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07 Oct. 2020 More asset managers than ever are considering ESG [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Interest in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing is surging as a record number of institutional investors considering ESG in future investment decisions, said a survey. Callan, the institutional investment consulting firm, announced the results of
07 Oct. 2020 The cost for climate change inaction could rise to $31tn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Taking no action on climate change will cost economies a mean $5.4 trillion a year by 2070 and $31 trillion by 2200, said a study. Accounting for these damages will lead to a 10% reduction in GDP growth rate by 2050 and 25% by 2100, revealed non-profit organization
07 Oct. 2020 Institutional investors warned measuring impact alone is not enough [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Institutional investors risk a disconnect between ambition and reality if they focus on measuring investment impact without explicitly linking it to value creation for stakeholders, The Thinking Ahead Institute (TAI) warns. TAI, which is a non-profit division of Wil
06 Oct. 2020 Swiss boutique Quaero Capital hires manager for new Global Convertible Bonds strategy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Geneva-based specialist asset manager Quaero Capital has hired Eric Daniel as Fund Manager. Supported by two dedicated analysts, he is in charge of managing the Global Convertible Bonds strategy launched in May. Prior to joining Quaero Capital, Eric Daniel was a Partner w
06 Oct. 2020 EQT closes second real estate fund at $1.18bn, exceeds the target [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Stockholm-based private equity firm has reached the final close of its second real estate fund with a €1bn ($1.18bn) hard cap, 33% above its initial €750m target. The vehicle, EQT Real Estate II, was launched in 2018 and is over twice the size of its predecessor, wr
06 Oct. 2020 LaSalle achieves $512m at the first close of the fourth European debt fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: LaSalle Investment Management has completed the first close of its fourth fund in its flagship LaSalle Real Estate Debt Strategies series (LREDS). The real estate debt fund has so far raised €435m ($512m) and is on track to reach its €1bn fundraising target, said th
05 Oct. 2020 CTAs underperformed in September, Q3, and year-to-date [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund strategies were marginally impacted by Covid-19 headwinds, with the Lyxor Global UCITs Peer Group down -0.8% so far in September (as of September 25th). The better performing strategies were defensive ones such as Merger Arbitrage and Market Neutral L/S
05 Oct. 2020 Private-equity firms to acquire Wilshire Associates [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Two New York-based private-equity firms agreed to acquire Wilshire Associates, an employee-owned Santa Monica-based investment advisory, management, and data company. CC Capital Partners, a five-year-old firm founded by former Blackstone Inc. partner Chinh Chu, and
02 Oct. 2020 Long term study finds hedge fund investors received only 36 cents of every dollar earned [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A report by the National Bureau of Economic Research based on data on 5,917 hedge funds over 22 years suggested that after incentive fees and management fees are assessed, investors received only 36 cents of every dollar earned on invested capital. Over the 22 years
02 Oct. 2020 Strategic Value Partners closes dislocation fund on more than $1.65bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Strategic Value Partners (SVP), an investment group focused on the debt of distressed companies, has raised a $1.6bn "dislocation fund" to take advantage of opportunities thrown up by the coronavirus crisis, as investors bet that a wave of defaults is still to come.
