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13 Apr. 2021 North American private equity sits on a record dry powder pile of almost $980bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: North America-based private equity firms boasted a record-high $976bn in dry powder as recently as last September, said a study. According to the Preqin study, the amount of dry powder as of September 2020 made up just less than a third (32.5%) of the total $3.0tn i
12 Apr. 2021 North America hedge funds 'most confident' for positive prospects in 2021 - new confidence index from AIMA [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The AIMA Hedge Fund Confidence Index (HFCI) is a new global index which measures the level of confidence that hedge funds have in the economic prospects of their business over the next 12 months. AIMA today announces that according to the March 2021 HFCI, over 90% of
12 Apr. 2021 Launch of Litecoin ETP: Team behind $1 billion Bitcoin ETP to list first Litecoin ETP on Deutsche Borse's XETRA [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ETC Group, the specialist provider of innovative, digital asset-backed securities, has announced that it will list LTCetc - ETC Group Physical Litecoin ETC (Ticker: ELTC) on Deutsche Boerse's XETRA platform on Wednesday 14th April 2021. The exchange traded cryptocurre
12 Apr. 2021 BlackRock low-carbon strategies attract $1 billion from CalSTRS [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: California State Teachers' Retirement System, West Sacramento, invested $1 billion in two new low-carbon transition readiness exchange-traded funds managed by BlackRock. A press release from the American multinational investment management corporation based in New Y
09 Apr. 2021 Hedge funds extend gains to continue strong 1Q [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds advanced in March for the sixth consecutive month despite acceleration in realized equity market volatility, completing a strong 1Q 2021. Recent strong performance has been driven by exposure to out-of-favor, deep value equities, as well as by optimism over
09 Apr. 2021 BlackRock raises $4.8bn for renewable power fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: American multinational investment management corporation BlackRock Inc. has raised $4.8 billion for a new fund to invest in renewable power assets around the world - almost double its initial target. The total for the firm's GRP III was almost three times the s
09 Apr. 2021 ESG considerations to play growing role in fund domiciliation decision-making [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Investors are known to influence domiciliation decisions as they prize stability and jurisdictional reputation. While that remains true today, recent events have had some impact on such decisions. IFI Global and Jersey Finance have just published a new research repor
08 Apr. 2021 Wonder Women of Hedge Funds: Women's Best Ideas Index outperforms the market over the past five years [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Taking a look at the performance against the S&P 500 and Russell 1000, a Women's Best Ideas index has outperformed the market over the past five years, said a study. Like everyone else, the index dipped during the pandemic but found its way back since November. At t
08 Apr. 2021 Peak Rock Capital hits a $2bn hard cap for its third flagship fundraise [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The middle-market private investment firm Peak Rock Capital has closed its third flagship fund Peak Rock Capital Fund III at its $2 billion hard cap, substantially exceeding its target of $1.3 billion. The Austin, Texas, firm said in a press release that its predec
08 Apr. 2021 More alternative investment dollars to go to less liquid strategies and emerging managers [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: U.S. law firm Seward & Kissel LLP released the findings of its first
07 Apr. 2021 SBAI launches new programme for small and emerging fund managers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - The SBAI has launched a new programme for small and emerging managers - SPARK. The programme features prominent alternative investment industry leaders, in candid convers
07 Apr. 2021 Amundi enters into exclusive negotiations for the acquisition of Lyxor [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Amundi announced that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with Société Générale for the acquisition of Lyxor for a total cash consideration of €825m, or €755m excluding excess capital. Founded in 1998, Lyxor is a pioneer in ETF in Europe and has €124bn in Asset
07 Apr. 2021 Ares Management raises $1.7bn for distressed real estate investments [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global alternative investment manager Ares Management Corp. closed Ares U.S. Real Estate Opportunity Fund III at $1.7 billion, exceeding its fundraising target. The publicly traded asset management firm with $197bn AUM said in a press release that this marks the
06 Apr. 2021 KKR raises $15bn for largest Asia fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: NYC-based global investment firm KKR has raised $15 billion for its fourth Asia fund, making it the largest private equity fund in the Asia-Pacific region. The vehicle is more than 60% larger than its immediate $9.3 billion predecessor (Asian Fund III), which was
06 Apr. 2021 Buyout firm Genstar raises nearly $12 billion for tenth midmarket fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: San Francisco-based Genstar Capital has raised about $11.7 billion for its tenth flagship fund - Genstar Capital Partners X. The private equity manager, which is focused on investments in financial services, healthcare, industrials, and software industries, said i
05 Apr. 2021 Aslan House reaches $190m in AUM [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Aslan House Capital, a London-based manager that specialises in event-driven equity and credit, today announced that its assets under management (AUM) have reached $190 million. Investcorp-Tages, a global multi-manager investment firm that was created as a joint ven
05 Apr. 2021 Global debt capital markets activity totaled $2.5tn during Q1 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Overall global debt capital markets activity totaled US$2.5 trillion during the first quarter of 2021, flat compared to the first quarter of 2020 and the fifth consecutive quarter to surpass US$2.0 trillion in issuance, said a study. According to Global Debt Capita
02 Apr. 2021 Institutional investors add risk assets back into portfolios, says study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Sovereign wealth funds and other institutional investors added risk assets back into portfolios as the COVID-19 pandemic lingers, said a study. A report by the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds (IFSWF) and State Street found that investors have gradual
02 Apr. 2021 Vision Ridge Partners raises $1.3bn for latest sustainable real assets fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The alternative asset manager focused on sustainable real assets Vision Ridge Partners closed its latest sustainable real assets fund, Sustainable Asset Fund III, at its $1.25 billion hard cap. "The Fund held its final close just four-and-a-half months after commen
01 Apr. 2021 $16.44bn added into hedge funds in February 2021, bringing YTD inflows to $23.74bn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investors added an estimated $16.44 billion into hedge funds in February 2021, bringing YTD inflows to $23.74 billion. Performance was accretive to asset levels and total estimated industry AUM increased to $3.408 trillion. The industry saw net inflows in February, but
01 Apr. 2021 Institutional Investors to put more money into alternatives and multi-Asset strategies [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Institutional investors in the post-covid market landscape may be looking to put more money toward multi-asset strategies and shifting money into private (away from the public) markets, said a survey. According to Nuveen's inaugural "Global Institutional Inves
01 Apr. 2021 BlackRock banks $3bn for first dedicated secondary strategy [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The world's largest asset manager BlackRock Inc. has raised $3 billion to invest in the private equity secondary market to expand its presence in illiquid alternative investments. The capital raised by BlackRock Private Equity Partners included $2.4 billion for its
01 Apr. 2021 Ares moves into secondaries, scoops up Landmark Partners for $1.1bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Alternative investment firm Ares Management Corp. has agreed to buy private-markets specialist Landmark Partners from BrightSphere Investment Group for $1.08 billion. As part of the deal, Ares will buy the 60% stake BrightSphere owns as well as the 40% interest hel
31 Mar. 2021 Privium expands business development activities to Shanghai [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Leveraging on its existing offices in Hong Kong and Singapore, Privium will expand its business development activities to Shanghai on 5 April this year. Given China's continuing market reforms and gradual financial sector liberalisation, Shanghai's role as internation
31 Mar. 2021 Mill Road Capital launches fund to encourage diversity [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Greenwich-headquartered investment firm Mill Road Capital is launching a fund this spring designed to improve governance and diversity in small public companies. The vehicle, which will be structured like a hedge fund, has an initial target of $500 million, acco
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