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29 Apr. 2021 Seward & Kissel's New Hedge Funds study shows equity strategies in high demand in 2020 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - While the early part of 2020 was challenging for new hedge fund managers, equity launches in particular were big gatherers of capital as the year progressed, according to
29 Apr. 2021 Laven acquires UK-based regulatory compliance consultancy The MPAC Group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Laven Partners, a UK vendor of regulatory technology and compliance consultancy with offices in London, Paris and New York, is acquiring The MPAC Group, a peer in the UK's compliance and regulatory advisory field known for its expertise in the complementary brokerage and
29 Apr. 2021 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index flat in March, 6% YTD on equal-weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended March 2021 down 0.10% MOM on an asset-weighted basis and up 0.21% MOM on an equal-weighted basis. The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Inde
29 Apr. 2021 Hedge funds extend winning streak to six months and recorded strongest Q1 return since 2006 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers the ended month of March up 1.04% on an equal-weighted basis, and down 0.63% on an asset-weighted basis, said Eurekahedge. Global equity markets were supported by the implementation of the Biden administration's US$1.9 trillion economic stimulus pac
29 Apr. 2021 Fidelity launches securities lending platform for fund managers to profit from short-sellers [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: U.S. asset management giant Fidelity Investments is opening its internal securities lending platform to third-party asset managers and financial institutions. The Boston-based firm said the digital platform is for fund managers looking to lend out their holdings to
29 Apr. 2021 SpaceX investor Valor Equity raises $1.7bn in the latest growth equity fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Chicago- headquartered Valor Equity Partners announced that it officially closed its fifth fund - Valor Equity Partners V - at $1.7 billion. The oversubscribed fund closed at its hard cap. Following the Fund V close, Valor is managing approximately $7.3 billion i
28 Apr. 2021 North America maintains its dominance by accounting for 45.6% of global VC investment volume in Q1 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Despite a notable decline in share in March, North America maintained its dominance by accounting for 45.6% of global VC investment volume in Q1 2021, followed by APAC with 28.1%, Europe with 20.8% share, Middle East and Africa with 3.7% share, and South and Central Am
28 Apr. 2021 AssetMark launches customized portfolios on the iCapital platform [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: AssetMark, the turnkey asset management platform, is offering a new portfolio construction service to RIAs via the iCapital Network platform that services $73 billion in global client assets across more than 760 alternative investment funds. The customized alternati
27 Apr. 2021 Cloud-based productivity suite Backstop acquires CRM solution provider ProTrak [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Backstop Solutions Group, a cloud-based productivity suite for institutional and alternative investors, has acquired ProTrak International, a provider of a client relationship management (CRM) solution tailored specifically to the needs of asset managers. ProTrak has
27 Apr. 2021 Devon Equity Management joins the Group of Boutique Asset Managers (GBAM) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - One of the UK's newer investment boutiques, Devon Equity Management, has joined the Group of Boutique Asset Managers (GBAM). Devon is an independent fund management company founded in 2019 by well-known fund manager, Alexander Darwall, and former colleagues, R
27 Apr. 2021 Neuberger Berman closes impact fund on $280M [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Neuberger Berman, a private, independent, employee-owned investment manager, has announced that the NB Private Equity Impact Fund held its final close with nearly $280 million of commitments. The successful fundraise demonstrates the growth of Neuberger Berman's p
27 Apr. 2021 EQT hits $18.8bn for latest buyout fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Swedish global investment organization EQT AB has closed its latest fund with €15.6 billion ($18.78 billion) of fee-generating assets, making it among the largest private equity funds ever raised by a European manager. EQT IX, which is also the firm's largest s
26 Apr. 2021 Tikehau launches green strategy to decarbonize North America [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Following the successful fundraising for a €1bn European-focused T2 Energy Transition strategy, Tikehau Capital has launched a North American private equity strategy dedicated to transitioning to a low-carbon economy - and has already picked up $300m of committed capi
