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29 Mar. 2019 Curtis Arledge returns to Mariner as CEO [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Curtis Arledge has joined Mariner Investment Group, a global alternative investment manager and subsidiary of ORIX USA, as chairman and chief executive officer. In addition to his role at Mariner, Arledge will s
28 Mar. 2019 Riverside promotes Karsten Langer to lead Europe fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Riverside Company, a global private equity firm, has named Karsten Langer as its new Managing Partner for the Riverside Europe Fund (REF). Langer will lead the management of 30 professionals across Europe as Riverside continues to look for internationally growing entr
28 Mar. 2019 Mason Stark joins Wilshire Phoenix to lead its Alternative Investments Division [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Wilshire Phoenix, is thrilled to announce the addition of Mason Stark as a Partner and Head of the firm's newly-formed Alternative Investments Division, Wilshire Phoenix Asset Management. "Bringing Mason on to steward Wilshire Phoenix's Alternative Investments Divisio
28 Mar. 2019 UCITS and AIFs buck the trend with net inflows of EUR 28 billion in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has today published its latest Investment Fund Industry Fact Sheet, which provides net sales of UCITS and AIFs for January 2019. 29 associations representing 98 percent of total UCITS and AIF assets provided
28 Mar. 2019 Global investment fund assets down 5.7% in Q4 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Worldwide investment fund assets fell 5.7% to EUR43.99tn in the last quarter of 2018 as volatility in financial markets rose. According to the European Fund and Asset Management Association's (EFAMA) latest quarterly statistical report, global fund assets, in US d
28 Mar. 2019 TechCrunch founder's crypto fund acquires crypto-focused private fund ByteSize [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington announced that his Arrington XRP Capital hedge fund has secured additional $30m commitment in December 2018 from undisclosed existing partners. Arrington's $100m startup has also acquired ByteSize Capital, an Australian research
28 Mar. 2019 Emerging market debt trading down 7% in Q4 2018: EMTA [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Emerging markets debt trading volumes fell 7% in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with the same period a year earlier said a report. According to a report by Emerging Markets Traders Association (EMTA), emerging market debt trading stood at $1.067tn last quart
27 Mar. 2019 Family office EPIQ Capital Group names Boris Albul CIO [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - EPIQ Capital Group, a private multi-family office, today announced that Boris Albul has joined as Chief Investment Officer (CIO). With nearly 20 years of experience, Dr. Albul will lead macroeconomic research, investment analysis, portfolio construction and risk managemen
27 Mar. 2019 Sohn Ideas Contest opens for submissions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Sohn Conference Foundation today launched its annual Sohn Idea Contest Presented by GLG ahead of the 24th Annual Sohn Investment Conference in partnership with CNBC. The winner will present their idea on the renowned Sohn stage to more than 3,000 attendees from across
27 Mar. 2019 Jim Feeley joins Investcorp as co-head of credit management US [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investcorp, a leading global provider and manager of alternative investment products, today announced that John Fraser, Head of Investcorp's U.S. Credit Management unit, will be retiring and Jim Feeley will be stepping in as Co-Head of ICM US. John joined Investcor
27 Mar. 2019 New website to provide Opportunity Zone resources for investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - OpZone.com, a new website designed to be the central resource for information about Opportunity Zones, launched today. The Opportunity Zone tax incentive was established by Congress to encourage long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities nationwide.
27 Mar. 2019 SGG Group rebrands as IQ-EQ [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SGG Group, the world's 4th largest investor services group, today announced a new name, visual identity and corporate website. SGG Group has rebranded to become IQ-EQ. IQ-EQ unites SGG, First Names Group, Augentius, Iyer Practice and Viacert under one single brand.
27 Mar. 2019 CreativeCap Advisors adds to emerging managers incubator [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - CreativeCap Advisors the premier global asset management consulting firm - is expanding its business with the planned addition of dedicated operational and financial exper
27 Mar. 2019 Welton Investment Partners hires Basil Williams as first president [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Basil Williams joined systematic global macro specialist Welton Investment Partners as president, a new position. Williams joins Welton's senior leadership in managing the overall business, including oversight of the firm's investment products, operations,
27 Mar. 2019 Blockchain IoT market to reach $3.02bn by 2024: Study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The blockchain IoT market is estimated to grow from $1.13bn in 2019 to reach $3.02bn by 2024 and it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 92.92%. Major factors driving the market growth are increasing adoption of IoT, growing need for IoT security, simplifying business
27 Mar. 2019 Natixis launches thematics affiliate [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Paris-based multi-affiliate active investment group Natixis Investment Managers has launched a new boutique company that will specialise in thematic equity funds. Thematics Asset Management will provide investors with access to a wide range of high conviction and
27 Mar. 2019 UN calls out Blackstone's Innovation Homes for its role in exacerbating housing crisis [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The United Nations is calling out Blackstone for its role in exacerbating the housing affordability crisis worldwide. In letters sent to governments all ov
27 Mar. 2019 Dyal takes an interest in Steve Young's HGGC [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Dyal Capital Partners has acquired a passive non-voting minority stake in HGGC. The Palo Alto-based private equity firm makes investments in technology companies. HGGC is led by NFL hall of famer Steve Young. HGGC sad in a statement that the investment wou
26 Mar. 2019 US blockchain market to hit $41bn spending by 2025 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The blockchain market in the United States alone would surpass $41bn in the expenditure by the year 2025, said a market report. A new report released by Research and Markets forecasts that blockchain spending in the U.S. will report a compound annual growth rate (C
26 Mar. 2019 Re-weighthing EM-focused global macro and L/S credit strategies: Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In a context where monetary conditions are more accommodative and sovereign bond yields are back to low levels, it seems appropriate to re-weight carry strategies such as EM-focused Global Macro and L/S Credit. "The views on these alternative strategies are aligne
25 Mar. 2019 Hedge fund launches and liquidations on decline while fund performance dispersion widens significantly in 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New hedge fund launches hit an 18-year low during 2018. The fund liquidations also declined during the year, hitting their lowest point since 2007. According to Hedge Fund Research (HFR) report, new hedge fund launches fell to conclude 2018, as the number of 4Q18 l
25 Mar. 2019 Cisco projects $9.7bn will be spent annually on blockchain projects by 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The blockchain has the potential to hold as much as 10% of the world's GDP, said 'Blockchain by Cisco' report. This means that several trillion dollars worth of value could be stored on both decentralized and permissioned blockchains by 2027. Cisco al
25 Mar. 2019 Fiera Capital to buy Integrated Asset Management for $74m [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Montreal-based Fiera Capital announced that it is set to acquire Toronto-based Integrated Asset Management (IAM) for a total consideration of $74m. The CAD136.7bn ($102bn) global asset manager has agreed with IAM to buy all of the shares of the $3.1bn alternative a
25 Mar. 2019 Litigation funder Therium Capital to launch $430m fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Therium Capital Management, a Channel Islands-based litigation funder, is launching a new $430m fund, bringing the total value of its institutional investments to over $1bn. The fresh investment has been gleaned from two existing investors and, for the first time,
22 Mar. 2019 Aberdeen Standard and alternatives boutique Gresham House join forces [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI), the fund management arm of Standard Life Aberdeen, has formed a joint venture (JV) with UK-based alternatives specialist Gresham House to target smaller listed companies. The JV, which will be owned 50:50 by Gresham and Aberdeen
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