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31 Jan. 2022 With over 38,000 deals worth $3.8tn, 2021 was an outstanding year for M&A [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 2021 was a standout year for M&A, with over 38,000 deals worth $3.8 trillion, said a study. The number of merger and acquisition (M&A) deals valued over $1 billion rose by a staggering 62% in 2021, compared to 2020-reaching 825 deals, said GlobalData. GlobalDat
28 Jan. 2022 M&G gobbles up responsAbility [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: British asset manager M&G acquire substantially all of responsAbility Investments AG, a Zurich-based impact investor focused on private debt and private equity in emerging markets. The London-based investment manager will acquire 90% of responsAbility's shares,
28 Jan. 2022 UBS acquires Wealthfront for $1.4bn to reach young affluent American investors [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Swiss lender UBS Group has agreed to acquire California-headquartered digital-only wealth platform Wealthfront as part of a wider plan to target scalable growth in the affluent investor space across the world. The all-cash agreement to acquire the U.S.-focused auto
27 Jan. 2022 Hedge funds end challenging 2021 with 9.31% gain led by North American hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers ended the month of December up 0.85% on an equal-weighted basis, and up 1.15% on an asset-weighted basis, Eurekahedge said. Market risk sentiment improved over the second half of December after research revealed that the Omicron variant leads to mi
27 Jan. 2022 IQ-EQ supports first-time female fund managers with new initiative [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A new initiative from IQ-EQ will support women to launch and grow their first funds. IQ-EQ Launchpad aims to expand inclusivity for the wider asset management industry and foster a self-sustaining network of women in senior leadership roles. Funds with over 50% women
27 Jan. 2022 Global ETF assets double next 5 years to hit $20tn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global Exchange Traded Funds (ETF) assets under management (AuM) are set to double in the next five years, reaching $20trn by 2026, and representing a 17% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) said a study. According to a PwC report, titled 'ETF 2026: The next big lea
27 Jan. 2022 BitBull Capital launches two new crypto hedge funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: BitBull Capital, a fund management company in San Francisco, has introduced two new funds that aim to offer innovative crypto hedge fund strategies to an institutional, family office, and accredited investors. "BitBull Capital, which has pioneered innovative cr
26 Jan. 2022 Asia Alternatives raises $2bn for new vehicles [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Asian private equity fund-of-funds Asia Alternatives has announced the final close of US$2 billion in new commitments across Asia Alternatives Capital Partners VI (AACP VI) and several fund vehicles. The Funds are focused on building a diversified Asia private equit
26 Jan. 2022 North America dominates the family office market with more than 92,000 wealthy individuals [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: North America holds nearly two-thirds of family offices globally, where investments are made through Single Family Office (SFO) and Multi-Family Office (MFO), said a study. North America dominates the family office market with more than 92,000 wealthy individuals. T
26 Jan. 2022 Strategas launches two active funds after institutional clients express interest [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Strategas Asset Management, the investment advisory arm of Strategas, announced the launch of two new actively managed ETFs, following the interest from its institutional investor clients, said CEO Nicholas Bohnsack. The Strategas Macro Thematic Opportunities ETF
25 Jan. 2022 Prime Capital AG announces final close of its Prime Green Energy Infrastructure Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Prime Capital, the independent asset manager and financial services provider based in Frankfurt, has announced the successful final close of its sustainable multi-investor infrastruc
25 Jan. 2022 Ropes & Gray adds to asset management team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Ropes & Gray today announced that three partners have joined the firm. Asset management partner Jennifer Graff and M&A partner Suni Sreepada have joined the firm's 500-lawyer New York office. Jennifer Harris, partner in the firm's capital solutions and private credit prac
25 Jan. 2022 Swiss wealth boutique Decisive Capital snaps up rival Artorius [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Geneva-based wealth adviser, Decisive Capital Management has acquired the Swiss business of the UK wealth management firm, Artorius Wealth Switzerland in Zurich, for an undisclosed sum. The deal, which was completed on 21 January, will strengthen Decisive's weal
25 Jan. 2022 Long/short equity fund benefits from value bet [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: A long/short U.S. equity hedge fund that switched from growth stocks to value stocks has reaped profits from this move. The Disciplined Alpha Offshore Fund (with onshore and UCITS versions) follows a regime-based U.S. long/short diversified equity strategy. It captur
