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12 Dec. 2018 EJF Capital, SkyBridge launch Opportunity Zone REIT [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund manager EJF Capital and global alternative investment firm SkyBridge Capital announced the launch of the SkyBridge-EJF Opportunity Zone REIT (SOZ REIT). Skybridge, which manages approximately $9.4bn, says, SOZ REIT has a mandate to invest in U.S. Treasur
11 Dec. 2018 Mixed returns for hedge funds in November as US, Asia recover but European managers sink over Italy and Brexit [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was down 0.17% in November, trailing the global equity market as represented by the MSCI AC World Index (Local) which edged 1.11% higher. Dovish stance from the US Federal Reserve and anticipation over the G20 meeting in Buenos Aires h
11 Dec. 2018 J.P. Morgan Asset Management closes $1.3n European real estate fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: JP Morgan Asset Management has raised $1.3n for its fourth European opportunistic property fund, exceeding its target by 47%. The asset manager said in a press release that European Opportunistic Property Fund IV received the equity capital from a broad range of gl
11 Dec. 2018 Lombard Odier offers Ucits sustainable market neutral fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Swiss asset manager Lombard Odier Investment Managers has expanded its alternatives investment range with the launch of a Ucits vehicle within its "TerreNeuve" strategy. The LO Funds - TerreNeuve fund, which has a focus on sustainable investing will be onshore ver
11 Dec. 2018 Digital crisis: 80% of wealth managers unhappy with firm's technology [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 80% of the surveyed wealth managers think their firm's technology is not good enough said a recent survey which demonstrates the digital crisis facing the industry, with money managers under-prepared for the next generation of investors. The vast majority of we
11 Dec. 2018 EQT Second European direct lending fund raises $2.63bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Swedish EQT Credit platform said that its second European direct lending fund - EQT Mid-Market Credit I - has closed on $2.63bn of available capital, including anticipated leverage - more than four times the size of its predecessor direct lending fund, EQT Mid-Market
10 Dec. 2018 John Harris assumes senior role at Crestbridge [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After 12 years at the JFSC, John will join as non-executive Chairman of the Crestbridge Group from 1 January 2019. This newly created role reflects the significant success and growth of the Group, which now employs over 280 staff across its offices in Bahrain, the Cayman
10 Dec. 2018 Market neutral L/S struggles as momentum stocks take a hit: Lyxor [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In the hedge fund space, the dynamics over the course of November remained similar than in October, though the damage was much more limited, said Lyxor in its Weekly Brief. Merger Arbitrage outperformed while L/S Equity as well as Special Situations strategies underpe
10 Dec. 2018 Nordea Asset Management rolls out European long/short equity strategy [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Nordea Asset Management has launched a European long/short equity strategy - the Nordea 1 - European Long/Short Equity Fund. According to a press release, the liquid alternative strategy designed for investors searching for yields higher than traditional fixed incom
10 Dec. 2018 EFA launches $100m credit fund for financial institutions in developing markets [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Singapore-headquartered asset manager EFA Group has launched a $100-million fund to provide credit to banks and financial institutions in developing and emerging economies of Asia and Eastern Europe. The asset manager specializing in private debt said that the EFA F
10 Dec. 2018 Hedge funds survive November with wide dispersion resulting in flat average weighted performance [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index posted a minor decline of -0.16% in November, as hedge funds experienced a mixed recovery from October declines in the month of November. Gains across arbitrage, credit and emerging markets were offset by exposures to energy and
07 Dec. 2018 More institutional investors thump down U.K. investments post-Brexit, says survey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The proportion of institutional investors planning to increase exposure to U.K. assets has fallen to 15% in Q4 2018 from 21% in the Q3, according to a quarterly survey by State Street Corporation. According to the latest Brexometer index, a measure of institutional
