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09 Jun. 2020 Balbec Capital raises $1.2bn for latest global credit fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Balbec Capital, LP, a global alternative asset manager with expertise sourcing and investing in bankrupt and insolvent credit, has completed the final close of InSolve Global Credit Fund IV, L.P. (the Fund), with total commitments of approximately $1.2 billion. This excee
09 Jun. 2020 Alternatives Investment Funds continued to attract net new money in the first quarter of 2020 despite Covid-19 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has today published its Quarterly Statistical Release describing the trends in the European investment fund industry in the first quarter of 2020 with key data and indicators for each EFAMA member countries.
09 Jun. 2020 InstarAGF wraps up sophomore infrastructure fund at $1.2bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Canadian alternative money manager InstarAGF Asset Management closed its flagship infrastructure fund InstarAGF Essential Infrastructure II at $1.2 billion. The private capital management firm said its second North America infrastructure investment - InstarAGF Essen
09 Jun. 2020 90% of US private equity fund managers bullish on distressed fund deal flow [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Nearly all private equity managers expect to see a surge in distressed fund deals over the coming year, said a new survey. "An overwhelming majority (90%) of US private equity fund managers expect to see a rise in the volume of distressed fund transaction activity o
09 Jun. 2020 Corporate pension funding ratio drops to 84% in May [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The funding ratio among corporate plans dropped to 84% as of May 31 from 84.5% as of April 30, said a report from Milliman. Discount rates dropped to 2.76% in May, offsetting the month's investment gains of 1.85%, the report said. In May, Milliman's Pensi
08 Jun. 2020 Impact investing in private markets touches $2.1tn in AUM [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Impact investing in private markets could be as much as $2.1 trillion in assets under management, although only $505 billion is clearly measured for development impact and financial returns, said a report. According to IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, this mea
08 Jun. 2020 Payments industry deals hit $2.26bn globally [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Total payments industry deals for April 2020 worth $2.26bn were announced globally, according to a study. According to GlobalData's deals database, the value marked an increase of 112.2% over the previous month and a drop of 49.8% when compared with the last 12-mont
06 Jun. 2020 Hedge funds extend gains in May as business reopening accelerate [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds advanced in May, extending strong April gains as the reopening of businesses accelerated throughout the month, and despite historically high unemployment figures and increased uncertainty surrounding civil rights protests across major U.S. cities. The HFRI Fun
05 Jun. 2020 Hedge fund performance: Global Macro outperformed in May [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global Macro strategies outperformed in May, on the back of the rebound of EM and Discretionary sub-strategies (+2.4% in May), said Lyxor. Meanwhile, CTA strategies underperformed (-1.5%) on the back of the rebound in risk assets (including energy) and the rise in b
05 Jun. 2020 Petra Capital Partners picks up $208m to close fourth growth fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Petra Capital Partners has picked up $208m for the final close of its fourth growth fund Petra Growth Fund IV (PGF IV). The fund targets healthcare, business, and technology-enabled services companies and is structured as a small business investment company (SBIC)
04 Jun. 2020 Francisco Partners raises $10bn with three tech funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Francisco Partners has raised nearly $10 billion across three funds to invest in technology companies, one of the largest pools of capital collected by a U.S. private-equity firm this year. The three oversubscribed technology-focused alternative investment funds wi
04 Jun. 2020 Global real estate AUM hit a record $3.6tn in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Total global real estate assets under management (AUM) hit a record €3.2 trillion ($3.6tn) at the end of 2019, representing an increase of 15.7% from the €2.8 trillion recorded at the end of 2018. According to the Fund Manager Survey 2020, published by ANREV, INREV
04 Jun. 2020 Bell Partners closes on nearly $1bn value-add multifamily fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Bell Partners has closed its most recent multifamily real estate fund, Bell Apartment Fund VII, at its $950 million hard cap, exceeding its $800 million target. The multifamily investor and management company said that its latest value-add fund is also 58.3% larger