24 Jan. 2022 Record growth in the Swiss fund market [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The sustained positive stock market trend caused the volume in the Swiss fund market to swell to over CHF 1.5 trillion in the past year. Growth thus amounted to 12.7 %. The increase was supported by strong net inflows, which also continued in the fourth quarter of 2021.
24 Jan. 2022 FTX and SALT agree to multi-year partnership, launch crypto Bahamas event [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - FTX, a global cryptocurrency exchange, announced a multi-year deal to become the global presenting partner of SALT, a thought leadership forum focused on innovation and investing. FTX will serve as the presenting sponsor of annual SALT events in North America, Asia and th
24 Jan. 2022 Real estate AUM set to rise to $1.83tn by 2026 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global real estate assets under management (AUM) will grow from $1.3tn in 2021 to $1.83tn by December 2026, said a study. While fundraising is unlikely to hit the heights of 2019 ($188bn), a resurgence in activity during Q4 enabled 2021's total to come close, with
24 Jan. 2022 13,204 VC funding deals provide $354.5bn to US-based start-ups in 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US-based startups raised the highest amount of venture capital (VC) funding in 2021 globally as 13,204 VC funding deals were announced in the US during 2021, while the disclosed funding value of these deals stood at $354.5 billion. An analysis of GlobalData's Financ
21 Jan. 2022 December outflows dampen hedge fund AUM growth, 2021 still first positive flows year since 2017 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investors pulled $19.96 billion from the global hedge fund business in December, bringing full-year 2021 hedge fund AUM growth to +$15.90 billion, according to the just-released eVestment December and Full Year 2021 Hedge Fund Asset Flows report. Overall AUM for the hedge
21 Jan. 2022 Hedge fund managers bring their 2021 return to 9.49% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers reversed losses in November and gained 1.01% in December, bringing their 2021 return to 9.49% - the second best annual performance since 2010. Hedge funds were supported by the robust performance of the global equity market as represented by the MSCI A
21 Jan. 2022 ESG bond issuance set to skyrocket and hit $4.5tn annually by 2025 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global ESG-labelled bond issuance is "poised to explode" over the coming decade, with issuances potentially reaching $4.5trillion per year by 2025 alone, said a study. According to research by Pictet Asset Management and the Institute of International Fina
21 Jan. 2022 2021 private equity deal value crosses $800bn, breaking the 2007 record of $712bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Negative real interest rates bolster strong position for private equity, despite inflationary concerns, as the deal and exit values in the asset class soared in 2021, and public-to-private transactions are expected to account for a growing share of future deal flow.
21 Jan. 2022 Hedge fund assets surpass $4tn [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Total hedge fund industry capital rose to surpass the $4 trillion milestone to begin 2022, according to the latest asset flows data from HFR. Total hedge fund capital rose increased to an estimated $4.01 trillion to begin 2022, representing an increase of ov
20 Jan. 2022 MFA announces expansion of the MFA Partnership Program to the Southeastern United States [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed Funds Association (MFA), the leading organization representing the global alternative investment industry, announced that the Southeastern Alternative Funds Association (SEAFA) and the MidSouth Alternative Investment Association (MSAIA) joined the MFA Partnership
20 Jan. 2022 Värde names three new partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Värde Partners, a leading global alternative investment firm, today announced it has promoted three senior investment professionals to the role of Partner: Jim Dunbar, Aneek Mamik and Carlos Sanz Esteve. "These three investment leaders each embody the culture of Vä
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    B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Howard Marks, co-founder and co-chairman of Oaktree Capital Management, weighs what should and should not matter for investors in his latest memo last week. Among the things t

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  3. Family offices upbeat on private assets, reduce public assets exposure[more]

    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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  5. Alts manager Medalist Partners acquires a minority stake in Semper Capital to tap opportunities in structured credit[more]

    Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Medalist Partners, which specializes in private credit, has acquired a minority stake in Semper Capital to extend its offerings to the mass market. Medalist currently manages approximately $2.2 billion in assets across strategies in asset-based private credit, struc