07 Dec. 2018 Alternative investment manager Crestline Investors closes Specialty Lending Fund II strategy with $800m [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The credit-focused institutional alternative asset manager Crestline Investors announced closing of Crestline Specialty Lending Fund II (SLF II) by Crestline's Direct Lending unit with over $800m in equity capital commitments. The SLF II strategy ill follow the
07 Dec. 2018 US institutional asset managers and hedge fund managers move towards outsourced trading: Study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 71% of survey respondents among US institutional asset management and hedge fund professionals currently employing outsourced trading services describing themselves as "extremely satisfied" with their providers, revealed a study. A new report by Greenwich Associates
06 Dec. 2018 SFC reprimands and fines SFM HK Management Limited $1.5m over naked short selling [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has reprimanded and fined SFM HK Management Limited (SFM) $1.5 million for failures relating to the short selling of Great Wall Motor Company Limited (Great Wall) shares in 2015 on behalf of a fund it managed. On 28 August 20
06 Dec. 2018 Janus Henderson chooses ex-UBS CIO Michael Ho as global head of multiasset, alternatives [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The $378bn Anglo-American fund manager Janus Henderson Investors has appointed Michael Ho as its global head of multi-asset and alternatives and as the newest addition to the group's executive committee. Michael Ho, formerly chief investment officer for investm
06 Dec. 2018 Generali Group acquires Bank of America Merrill Lynch's Alternative Ucits platform CM Investment Solutions [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Italian insurer Generali Group has acquired CM Investment Solutions Limited (CMISL), an alternative asset manager in London, from Bank of America Merrill Lynch. This deal is the latest in a string of acquisitions by Generali as it seeks to become a large multi-bout
05 Dec. 2018 Validity Finance adds two from Bentham IMF [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Litigation funder Validity Finance has added two industry veterans and experienced trial lawyers to its team: David Kerstein and Julia (Hamilton) Gewolb. Mr. Kerstein joins as Chief Risk Officer and Ms. Gewolb as Director of Underwriting. The pair reunite with Validit
05 Dec. 2018 Campbell Lutyens opens Charlotte office [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Campbell Lutyens, a global private capital advisor, has opened an office in Charlotte, N.C. This is the firm's fourth office in the US, and supports the continued growth of its fund placement and secondaries advisory business in North America. The office is led by Matt Fl
05 Dec. 2018 New York financial regulators approve blockchain-based digital payment platform [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Department of Financial Services of New York (NYDFS) has authorized a blockchain-based digital platform offered by Signature Bank. NYDFS' superintendent Maria Vullo announced the authorization of New York-based to offer a new digital payment platform named
05 Dec. 2018 Asset owners are bullish on active managers in 2019: Study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: With volatility back in the mix, institutions are focused on active management, allocating 70% to active - and only 30% to passive, according to a survey released today (Wednesday) by Natixis Investment Managers. 79% institutional investors surveyed say market cond
04 Dec. 2018 Nasdaq acquires Quandl [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Nasdaq announced today it has acquired Quandl, Inc., a leading provider of alternative and core financial data. Quandl provides alternative data and core financial data from over 350 sources to more than 30,000 active monthly users. The company offers a global data
04 Dec. 2018 Turbulent political and macro-economic environments impact investor demand for UCITS in the third quarter of 2018 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has published its latest Quarterly Statistical Release describing the trends in the European investment fund industry in the third quarter of 2018 with key data and indicators for each EFAMA member countries.
04 Dec. 2018 Värde Partners closes first Asia fund on $400m [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Värde Partners today announced the final close of the Värde Asia Credit Fund with approximately $400 million of committed capital. The fund, which exceeded its $250 million target and closed after six months, is the firm's first Asia-dedicated vehicle. The fund has th
04 Dec. 2018 Northern Trust builds out alternative funds offering on wealth management platform [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Chicago-based asset manager Northern Trust has added private market capabilities to supplement the recently launched ArcLine Alternatives platform for the firm's wealth management clients. The administrator of assets worth $10.8tn said in a press note that the priv
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