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02 Aug. 2021 Asset and wealth management business in Hong Kong recorded 21% year-on-year increase in AuM [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A survey published today by the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) found that the asset and wealth management business in Hong Kong recorded a 21% year-on-year increase in assets under management (AUM) to $34,931 billion (US$4,505 billion) as at the end of 2020.
02 Aug. 2021 Study with 100 leading hedge fund managers reveals widespread enthusiasm for quant strategies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - 80% of hedge fund managers expect institutional investors to increase their allocation to quant strategies in the next twelve months, said a study. The 100 leading hedge fund managers surveyed, who collectively manage over $231 billion in AUM, also reveals that 73% be
02 Aug. 2021 VC-backed companies in the Asia-Pacific raise $38bn across 1,998 deals in Q2 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: With a growing number of jurisdictions across regions attracting mega venture capital (VC) funding rounds in Q2 2021, venture financing levels continued at a robust pace throughout the Asia-Pacific ecosystem in the first half of 2021. According to KPMG analysis, VC-
31 Jul. 2021 Argentium adds to advisory board [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Crypto Arbitrage Hedge Fund Argentium appoints Philippe G. Damas to advisory board. Philippe is currently the Executive Chairman of TMB Thanachart Bank, Bangkok and also Chair of the Nomination, Remuneration & Compliance Committee, having served on their Board sin
30 Jul. 2021 Hedge funds record strongest H1 return since 2009 led by event driven, long short equities and distressed debt hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers ended the month of June up 0.25% on an equal-weighted basis, and down 0.90% on an asset-weighted basis, said Eurekahedge. The progressive relaxation of Covid-related mobility restrictions in most developed markets provided support to the reopening
30 Jul. 2021 Eastern Asia and Northern Europe regions achieve highest annual return for private equity [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The top-performing regions globally for private equity in 2020 were Eastern Asia and Northern Europe, with an annual return of 31.5% and 26.8% respectively, revealed eFront, which has released its Fourth Annual Global Private Equity Performance Series showing the top-perf
30 Jul. 2021 Quarter-end redemptions outpace new hedge fund inflows in June [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investors removed an estimated net $10.99 billion from hedge funds in June, reducing 2021 net inflow to $28.69 billion. Asset-weighted returns were near flat resulting in overall industry AUM declining slightly to $3.55 trillion, eVestment said. Net outflows returned
30 Jul. 2021 Ares SSG launches the largest pan-Asian secured lending fund at $1.6bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Asia-Pacific alternative asset manager Ares SSG launched its biggest secured lending fund in the region. Designed to provide secured loans to businesses in the Asia Pacific, the Secured Lending Opportunities Fund III (SLO III) has raised more than $1.6 billion and
30 Jul. 2021 Low-value deals dominate Asia-Pacific venture capital investing in Q2 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: While billion-dollar deals remained mostly non-existent during the second quarter (Q2) of 2021, low-value deals (? US$10m) accounted for most of the venture capital (VC) investment volume in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. According to GlobalData, the region saw the
30 Jul. 2021 Greater China's PEVC assets under management cross $1.04tn equating to 61% of capital targeting Asia-Pacific [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Greater China's private equity and venture capital (PEVC) has obtained critical mass, with more than 1.04tn USD assets under management (AUM) as of September 2020, equating to 61% of capital targeting the wider Asia-Pacific region, said a study. Private investments,
29 Jul. 2021 L/S equity performance decelerated in June but was robust enough for a +10% H1 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - L/S equity hedge funds lost momentum in June as performance gains decelerated and flows took a dramatic swing into negative territory. HFM's L/SEquity Composite returned 0.8% last month, above the 0.4% June gain for HFM's Global Composite Index, but below each of the L/S
29 Jul. 2021 Cerulli: The rising importance of commodity investing [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - This year's surge in redemptions from precious metals exchange-traded products (ETPs) in Europe has been offset by a growing demand for broad-basket commodities funds and, separately, investment opportunities in the industrial metals space, according to the latest issue o
