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12 Aug. 2021 Fintech investment in the Americas robust with over $51bn in investment across 1,188 deals [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Total Fintech investment in the Americas was very robust with over US$51 billion in investment across 1,188 deals, said a study. According to KPMG's Pulse of Fintech, the overall Fintech investment in the US remained robust in H1'21, reaching $42.1 billion. VC inves
11 Aug. 2021 Global VC investment in Fintech reached a record $52.3bn in H1 2021, doubling YoY basis [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global VC investment in Fintech across M&A, PE, and VC deals reached a record $52.3 billion in H1'21 - more than doubling the $22.5 billion seen in H2'20, said the study. According to KPMG's Pulse of Fintech, dry powder cash reserves, increasing diversification in
11 Aug. 2021 CBRE Global Investors largest US value-add real estate fund beats target to raise $2.3bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The international real asset investment manager CBRE Global Investors closed its largest value-added real estate fund to date, raising a combined $2.3 billion for the fund and its co-investment vehicle. According to the independently operated affiliate of CBRE Group
10 Aug. 2021 Barclay Hedge Fund Index up 0.07% in July, up 9% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry tallied its 9th straight month of gains in July 2021 with an overall return of 0.07%, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. By comparison, the S&P 500 Total Return Index gained 2.38% i
10 Aug. 2021 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index down 0.13% in July, up 8% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds snapped their nine-month winning streak as the spread of the Delta variant and the Chinese regulatory crackdown unsettled investors. The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was down 0.13% in July 2021, trailing behind the global equity market as represented by the MS
10 Aug. 2021 Apex Group to acquire Swiss Representatives [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Apex Group Ltd., a global financial services provider, has proposed the acquisition of ARM Swiss Representatives SA (ASR), a leading independent FINMA-regulated firm providing Swiss representation and distribution services to foreign fund managers. This strategic a
10 Aug. 2021 AMF Enforcement Committee fines two Amundi group companies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The AMF Enforcement Committee fines two Amundi group companies, a brokerage firm and three former employees of these companies for price manipulation and breaches of several professional obligations. In its decision of 4 August 2021, the Committee fined Amundi Asset M
10 Aug. 2021 Sands Capital raises $560m for its second life sciences fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Virginia-based venture capital firm Sands Capital has raised a whopping $560 million for its second life sciences fund. The fund, Sands Capital Life Sciences Pulse Fund II LP, follows an earlier fund from 2018 focused on life sciences. Together the Pulse Strategy f
09 Aug. 2021 Hedge funds post narrow decline in July [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds posted a narrow loss in July, the first decline since September 2020, ending the streak of consecutive monthly gains at nine. The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index (FWC) fell -0.6 percent in July, while the investable HFRI 500 Fund Weighted Composite Index de
09 Aug. 2021 North America accounts for the highest share of VC deal volume in Q2 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: With inconsistent activity across most of the regions, global venture capital (VC) funding volume continued to showcase a declining trend during the months in the second quarter (Q2) of 2021. But North America continued to attract the highest number of VC investmen
09 Aug. 2021 Asia-Pacific secondaries market raise $543m in 1H 2021, up 62% than the whole of 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The secondaries market within Asia-Pacific is evolving and investor interest is manifest in the growing fund flows throughout the first half of 2021, said a study. According to Preqin Secondary Market Update H1 2021, in the first six months of the year, $543mn was
06 Aug. 2021 Digitalization spree brings global M&A value over $1tn in Q2 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The rising use of technology due to social distancing and lockdowns has led all sectors to enter a digitalization rush, with companies using mergers and acquisitions (M&A) as a key strategy. The global M&A value stood at over $1 trillion in Q2 2021, said a study. Wh
05 Aug. 2021 Brandywine Global acquires Diamond Hill's high yield-focused funds and adds portfolio management team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Brandywine Global Investment Management, LLC, a specialist investment manager and subsidiary of Franklin Resources, Inc. has completed its acquisition of the business of Diamond Hill's high yield-focused U.S. corporate credit mutual funds following a previously announced
