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26 Oct. 2020 Asset managers plan to outsource data management to focus on investing [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Asset managers plan to outsource functions such as data management and middle and back-office operations in order to cut costs and focus on their core job of generating investment returns for clients, said a study. "Many asset management firms are increasingly
26 Oct. 2020 500 largest global asset managers exceed $100tn AUM bar [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The world's 500 largest asset management companies exceeded the $100trn threshold in assets under management for the first time in the sector's history. They ended 2019 with a cumulated $104.4trn in assets under management, up 14.8% year-on-year, said a study. A
23 Oct. 2020 Active strategies' rebound continued in Q3 2020 [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Active investment managers across a variety of asset classes and regional exposures followed their historic Q2 returns with continued gains in Q3 2020. Returns were not consistently positive throughout the quarter as losses were the norm in September. The road ahead is f
23 Oct. 2020 Franklin Templeton and Illuminate Financial invest in Curv as digital asset security industry is at a crossroads [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque for New Managers: Curv, a provider of digital asset security, today announced that global investment firm Franklin Templeton and fintech VC Illuminate Financial Management joined existing in
22 Oct. 2020 Led by Macro and Relative Value Arbitrage strategies, hedge funds register $13bn inflows in third quarter [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Investors allocated new capital to the hedge fund industry in the third quarter, the first quarterly net inflow since 1Q18, driven by strong performance through the coronavirus pandemic volatility and positioning for continued uncertainty around both the virus and t he u
21 Oct. 2020 UK pension funds expected to increase investment in renewables [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: UK pension funds are planning to increase allocations to renewables over the next five years, said a report. New research by real assets specialist Alpha Real Capital revealed that nearly 70% of pension fund investors in the country say they expect renewable energy
21 Oct. 2020 Legend Capital racks up $500m for the eighth fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Chinese venture capital and private equity fund manager Legend Capital (LC) has closed its eighth fund - LC Fund VIII - at a hard cap of $500 million. LC Fund VIII received strong support from existing LPs and has further diversified its investor base, securing co
21 Oct. 2020 Lightyear and Ontario Teachers acquire wealth management firm Allworth Financial [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Canada's largest single-profession pension plan, the $155.1 billion Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, Toronto, and the New York-based private equity firm Lightyear Capital have agreed to acquire wealth management firm Allworth Financial from Parthenon Capital. Th
21 Oct. 2020 Credit Suisse Asset Management closes Edition CLO Opportunity Fund on $265m [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Credit Suisse Asset Management's Credit Investments Group has closed its Edition CLO Opportunity Fund with $265 million in capital commitments. This is CIG's first CLO equity focused fund. The Edition CLO Opportunity Fund is a CLO fund that invests in a
20 Oct. 2020 LLR Partners closes new $1.8bn fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Center City private equity firm LLR Partners closed a new $1.8 billion fund, aimed at investing in health care and tech companies. Through the fund - LLR Equity Partners VI (LLR 6) - LLR Partners invests between $20 million and $100 million in each technology and h
20 Oct. 2020 Hedge funds incur losses of 0.63% in September 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark incurred losses of 0.63% in September 2020, which marks the first negative monthly performance figure since March. By comparison, the S&P 500 Index fell 3.92% and the MSCI World Index fell 3.45% in September Preqin sai
19 Oct. 2020 Hedge funds slow to adopt AI: Survey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds are still slow to adopt artificial intelligence and machine learning to make investments or trades, with 87% of respondents stating that their hedge funds do not utilize these tools, said a survey. When asked to name the top challenge for their business,
16 Oct. 2020 Pangolin to launch a fund that bets on aviation recovery [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Pangolin Investment Management has recruited Mohshin Aziz, who has spent the past decade as transport analyst with Maybank-Kim Eng in Kuala Lumpur. Before that, he spent six years as head of Investor Relations at Air Asia. Mohshin will be joining our team in Singapore nex
16 Oct. 2020 Lazard Asset Management expands alternative investment platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Lazard Asset Management LLC today announced the expansion of its alternative investment platform, with the addition of a New York-based team and their long/short credit strategy. Sal Naro, Vincent Mistretta, Michael Cannon and Sanjay Aiyar have joined LAM from Coherence C
16 Oct. 2020 Barclay CTA Index loses 0.67% in September [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures funds reversed course in September losing 0.67%, according to the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. For the year-to-date, CTAs were up 2.09%. "Trend reversals triggered price declines in global equity m
16 Oct. 2020 Melissa Kelley-Hilton launches Hilton Global Associates [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hilton Global Associates Inc., a provider of timely, relevant, and actionable investigative due diligence, today announced its official launch. The global investigations firm was founded by Melissa Kelley-Hilton, a long-time industry veteran, who will be supported by an u
16 Oct. 2020 Global hedge funds were up 4.7% for Q3 2020 with HFM Asia-Pacific Index up 9.4% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Q3 2020 saw a mixed three months, in which encouraging fund performance and investor sentiment generated $160bn in industry AuM, billion dollar funds lagged behind smaller rivals and large launches dried up. The recent quarter started with strong returns in July and Augus
16 Oct. 2020 Listed hedge fund Man Group's funds under management grow 4% by alternative strategies demand [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Man Group funds under management grow 4% by alternative strategies demand Funds under management at the British hedge fund manager Man Group totaled $113.1bn in the third quarter of 2020, up 4.4% from the second quarter. The UK-based hedge-fund firm said in a pres
16 Oct. 2020 Arbor Investments raises its biggest fund, attracting $1.5bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Chicago private-equity firm Arbor Investments, which specializes in food and beverage acquisitions, has raised its biggest fund, the fifth equity fund, attracting $1.5 billion and doubling its assets under management. The pool is roughly double the $765m secured by
16 Oct. 2020 Alantra AM acquires 49% stake in debt manager Indigo [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Asset manager and credit advisory firm Alantra has completed the acquisition of a 49 percent stake in Indigo Capital SAS, a pan-European private debt asset manager. No financial terms were disclosed. The acquisition of a strategic interest in Indigo is a new milesto
16 Oct. 2020 Alternative investment dealmaking to resurge by the end of 2021, says survey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A majority (74%) of private equity and venture capital executives believe the industry's rebound will only happen by the end of 2021, a recent survey by consultancy EisnerAmper has found. The EisnerAmper poll, which was conducted in September with over 250 global al
16 Oct. 2020 Arbor Investments closes fifth fund on $1.5 billion in under three months [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Private equity firm Arbor Investments has closed its fifth fund on $1.5 billion after just 87 days in market. The fund is nearly double the $765 million secured by Arbor's fourth fund in 2016. It is also above Arbor's $1 billion target for Fund V. The firm a
15 Oct. 2020 DivcoWest reaches a hard cap of $2.25bn for latest fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: San Francisco-headquartered real estate investment firm DivcoWest closed its sixth value-added real estate fund, the $2.25 billion DivcoWest Fund VI, which was oversubscribed and above its $1.5 billion fundraising target. The latest fund is DivcoWest's largest t
15 Oct. 2020 Appetite for ESG accelerates globally during a pandemic - survey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The percentage of institutional investors incorporating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors continues to grow globally, but so does the divergence between U.S. investors and those in other countries, said a survey. New research from RBC Global Asset
15 Oct. 2020 Technology Investor Lead Edge Capital raises $950m for the fifth fund from a whopping 500 investors [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Lead Edge Capital, a technology-focused venture firm raised a $950 million fund - Lead Edge Capital (LEC) V - for growth-stage technology investing, adding to the already soaring fundraising total for the sector. Fund V was oversubscribed and closed at its hard cap
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