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12 Mar. 2021 Barometer to launch global music royalty fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Toronto-based active investment manager Barometer Capital Management Inc. is launching a new investment fund - the Barometer Global Music Royalty Fund LP. The Fund will invest in a diversified portfolio of attractive music copyrights with a strong track record of earn
12 Mar. 2021 MetLife Investment grows private debt portfolio to $102bn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - MetLife Investment Management (MIM), the institutional asset management business of MetLife, announced it originated $15.7 billion in private placement debt and private structured credit across 215 transactions in 2020. This included $3.6 billion of investments origi
12 Mar. 2021 Efficient Capital adds Blackthorne Sentiment Enhanced Strategy to its fund hosting platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Blackthorne Capital Management, a commodity trading advisor (CTA) specializing in absolute-return trading strategies, and Efficient Capital Management, a player in the ma
12 Mar. 2021 80% of hedge funds see positive performance in February [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The global hedge fund business continued its strong start to 2021 with 80% of funds reporting to eVestment seeing positive performance in February, according to eVestment's just-released February hedge fund performance data. The average positive performance among this lar
12 Mar. 2021 PAI Partners raises $1.1bn for debut mid-market fund, above original hard cap [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: PAI Partners has surged past both its target and hard cap for its debut mid-market fund to reach €920 million ($1.1bn) at the final close. The pan-European private equity firm said in a press release that PAI Mid-Market Fund (PAI MMF) was raised entirely virtually a
11 Mar. 2021 Dealmaker One Rock Capital raises biggest ever flagship fund at $2bn hard cap [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: One Rock Capital Partners, the middle-market buyout shop, held a final close of its third middle-market buyout fund, One Rock Capital Partners III, at its $2 billion hard cap. The firm, which focuses on manufacturing, chemicals, and auto-retail companies, exceeded
11 Mar. 2021 US is home to eight of the top ten global VC investors [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US-based firms dominated the list of top ten global VC investors by the number of investments in 2020, with eight headquartered in the US, said a study. According to GlobalData, several American venture capital (VC) investors managed to make a sizeable number of in
11 Mar. 2021 Cerberus Capital Management raises $4.4bn for mid-market direct lending strategy [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Distressed investment specialist Cerberus Capital Management has hauled in $4.4bn for its latest middle-market direct lending strategy. The American private equity firm said in a press release that its middle-market direct lending platform, Cerberus Business Financ
10 Mar. 2021 Hedge funds extend strong start to the year led by CTA/managed futures funds as commodity prices rise [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 2.99% in February 2021 (4% YTD), outperforming the global equity market as represented by the MSCI ACWI (Local) which gained 2.72% over the same period. Global equity markets resumed their rally in the first two weeks of February
10 Mar. 2021 Research reveals institutional investors and wealth managers plan to increase their exposure to Bitcoin [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A survey of institutional investors and wealth managers who already engage with Bitcoin reveals that 85% plan to increase their investment in the cryptocurrency over the next two years. The survey, which was commissioned by Nickel Digital Asset Management (Nickel), the r
10 Mar. 2021 The Bahamas removed from the French list of non-cooperative states and territories in tax matters [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Government of France has removed The Bahamas from the French list of non-cooperative states and territories in tax matters. The list, which is updated annually by the French Ministry of Economics and Finance, was published in the Official Diary of the French Republic
10 Mar. 2021 Demand for hedge funds is on the rise, says Credit Suisse [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: As a large portion of institutional investor allocators are finding that their investments in the alternative vehicles are meeting or exceeding expectations, demand for hedge funds is on the rise, said a survey. According to the 2021 Hedge Fund Investor Survey by C
10 Mar. 2021 French Boutique backer iM Global Partner acquires U.S. asset manager Litman Gregory [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: French asset manager iM Global has bought Litman Gregory, a San Francisco Bay Area wealth and asset management boutique as part of a plan to hit $100bn in assets over the next seven years. Litman Gregory, based in Walnut Creek, California, has $4 billion in assets
10 Mar. 2021 AMP Capital divests global equity business to rival Fiera Capital [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Australian investment manager AMP Capital has carved off the global equities business of its asset management unit and agreed to offload it to Canadian investment manager Fiera Capital. As part of the deal, Global Companies Fund, which has over $500m in assets under
09 Mar. 2021 AQUIS Capital nominates CEO and takes over Investment Advisory role of Leo Atlas Global Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - AQUIS Capital announced the appointment of Mike Meier as its CEO and Head of Hedge Funds. Mike is responsible for the Hedge Funds investment organisation and enhances the company structure. Mike has strong experience in multi asset management and especially in Hedge Funds
09 Mar. 2021 SBAI publishes guidance for alternatives managers developing approaches to responsible investment [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Standards Board for Alternative Investments (SBAI) has published a memo that provides a framework for alternative investment managers to navigate the complexities of developing a Responsible Investment approach. The memo, part of a series of SBAI publications a
09 Mar. 2021 HIG racks up $1.4bn for a credit fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global alternative asset management firm H.I.G. Capital announced that its distressed debt and special situation affiliate H.I.G. Bayside Capital closed special situations credit fund H.I.G. Bayside Loan Opportunity Fund VI at $1.4 billion. According to a press rel
09 Mar. 2021 JPMAM rolls out Project Spark to invest in diverse alternative managers [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global investment management giant J.P. Morgan Asset Management (JPMAM) is launching a new initiative to provide capital to diverse emerging alternative managers, including minority- and women-owned venture capital and other private markets funds. According to a pre
08 Mar. 2021 The alternatives industry inches toward gender parity [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - At the end of 2020, over a fifth (20.3%) of people working in the alternative assets were women, compared to 19.7% at the end of 2019, according to data provider Preqin. Venture capital had the highest female representation in the workforce at 21.8%. Real estate was
08 Mar. 2021 ESG pushes global ETF industry to $8tln [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - February data from TrackInsight shows that ETFs continued their growth trajectory to reach $8tln in AuM, driven by flows in North American markets and investor appetite for ESG products. Contributing to this important milestone were ETFs listed in North America w
08 Mar. 2021 Hedge funds surge in February as interest rates rise [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds surged in February to extend January gains as interest rates, commodity prices, and expectations for the reemergence of inflation all increased. The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index (FWC) gained +4.1 percent in February, while the investable HFRI 500 Fund We
08 Mar. 2021 Global private equity exit value hit $427bn in 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: According to a study by Bain&Co, the private equity (PE) exit activity in 2020 followed the same pattern as investments. Both buyers and sellers hunkered down when the Covid-19 pandemic hit in the spring, and second-quarter activity went into a skid. But exit value
08 Mar. 2021 Canadian pension funds boost allocation to alternatives [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: As an effective way to derisk, Canadian defined benefit plans are gravitating toward greater allocations to alternative investments, said a survey. A survey from RBC Investor & Treasury Services revealed: "Canadian defined benefit pension plans are continuing
05 Mar. 2021 SFC and Police joint operation against suspected ramp-and-dump syndicate [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) of Hong Kong and the Police have conducted a joint operation against an active and sophisticated syndicate suspected of operating ramp and dump manipulation schemes. These schemes drive up the share prices of target stocks and
05 Mar. 2021 85% of global institutional investors expect private markets to outperform public markets in the long term [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A new global research program conducted by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and supported by Adams Street Partners (Adams Street) finds that 85% of global institutional investors expect private markets to outperform public markets in the long term, with 80% of respon
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