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09 Jul. 2021 Global mergers and acquisitions activity hit an all-time high with deals worth more than $2.6tn in 1H [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity hit an all-time high in the first six months of 2021, with deals worth more than $2.6tn, up from $926bn years on year and surging past the pre-pandemic five-year average of $1.6tn. According to a new analysis by EY Glob
09 Jul. 2021 Private debt funds more than double since 2017 targeting $295bn across 651 funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The number of private debt funds in the market has more than doubled since January 2017, whilst private debt funds sit on $364bn of dry powder, said a study. According to the Q2 2021 Private Debt Quarterly Report published by Preqin, as of July 2021, private debt
08 Jul. 2021 Eurazeo raises $1.18bn for secondaries program [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: European investment major Eurazeo has closed its fourth secondaries program on €1bn ($1.18bn). The capital raised includes €700m for Idinvest Secondary Fund IV, exceeding its initial target of €600m, and €300m of additional secondaries capital raised from private i
07 Jul. 2021 Investment firm StepStone Group to acquire VC platform Greenspring Associates [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - StepStone Group Inc. (Nasdaq: STEP), a global private markets investment firm, and Greenspring Associates, a leading venture capital and growth equity platform, have made an agreement in which StepStone will acquire Greenspring and certain of its related entities. The
07 Jul. 2021 Hedge fund optimism on the rise amid double-digit returns [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Amid double-digit returns and increasing assets under management, hedge fund managers have grown even more optimistic about their business prospects over the next 12 months. According to the second quarter Hedge Fund Confidence Index (HFCI) from AIMA, Simmons & Sim
07 Jul. 2021 KKR raises $2.2bn for European real estate fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global investment firm KKR has raised $2.2bn for its second value-add and opportunistic European real estate fund. The fund focuses on value-added and opportunistic real estate investments in Western Europe in sectors such as logistics, residential, student hou
06 Jul. 2021 European asset managers weather the shocks of 2020 with a record $30tn in assets AUM, up 5% over 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The European asset management industry entered 2020 coming off record highs in aggregate revenues and profits, said a report. According to the report by McKinsey, European asset managers weathered the challenges, ending the year with a record €25.2 trillion ($30tn)
06 Jul. 2021 Covid-19 pandemic sharpens investor focus on sustainability [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: More than half of institutional investors think ESG is more important because of Covid-19, said a study. This is particularly the case among European investors - 62% of them now attach a greater significance to ESG. According to the annual Schroders Institutional
05 Jul. 2021 Global digital asset management market to grow 18.3% to $10bn by 2026 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global Digital Asset Management market size is projected to reach USD 10.220 billion by 2026, from USD 3.157 billion in 2019, at a CAGR of 18.3% during 2021-2026, said a study. According to the study by Valuates Reports, the emerging trend of digitization, alon
02 Jul. 2021 Nordic Capital raises $1.4bn for first mid-market fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The private equity investor Nordic Capital has created a new fund for mid-sized companies worth €1.2 billion ($1.4bn), including GP commitment of 6.8%, in just three months. The Evolution Fund was substantially oversubscribed at its hard cap and significantly excee
02 Jul. 2021 Ascribe Capital merges with Birch Grove to form a new entity to manage hedge funds and private credit vehicles [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: U.S. private equity firm American Securities' credit business Ascribe Capital has merged with Birch Grove Capital (BGC), an alternative credit manager. The combined firm - AS Birch Grove - will manage about $5 billion in assets in an opportunistic hedge fund, pr
01 Jul. 2021 UBP to acquire Danske Bank's wealth management business [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Union Bancaire Privée, UBP SA (UBP) and Danske Bank A/S have entered into an agreement whereby Union Bancaire Privée (Europe) S.A. will acquire Danske Bank's wealth management business in Luxembourg, operating through Danske Bank International S.A. (DBI). The transact
01 Jul. 2021 Hedge fund launches increased in Q1 amidst inflationary pressures [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New hedge fund launches increased in the first quarter of 2021 to the highest level since 4Q17 as hedge funds posted strong performance to begin 2021 and inflationary pressures have begun to emerge in the US, according to the latest HFR Market Microstructure Report, relea
01 Jul. 2021 Vistria raises $2.7bn for latest buyout fund, above its target [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Chicago-based midmarket-focused Vistria Group has wrapped up its largest-ever buyout fund with $2.68 billion and is raising money for a new private-credit strategy. The private investment firm's latest buyout vehicle, Vistria Fund IV LP, is more than twice t
