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05 Mar. 2021 Global private equity fund-raising reach $5tn in capital over the past five years [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global private equity fund-raising of $989 billion was a decline from 2019's all-time record of $1.09 trillion, said a study. But it was still the third-highest total in history, and if you add in the $83 billion raised for SPACs, it was the second-highest. Accordi
05 Mar. 2021 Venture capital deal value in artificial intelligence boast CAGR of nearly 40% last 5 years [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Venture capital (VC) funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the artificial intelligence (AI) space showcased a fluctuating trend during 2016-2020, said a report. However, despite the fluctuation in deal activity, there is a significant growth in 2020
04 Mar. 2021 First New York, FundSeeder announce strategic partnership [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - First New York - an independent multi-asset trading firm, today announced a strategic partnership with FundSeeder Holdings, LLC. The agreement will create an innovative, global trading solution combining FundSeeder's performance analytics technology and global talent
04 Mar. 2021 Women to drive increasing investment into ESG funds globally over next decade [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A latest report said that women's growing share of wealth and influence in the asset management industry will spur increased investment into environmental, social and governance (ESG) funds worldwide over the next decade. According to the London-based impact fin
04 Mar. 2021 European VC Sofinnova closes oversubscribed late-stage healthcare fund at $540m [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: European life sciences venture capital firm Sofinnova Partners has announced the closing of their oversubscribed late-stage healthcare crossover fund at €445 Million ($540m). This now comprises the largest crossover investor dedicated late-stage biopharma and Medtech f
03 Mar. 2021 Investment management industry believes blockchain technology will be beneficial, says survey [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New research with institutional investors and wealth managers reveals that 56% believe the impact of blockchain on improving security measures will be 'very high' and a further 37% say it will be high. The study is from Global Palladium Fund (GPF), which recen
03 Mar. 2021 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ends January up 1.67% on asset-weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended January 2021 up 1.67% MOM on an asset-weighted basis and up 1.46% MOM on an equal-weighted basis. The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge
03 Mar. 2021 Hedge funds AUM nearing $4tn in Q4 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds assets under management (AUM) grew to just shy of $4tn in Q4 2020, mainly driven by performance, said Preqin in its Fact Sheet. AUM also rose $299bn from the end of Q3, marking 9.3% growth since the end of 2019 and reaching an all-time high of $3,995bn
03 Mar. 2021 Funded status of the largest U.S. pension plans rises to 86.2% in 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The average funding ratio of 19 U.S. publicly listed corporations with more than $20 billion in global pension fund liabilities totaled 86.2% at the end of 2020, up from 84.9% at the start of the year, said a study. According to a report from Russell Investments, st
02 Mar. 2021 Blockchain based derivatives platform becomes world's first to get EU MIFID License approval [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - CloseCross has become the world's first blockchain-based derivatives trading platform to be licensed under the European Union's MIFID II regulations, enabling the company to accelerate plans for a market launch in March. The innovative fintech platform, which allows i
02 Mar. 2021 Man Group: Funds under management hit $123.6bn, raises dividend [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The world's largest listed hedge fund manager, Man Group, raised its dividend by 8 percent as funds under management marked a record high for the firm. Funds hit $123.6bn under management from $117.7 billion the year before, as alternative assets climbed by 8 perc
02 Mar. 2021 Global fintech investment reaches $105bn with Robinhood raising most in H2 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The overall global fintech funding across M&A, PE, and VC was US$105 billion across 2,861 deals in 2020: the third-highest level of investment in fintech ever said a report. According to the report by KPMG, except for M&A - which saw deal value drop over 50 percent
02 Mar. 2021 Private equity firms closed a total of $592bn but buyout deals fell 24% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private equity firms closed a total of $592 billion in deal value in 2020, up 8% from 2019 and 7% higher than the five-year average of $555 billion, said the latest global private equity report by Bain & Co. According to the report, the number of deals was down 24
01 Mar. 2021 Hedge fund managers returned 1% in January 2021, says Eurekahedge [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds started 2021 strongly outperforming the global equity market amidst the turbulence in retail trading resulting in a risk-off environment, said Eurekahedge. Hedge fund managers returned 1.00% in January 2021, outperforming the global equity market as measur
01 Mar. 2021 Bessemer Venture Partners raises $3.3bn across two funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global early-stage venture capital firm Bessemer Venture Partners announced the close of two new funds totaling $3.3 billion, money that it will be used to back early-stage startups as well as growth rounds for more mature companies. The Redwood City-based fir
01 Mar. 2021 Gordian Capital hires Phakawee Phatiwet as in-house counsel [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Gordian Capital, the Asia based independent fund platform specialist announced the hiring of Ms. Phakawee Phatiwet as in-house counsel. According to a press release from the fund platform with licensed operations in Singapore, Tokyo, and Melbourne, Ms. Phatiwet was
26 Feb. 2021 Emerging markets hedge fund assets extend record as expectations for global growth rise [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Emerging Markets (EM) hedge funds, led by funds investing in China, surged in 4Q to extend FY 2020 gains as EM hedge fund capital reached a new record, driven by gains in EM regional equity markets and surging cryptocurrencies. The HFRI Emerging Markets (Total) In
26 Feb. 2021 Hedge funds attract $6.39bn of new capital to start 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds attracted USD6.39 billion of new capital last month as investors piled into a wide variety of strategy types, particularly macro and managed futures, said eVestment. According to the just-released eVestment January 2021 Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report, Jan
26 Feb. 2021 AMP, Ares plan $1.8bn private markets partnership [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Los Angeles-based Ares Management Corp. and Australia's AMP Ltd. have agreed to pursue a A$2.25 billion (US$1.8 billion) joint venture for AMP's private markets business. The Australian wealth manager will retain 40 percent of AMP Capital's private markets busin
25 Feb. 2021 Peregrine Capital partners with Prescient Fund Services for its first Global Equity UCITS Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Peregrine Capital (Pty) Ltd will start marketing its Peregrine Capital Global Equity Fund, following its launch on 18 November 2020. The fund, which sits on the Prescient Global Funds ICAV platform and is authorised by the Central Bank of Ireland, will initially be distri
25 Feb. 2021 Barclay Hedge Fund Index up 0.98% in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds started 2021 on a positive note returning 0.98% in January, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. By comparison, the S&P 500 Total Return Index was down 1.01% in January. Gainers outnumbered l
25 Feb. 2021 2021 could be "breakout year" for hedge funds, says Barclays [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds could draw between USD10 billion and USD30 billion of projected net inflows from investors, and around USD450 billion in gross allocations, in what could prove "a breakout year" for managers, said Barclays in a research report. "Hedge funds could be
25 Feb. 2021 ESG investments set to grow more after strong 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investments saw a strong performance and an influx of flows in 2020 and are expected to be a key driver of organic asset growth for money managers in 2021 said a study. "ESG themed investments have seen increasing dem
24 Feb. 2021 Ten gold-rich countries mined 1,950 tons of precious metal in 2020 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Data researched by Trading Platforms UK indicates that ten selected gold-rich countries cumulatively mined 1,950 tons of precious metal in 2020. In 2019, the countries mined a total of 2,012 tons. For both years, China maintained its gold production at 380 tons to ra
24 Feb. 2021 Partners Capital adds head of ESG and Responsible Investing [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Partners Capital, a leading global Outsourced Investment Office with in excess of $38 billion in assets under management, announced that Kristen Eshak Weldon has joined the firm as Global Head of ESG and Impact Investing. This is a strategically important leadership r
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  2. Tech: AI argues for and against itself in Oxford Union debate, 15% of Dutch pension funds fall victim to cyber crime, The fight to control the metaverse: Crypto die-hards prepare for battle with Facebook and Big Tech[more]

