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27 May. 2022 Venture capital funds invest $81bn in AI and ML in North America last year [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Since 2017, $188bn in venture capital has been invested in North American companies that apply artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), said a study. According to Preqin, last year alone saw $81bn in AI/ML investment, making up one-fifth of all VC de
27 May. 2022 Andreessen Horowitz establishes a $4.5bn crypto fund, the industry's largest [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz (A16z) has raised a $4.5 billion crypto fund, the industry's largest to date, despite the market downturn. The fourth fund, which is dedicated to web3 startups and projects, brings its total funds raised f
26 May. 2022 Hedge fund manager Nickel Digital's crypto Arbitrage Fund outperforms the S&P 500 despite the crypto crisis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - London-based Nickel Digital Asset Management (Nickel), a regulated crypto hedge fund manager, has outperformed the S&P500 since January 2020, despite the initial strong performance of equities during the COVID period. Its Digital Asset Arbitrage Fund had returned 25.5%
26 May. 2022 iCapital acquires SIMON markets [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - iCapital, the leading global fintech platform driving access and efficiency in alternative investing for the asset and wealth management industries, and SIMON Markets, the award-winning fintech company offering a digital platform designed to help financial advisors unders
26 May. 2022 LPA expands in US [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - LPA, the capital markets technology and advisory firm, today announced ambitious international expansion plans into the United States supported by a key executive hire. Serge Malka joins as LPA US Managing Director, marking a milestone moment of growth for the fir
26 May. 2022 Northern Trust enhances onboarding for private funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Northern Trust is looking to enhance the onboarding process for investors in private capital funds through a collaboration with Fenergo, a leading software provider focused on client lifecycle management (CLM). The new capability is part of Northern Trust's digital innova
26 May. 2022 Trivest wraps up two funds raising more than $1.5bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Florida-based Trivest Partners has closed its seventh namesake fund on about $950 million and its second discovery fund on roughly $600 million. According to a media release from the lower-middle-market firm that targets investments in founder- and family-owned bus
26 May. 2022 Quad-C hits new fundraising heights by bringing in about $1.7bn for Fund X [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private equity house Quad-C Management announced the final close of its newest fund, Quad-C Partners X (Fund X) wrapped up with total commitments of approximately $1.7 billion, compared to $1.1 billion for Fund IX. The middle-market private equity firm said in a pre
25 May. 2022 Hedge funds experienced $7.6 bn in net flows YTD, with 62% of funds having had net outflows [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investors redeemed a net $10.5bn from hedge funds in April, marking a sharp turnaround from the past three months which saw the industry experiencing three consecutive months of inflows totaling $18.1bn. The hedge fund industry has experienced $7.6bn in net flows YT
25 May. 2022 KKR seals $1.1bn for first Asia-Pacific credit fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global investment firm KKR & Co. raised $1.1 billion for its first credit fund focused on investments in the Asia-Pacific region, betting volatility will spark opportunities and deliver returns as high as in the mid-teens. The new fund, called KKR Asia Credit Op
25 May. 2022 Asset managers suffer a median 7% revenue drop from Q4 2021 to Q1 2022 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Traditional asset managers in North America saw a decline in assets under management, revenue, and non-compensation fees in the first quarter of 2022, said a study. The publicly traded asset managers suffered a median seven-percent revenue drop from Q4 2021 to Q1 20
25 May. 2022 Angelo Gordon raises $3.1b for the second credit solutions fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Angelo Gordon raised its second debt fund focusing on special situations and distressed companies. According to a press release from the $50 billion credit and real estate investment firm, AG Credit Solutions Fund II LP raised $3.1 billion of equity commitments, ex
24 May. 2022 Hedge fund managers were down 0.72% in April, outperforming the tech-heavy NASDAQ and S&P 500 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers were down 0.72% in April, outperforming the tech-heavy NASDAQ and S&P 500 by 12.54% and 8.08% respectively. Around 80.1% of global hedge funds have outperformed the S&P 500, while 44.4% of them have generated positive returns in April. On a year-to-dat
24 May. 2022 The AMF publishes a summary of its findings regarding the costs and fees of UCITS marketed to retail investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - As part of a European supervision exercise, the AMF examined the practices of asset managers concerning the definition and monitoring of the costs and fees related to UCITS management. The AMF announces changes to its General Regulation and its policy on turnover fees and
24 May. 2022 ICG raises $1.1bn for Asia Pacific Fund IV [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global alternative asset manager Intermediate Capital Group (ICG) has held the final close of its Asia Pacific Fund IV at $1.1 billion, exceeding its target of $1 billion. Fund V, which is 60 percent larger than its predecessor fund, received support from a broad a
23 May. 2022 Canada: Average VC deal size in 2021 increases 112% from the previous year [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Canadian venture capital (VC) deals broke records, largely in information technology, with the average deal size in 2021 increasing 112% from 2020's average deal size, said a study. "While VC deals made in Canada broke records in 2021, the increase in aggregate
23 May. 2022 Hudson acquires Northern Shipping, expands platform for shipping and transport investment funds [more]
Opalesque Geneva: Hudson Structured Capital Management Ltd. (HSCM) has expanded its transportation alternative investment platform by acquiring the key business assets of Northern Shipping Fu
23 May. 2022 Seeding activity in PE, VC increased in 2021 [more]
Opalesque New Managers: Covid-19 had an impact on the number and nature of seed investments throughout 2021, according to US law firm Seward & Kissel's lat
20 May. 2022 Middle East private capital AUM increases by 52% in 3 years [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The role of the Middle East in the global alternatives industry is beginning to change as assets under management (AUM) has been rising consistently. According to "Preqin Territory Guide: Middle East 2022", the Middle East-based managers saw a contraction overall in
20 May. 2022 Institutional investors keep positive outlook despite Ukraine war [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The war in Ukraine has added continued volatility to emerging markets' fixed-income assets, according to a new survey of 342 institutions. According to a study published by Vontobel Asset Management, whilst institutional investors globally are wary of the war's
19 May. 2022 Andreessen Horowitz debuts $600m gaming fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Venture capital giant Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) has launched its inaugural gaming fund with plans to invest $600 million across game studios, gaming-related consumer apps, and infrastructure. A16z investors Andrew Chen, Jonathan Lai, and James Gwertzman said in a b
19 May. 2022 Al Gore's Generation launches its largest-ever growth fund at $1.7bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Generation Investment Management, a sustainability-focused public and private equity firm co-founded by Al Gore, is upping its bet on growth-stage companies via a new $1.7 billion fund - the firm's fourth and largest. The new Sustainable Solutions Fund IV allows th
19 May. 2022 Rapid growth propels venture capital AUM crosses the $2tn barrier [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Venture capital (VC) becomes the second private capital class to hit $2tn assets under management (AUM), said a study. According to Preqin, VC AUM has hit $2.03tn as of September 2021, the most recent date for which the calculation is possible. The VC segment i
19 May. 2022 Clearlake Capital wraps up its seventh flagship fund with $14.1bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Clearlake Capital Group, an investment firm that focuses on technology, industrials, and consumer industries, closed its seventh flagship private equity fund, Clearlake Capital Partners VII, at its hard cap of more than $14.1 billion, outpacing a $10 billion target.
18 May. 2022 Drury Capital trend program marks 25 years [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - US-based CTA Drury Capital this month marks 25 years of trading its flagship Diversified Trend-Following Program, as it continues its record of favorable performance. In the course of 25 years the Program has confronted many historical shock waves to hit the global econom
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