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07 Sep. 2020 Asia attracts $6.7bn venture capital investment in fintech in H1 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In H1'20, the biggest fintechs in Asia continued to gain ground, while smaller fintechs struggled for profitability and to attract new investments, according to a study. In H1'20, VC investment in fintech accounted for $6.7 billion in the Asia Pacific (APAC), said K
04 Sep. 2020 US accounts for the largest share of total VC Investment in Fintech in H1 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Americas accounted for the largest share of total global VC investment in the Fintech sector at mid-year in H1 2020, according to the Pulse of Fintech H1'20, a bi-annual report on global fintech investment trends from KPMG International. The US accounted for the
04 Sep. 2020 APAC-focused PE/VC AUM reaches a record-high $1.3tn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Asia-Pacific (APAC)-focused private equity and venture capital (PEVC) assets under management (AUM) reached a record-high $1.3tn as of December 2019, a 34% increase from a year prior, said a Preqin study. "In fact, PEVC is driving innovation across Asia-Pacif
03 Sep. 2020 Jonathan DeSimone takes over as CEO of Alcentra [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Alcentra, one of the world's largest managers of private debt with over US$40 billion of assets under management and part of BNY Mellon Investment Management, announced today the appointment of Jonathan DeSimone as its CEO and to the Alcentra Board of Directors, subject t
03 Sep. 2020 Despite global uncertainty, VC funding remains strong in H1 2020 with $25.6bn of investment globally across 1,221 deals [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Despite global uncertainty, VC investment was strong in all regions of the world - and is on track to surpass previous annual record highs should the trend continue, according to a study. While overall global fintech funding fell during the first half of 2020, with
02 Sep. 2020 Tramondo hires Leslie Burri to strengthen IR team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Tramondo Investment Partners AG, a bank-independent Zug, Switzerland, based investment boutique, announces that, effective 1 September, it has hired Leslie Burri as Senior Investment Solutions Manager. In this newly created role, Leslie Burri is responsible for the su
02 Sep. 2020 SEC cancels vote on whistleblower rule changes [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has canceled a scheduled vote on proposed rules that would restructure its Dodd-Frank Act mandated whistleblower reward program. This is the second time the vote on the proposed changes has been canceled. "We hope that the C
02 Sep. 2020 Brunswick Real Estate secures $1.4bn for third debt fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Sweden's Brunswick Real Estate has launched a third senior debt fund with commitments of SEK12bn ($1.4 billion) to target sustainable properties. The Stockholm-based asset manager has secured commitments for Brunswick Real Estate Capital Fund III from backers includ
02 Sep. 2020 Owl Ventures closes two new funds totaling $585m [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: San Francisco, CA-based education technology venture capital firm Owl Ventures closed two new funds totaling $585 million. Of that amount, $170 million will go to its Opportunity Fund, earmarked for making follow-on investments for its existing portfolio. Since 20
02 Sep. 2020 AI attracts a surge of private capital in APAC [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: By 2030, Artificial intelligence (AI) is expected to add $15.7tn to the global economy, a figure greater than the combined GDP of China and India. Of this sum, $6.6tn will likely be the result of increased productivity gains, while consumption-side effects are estimate
01 Sep. 2020 New AIFM business, ACM, sets out to break the mould [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Luxembourg-based corporate service provider Avega announces the launch of a new host AIFM service line, Avega Capital Management (ACM). The firm is being created to "shake up the fund industry and bring a new approach to alternative investments." The new venture will
01 Sep. 2020 Directional hedge fund strategies outperformed in August [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Lyxor Peer Groups suggest hedge fund performance was up +0.5% in August, with CTAs underperforming (-1%) and Special Situations, Directional L/S Equity, Global Macro, and L/S Credit strategies outperforming (+0.6% to +1.6%). In recent weeks, the rally in stock price
01 Sep. 2020 APAC-focused PE/VC AUM at $1.29tn a record high and up 34% from the previous year [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: APAC-focused private equity & venture capital (PEVC) assets under management (AUM) have surged in recent years to a record-high $1.29tn as of December 2019, marking a staggering 34% increase from a year prior, said Preqin. "Strategies targeting generally more innov
31 Aug. 2020 H20 AM freezes funds over valuation uncertainties [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The AMF, the French financial regulator, has asked H2O Asset Management LLP to suspend subscriptions and redemptions of units of the UCITS funds H20 ALLEGRO, H20 MULTIBONDS and H20 MULTISTRATEGIES to protect the interests of unit holders and the public. The managemen
31 Aug. 2020 Hedge funds total redemptions reduced from $47.7bn in Q1 to $15.6bn in Q2 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund assets under management (AUM) have risen in the second quarter of 2020, said Preqin. In a Q1 2020 rocked by poor performance and significant investor redemptions, industry AUM dipped below $3.5tn for the first time since Q4 2018. Fast-forward three month
31 Aug. 2020 SEC charges Coral Gables Asset Management with fraud [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The SEC has halted an investment offering from Coral Gables Asset Management for fraud. The regulator also got an emergency order to freeze the assets of Coral Gables and its owner David C. Coggins. The order also requires that Coral Gables preserve all document
28 Aug. 2020 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ends July +3% (+5% YTD) on asset-weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended July 2020 up 2.98% MOM on an asset-weighted basis and up 4.07% MOM on an equal-weighted basis. The aim of the Scotiabank Canadia
28 Aug. 2020 UCITS net sales break the EUR100bn mark [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: UCITS recorded net inflows of EUR100 billion ($ 118 billion) in June 2020, compared to EUR78 billion in May 2020, with Long-term UCITS (UCITS excluding money market funds) recording net inflows of EUR52 billion, up from EUR46 billion in May 2020. According to the la
28 Aug. 2020 Binance and Oasis Labs launch CryptoSafe Alliance to combat crypto frauds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Binance, the global blockchain firm behind the world's largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume, is partnering with Oasis Labs, a data privacy software company, to launch the CryptoSafe Alliance (CSA) which will bring together a global ecosystem of collaborato
28 Aug. 2020 Citadel snags Glencore trader to lead commodities team in Asia [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Citadel has hired away Glencore energy derivatives trader Daniel Liu to lead a commodities trading team in Asia. The news was first reported by Reut
27 Aug. 2020 Emerging markets hedge funds surge as equities gain through global pandamic [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Emerging Markets and Asian hedge funds surged in 2Q 2020, recovering from steep losses experienced in late 1Q, with many indices posting gains for YTD 2020 through July. The HFRI China Index gained +6.8 return in July, which followed a +14.5 percent in 2Q, the best quarte
27 Aug. 2020 Privium opens Singapore office [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In line with its current business activities and ambition to expand further as a global player, Privium is proud to announce that from September 1st this year it will open an office in Singapore. Located in the Central Business District area, the new office will work on b
27 Aug. 2020 SEC modernises accredited investor definition [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted amendments to the "accredited investor" definition, one of the principal tests for determining who is eligible to participate in private capi
27 Aug. 2020 Despite COVID-19 crisis, investors stick with alternative allocation plans [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: COVID-19 has only had a limited impact on investors' allocation plans, as they remain satisfied with the performance, although they expect a negative impact on returns in the future, said Preqin. Despite concerns that institutions may need to curtail their alternat
26 Aug. 2020 Hedge funds see inflows after four months of redemptions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investors allocated an additional +$9.33 billion to hedge funds around the world in July, ending four consecutive months of redemptions that saw investors pulling some -$72 billion from the industry between March and June, according to the just-released eVestment July 202
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    From Bloomberg: Private debt investors are turning away from distressed funds amid shrinking opportunities to profit from troubled companies. Investors were less keen to put their money to work in funds that target distressed credits in the past quarter than a year ago, according to a poll of