29 Jul. 2021 Global venture capital investment skyrockets to $157.1bn in Q2 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: With $157.1 billion raised across 7,687 deals, Global venture capital (VC) investment reached a new high in Q2 2021, said a study. According to a quarterly report published by KPMG Private Enterprise on VC trends globally, a robust IPO market, high valuations, and
29 Jul. 2021 Blue Owl collects $2bn for debt-and-equity opportunistic fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The alternative asset manager Blue Owl Capital Inc. has raised $2 billion for an opportunistic fund targeting both equity and debt investments. The fund, Owl Rock Opportunistic Fund, will have $2.5 billion in investable capital, including anticipated leverage, and w
29 Jul. 2021 Pritzker Private Capital raises $2.7 Billion for family office investment vehicle [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Chicago-based Pritzker Private Capital has closed its latest investment vehicle PPC III on $2.7 billion. The fund hit its hard cap and was significantly oversubscribed. PPC III is among the largest family investment vehicles raised in North America. The vehi
29 Jul. 2021 iM Global Partner takes stake in Richard Bernstein Advisors (RBA) [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Paris-based iM Global Partner is continuing its US expansion by entering a partnership with Richard Bernstein Advisors (RBA). The firm acquired a 45% non-controlling stake in RBA as of July 28, 2021. RBA was founded in New York in 2009 by Richard Bernstein.
28 Jul. 2021 Net outflows return to hedge funds for second time this year, flows still positive YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investors withdrew $10.99 billion from the global hedge fund business in June, the second month this year net flows for the business were negative, according to the just-released eVestment June 2021 Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report. Net flows were also negative in March of 2
28 Jul. 2021 Man Group: Funds under management hit record high in H1 at $135.3bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: British hedge fund manager Man Group posted a record record-high funds under management (FUM) during the first six months of 2021, predominately driven by a "strong investment performance" throughout the half. The world's largest publicly traded hedge fund said tha
28 Jul. 2021 Oaktree takes stake in Galway Sustainable Capital [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global alternative investment management firm Oaktree Capital Management made a minority equity investment and provided a new multiyear credit facility for the ESG Investor Galway Sustainable Capital (GSC). Under the terms of the deal, GSC secured an investment
28 Jul. 2021 Asset managers embrace a growing stream of data [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Traditional asset managers are snapping up data and incorporating it into their investment processes, said a survey. The survey of 300 global asset management firms, conducted for Northern Trust by WBR Insights, revealed that Investment managers pressured by rising
28 Jul. 2021 Blackstone buys stake in alternative asset manager GTCR [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The New York private-equity giant Blackstone Group acquired a minority stake in Chicago private-equity firm GTCR. Blackstone acquired the ownership stake through its Blackstone Strategic Capital Holdings GP Stakes business, which "specializes in value-added, long-te
27 Jul. 2021 Tikehau collects $728m for European Special Opportunities II [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global alternative asset management group Tikehau Capital has raised EUR 617m ($728m) for its second European Special Opportunities fund (TSO II), surpassing the fund's EUR 500m target. "TSO II thus exceeds initial target by almost 25% and four times the am
27 Jul. 2021 Azimut Alternative Capital to buy a stake in U.S. private credit investment manager Pathlight [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: European leading asset manager Azimut Holding said that its U.S. subsidiary Azimut Alternative Capital Partners (ACCP) had struck a deal to buy a minority stake in U.S. private credit investment manager Pathlight Capital. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. B
26 Jul. 2021 Eurazeo announces $1.9bn growth fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: French investment group Eurazeo announced having exceeded its initial fundraising target for its growth strategy dedicated to equity investments in leading European tech companies. The Paris-based private equity and VC firm said in a press release that the total fu
26 Jul. 2021 U.S. private equity and venture capital volume and value hit five-year first-half highs in 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: U.S. private equity and venture capital entry volume and value hit five-year first-half highs in 2021, recording 3,585 deals with an aggregate value of $201.29 billion, said a study. According to S&P Global Market Intelligence data, IT remained the most attractive s
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