02 Oct. 2020 Covid-19 pandemic pushes institutional investors toward the biggest alternative managers [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Institutional investors are increasingly favoring the biggest, most established alternative managers as they make allocations during a global pandemic, said a survey that explores limited partners' alternative investment strategies and plans for 2021. According
02 Oct. 2020 Nordic Capital achieves $7.2bn fund close with no face-to-face meetings [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Swedish private equity firm Nordic Capital has hit a hard cap of EUR 6.1 billion (about $7.2 billion) on its latest flagship fund - Nordic Capital Fund X - after less than six months on the road and no face-to-face meetings. The tenth fund exceeds the target of EUR
02 Oct. 2020 Canadian institutional investors representing $2.3tn pledge to promote diversity in portfolios [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Canadian institutional investors overseeing more than $2.3-trillion in combined assets have signed a statement that acknowledges the existence of systemic racism in Canada and have pledged to promote diversity and inclusion in their portfolios and organizations. The
01 Oct. 2020 Quantica Capital launches Gold denominated CTA share class [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Swiss-based systematic investment manager Quantica Capital will launch a Gold (XAU) denominated share class in its offshore Quantica Managed Futures Fund. The share class will offer access to Quantica's systematic trend-following QMF Program and will use futures and forwa
01 Oct. 2020 Active funds dominate ESG [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Actively managed funds have dominated when it comes to investing based on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors, said a study. In the U.S., net flows to long-term responsible funds quadrupled in 2019 to $20 billion, from $5 billion in 2018, and continu
30 Sep. 2020 Eric Stein to become Eaton Vance fixed income CIO [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Eaton Vance Corp. today announced the appointment of Eric A. Stein, CFA, as Chief Investment Officer, Fixed Income, of Eaton Vance Management (EVM), effective November 1, 2020. Mr. Stein will replace Payson F. Swaffield, CFA, who previously announced his intention to ret
30 Sep. 2020 John Pavese joins New York Life Investment Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New York Life Investments today announced the appointment of John Pavese as head of Global Relationship Management. Based in New York, Mr. Pavese will report to Jac McLean, head of U.S. Distribution. In leading the Global Relationship Management team, Mr. Pavese will focu
30 Sep. 2020 Hedge fund launches rise through mid-2020 amidst HFRI surge [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New hedge fund launches rose from a near-record low in 1Q20, as investor risk tolerance began to recover from the global coronavirus pandemic volatility, according to the latest HFR Market Microstructure Report, released today by HFR. New hedge fund launches totaled a
30 Sep. 2020 Man AHL receives approval for QFII license in China [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Man AHL, Man Group's diversified quantitative investment engine, today announces that it has received approval for a qualified foreign institutional investor license in China. The QFII license will allow Man AHL's investment strategies based outside of China to ga
30 Sep. 2020 Advent International raises $2bn for the latest private equity fund for Latin American company bets [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: U.S. private equity firm Advent International closed its latest fund, Advent Latin American Private Equity Fund VII (LAPEF VII), at $2 billion. The global private equity investor said in a news release that it has raised a total of $22 billion in private equity cap
30 Sep. 2020 European manager AUM down 1.5% to $11.7tn in H1 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Total assets under management held by European money managers fell 1.5% to €10.4 trillion ($11.7 trillion) in the first six months of 2020, as markets rebounded following the COVID-19-related downturn, said a study. According to Moody's Investors Service, a slum
30 Sep. 2020 German institutional investors turn to alternative asset classes as COVID-19 highlights their value [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Alternative assets are playing an increasingly important role in German institutional investor portfolios, with most of the respondents to the German Association for Alternative Investments' (BAI) annual survey increasing their exposure to alternatives in 2019.
30 Sep. 2020 H.I.G. Capital rakes in $1.3bn for the latest lower mid-market fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global alternative asset management firm H.I.G. Capital has closed buyout fund H.I.G. Capital Partners VI at $1.3 billion. The alternative money manager with $40 billion of equity capital under management said in a press release that the Fund closed with aggregate c
29 Sep. 2020 Hedge funds have maintained their strong performance since end-March supported by equity market recovery [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers ended August 2020 up 2.02% on an equal-weighted basis, and 1.43% on an asset-weighted basis, driven by the strong performance of the global equity market as seen from the 5.54% return of MSCI ACWI (Local) over the same period. On a year to date bas
29 Sep. 2020 American Equity, Värde Partners and Agam Capital Management form strategic partnership [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - American Equity Investment Life Holding Company, a leading issuer of fixed index annuities, Värde Partners, Inc., a leading global alternative investment firm, and Agam Capital Management, LLC, an insurance solutions provider, announced they have reached agreement in prin
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  3. PE/VC: SOKA-BAU to raise private markets allocation with first move in private debt, Biotech deals tumble to lowest in a decade over regulatory fears[more]

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