05 Aug. 2021 Prominent pastoralist joins Arbitrium Capital Partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The opportunistic credit, distressed debt and special situations fund chaired by Ray Horsburgh, AM, has appointed well known pastoralist and savvy investor Paddy Handbury to its Advisory Board. Ray Horsburgh, AM, as Chair of the firm's Board was delighted to have
05 Aug. 2021 Alternative investment secondary markets rebound in 1H, 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Completed transactions on the alternative investment secondary markets rebounded in the first half of 2021, up 171.7% from the first half of the previous year, said a study. According to the Setter Capital Volume Report H1 2020, volume was up significantly across m
05 Aug. 2021 High-value VC investments in Q2 2021: the US and China account for more than 60% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The US and China remained the preferred destinations for venture capital (VC) investors globally in Q2 2021, said a study. According to GlobalData study, the US and China collectively accounted for 66.2% and 61.8% of high-value VC investment deals volume and value
04 Aug. 2021 Michaela Wood joins KKR in London [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - KKR has appointed Michaela Wood as a Director, effective immediately. Based in London, Michaela will join the EMEA private equity team to work on UK coverage as well as supporting investments in the Business Services sector across Europe. Michaela joins KKR after six
04 Aug. 2021 Atalaya exits investment in SAILS and Patterns [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Atalaya Capital Management LP, an alternative asset manager focused on private credit and special opportunities investments, has exited its investment in The SAILS Group, Inc., a provider of residential care homes and other high touch treatment for behaviorally challenged
04 Aug. 2021 Lakemore Partners adds to US team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Lakemore Partners Ltd. and its group entities, a leading private credit investment firm primarily investing in control CLO equity, today announced it has named Dan Norman Managing Director and Head of its U.S. business operations. In this role, he will focus on growing La
04 Aug. 2021 Bitwise launches crypto funds Aave and Uniswap [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The $1 billion digital assets manager Bitwise Asset Management announced the launch of the Bitwise Uniswap (UNI) Fund and the Bitwise Aave (AAVE) Fund to its lineup of institutionally-focused investment vehicles. The world's largest crypto index fund manager said i
04 Aug. 2021 SVPGlobal amasses $5bn for the latest distressed debt fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Strategic Value Partners (SVPGlobal), a US-headquartered investment group focused on the debt of distressed companies, has closed its latest fund Strategic Value Special Situations Fund V (SVSS V) on its hard cap at $5bn. The fund focuses on distressed debt, event-d
04 Aug. 2021 Morgan Stanley raises $1.6bn for its latest private credit fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Morgan Stanley Investment Management closed its latest private credit fund, North Haven Credit Partners III (NHCP III), at $1.6 billion, which is 29% larger than its fundraising target. According to a press release from the investment management services provider w
03 Aug. 2021 Institutional investors shift to thematic investing, says survey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Both institutional and wholesale investors expect a thematic focus in their investments to improve the long-term performance, said a survey. According to a new survey conducted by Greenwich Associates and sponsored by BNP Paribas Asset Management nine out of 10 inve
03 Aug. 2021 Asia-Pacific VC investment: Early-stage funding rounds account for over 68% in Q2 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Startups seeking early-stage funding (seed and Series A) got a bigger slice of the Asia-Pacific (APAC) venture capital (VC) investment pie during the second quarter (Q2) of 2021, said a study. According to GlobalData, early-stage funding rounds accounted for 68.2% o
02 Aug. 2021 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index (asset-weighted) up 2% in June, 6.6% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended June 2021, up 2.02% MOM on an asset-weighted basis and up 1.57% MOM on an equal-weighted basis. The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Ind
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    Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In the current rising interest rate environment, investment activity in the private markets has continued to grow, revealed a study. "With alts managers sitting on over $2.5T+ of dry powder and continuing to enjoy premium valuations and interest rates on a prec

  2. Opalesque Exclusive: Hong Kong manager expects additional tailwind in Asian markets[more]

    B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The Asia equity markets have not been at their best so far this year, with the MSCI Asia index down almost 13% YTD, but many managers remain buoyant about the region, as in

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    B. G., Opalesque Geneva: In this interview, Dr. Patrick Welton, founder and CIO of Welton Investment Partners, offers his observations on the major macro themes expected to affect the comm

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