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04 Nov. 2019 US fund house Brown Advisory launches Global Leaders Sustainable Fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The $76 billion, employee-owned investment firm Brown Advisory has launched the Global Leaders Sustainable fund under its Dublin-UCITS umbrella. The new UCITS Fund adds environmental, social and governance (ESG) screens to Brown Advisory's top quartile performing G
04 Nov. 2019 Asia's venture capital deal value falls to $14.92bn in Q3 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The number of venture capital (VC) deals in Asia saw a sharp increase in the third quarter of 2019 to 922 deals, up from 839 in the second quarter, while global VC deal volume dipped from 5,138 deals in the second quarter to 4,154. According to KPMG report, Venture
01 Nov. 2019 Mexican infrastructure funding helps alternatives investors [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Certificates of Capital Development (CKDs) are helping investors to access a variety of developing sectors in Mexico - namely infrastructure, real estate, mining, technology, and business, said Preqin. Introduced by the Mexican Government in 2009, CKDs are private c
01 Nov. 2019 US topples China to take the top spot as AI venture capital investment hub [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The United States replaced China as the top global artificial intelligence (AI) venture capital investment hub, said a study. United States commanded the most AI investment values in 2018 globally at 52.3%, according to ABI Research. Based on investment figures i
31 Oct. 2019 The climate becomes 'key focus' for institutional investors, says a survey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Climate change has now become the main focus of shareholder engagement according to Schroders' 2019 Institutional Investor Study. The research found there was a marked decline in those who were cynical about sustainable investment strategies, with numbers dropping
31 Oct. 2019 Unlisted infrastructure funds deals touch $88bn in Q3 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In Q3 2019, 593 infrastructure transactions were completed for an aggregate value of $88bn, said Preqin. Although this marks a quarter-on-quarter fall of 50% in total deal value, following the quarterly record of $176bn set in Q2 2019, this can be largely attributed
31 Oct. 2019 Only 5.3% of UK citizens own Bitcoin, says a survey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: More than 20 percent of Britons have never heard about the top crypto and the overwhelming majority of UK citizens do not want to touch Bitcoin, said a survey. According to a new Crypto Radar survey, 67.5%. of UK respondents indicated that they neither owned nor pl
30 Oct. 2019 Strong performance boosts activity in hospitality real estate as 62 funds closed in 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The hospitality real estate sector has grown in prominence over the past decade, and has diversified to become a truly global industry, says a study. According to a new joint report from data provider Preqin and investment firm and asset manager Pro-invest Group,
29 Oct. 2019 ESG bucks the trend of declining growth among world's largest asset managers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Assets managed in Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) mandates by the 500 largest asset managers in the world rose by 23.3% in 2018, in contrast to their overall assets under management (AUM), which were down 3% from the previous year, according to the latest Glob
29 Oct. 2019 Early lifecycle hedge funds outperform their established peers by almost 4% p.a. [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds early in their lifecycle are outperforming established managers by almost 4% per annum, said a new report. However, only half of hedge fund investors would consider evaluating an early lifecycle hedge fund, and even fewer would invest, revealed the rep
29 Oct. 2019 Apollo doubles Athene stake in a deal valued at about $1.55bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private equity firm Apollo Global Management agreed to purchase an 18% stake in Athene Holding Ltd. in a deal valued at about $1.55 billion. Under the terms of the deal, Apollo will acquire about 35.5 million common shares of Athene, boosting its stake in the comp
28 Oct. 2019 RWC Partners unveils Diversified Return Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - RWC Partners has announced the launch of the RWC Diversified Return Fund after the hiring of the senior members of multi-strategy specialists Agilis Investment Management LLP. The Diversified Returns Team led by Clark Fenton, along with colleagues Charles Crowson an
28 Oct. 2019 AECOM-Canyon Partners raises $500m for flagship fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: AECOM-Canyon Partners, a joint venture between the real estate investment arm of engineering firm AECOM and Century City-based hedge fund Canyon Partners LLC, announced the close of its $500 million AECOM-Canyon Partners Equity Fund, the first vehicle launched by the j
25 Oct. 2019 Carlyle raises $7.1bn for fifth European buyout fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Carlyle Group has closed its fifth Europe-focused buyout fund Carlyle Europe Partners V (CEP V) on €6.4bn ($7.1bn), exceeding its initial €5.5bn target. CEP V brought in commitments from more than 300 investors in 37 countries, the global investment firm said.
