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14 Jul. 2020 Covid-19 prompts a rise in 'social considerations' to the forefront of ESG investing [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Fund managers are paying more attention to social considerations, such as labor rights and diversity, than they were prior to the outbreak of coronavirus, said a study. According to BNP Paribas Asset Management (BNPP AM) study on the importance of ESG criteria for
14 Jul. 2020 U.S. Public pensions rebound in Q2 with $308bn asset gain [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: U.S. public pension funding during Q2 2020 rebounded gaining $308 billion in the market value of assets and reversing Q1 losses, said a study. Milliman's Public Pension Funding Index (PPFI), which consists of the nation's 100 largest public defined benefit
13 Jul. 2020 Hedge fund performance picks in 2Q, with Event Driven-Activist funds dominating [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds gained an average of +2.07% in June, but year-to-date (YTD) average industry returns are still in the red at -3.37%. The second quarter was stronger for the industry, with 2Q 2020 average returns at +9.91%. Roughly 40% of the industry is producing positive
13 Jul. 2020 US Property deals value fell by 68% in Q2 2020 from the previous quarter [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The aggregate value of private equity real estate (PERE) deals in the US fell by 68% in Q2 2020 from the previous quarter - with every sector recording a decline, said Preqin. Preqin data shows the magnitude of COVID-19's impact on the US PERE deals market so far. I
13 Jul. 2020 Satori Capital buys into hedge fund manager Mountain Cove Capital Management [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Dallas-based alternatives manager founded on the principles of conscious capitalism, Satori Capital has agreed to back compatriot investment firm Mountain Cove Capital Management. Satori, a multi-strategy firm with more than $1 billion in assets under management, co
13 Jul. 2020 U.S. private equity deals plunge 20% in H1 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: U.S. private equity transactions fell nearly 20% in deal value to $326.7 billion on 2,173 deals in the first six months of 2020 from the year-ago period, said a study. According to a PitchBook report, many private equity managers pulled out of previously agreed deal
13 Jul. 2020 SEC proposes to amend Form 13F [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said on Friday that it had proposed to amend Form 13F - for the first time in more than 40 years. The proposal will update the reporting threshold (currently at $100m) for institutional investment managers and make other change
10 Jul. 2020 Callan study finds private equity fee consistency [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private equity partnership fees and terms for funds in the market in 2018 and 2019 were highly uniform, indicating managers had significant bargaining power, according to a study by Callan. More than three-quarters of the partnerships were buyout funds, and North Am
10 Jul. 2020 Blackstone closes first life-science fund at $4.6bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Blackstone Group closed its inaugural life sciences fund, Blackstone Life Sciences V (BXLS V), at its hard cap of $4.6 billion, making it the largest life sciences private fund raised till date. Blackstone Life Sciences (BLS) invests in established life science co
10 Jul. 2020 DWS and NMC team up on alternatives [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global asset manager DWS is forming a partnership with Northwestern Mutual Capital (NMC), the private markets division of US insurer Northwestern Mutual. DWS said NMC had been investing in private markets for more than 40 years, and that the partnership, which i
10 Jul. 2020 Private equity activity declines significantly in Q2 2020, dry powder climbs towards $1.5tn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The COVID-19 pandemic had relatively little effect on Q1 activity, not impacting European or North American countries until the end of the quarter, said Preqin. However, the slowdown was very much evident in Q2, with fundraising and buyout backed dealmaking both se
09 Jul. 2020 Private equity portfolio companies weathering the Covid-19 storm [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private equity portfolio companies are largely weathering the storm caused by the coronavirus crisis, new research from risk management firm Willis Towers Watson shows. The report revealed that despite a subdued environment for exit deals in the first six months of
09 Jul. 2020 KKR to buy Global Atlantic for $4.4bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private-equity giant KKR agreed to acquire retirement and life insurance company Global Atlantic Financial Group for roughly $4.4 billion. According to the New York-based PE firm said it would pay the amount of Global Atlantic's book value as of the deal's closing,
