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30 Dec. 2020 Hedge fund launches rise as industry positions for growth in 2021 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New hedge fund launches increased to the highest level in five quarters in 3Q 2020 on optimism in the US economy, as managers and investors positioned for acceleration of performance gains and capital growth into 2021, according to the latest HFR Market Microstructure Rep
30 Dec. 2020 Hedge funds recorded their strongest return in over a decade lead by the long/short equities [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers the ended month of November up 4.49% on an equal-weighted basis, and 3.51% return on an asset-weighted basis, said a press note by Eurekahedge. The better-than-expected efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines and optimism on the new US administration bo
30 Dec. 2020 Covid-19 pandemic prompts more people to develop estate plans [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Covid-19 pandemic has prompted more people to develop estate plans, though a large percentage remain without a will or estate plan, according to a new WellsFargo - Gallup survey. Close to half of investors in the new survey (45%) report they have neither a wil
29 Dec. 2020 Ark CEO Cathie Wood buys back option that had threatened control [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Cathie Wood, the founder, and CEO of Ark Investment Management will retain control of her asset-management company that focuses on investing in innovative and disruptive companies. The fight for control of Ark is over after Cathie purchased the option that threaten
29 Dec. 2020 Oceanpine raises $400m for China-US technology companies [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Beijing's Oceanpine Capital closed its Fund II with $400 million for China-US investments in advanced technology, including biopharma companies. This is the first time Oceanpine has sought funding from external LPs since its inception in Dec 2016, said the tech
28 Dec. 2020 MPE Partners nabs $420m [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Lower-middle-market investment firm MPE Partners (Morgenthaler Private Equity) closed its oversubscribed MPE Partners III LP fund at its hard cap of $420 million. The lower middle-market private equity firm based in Cleveland and Boston said in a news release that
28 Dec. 2020 Dyal Capital and Owl Rock agree $12.5bn SPAC merger and IPO [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Neuberger Berman's Dyal Capital Partners and direct lender Owl Rock Capital have agreed to combine in a complex deal to take them public via a blank cheque vehicle. The two firms will combine with a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), Altimar Acquisition Co
22 Dec. 2020 SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator up 3.95% in December [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SS&C Technologies Holdings announced that the SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for December 2020 measured 3.95%, up from 3.63% in November. "SS&C GlobeOp's Forward Redemption Indicator for December 2020 was 3.95%, reflecting lower redemptions compared
22 Dec. 2020 Hedge funds see $5.2bn in inflows in October, reversing course from September's redemptions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry returned to monthly inflows in October, bringing in $5.2 billion in new assets for the month. The industry had experienced $2.8 billion in redemptions in September. October's inflows represented 0.2% of industry assets, according to the Barcla
22 Dec. 2020 Emerging market debt trading volumes fall in Q3 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Emerging market debt trading volumes fell in the third quarter of 2020 both on a year-on-year basis and on a sequential basis, said a study. According to EMTA, the trade association for the Emerging Markets trading and investment industry, the volume of debt changi
22 Dec. 2020 More German institutional investors to increase alternative investment allocations [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: More German institutional investors are planning to allocate to alternative investments especially in private debt in the coming years, with the corporate segment poised to attract the most first-time buyers, said a survey. The survey of insurers, pension funds, pen
21 Dec. 2020 BNP Paribas Energy Transition fund up 132% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The BNP Paribas Energy Transition fund has returned more than 132% since the start of this year and the fund size has grown to more than EUR 1.5bn, doubling in the past five weeks. The fund is managed by Edward Lees and Ulrik Fugmann, managers of the long/short equity
21 Dec. 2020 Thomas Schumann Capital and Anatase LTD to launch water risk index [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A partnership between Thomas Schumann Capital® and Anatase Ltd, two solutions providers committed to increasing water security through responsible investing, will launch the world's first index family to benchmark water risk in global capital markets on January 4, 2021.
21 Dec. 2020 FATF removes The Bahamas from list of jurisdictions under increased monitoring [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Financial Action Task Force, the world's anti-money-laundering standard-setter, congratulates The Bahamas for the significant progress it has made in improving its AML/CFT regime. "The Bahamas has strengthened the effectiveness of its AML/CFT system and
