powhatan Energy Fund LLC has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation, with more than $26m in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) market manipulation sanction liabilities but less than $53,000 in cash. The filing effectively ends years of litigation.
18 Feb. 2022 Crescent Capital clinches $6bn direct lending fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Alternative credit manager Crescent Capital Group said it raised a total of $6 billion to lend directly to smaller to midsized companies. The equity Crescent raised for the vehicle titled Crescent Direct Lending Fund III exceeded the firm's initial target by more t
18 Feb. 2022 Riverstone, Blackhorn form strategic partnership [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Riverstone Holdings, a New York-headquartered multinational private markets firm, has acquired a minority stake in an early-stage venture capital firm Blackhorn Ventures to form a strategic partnership. For its part, Riverstone will have an entry to Blackhorn's sta
17 Feb. 2022 Innocap to acquire BNY Mellon's HedgeMark [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Innocap Investment Management Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire BNY Mellon's HedgeMark business to create a single technology-enabled alternative investment platform and become the global industry leader. The consideration for the sale will
17 Feb. 2022 Global institutional retirement assets hit $56.6tn in 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global institutional retirement assets set a new record in 2021, reaching $56.6 trillion by the end of the year in the 22 largest markets, according to a study. According to the latest figures in the Thinking Ahead Institute's Global Pension Assets Study, this new r
17 Feb. 2022 Astorg inaugural mid-cap fund closes at $1.5bn hard cap [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The European private equity fund manager Astorghas closed its first dedicated mid-cap fund at its hard cap of 1.3bn ($1.48bn). Due to strong investor demand, the fund has exceeded its initial target of 1bn to hit its hard cap. According to a press release from t
16 Feb. 2022 Managed futures funds outperform in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures funds turned in a second straight positive month in January, returning 0.71%, according to the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. "While equity markets slumped in January, managed futures funds stepped up," s
16 Feb. 2022 Hedge funds end January down after a volatile start to 2022 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Losses abounded in January, but the hedge fund industry largely shielded its investors from the worst. Hedge funds in aggregate were down -2.42% on the month, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. January
16 Feb. 2022 Mercury Capital Advisors adds to team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Mercury Capital Advisors announced today that it has added James Howe and Michael Dunham as Partners to further enhance its origination and distribution capabilities. Howe and Dunham are based out of Mercury's New York office. Mr. Howe will be leading Mercury's US Origina
16 Feb. 2022 Investors even more bullish on hedge funds in 2022 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 70% of investors' hedge fund portfolios met or exceeded their target returns in 2021, said a study. Furthermore, hedge funds generated an alpha of 2.4%, which is above historical averages and marks the second consecutive year of positive alpha generation across the ind
16 Feb. 2022 Man Group hires two to lead new private credit strategy [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: British hedge fund manager Man Group announced that its private markets investment business Man Global Private Markets hired Jonathan Imundo and Matthew Moniot as co-heads of credit-risk sharing (CRS), a new strategy in its global private markets unit. According to
16 Feb. 2022 Wellington hires the five-person investment team from Shelter Haven to add hedge fund capabilities [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The investment management firm Wellington Management is hiring the five-person investment team from Shelter Haven Capital Management, a market-neutral long/short equity hedge fund manager, to join the firm's $32.1 billion alternative investments unit. Shelter H
15 Feb. 2022 Life Science Partners closes Europe's largest-ever VC fund at $1.13bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: European investment firm Life Science Partners (LSP) announced that it has raised over 1B ($1.13bn) for its flagship fund LSP 7. According to a press release from the Amsterdam-based firm that provides finance for life sciences and health care companies, LSP 7 is t
14 Feb. 2022 Global fintech investment hits $210bn across a record 5,684 deals in 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global fintech investment was US$210 billion across a record 5,684 deals in 2021 - up from US$125 billion across 3,674 deals in 2020, said a study. According to the study 'Pulse of Fintech' published by KPMG, Payments continued to attract the most funding a
11 Feb. 2022 Hedge funds posts worst January return since 2016 as markets priced in faster pace of monetary policy tightening by the Federal Reserve [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index declined -1.05% in January 2022, outperforming the global equity market as represented by the MSCI ACWI (Local) which declined -4.91% over the same period. Global equities tanked as rising bond yields and the escalating tensions between th
11 Feb. 2022 Hedge funds start 2022 on a down note after strong 2021 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Inflation, market volatility and geopolitical tensions in Europe appear to have taken a toll on the global hedge fund business in January, with aggregate return for the business coming in at -1.89% for the first month of the year, according to the just-released eVestment
11 Feb. 2022 Harrison Street raises $912m for its largest European fund ever [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Harrison Street, an investment management firm exclusively focused on alternative real assets, has raised over 800 million ($912m) in equity for its third European alternative real estate fund, Harrison Street European Property Partners III, SLP RAIF, its largest eve
11 Feb. 2022 US SEC proposes shorter filing deadlines, enhanced private fund adviser transparency, cybersecurity risk management rules [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Investors, including hedge funds, may have less time to disclose large stakes in the future if yesterday's U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's proposed rules amendments are to be adopted. The Commission has also been pushing for more transparency and
11 Feb. 2022 Activist investor Blackwells adamant about Peloton [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Last month, activist investor Blackwells Capital said it had asked Peloton Interactive Inc., a stationary-bike maker in which it has a stake of nearly 5%, to fire its CEO John Foley and look into a sale. Indeed, Blackwells
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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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