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17 Sep. 2020 Ardian closes fifth Expansion Fund on $2.4bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Paris-based private equity firm Ardian Holding announced the final close of its fifth private equity expansion fund, Ardian Expansion Fund V, with 2 billion euros ($2.4 billion) in total capital commitments. The Ardian Expansion Fund V is aimed at helping European
17 Sep. 2020 Asia's edtech venture capital deals skyrocket to 166% in H1 2020 compared to the same period last year [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Asia is attracting outsized investor interest in the education technology (EdTech) industry and private capital deal activity remains dominant. According to Preqin, venture capital-backed EdTech aggregate deal value in H1 2020 has increased by 166% compared to the s
16 Sep. 2020 Apollo jumps into impact investing with a new team [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Apollo Global Management is venturing into the world of impact investing, following some of its biggest peers in targeting funds dedicated to sustainability. The New York-based global alternative investment manager announced the leadership team for the new platform
16 Sep. 2020 Major investor group urges EU to raise 2030 emissions target [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: An investor group with a combined €33 trillion ($39.1 trillion) in assets has called on the European Union to set 2030 carbon-emission reduction goals at 55%, to support low-carbon economy investments. This is the minimum level of ambition required to achieve net-ze
15 Sep. 2020 Fifth straight month of hedge fund gains fuels investor confidence [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - As Wall Street experienced its best August since the 1980s, the hedge fund industry posted its fifth straight positive month returning 2.42% in August, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. By comparison, th
15 Sep. 2020 Altegris reemerges as an independent alternatives boutique [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Altegris Holdings and Artivest Holdings today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Matt Osborne, Altegris Co-Founder and Artivest Chief Investment Officer, in partnership with Continuum Capital Managers, co-founded by Doug Grip and Steve Van
15 Sep. 2020 Will Tracey, co-founder of Monex Europe, joins Ballinger & Co. [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - FX Broker Ballinger & Co. today announced the appointment of Will Tracey, one of FX's leading lights, as its Executive Chairman and largest shareholder. Ballinger & Co. is a specialist FX broker providing flexible and innovative foreign exchange services to corpora
15 Sep. 2020 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index up 1.74% in August [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for August 2020 measured 1.74%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 0.34% in September. "SS&C GlobeOp's Capital Movement Index for September 202
15 Sep. 2020 Up from zero: Hedge fund industry firmly positive YTD with August performance [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The global hedge fund industry continues to climb out of the turmoil created by the Covid-19 pandemic. The industry gained an average of +2.5% in August, bringing the year to date (YTD) average return firmly into positive territory at +2.21%, according to the just-release
15 Sep. 2020 Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index returns 1.3% in August [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index, which provides a representative baseline for how the broad liquid alternative investment category performs, returned 1.13% in August, underperforming the 1.54% monthly return of the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index. The Wilshire Liq
15 Sep. 2020 GCM Grosvenor raises $893m for impact fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: GCM Grosvenor, a global alternative asset management solutions provider with approximately $57 billion in assets under management, announced the final close for its Labor Impact Fund with $893 million in the capital. "GCM Grosvenor's Labor Impact Fund originate
15 Sep. 2020 Debt offering deal volume up 17.3% in August [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The number of deals announced globally mostly remained relatively steady in August compared to the previous month while deal volume increased marginally by 1% from 6,423 in July to 6,488 in August. Deal types such as mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and debt offering
14 Sep. 2020 At one year VEGN ETF stands strong as a trailblazer of ethics in investing [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - One year ago, Beyond Investing allowed animal advocates and environmentalists to put their money where their mouth is, by launching the world's first cruelty-free and climate-conscious Exchange Traded Fund, the US Vegan Climate ETF (ticker: VEGN), on the New York Stoc
14 Sep. 2020 European/UK and U.S. regulatory differences on ESG investing rules widen [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Regulatory approaches to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing by pension funds are increasingly diverging between the U.S. and the European Union and the U.K. and could affect fund returns at some point, Fitch Ratings says. The rating agency pointe
14 Sep. 2020 Eurazeo to fully acquire Idinvest Partners [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: European private equity manager Eurazeo agreed to acquire the remaining 20% stake in the French middle-market private equity firm Idinvest Partners before the end of the year, a press release said. Eurazeo already owns 80% of the capital of Idinvest Partners, which
11 Sep. 2020 Neuberger Berman hauls in over $300m to close new alternative credit fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Asset management giant Neuberger Berman has raised more than $300m for the final close of the first NB Specialty Finance Fund. Neuberger Berman Specialty Finance (NBSF), an alternative credit offering of the $357 billion asset manager, said that it attracted committ
11 Sep. 2020 IoT opens new frontiers for private investors in APAC [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Through the application of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, private capital is delivering smart homes, factories, and cities in APAC, changing the way people live, work, and play, said Preqin. By 2023, APAC expenditure on IoT is likely to near $400bn, excludin
11 Sep. 2020 China Renaissance raises $600m fund to back startups [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investment bank China Renaissance Capital's private equity fund "Huaxing New Economy Fund" officially announced that it has raised $600 million in the final closing of its USD Fund III. The Beijing-based firm said its new fund will focus on investments in growt
10 Sep. 2020 Hedge funds prove agile and resilient as they embrace the new reality [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New research from KPMG International and the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) finds that hedge funds are preparing to emerge from disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic more resilient, adaptable, diverse, efficient, and productive. The repo
10 Sep. 2020 Venture capital investment in Australian fintech grows by 153% to $376.5m in H1 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investment in Australia's fintech sector has accelerated in the first half of 2020, reaching US$376.5 million, a more than 150 percent increase on the corresponding period in 2019 ($149.05 million). The total number of deals was 15. However, a fall in M&A and PE act
10 Sep. 2020 Total AUM for Europe-based alternatives funds reaches $2.36tn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Total assets under management (AUM) for Europe-based alternatives funds have reached €2.00tn ($2.36tn) for the first time as of the end of 2019. This is up from €1.79tn at the end of 2018, and €1.39tn at the end of 2015, said Preqin's third annual Alternative Asset
10 Sep. 2020 Stellex Capital Management raises nearly $1.8bn for second flagship fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Stellex Capital Management has soared to an impressive final close for its sophomore fundraise, beating its initial $1.25bn target to reach $1.775bn final close. Stellex Capital Partners II, the middle-market distressed and special opportunities fund focuses on inv
09 Sep. 2020 GI Partners raises $1.8bn for maiden data infrastructure fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: San Francisco, CA-based private investment firm GI Partners closed its inaugural Data Infrastructure Fund, which totaled $1.8 billion in commitments from a broad group of investors. The GI Data Infrastructure Fund was oversubscribed and surpassed its initial target
09 Sep. 2020 VC investment in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space fell during H1 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global VC investment in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space fell from $4.6 billion in H1 2019 to $1.2 billion during H1 2020, due partly to COVID-19 and partly the intensifying focus on value. Digital asset platform Bakkt's US$300 million funding round was the l
08 Sep. 2020 Hedge funds extend performance rebound to five months [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds extended the recent performance surge in August, navigating a complex and volatile environment driven by the ongoing global pandemic, violent social unrest and protests across U.S. cities, and evolving uncertainty around the upcoming U.S. election. The HFRI Fu
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