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10 Sep. 2020 Stellex Capital Management raises nearly $1.8bn for second flagship fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Stellex Capital Management has soared to an impressive final close for its sophomore fundraise, beating its initial $1.25bn target to reach $1.775bn final close. Stellex Capital Partners II, the middle-market distressed and special opportunities fund focuses on inv
09 Sep. 2020 GI Partners raises $1.8bn for maiden data infrastructure fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: San Francisco, CA-based private investment firm GI Partners closed its inaugural Data Infrastructure Fund, which totaled $1.8 billion in commitments from a broad group of investors. The GI Data Infrastructure Fund was oversubscribed and surpassed its initial target
09 Sep. 2020 VC investment in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space fell during H1 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global VC investment in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space fell from $4.6 billion in H1 2019 to $1.2 billion during H1 2020, due partly to COVID-19 and partly the intensifying focus on value. Digital asset platform Bakkt's US$300 million funding round was the l
08 Sep. 2020 Hedge funds extend performance rebound to five months [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds extended the recent performance surge in August, navigating a complex and volatile environment driven by the ongoing global pandemic, violent social unrest and protests across U.S. cities, and evolving uncertainty around the upcoming U.S. election. The HFRI Fu
08 Sep. 2020 Stong rebound in global top 20 pension fund assets [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Assets under management (AUM) at the world's 300 largest pension funds increased in value by 8.0% to a total of $19.5trn in 2019, compared to the 0.4% decline in the previous year, said a study. The value of the top 20 pension funds' AUM also rose by 8.1% in
08 Sep. 2020 Challenger banks attract big VC fintech investment in Europe [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Total fintech investment in EMEA declined significantly, given the lack of mega M&A deals. During H1'20, the region saw $4.6 billion in fintech investment, said a study. VC investment in fintech remained strong in H1'20, accounting for US$4 billion in investment, s
07 Sep. 2020 UK: PE/VC returns outperform public markets [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: U.K. private equity and venture capital industries generated 10-year returns of +14.2% in 2019, outperforming the FTSE100 and the FTSE250, which generated returns of +7.4% and +12% respectively, said a study. U.K.-based private markets trade body the British Private
07 Sep. 2020 Asia attracts $6.7bn venture capital investment in fintech in H1 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In H1'20, the biggest fintechs in Asia continued to gain ground, while smaller fintechs struggled for profitability and to attract new investments, according to a study. In H1'20, VC investment in fintech accounted for $6.7 billion in the Asia Pacific (APAC), said K
04 Sep. 2020 US accounts for the largest share of total VC Investment in Fintech in H1 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Americas accounted for the largest share of total global VC investment in the Fintech sector at mid-year in H1 2020, according to the Pulse of Fintech H1'20, a bi-annual report on global fintech investment trends from KPMG International. The US accounted for the
04 Sep. 2020 APAC-focused PE/VC AUM reaches a record-high $1.3tn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Asia-Pacific (APAC)-focused private equity and venture capital (PEVC) assets under management (AUM) reached a record-high $1.3tn as of December 2019, a 34% increase from a year prior, said a Preqin study. "In fact, PEVC is driving innovation across Asia-Pacif
03 Sep. 2020 Jonathan DeSimone takes over as CEO of Alcentra [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Alcentra, one of the world's largest managers of private debt with over US$40 billion of assets under management and part of BNY Mellon Investment Management, announced today the appointment of Jonathan DeSimone as its CEO and to the Alcentra Board of Directors, subject t
03 Sep. 2020 Despite global uncertainty, VC funding remains strong in H1 2020 with $25.6bn of investment globally across 1,221 deals [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Despite global uncertainty, VC investment was strong in all regions of the world - and is on track to surpass previous annual record highs should the trend continue, according to a study. While overall global fintech funding fell during the first half of 2020, with
02 Sep. 2020 Tramondo hires Leslie Burri to strengthen IR team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Tramondo Investment Partners AG, a bank-independent Zug, Switzerland, based investment boutique, announces that, effective 1 September, it has hired Leslie Burri as Senior Investment Solutions Manager. In this newly created role, Leslie Burri is responsible for the su