    AI argues for and against itself in Oxford Union debate From BBC: The Oxford Union has heard from many great debaters over the years, but this week added an artificial intelligence engine to its distinguished speakers. The AI argued that the only way to stop such tech becoming to

  3. PE/VC: SOKA-BAU to raise private markets allocation with first move in private debt, Biotech deals tumble to lowest in a decade over regulatory fears[more]

    SOKA-BAU to raise private markets allocation with first move in private debt From IPE: SOKA-BAU, the German umbrella organisation of the two pension funds for the employees in the construction industry ULAK and ZVK, is targeting an allocation to private markets of 15%, up from the curr

  4. New Launches: Goldman collects $5bn for Petershill IV, OSF Ventures launches third and largest venture capital fund, London growth investor Sprints Capital raises $602m for new technology fund, BlackRock launches two new active Climate Action funds, Edtech-focused Owl Ventures raises over $1bn across three funds[more]

    Goldman collects $5bn for Petershill IV From PE News: Goldman Sachs Asset Management has made a final close of its Petershill IV fund, the fourth vintage of its GP stakes growth-focused private equity funds. The firm said the fund had been oversubscribed with commitments mostly c

  5. PE/VC: A record year in private equity drives competition for lucrative industries, The power law - how venture capital ate the stock market, Europe's unicorn herd multiplies as VC investment more than doubled in 2021, Platform private equity deals could be 'fraught with risk'[more]

    A record year in private equity drives competition for lucrative industries From Institutional Investor: With more private equity capital available than ever before, valuations are high - and competition is even higher. According to PitchBook's 2021 annual PE breakdown report, which wa