25 Apr. 2021 York Capital and Kennedy Lewis launch CLO platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - York Capital Management, a global private investment firm, and Kennedy Lewis Investment Management, an opportunistic credit manager, are partnering to form a new entity to be called Generate Advisors, LLC. Under the partnership agreement, York's approximately $4
23 Apr. 2021 Hedge funds experience $9bn in redemptions in February [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund flows reversed course in February with $9.0 billion in redemptions, following $30.5 billion in industry inflows a month earlier. February's redemptions represented 0.2% of industry assets, according to the Barclay Fund Flow Indicator published by BarclayHe
23 Apr. 2021 Soaring Capital Management launches to provide independent, expert investment advice [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Soaring Capital Management, LLC, an independent, registered investment advisory company that provides conflict-free, objective investment advice, announced its launch as a new company. Soaring Capital, founded and led by Brian Moss, CFA, a 30-year veteran of Wall
23 Apr. 2021 Launch of the first Luxembourg commodity fund of hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - AlphaBee Asset Management will soon launch its commodity arbitrage fund of hedge funds as second sub-fund of the Sicàv-SIF AlphaBee Asset Management Fund, registered with the CSSF in Luxembourg. AlphaBee Asset Management has been seeded by a single-family office in Ge
23 Apr. 2021 Carlyle's AlpInvest raises $3.5bn for an eighth co-investment fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Buyout firm Carlyle Group Inc's AlpInvest Partners said it has raised $3.5 billion for AlpInvest Co-Investment Fund VIII (ACF VIII). The Fund exceeds its $3 billion target. The fund, which focuses on private equity buyouts and growth capital transactions, will inves
23 Apr. 2021 Global VC market moves at incredible pace as VC investment hits $126.6bn in Q1'21 shattering Q4'20 record of $98.2bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Quarterly VC investment flew past the $100 billion mark for the first time, reaching $126.9 billion globally across 6,508 deals during Q1'21, up from the previous record of $98.2 billion across 7,329 deals achieved in Q4'20. A KPMG report revealed that Q1&#
23 Apr. 2021 Comvest closes credit fund at $1.3bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The middle-market private investment firm Comvest Partners closed direct lending fund Comvest Credit Partners V (CCP V) at more than $1.3 billion. Its target was $1.25 billion. The fund will be focused on investments in a range of industries including healthcare an
22 Apr. 2021 FundRock launches fund distribution offering for non-EU managers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - FundRock, the European third-party UCITS Management Company (ManCo) and Alternative Investment Fund Manager (AIFM), announced the launch of a new operation in Luxembourg that will provide fund distribution solutions to non-EU asset managers. It is one of the first example
22 Apr. 2021 Global hedge funds post 4.79% return in Q1, strongest first quarter performance since 2006 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers were up 0.95% in March - supported by the strong performance of the global equity market as represented by the MSCI ACWI (Local) which gained 3.24% during the month. In terms of year-to-date return, global hedge funds had their best start of the year a
22 Apr. 2021 GSAM survey says insurers with $13tn ready for portfolio risk [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) annual insurance survey revealed that asset managers responsible for investing more than $13 trillion in assets worldwide are planning to take on more risk as the global economy recovers. "Insurers plan to increase the risk
22 Apr. 2021 NexPhase raises $544m for the fourth fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Lower mid-market private equity firm NexPhase Capital has struck a $544m hard cap close for its fourth fund - a jump of more than 50% compared to its predecessor fund. The operationally-focused private equity firm said in a press release that NexPhase Capital Fund
21 Apr. 2021 Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund Benchmark up 7.81% in Q1 2021 - best Q1 since 2006 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After a strong 2020, hedge funds' performance in Q1 2021 continued its positive trajectory, according to the Preqin Quarterly Update: Hedge Funds Q1 2021, the latest hedge fund industry update provided by leading alternative asset data provider Preqin. The
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    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]

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