02 Sep. 2020 SEC cancels vote on whistleblower rule changes [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has canceled a scheduled vote on proposed rules that would restructure its Dodd-Frank Act mandated whistleblower reward program. This is the second time the vote on the proposed changes has been canceled. "We hope that the C
02 Sep. 2020 Brunswick Real Estate secures $1.4bn for third debt fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Sweden's Brunswick Real Estate has launched a third senior debt fund with commitments of SEK12bn ($1.4 billion) to target sustainable properties. The Stockholm-based asset manager has secured commitments for Brunswick Real Estate Capital Fund III from backers includ
02 Sep. 2020 Owl Ventures closes two new funds totaling $585m [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: San Francisco, CA-based education technology venture capital firm Owl Ventures closed two new funds totaling $585 million. Of that amount, $170 million will go to its Opportunity Fund, earmarked for making follow-on investments for its existing portfolio. Since 20
02 Sep. 2020 AI attracts a surge of private capital in APAC [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: By 2030, Artificial intelligence (AI) is expected to add $15.7tn to the global economy, a figure greater than the combined GDP of China and India. Of this sum, $6.6tn will likely be the result of increased productivity gains, while consumption-side effects are estimate
01 Sep. 2020 New AIFM business, ACM, sets out to break the mould [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Luxembourg-based corporate service provider Avega announces the launch of a new host AIFM service line, Avega Capital Management (ACM). The firm is being created to "shake up the fund industry and bring a new approach to alternative investments." The new venture will
01 Sep. 2020 Directional hedge fund strategies outperformed in August [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Lyxor Peer Groups suggest hedge fund performance was up +0.5% in August, with CTAs underperforming (-1%) and Special Situations, Directional L/S Equity, Global Macro, and L/S Credit strategies outperforming (+0.6% to +1.6%). In recent weeks, the rally in stock price
01 Sep. 2020 APAC-focused PE/VC AUM at $1.29tn a record high and up 34% from the previous year [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: APAC-focused private equity & venture capital (PEVC) assets under management (AUM) have surged in recent years to a record-high $1.29tn as of December 2019, marking a staggering 34% increase from a year prior, said Preqin. "Strategies targeting generally more innov
31 Aug. 2020 H20 AM freezes funds over valuation uncertainties [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The AMF, the French financial regulator, has asked H2O Asset Management LLP to suspend subscriptions and redemptions of units of the UCITS funds H20 ALLEGRO, H20 MULTIBONDS and H20 MULTISTRATEGIES to protect the interests of unit holders and the public. The managemen
31 Aug. 2020 Hedge funds total redemptions reduced from $47.7bn in Q1 to $15.6bn in Q2 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund assets under management (AUM) have risen in the second quarter of 2020, said Preqin. In a Q1 2020 rocked by poor performance and significant investor redemptions, industry AUM dipped below $3.5tn for the first time since Q4 2018. Fast-forward three month
31 Aug. 2020 SEC charges Coral Gables Asset Management with fraud [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The SEC has halted an investment offering from Coral Gables Asset Management for fraud. The regulator also got an emergency order to freeze the assets of Coral Gables and its owner David C. Coggins. The order also requires that Coral Gables preserve all document
28 Aug. 2020 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ends July +3% (+5% YTD) on asset-weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended July 2020 up 2.98% MOM on an asset-weighted basis and up 4.07% MOM on an equal-weighted basis. The aim of the Scotiabank Canadia
28 Aug. 2020 UCITS net sales break the EUR100bn mark [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: UCITS recorded net inflows of EUR100 billion ($ 118 billion) in June 2020, compared to EUR78 billion in May 2020, with Long-term UCITS (UCITS excluding money market funds) recording net inflows of EUR52 billion, up from EUR46 billion in May 2020. According to the la
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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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  4. New Launches: Goldman collects $5bn for Petershill IV, OSF Ventures launches third and largest venture capital fund, London growth investor Sprints Capital raises $602m for new technology fund, BlackRock launches two new active Climate Action funds, Edtech-focused Owl Ventures raises over $1bn across three funds[more]

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