09 Jul. 2020 Hedge funds continue the positive run for the third consecutive month in June [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds advanced in June for the third consecutive month, concluding a volatile 1H20 defined by a steep 1Q global equity market decline driven by the global coronavirus pandemic followed by a mixed 2Q recovery despite ongoing virus concerns and challenges, said acc
09 Jul. 2020 Walter GAM acquires stake in Auspice Capital Advisors [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Canadian private equity firm Walter Global Asset Management has acquired a minority interest in Auspice Capital Advisors, a Calgary-based asset management firm that specializes in alternative and non-correlated investment strategies utilizing a wide array of commoditie
08 Jul. 2020 Charlesbank wraps up second credit fund at $700m hard [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private equity firm Charlesbank Capital Partners smashes its $500m target by raising $700m for its Credit Opportunities Fund II (COF II). "The Fund had a $500 million target and received limited partner commitments above its $700 million hard cap," said a press rel
08 Jul. 2020 North America M&A performance and volume lag behind rest of world during H1 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: North America experienced the sharpest fall in M&A performance by some margin, said a report. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on deal-making in the first six months of 2020 was significant but not unexpected, yet regional differences in deal performance and volu
07 Jul. 2020 $1tn asset owners launch a green investing tool [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Asset owners in Australia, Canada, and the Netherlands, which together manage more than $1 trillion of assets, have launched an online green-investing tool that measures companies against United Nations sustainable development goals. "APG Asset Management NV, Austra
07 Jul. 2020 Patrizia's Trans-European flagship fund oversubscribed with $2bn firepower [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global real estate investment manager, Patrizia AG announced the final close of its seventh flagship trans-European real estate fund, Trans-European VII LP (TEP VII), at its hard cap, with EUR 750mn (USD 849mn), of total equity commitments. In the latest round
07 Jul. 2020 CTAs underperformed in June as risk assets kept creeping higher [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Lyxor Peer Groups suggest hedge fund performance was up +0.6% in June, with CTAs underperforming (-1%) and Directional L/S Equity, L/S Credit and Special Situation strategies outperforming (+1.2% to +1.5%). During the last weeks of June, market concerns over renewe
06 Jul. 2020 REYL & Cie appoints Thomas Fontaine as Partner of the Bank and Michael Welti as Deputy Head of Wealth Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - REYL & Cie is expanding its team of partners with the appointment of Thomas Fontaine, currently Head of the Entrepreneur & Family Office Services business line. He joins François Reyl, Pasha Bakhtiar, Nicolas Duchêne, Christian Fringhian and Lorenzo Rocco di Torrepadula a
06 Jul. 2020 EQT targets $14bn for its latest infrastructure fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Swedish alternative investment firm EQT AB said it would target €12.5 billion ($14 billion) for its fifth infrastructure fund which would be the firm's largest such vehicle to date. The target for EQT Infrastructure V is larger than the €9.1 billion raised for its f
03 Jul. 2020 Angelo Gordon surges to $1.5bn hard cap for third Europe property fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US-based alternative investment firm Angelo, Gordon & Co. has hauled in more than $1.5 billion in commitments for its latest European real estate fund, exceeding the target and hitting the fund's hard cap. The $35 billion privately held limited partnership, whi
03 Jul. 2020 Coronavirus crisis: PE industry mulls more realism and longer holding periods [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: More realism, longer holding periods and an advantage for investors with a long-term focus - these are the main changes that investment managers in the German private equity market expect as a result of the coronavirus crisis. The PE transaction activity is not exp
02 Jul. 2020 Schroders acquires majority stake in Asian real estate investor Pamfleet [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: British asset manager Schroders will acquire a majority stake in $1.1 billion Asian real estate investor Pamfleet. Schroder Real Estate, with $21.4 billion in assets under management, did not disclose financial details and the size of the stake. Pamfleet is a val
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