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19 Jan. 2021 Global M&A value touches $2.9tn in 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: With an overall value of $ 2.9 trillion, global M&A in 2020 is tracking below 2019's value of $3.3tn but still ranks fifth for the value of deals in the post-global financial crisis period, said a study. According to the EY research looking at global M&A trends in
19 Jan. 2021 M&A deal volumes up 18% and deal values increase 94% in H2 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: M&A dealmaking jumped in the second half of the year with total global deal volumes and values increasing by 18% and 94%, respectively compared to the first half of the year, said a study. Besides, both deal volumes and deal values were up compared to the last six
18 Jan. 2021 Quantumrock finishes 2020 up 31% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Quantumrock, the AI driven investment manager, announced its best year of performance since 2016 for its flagship strategy Volatility Special Opportunities Program (VSOP), having closed the year by +30.93%. After November's momentum change, stocks continued their
18 Jan. 2021 Hedge fund Industry returns 3.29% in December ending the year up 10.95% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry posted a second consecutive positive month in December, returning 3.29% according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index. By comparison, the S&P 500 Total Return Index was up 3.84% in December. For the year, the hedge fund industry gained 10.95% in 2
18 Jan. 2021 Low-value deals dominate global venture capital investment volume in Q4 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: As low-value deals (where the investment was less than or equal to $10m) accounted for the majority of global venture capital (VC) investment volume as big-ticket, billion-dollar deals were mostly non-existent during Q4 2020. According to GlobalData of the total 3,
15 Jan. 2021 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index up 3.70% in December [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SS&C Technologies Holdings announced that the gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for December 2020 measured 3.70%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index declined 1.67% in January. "SS&C GlobeOp'
15 Jan. 2021 March Capital raises $450m third fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Santa Monica-based venture growth firm March Capital Partners has closed a new $450 million venture capital fund focused on enterprise software companies. March Capital Fund III is the firm's largest yet, beating out the $300 million Fund II which closed just unde
15 Jan. 2021 U.S. venture capital funds set new records in deal-making, exits, and fundraising in 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: By every measure, 2020 was a big year for venture capital as the VC funds set new records in deal-making, exits, and fundraising last year said a study. According to a new report from PitchBook and the National Venture Capital Association, the deal value topped $15
15 Jan. 2021 Audax has closed a $1.7bn Continuation Fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The US-based alternative investment manager Audax Group has closed a deal to buy one of its own funds with the help of fellow investment firms AlpInvest Partners, Lexington Partners, and Hamilton Lane. The private equity firm said in a press release that its fir
14 Jan. 2021 2020 ended on a high note for most of hedge fund industry [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Over 90% of reporting managers reported positive results in December, the broadest monthly measure of positive returns since at least 2011, said eVestment. Average gains of +4.00% lifted YTD average returns to +11.02%, past the level in 2019 (+10.07%) and to the high
14 Jan. 2021 Neuberger Berman wraps up fourth co-investment fund above its $2bn target [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Neuberger Berman collected $2.1 billion-plus for its fourth fund - NB Strategic Co-Investment Partners IV. The fund, which was oversubscribed, exceeded its fundraising target, said a press release from the private, independent, employee-owned investment manager.
14 Jan. 2021 Silver Lake amasses $20bn for largest-ever tech-focused buyout fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Silver Lake has closed buyout fund Silver Lake Partners VI at $20 billion, reaching its hard cap, as the technology-focused private equity firm looks to focus on large-scale investments. The raised capital includes roughly $500 million from the general partner. The
14 Jan. 2021 $78.9bn new capital planned for deployment in global real estate in 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global real estate is set to attract about €64.6 billion ($78.9 billion) in investments this year, with European real estate set to gain the lion's share of institutional investor commitments, said a study. According to the 2021 Investment Intentions survey publ
13 Jan. 2021 Hedge funds end tumultuous year on a high note; China, technology and activist funds among top performers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The global hedge fund business ended 2020 on a high note, with average hedge fund returns for December coming in at +4.00% and bringing full-year 2020 average returns to +11.02%, according to the just-released eVestment December / 2020 hedge fund performance data. The hed
13 Jan. 2021 CreativeCap Advisors partners with Stonehaven and rebrands to CCA Global Capital Group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - CreativeCap Advisors - the global asset management consulting firm - announces it will rebrand to CCA Global Capital Group. The rebrand centers on evolving the company's focus on offering bespoke outsourced solutions across investor relations, business development and sal
13 Jan. 2021 Hedge funds see 90% approval rating from investors in 2020 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investor Intentions H1 21, a new report by business intelligence provider, HFM, and the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global representative of the alternative investment management industry, has found that over 90% of investors were satisfied w
13 Jan. 2021 November 2020 private equity investments rebound from October slump [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Announced investments to private equity funds rebounded in November from a brief slump in October, according to the just-released eVestment Private Markets Monitor covering November 2020. Public pensions in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada tracked by eVestment
13 Jan. 2021 Catalyst Group launches new fin-tech services [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Catalyst Group announces the launch of its new Fin- Tech Financial Services business, providing hedge, private equity and real estate asset managers, family offices and financial institutions with a full suite of outsourced Fund Administration, Corporate and Portfolio
13 Jan. 2021 Alter Domus hits $1tn in AUM after Strata Fund acquisition [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global alternative investment fund administrator Alter Domus is acquiring the fund administrator serving US private equity and venture capital funds Strata Fund Solutions, which would result in a firm with about $1 trillion in assets under administration. According
13 Jan. 2021 US private equity investment activity totaled $708.4 bn in 2020, down 7.3% from 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US private equity (PE) investment activity totaled $708.4 billion in 2020 (down 7.3 percent from 2019) across 5,309 separate deals (down 3.4 percent), marking the first decrease in both private equity value and number of transactions since 2009, said a study by the fin
13 Jan. 2021 Capital Constellation buys stake in Avista Capital [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Healthcare-focused private equity firm Avista Capital Partners has sold a passive minority stake to the alternative asset manager Capital Constellation. Capital Constellation was launched in 2018 and is a joint venture of five sovereign wealth funds that intend to
13 Jan. 2021 Investment Metrics buys ESG exposure analytics provider Style Analytics [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investment Metrics, a Connecticut-headquartered provider of analytics, reporting, benchmarking, and other solutions for the institutional investment market, has acquired the investment factor and ESG exposure analytics provider Style Analytics. In a statement, Inves
12 Jan. 2021 Hedge funds recorded their best annual performance since 2009 despite the ongoing pandemic [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 3.41% in December 2020, supported by the strong performance of the global equity market as represented by MSCI ACWI (Local) which gained 4.04% during the month. In 2020, global hedge funds ended the year in double-digit performance
12 Jan. 2021 Red Cedar announces seeding deal with New Holland Capital [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Red Cedar LLC, a newly formed quantitative investment management firm, today announced a seed investment and strategic commitment from New York-based investment manager Ne
12 Jan. 2021 Cerulli: Asia's fund industry prepares for post-pandemic recovery [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Although markets throughout Asia were dislocated by the COVID-19 pandemic in the early part of last year, assets under management recovered sufficiently by September 2020 to chart a combined 11.0% growth over the first nine months. This was largely led by China, at 21.0%,
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