03 Jun. 2020 Lyxor Americas bolsters hedge fund advisory and customised solutions with CIO appointment [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Lyxor Asset Management, the global investment manager with more than $160 billion under management, has appointed Kunjal Shah as Chief Investment Officer of its U.S.-based subsidiary, Lyxor Asset Management Inc. (Lyxor Americas). Kunjal Shah brings more than 20 of experi
03 Jun. 2020 Ardian raises $19bn for the world's biggest private equity secondaries fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Paris-based asset manager Ardian raised $19 billion for one of the largest capital pools ever amassed to buy secondhand stakes in private-equity funds. The pool includes a $14 billion fund from insurance companies, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, and wealthy
03 Jun. 2020 Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark returns +5.82% in April [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund performance bounced back in April 2020, after recording substantial losses in March, said a report. The Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark returned +5.82% in April, the highest monthly return since May 2009 (+6.56%). "Performance was boost
02 Jun. 2020 Passive strategies see largest inflows from investors since 2005 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Traditional asset managers reported institutional assets under management of $28.3 trillion through Q1 2020 to eVestment. Net institutional flows totaled +$59.9 billion in the most recent quarter and -$117.7 billion over the last four quarters. Institutional investors
02 Jun. 2020 NFA permanently bars former Winter Park, Fla. commodity trading advisor Fintech Investment Group, Inc. and its former principal Alan Friedland from membership [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - NFA has permanently barred Fintech Investment Group, Inc. (Fintech), a former NFA Member commodity trading advisor and forex firm located in Winter Park, Fla., and its former sole principal and associated person Alan Friedland from membership and from acting as a principa
02 Jun. 2020 Insurers' pullback from hedge fund investments continues for a fourth-straight year [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: U.S. insurers for a fourth straight year reduced their hedge fund investments, to $12 billion in 2019 from $25 billion in 2015. According to a report by A.M. Best Company, hedge fund holdings went from 1,500 positions to about 900. Only 10% of A.M.Best's rated u
01 Jun. 2020 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ends April +4.90% (-2.3% YTD) on an asset-weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended April 2020 up 4.90% MOM on an asset-weighted basis and up 6.59% MOM on an equal-weighted basis. The aim of the Scotiabank Canad
01 Jun. 2020 A look inside the Fed's $1.307bn ETF allocation - 7 iShares ETFs account for 48% of the assets [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Federal Reserve announced on March 23rd that it would purchase corporate bonds for the first time in its 107-year history. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York announced that the Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facility (SMCCF) will begin purchases of exchange trad
01 Jun. 2020 Fixed-income, active equities saw outflows; passive equities, cash-management up as COVID-19 pandemic rolled out [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - As the global COVID-19 pandemic picked up speed in Q1 and countries around the world went into various versions of lockdown, fixed-income and active equity strategies were among the hardest hit with investor redemptions, according to the just published eVestment Q1 2020 I
01 Jun. 2020 IK Investment Partners closes the largest fund to date at $3.2bn hard cap [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Pan-European private equity firm IK Investment Partners has closed the €2.85 billion ($3.17 billion) IK IX Fund, at its hard cap, exceeding its €2.5 billion fundraising target. IK IX Fund has surpassed its predecessor, which raised €1.85bn in 2016, and is the firm's
31 May. 2020 Emerging markets funds find opportunities in pandemic - HFR [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Emerging Markets hedge funds continued to navigate a volatile path through the global coronavirus pandemic, posting steep losses in March followed by a strong surge in April and a recovery extending deep into 2Q19. The HFRI Emerging Markets (Total) Index gained +5.4 perce
29 May. 2020 Venture capital-backed deals in healthtech companies hit $8.2bn in Q1 2020 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, healthtech was already a sector of increasing interest among investors, said Preqin. But as a result of COVID-19, more alternative assets professionals are looking for opportunities in the healthtech sector, and there has been an uptick
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