01 Jul. 2021 Venture capital interest in Canadian start-ups skyrocket in 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Venture capital interest in Canadian start-ups, particularly tech, has skyrocketed in 2021, drawing capital from both domestic and foreign investors, said a report. According to Preqin, so far this year, more than $6.2bn has been invested in Canada-based portfolio
30 Jun. 2021 First Eagle Alternative Credit hires Nishil Mehta [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - First Eagle Alternative Credit, LLC has hired CLO industry veteran Nishil Mehta to assist with the expansion of First Eagle's private fund collateralized loan obligation debt and equity strategy. Mehta is a Managing Director and Product Specialist on First Eagle Alternati
30 Jun. 2021 EMPEA rebrands as the Global Private Capital Association [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - EMPEA, the global industry association for private capital investment in Asia, Latin America, Africa, Central & Eastern Europe (CEE) and the Middle East, today announced it is now the Global Private Capital Association. "Seventeen years after EMPEA's founding
30 Jun. 2021 MSCI launches new modeling solution for institutional investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - MSCI Inc., a leading provider of critical decision support tools and services for the global investment community, today launched the MSCI Crowding Model solution to help institutional investors navigate crowded markets by providing high quality, timely information and da
30 Jun. 2021 EPFR launches new hedge fund data reporting [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - EPFR, a subsidiary of Informa Financial Intelligence and worldwide industry leader in providing fund flows and allocation data to financial institutions, announces its Hedge Fund Flows dataset. The new offering applies EPFR's core competency in a combined database bet
30 Jun. 2021 World's biggest interdealer broker TP ICAP to launch crypto trading platform with Fidelity [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: TP ICAP Group, the world's biggest interdealer broker, is launching a cryptocurrency venue for institutions to trade BTC, and plans include adding ETH as well. The London-based broker, which has offered Bitcoin futures since 2019, said in a press release it's w
30 Jun. 2021 Acceleprise reaches closes two funds, rebrands as Forum Ventures [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: San Francisco based Acceleprise, an early stage venture firm and accelerator, has closed on two funds and rebranded as Forum Ventures. Forum's seed fund closed on $13.2 million and is backed by a number of tech luminaries including Eric Yuan, CEO of Zoom
29 Jun. 2021 Moore Cayman launches pioneering blockchain audit verification service [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Accountancy firm Moore Cayman which specialises in providing audit services to investment funds and the digital asset industry including nearly 200 cryptocurrency-focused funds, has launched the first verification service for its audit clients through a public blockchain.
29 Jun. 2021 Union Bancaire Privee to acquire Millennium Banque Privee - BCP (Suisse) SA [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Union Bancaire Privee, UBP SA (UBP) and Banco Comercial Portugues, S.A. (BCP) announced today that they have entered into an agreement whereby UBP will acquire the group's Swiss private bank, Millennium Banque Privee - BCP (Suisse) SA. The transaction, which is a sha
29 Jun. 2021 Putnam Investments taps Goldstein for co-CIO role [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In a move expected to provide long-term leadership continuity for its multi-asset investment group, Putnam Investments today announced that Brett S. Goldstein has been named Co-Chief Investment Officer, Global Asset Allocation (GAA), effective June 30. Goldstein, who will
29 Jun. 2021 US insurers increase holdings in private equity [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Private equity holdings by the U.S. insurance industry grew by 14.8% in 2020, with the life/annuity insurance industry seeing its highest value in five years, at $71.7 billion, according to a new AM Best report. U.S. property/casualty insurers also increased the book-
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  1. Alts managers sitting on over $2.5tn+ of dry powder[more]

    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

  3. The Big Picture: With the war, E, S, and G have collectively moved back to the fore[more]

    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

  4. Other Voices: The selloff is overdone[more]

    Authored by Heeten Doshi, founder of Doshi Capital Management. Anyone who is still bearish and calling for more downside is foolish. The selloff is overdone. To point to further declines from here is poor risk management. With the Nasdaq 100 down 22% and S&P 500 down 13% for the year

  5. Other Voices: ESG exuberance is at all-time highs. But will investors buy?[more]

    As investors increase their focus on mission-based investing, they continue to grapple with ESG and what it means to them. By David Shalom, Director of Capital Introductions at Pershing Innovation. New investment solutions. That's how managers deliver value and attract new inve