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28 Sep. 2021 US start-ups raise $219.3bn VC funding in 8,832 deals during January-August 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US-based startups raked in the highest venture capital (VC) funding during January-August 2021 globally. According to GlobalData a total of 8,832 VC funding deals were announced in the US during January-August 2021, while the disclosed funding value of these deals
27 Sep. 2021 Apax amasses $1.75bn for tech fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: London-headquartered global private equity advisory firm Apax Partners has held a final close for Apax Digital Fund II on USD 1.75bn. Apax Digital II was launched in June 2021 and had a USD 1.5bn target. Apax said in a statement that the fund took less than four mo
27 Sep. 2021 UK-based startups raised the highest VC funding at $19.6bn in 1,256 deals during January-August 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A total of 1,256 VC funding deals were announced in the UK during January-August 2021, while the disclosed funding value of these deals stood at US$19.6bn. "The UK is the key European market for venture capital (VC) investments, as the UK-based startups raised the
24 Sep. 2021 Do ransomware attacks impact stock market performance? [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Ransomware attacks can cost organizations huge amounts of money, and their frequency is on the rise. Ransoms range from thousands to millions of dollars. If the ransom isn't paid or the attacker withholds the decryption key, the resulting data loss and downtime can crippl
24 Sep. 2021 Decarbonization-focused PE firm Ara Partners raises $1.1bn for the second fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Ara Partners, a private equity firm specializing in industrial decarbonization investments, has closed its second fund with approximately $1.1 billion in capital commitments. The Houston-based firm said it wrapped up Ara Fund II far above an initial $650 million tar
24 Sep. 2021 U.K. investment management AUM jumps to $12.9tn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Assets under management held by Investment Association (IA) members grew to 9.4 trillion ($12.9tn) in the UK by the end of 2020, an increase of 11% compared to the previous year, said a study. According to the Investment Management Survey (IMS), total funds under m
23 Sep. 2021 Marblegate and Investcorp start strategic partnership [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Marblegate Asset Management, an alternative investment firm that invests in credit opportunities and special situations, has entered into a partnership with Investcorp's Strategic Capital Group (ISCG). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The partnership
23 Sep. 2021 Nearly one in 10 UK share traders are chatroom members [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New research from ETP provider GraniteShares shows UK investors are catching the investment chatroom bug with nearly one in 10 regular traders using chatrooms to research ideas. Chatrooms such as the subreddit WallStreetBets have become increasingly influential pote
23 Sep. 2021 Eurekahedge: Hedge fund managers up 0.76% in August [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers were up 0.76% in August, trailing behind the global equity market as represented by the MSCI ACWI (Local) which gained 2.45% during the month. In terms of 2021 performance, global hedge funds were up 8.54%, recording the strongest August year-to-date r
23 Sep. 2021 deVere joins financial powerhouses as founding member of major new Net Zero initiative [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - deVere Group has joined global financial powerhouses in becoming a founding member of a new international alliance that will help accelerate the transition to a net zero financial system. The game-changing independent financial advisory, asset management and finte
23 Sep. 2021 SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator measured 2.45% September 2021 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SS&C Technologies Holdings announced that the SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for September 2021 measured 2.45%, up from 2.24% in August. "SS&C GlobeOp's Forward Redemption Indicator for September 2021 was a very favorable 2.45%, reflecting lower red
23 Sep. 2021 Global hedge fund industry assets surge to record levels at $4.4tn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global hedge fund industry assets have surged to USD4.4 trillion, with hedge funds raking in USD18.3 billion of new inflows from allocators during July, as managers scored a USD7.3 billion trading profit for the month. "A $7.3 billion trading profit for the mon
23 Sep. 2021 Crow Holdings raises $2.6bn for ninth US value-add real estate fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Dallas-based property investor Crow Holdings has raised $2.6bn for its ninth US value-add real estate fund. The real estate investment titan said the Crow Holdings Realty Partners IX fund, which had an original $2bn hard cap target, received $2.3bn from investors
23 Sep. 2021 Swiss asset management industry grew by more than 10% in 2020 [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Asset management is a growing segment of the Swiss financial system and is contributing to its diversification. According to a recent report, assets under management (AuM) in Switzerland grew by 10.6% in 2020 to a record CHF2.79tln ($3tln), thanks to high net inflows and
22 Sep. 2021 Northern Trust invests in Essentia Analytics to boost active manager alpha [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Northern Trust has reached an agreement to take an equity stake in Essentia Analytics, Ltd., a provider of behavioral analytics and consulting services that utilizes a cutting edge cloud-based platform to bring together historical data and behavioral science to identify a
22 Sep. 2021 iCapital Network builds out alternative investments with Axio acquisition [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - iCapital Network, the global financial technology platform driving access and efficiency in alternative investing for the asset and wealth management industries, and Axio Financial LLC (Axio), an end-to-end service provider to the U.S. structured notes market, announced
22 Sep. 2021 Middle-market private equity sponsors successfully respond to the pandemic [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The middle-market private equity sponsors have made a remarkably smooth transition during the COVID-19 pandemic and the swift and decisive adjustments in a highly uncertain environment could result in a record-setting year, said a study. According to the research b
21 Sep. 2021 Research reveals room for improvement in investment services provided to charities [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New research with senior executives of UK based charities who collectively have around 3 billion in investible assets, reveals room for improvement when it comes to the services provided by investment management firms. The survey, which was commissioned by the char
21 Sep. 2021 Levine Leichtman wraps up third buyout fund at $1.38bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Los Angeles-based private equity firm Levine Leichtman Capital Partners (LLCP) closed its latest buyout fund, LLCP Lower Middle Market Fund III (LMM III), at its increased hard cap of $1.38 billion. The oversubscribed fund had a fundraising target of $1 billion an
20 Sep. 2021 Chicago CTA launches bitcoin managed futures program [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After investing in the digital asset space for nearly four years, Synchronicity Futures, LLC is launching a managed futures product, the Synchronicity Bitcoin Managed Futures/Options Program for Qualified Eligible Participants (QEPs). The Program is a discretionary
20 Sep. 2021 Annual Global FundWomen Week selects over 300 female managers to connect with leading institutional investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - 100 Women in Finance (100WF), a global finance industry network committed to empowering women in finance, announced that over 300 female fund managers have been approved to participate in its annual Global FundWomen Week, a virtual conference facilitating capital allocati
20 Sep. 2021 European asset managers increasingly put focus on altcoins, says study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: One in three (33%) surveyed institutional investors and wealth managers in Europe predict that professional investors with an allocation to Bitcoin will dramatically increase the allocation to altcoins (a cryptocurrency other than bitcoin) class of cryptocurrencies.
17 Sep. 2021 Japan focussed private equity AUM reaches $68bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Japan's private equity (PE) industry is just beginning to grow, with Japan focussed PE assets under management (AUM) at $68bn as of December 2020, said a study. According to the Preqin report, 'Alternative Assets in Asia - Japan', the total dry powder in Ja
16 Sep. 2021 Sub-billion dollar funds beat their billion-dollar rivals in August [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds running less than $1bn gained almost twice as much as their Billion Dollar Club (BDC) rivals in August. In a notably strong month for the emerging funds industry, sub-BDC funds rose 0.8%, compared to 0.5% for funds with more than $1bn. The global industry
16 Sep. 2021 Drury's Flagship Trend up by 30% smashing indexes [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - US-based CTA Drury Capital is recording big returns in 2021 as its flagship Trend Following Program rides the crest of the commodities bounce-back by outperforming many other strategies and sectors. Drury Capital's flagship Diversified Trend-Following Program, launche
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