  2. Investing: Cathie Wood's Ark Invest abandons Chinese tech stocks amid regulatory crackdown[more]

    From Business Insider: Cathie Wood's Ark Invest has slashed its exposure to Chinese tech stocks amid an ongoing regulatory crackdown, according to Ark's daily trading updates. Ark's flagship Disruptive Innovation ETF has seen its exposure to Chinese stocks fall to less than 1% from a high of 8

  3. SPACs: SEC abruptly kills Ackman's controversial SPAC plans, Bill Ackman rejigs Universal deal after regulators probe SPAC plan, SPAC-ing the Southeast Asia story, SPAC deals will rebound for remainder of 2021[more]

    SEC abruptly kills Ackman's controversial SPAC plans From Institutional Investor: The Securities and Exchange Commission has killed Bill Ackman's special purpose acquisition company's complicated plan to invest in Universal Music Group. On Monday, his SPAC, Pershing Square Tontin

  4. New Launches: Apollo investors look past Black-Epstein tie to back impact fund, Leeds Equity closes in on $1.25bn for its seventh buyout fund, Schroders Capital surpasses $389m for its fifth European infrastructure senior debt fund, Neuberger Berman closes NB Private Equity Impact Fund at nearly $280m, HSBC AM launches fintech venture capital strategy, Slate rounds up close to $600m for first credit fund, Trifecta Capital raises $130m for close of VC fund, Lumira Ventures closes on $255m of new capital to build transformative healthcare companies[more]

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  5. Investing: Tiger Global: The technology investor ruffling Silicon Valley feathers, Addepar raised $150m from hedge fund D1[more]

    Tiger Global: The technology investor ruffling Silicon Valley feathers From FT: For the first 15 years of running Tiger Global Management, Chase Coleman wore a suit every day in the hopes that investors would look past his inexperience. Today, his firm faces a different kind of reputat