21 Dec. 2020 PGIM Private Capital wraps up the sixth fund at $2.23bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: PGIM Private Capital, a Chicago, Illinois-based private debt investment arm of PGIM, announced today a raise of USD 2.23bn in total capital commitments for its sixth mezzanine fund, PGIM Capital Partners VI, at final close. According to a press release from PGIM, t
18 Dec. 2020 Gridiron Capital closes fourth fund on $1.35bn - beating target [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Gridiron Capital has closed Gridiron Capital Fund IV and its affiliated Funds at $1.35 billion, reaching its hard-cap. Gridiron IV was significantly oversubscribed and is the largest flagship fund in the firm's history. "With the closing of Gridiron IV, we
18 Dec. 2020 Technology deals value down 12.8% at $226.3bn YoY basis, with 1425 deals in 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 2020 technology deals value was down by 12.8% at $226.3 billion on a YoY basis in the United States. The total deal volume also nose-dived by 13.5% compared with 2019 figures, to 1425. However, the average deal size has shown an improvement of 0.8% to $158.8 million.
17 Dec. 2020 eVestment forms consultant board to advise on investment industry trends [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - eVestment, the institutional investment data and analytics, has launched a consultant advisory board comprising a broad range of investment consultant clients from both global and regional firms. Board members will provide strategic input to eVestment on the evolving data
17 Dec. 2020 Barclay CTA Index returns 1.38% in November [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures funds broke a two-month slump in November, posting a 1.38% return for the month, according to the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. For the year-to-date, CTAs were up 2.60% through November. "Positive COVID
17 Dec. 2020 Hong Kong issues its first virtual asset trading platform license to OSL [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) announces that it has granted the first license to OSL Digital Securities, a virtual asset trading platform in Hong Kong. OSL, a member of BC Technology Group, can now conduct Type 1 (dealing in securities) and Type 7 (a
17 Dec. 2020 AlpInvest racks up $9bn for new PE secondaries fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: AlpInvest Partners, a subsidiary of Washington-based Carlyle Group Inc., wrapped up fundraising for its AlpInvest Secondaries Program VII (ASP VII) with $9 billion, ahead of the $8 billion it originally targeted for the fund. Separately, the firm also has access
17 Dec. 2020 Sagard Holdings raises $650m for a new credit fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Sagard Holdings, a multi-strategy alternative asset manager, raised $650 million for its second private credit fund. Sagard Credit Partners (SCP), closed its inaugural $557 million fund two years ago, said a press release from the unit of the billionaire Desmarai
17 Dec. 2020 Hedge funds post a very strong November with gains of 7.45% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark had a very strong November. Market optimism due to successful vaccine trials fueled gains of 7.45%. "This pushed the 2020 YTD return to +13.27% and the 12-month return to +15.19%. By comparison, the S&P 500 gained 10.7
16 Dec. 2020 More players adopt SBAI's Due Diligence Questionnaire for Alternative Risk Premia Products [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Standards Board for Alternative Investments (SBAI) announced that major broker-dealers support the adoption of the SBAI Alternative Risk Premia DDQ for Broker-Dealer Products. The DDQ assists institutional investors and investment managers in their due diligence of br
16 Dec. 2020 Bahamas passes Digital Assets and Registered Exchanges Bill to establish legal foundation for a new industry [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The passage of the Digital Assets and Registered Exchanges Bill, 2020 (DARE) has put in place the legal framework for a vital, well-regulated and compliant industry in The Bahamas for those interested in entering the digital asset space. It also creates specific opportuni
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  3. PE/VC: SOKA-BAU to raise private markets allocation with first move in private debt, Biotech deals tumble to lowest in a decade over regulatory fears[more]

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  4. New Launches: Goldman collects $5bn for Petershill IV, OSF Ventures launches third and largest venture capital fund, London growth investor Sprints Capital raises $602m for new technology fund, BlackRock launches two new active Climate Action funds, Edtech-focused Owl Ventures raises over $1bn across three funds[more]

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  5. PE/VC: A record year in private equity drives competition for lucrative industries, The power law - how venture capital ate the stock market, Europe's unicorn herd multiplies as VC investment more than doubled in 2021, Platform private equity deals could be 'fraught with risk'[more]

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