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21 Apr. 2020 HPS Investment Partners closes its sophomore European Asset Value Fund on $1.5bn. [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global credit investment firm HPS Investment Partners announced the closing of its second European Asset Value Fund (EAVF II) with more than $1.5 billion of capital. The New York-based investment firm with over $60 billion in assets under management stated in a
21 Apr. 2020 Private equity-backed buyout deal activity remains steady in Q1 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global private equity-backed buyout deal figures hold up in comparison with quarterly averages, but the aggregate deal value in Asia tumbles, said a study. "Against the odds, private equity-backed buyout deal activity remained steady in Q1 2020," said Preqin in its
21 Apr. 2020 S&P Dow Jones Indices launches climate change index range [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global index provider S&P Dow Jones Indices (SPDJI) has launched two indices designed to track the performance of companies that are committed to deep decarbonization, with climate and sustainability-based objectives as part of a Paris-aligned and climate transitio
20 Apr. 2020 Trends in US, UK public pension allocations could be upended due to COVID-19 pandemic [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - United States and United Kingdom public pensions' over- and under-allocations to various asset classes could mean billions of dollars flowing into or out of asset classes in the near future, according to data from eVestment's new US & UK Public Plan Allocation Report. How
20 Apr. 2020 According to one database, hedge funds lost more in March than in 2008 crisis [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global hedge funds recorded a larger loss in March than they did at the height of the global financial crisis, as the COVID-19 pandemic shook equity markets worldwide. The Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark lost 8.96%, compared to February's return of -2.34
20 Apr. 2020 US VC deals fall for third consecutive quarter in Q1 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: PwC MoneyTree report revealed that venture capital deal activity and funding see year over year declines while mega-rounds drive increase in funding. The pandemic is affecting regions as they are locally impacted. US VC deals fall for the third consecutive quarter
20 Apr. 2020 Study shows investors considering alternative investments in current market concerns [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investors have moved on to considering future investment alternatives following the initial shock of seeing their investment portfolios decline sharply over market concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, said a study by Spectrem Group. Investors are also evaluating
20 Apr. 2020 Real estate investors target larger fund commitments in the year ahead [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private real estate funds investors appear to be making some changes in their approach to real estate investing in the coming year, revealed a study by Preqin. Although the level of appetite seems on a par with one year ago - investors issued 223 fund searches in Q
17 Apr. 2020 OPIM partners with Mingshi to launch its first quantitative A-share hedge fund offshore [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - OP Investment Management Limited (OPIM), Asia's leading fund platform, is partnering with Shanghai Mingshi Investment Management (Mingshi) to launch Mingshi China Optima Master Fund and two feeder funds which invest all of assets into the Master Fund and operates for the
17 Apr. 2020 SEC whistleblower program tops $400m in awards [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Securities and Exchange Commission announced a whistleblower award of $27 million given to an individual who reported misconduct overseas. The whistleblower also provided critical investigative leads that advanced the investigation and saved significant Commission res
17 Apr. 2020 Hedge fund redemptions are back in February with $8.1bn in outlfows [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry returned to net outflows in February with $8.1 billion in redemptions, a reversal from January's $21.2 billion in inflows. February's redemptions represented 0.2% of industry assets, according to the Barclay Fund Flow Indicator published by Ba
17 Apr. 2020 Man Group with $500m inflows in Q1, confirms 2019 dividend and share repurchase program [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: British hedge fund manager Man Group, which had $117.7 billion in assets at December 31, said that it took in $500 million in new investor money in the first quarter as the novel coronavirus hit global markets. The investment firm said in a press release that its fu
17 Apr. 2020 Investors plan smaller commitments for private equity in the next 12 months [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investors are planning to invest less capital in private equity in the next 12 months amid the global economic shockwaves caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, said Preqin. However, the appetite for Asia-Pacific investments continues to rise, it added. Among the 334 mand
16 Apr. 2020 Man GLG taps Andrew Swan to lead Asia team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Man GLG, the discretionary investment management engine of Man Group, today announces that Andrew Swan will join the firm as Head of Asia (ex-Japan) Equities. With more than 25 years' experience investing in Asian and emerging markets equities, Andrew will initially be re
16 Apr. 2020 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index outperforms the MSCI AC World Index by 9.22% in March [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index registered its strongest outperformance relative to underlying markets since October 2008, outperforming the MSCI AC World Index by 9.22% in March. Long volatility and tail risk hedge funds topped the performance tables for Q1 2020, out
16 Apr. 2020 Private debt investors adopt a cautious approach in the uncertain year ahead [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investors in private debt are adopting a cautious approach to the next 12 months, amid global economic uncertainty, said Preqin. Investors are making adjustments to reduce risk in the uncertain year ahead. According to the report, of the mandates issued for private
16 Apr. 2020 Global deal activity down 17.2% with 899 deals last week [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global deal activity plummets during the week ended April 12 - a total of 899 deals were announced globally during the week. It is a decrease of 17.2% over 1,086 deals announced during the previous week, said GlobalData. According to the report, the deal volume als
16 Apr. 2020 CTAs navigate the market selloff remarkably well, says Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In the space of alternative strategies, Global Macro and Event-Driven strategies rebounded the most since March 23rd, as market conditions improved in the wake of the aggressive Federal Reserve announcements to tame risks in the financial system. Both Merger Arbitr
15 Apr. 2020 IOSCO publishes fifth hedge fund survey [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) has just published its Report on the Fifth IOSCO Hedge Fund Survey, which provides regulators new insights into the global hedge fund industry and the potential systemic risks this industry may
15 Apr. 2020 Hedge fund returns varied in March amid elevated volatility, says eVestment [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - March was a highly volatile and dramatic month, not just for global financial markets and the hedge fund industry, but for humanity. "During the global financial crisis, financial systems were at risk of failing, whereas in March and ongoing, we face larger failu
15 Apr. 2020 Barclay CTA Index returns 1.94% in March (+1.88% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - With markets in turmoil resulting from the economic impacts of the coronavirus, managed futures made good on its diversification thesis and gained 1.94% in March according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. Year-to-date, C
15 Apr. 2020 HarbourVest appoints Tadasu Matsuo to co-lead Japan office [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - HarbourVest Partners, a global private markets asset manager, today announced that Tadasu Matsuo has joined the firm as a managing director and co-head of the firm's Japan office. Based in Tokyo, Mr. Matsuo will be responsible for enhancing and building relationships with
15 Apr. 2020 Clearlake closes sixth fund at nearly $7bn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Clearlake Capital Group, L.P., a leading investment firm that invests in the technology, industrials, and consumer sectors, today announced it has completed fundraising for its sixth private equity fund, Clearlake Capital Partners VI ("Fund VI"), with more than $7 billion
15 Apr. 2020 Europe mergers and acquisitions down in Q1 but mega deals push deal value up 45% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The mergers and acquisitions (M&A) deal volume in Europe saw a decrease of 1.78% from 3,484 to 3,422 in the first quarter of 2020, said GlobalData. However, on the back of some of the high-value transactions (such as US$33.4bn Aon - Willis Towers Watson merger deal
15 Apr. 2020 332 natural resources funds seek $172bn from investors as of April 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The unlisted natural resources market remains crowded, though the number of funds on the road and aggregate capital targeted have dipped slightly in the past few months, said a study. According to the Preqin report, at the start of April 2020, 332 funds are seeking
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