25 Oct. 2019 Survey claims 36.5 million Americans own some form of cryptocurrency [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The number of Americans who own cryptocurrencies has almost doubled in 2019 from 7.95% in 2018 to 14.4%, an increase of 81% in one year, according to a new survey by Finder. That means roughly 36.5 million Americans own some form of cryptocurrency. Of those
25 Oct. 2019 Institutional investor demand for real assets continues to grow despite political crisis [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Institutional investors expect to increase allocations to real assets over the next 12 months in the face of a challenging political and economic environment, according to Aviva Investors' 2020 Real Assets Survey. With uncertainty over global growth and the likeli
24 Oct. 2019 Hedge fund industry sees 6th consecutive quarter of outflows [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investors redeemed at estimated $12.11 billion from the global hedge fund industry in September 2019, bringing year to date (YTD) flows to -$76.86 billion, according to the just-released September 2019 eVestment Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report. The total Q3 2019 outfl
24 Oct. 2019 Total real estate deal value in the US contracted by 10.2%, says PWC [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Real estate deal activity in the US fell slightly during the quarter, but fundamentals and outlook remain strong, said PWC. The total real estate deal value at $138.2 billion showed a decline of 10.2 %, compared with the same period in 2018. But the current dip ove
24 Oct. 2019 83% of venture capitalists want to invest in more women- and minority-owned businesses [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Despite acknowledging the opportunities that companies founded by women and multicultural entrepreneurs present, a majority (60%) of the venture capitalists (VCs) surveyed by Morgan Stanley say that their portfolios hold too few of these companies. An overwhelmin
24 Oct. 2019 US asset and wealth management deal activity on track for an annual record, despite a slow 3Q [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Deal volume and value in asset and wealth management (AWM) eased during the third quarter after an unprecedented first half of 2019, said PWC. Still, deal activity is on track to set an annual record during 2019. Three forces have been spurring consolidation: fee
23 Oct. 2019 Institutional investors plan to continue to utilize hedge funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: While sentiment toward hedge funds has become increasingly critical after a turbulent 2018, investors plan to continue to utilize hedge funds as a primary source of alpha generation in 2019 - and to increase their overall asset allocation to hedge funds - according to
23 Oct. 2019 TPG Sixth Street rakes $2.2bn hard cap close [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: TPG Sixth Street Partners, the credit business that's part of buyout giant TPG, closed its first late-stage growth fund, TSSP Capital Solutions, at its $2.2 billion hard cap. In addition to commitments from the Sixth Street team, the fund raised approximately $2.2
23 Oct. 2019 417 private debt funds seek an aggregate $177bn in capital in Q4 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The fundraising market for private debt remains crowded at the start of Q4, with 417 private debt funds seeking an aggregate $177bn in capital, said Preqin. Although slightly down from the start of Q3, both figures remain very high compared with historical totals a
23 Oct. 2019 Institutional investor demand for commercial real estate at 7-year high [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global institutional investor appetite for commercial real estate is the highest it's been in seven years, despite concerns about asset valuations and weakening economic growth, said a survey. Average target allocations to real estate increased 10 basis points
23 Oct. 2019 White paper: Supporting investment thesis for secondary funds [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Secondary funds offer faster return of capital, wide diversification, and a notable downturn protection that might fit those who want to invest in a countercyclical way today, says Moonfare GmbH, a German private equity plat
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