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10 Aug. 2020 Monsoon Capital and principal barred from NFA membership [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: NFA, the self-regulatory organisation for the U.S. derivatives industry, has barred Gautam Prakash from reapplying for membership or principal status with any NFA member for seven years. Prakash was a principal of for
07 Aug. 2020 North American private equity real estate market sees a sharp fall, says Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: North America-focused commercial private equity real estate (PERE) funds raised just $23bn through 47 closures in H1 2020, a sharp fall from 152 funds that secured $83bn in 2019 as a whole. "The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the North American commercial real estate mar
06 Aug. 2020 Public pension private equity commitments more than triple in June compared to May [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Private Equity investment commitments from public pensions tracked by eVestment more than tripled from May to June this year, ending a three-month drop off in commitments that began in March as the worldwide impact of the COVID-19 pandemic intensified. According to the ju
06 Aug. 2020 CalPERS CIO Resigns [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - CalPERS announced that Chief Investment Officer Yu (Ben) Meng is resigning, effective August 5. Dan Bienvenue, deputy chief investment officer, will serve as interim chief investment officer. CalPERS will start an immediate search for a permanent successor. Meng h
06 Aug. 2020 Private real estate fundraising plummets 28% with 58 funds closed in Q2 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The number of private real estate funds reaching a final close has plummeted so far this year. Just 58 private real estate funds reached a final close in Q2 2020, down 28% from 81 funds closed in Q1 2020 and 47% from Q2 2019 (110), said a report by Preqin. That said
06 Aug. 2020 70 institutional investors with $16tn assets develop framework for net-zero investing [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Some 70 investors with $16 trillion in assets have developed recommendations for investing sustainably in major asset classes that seek to limit the rise in global temperatures to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius. "The first-ever practical blueprint for "net-zero
05 Aug. 2020 Proskauer releases SPAC IPO study analyzing deal terms and trends for red-hot market [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Proskauer, an international law firm, released its 2020 SPAC IPO Study. The study examines data from 95 Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) IPOs priced from January 2016 through June 2020, representing over half of the SPACs listed on U.S. exchanges. Utilizing this
05 Aug. 2020 Private debt fundraising picks up in Q2 2020 with $34bn raised from 49 private debt funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The private debt industry has seen some improvements in the second quarter of 2020 after a slow start of the year, said Preqin. According to the report, a total of $34bn was raised in Q2 from 49 private debt funds closed, which compares with 36 funds that secured $2
05 Aug. 2020 Institutional investors ramp up efforts to assess performance of companies using ESG factors [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Institutional investors are ramping up their efforts when it comes to assessing the performance of companies using environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors, according to an EY study. The vast majority of investors (98%) evaluate nonfinancial performance b
05 Aug. 2020 Institutional investors saw very healthy median returns in Q2 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Institutional assets posted an all-plan median return of 11.07 percent for the second quarter and 3.36 percent for the year ending June 30, 2020, said a study by Wilshire Trust Universe Comparison Service (Wilshire TUCS). Wilshire previously reported median returns
04 Aug. 2020 Prime Capital launches Liquid Alternatives Credit fund of funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Prime Capital AG, the independent asset manager and financial services provider that manages €17.2bn across multiple funds, is launching the Liquid Alternative Credit Fund, a new fund of funds, beginning of August. This fund of funds will be pooling alternative credit
04 Aug. 2020 Ocean Avenue Capital Partners wraps up the fourth fund at $350m [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: California-based lower-middle market private equity firm Ocean Avenue Capital Partners (OACP) has closed its fourth fund at a hard cap of $350 million, beating its $300 million target. OACP, which manages approximately $1.3 billion of capital, expects that represe
04 Aug. 2020 GCM Grosvenor to merge with Cantor Fitzgerald SPAC, to go public [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: GCM Grosvenor, a global alternative asset management solutions provider with approximately $57 billion in assets under management, is planning to go public by merging with a special purpose acquisition company backed by the financial-services firm Cantor Fitzgerald in
03 Aug. 2020 Vitruvian Partners races to $4.7bn hard cap close for the new fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: UK private equity firm Vitruvian Partners has closed its fourth buyout fund at its hard cap of €4bn ($4.7bn), less than three months after its formal launch. According to the London-headquartered international growth equity firm, the vehicle, VIP IV, is 40% larger
03 Aug. 2020 Global net inflows into sustainable strategies increased 72% to $71.1bn in Q2 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Supported by the stock market recovery and growing investor interest in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues, sustainable strategy net inflows up 72% in Q2. Net inflows into sustainable strategies increased 72% in the quarter ended June 30 to USD 71.1 bil
03 Aug. 2020 IRS targets carried interest in new guidance [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Internal Revenue Service has released new guidelines that will restrict the use of carried interest in tax calculations after an error in the 2017 tax cut bill. S corporations and passive foreign investment companies will no longer be allowed to use exe
31 Jul. 2020 Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors launches renewable infrastructure fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P., a leading alternative asset management firm with over $30 billion under management, has launched the Kayne Anderson Renewable Infrastructure Fund (KARIX). The Fund's investment strategy is distinct in the marketplace as it focuse
31 Jul. 2020 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ends June up 2.9% (2% YTD) on asset weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended June 2020 up 2.9 2 % MOM on an asset weighted basis and up 3.08% MOM on an equal weighted basis. The aim of the Scotiabank Canadian H
31 Jul. 2020 Good news for hedge fund flows in Q2 2020 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investors redeemed an estimated $16.9 billion from hedge funds in June. The outflow puts Q2 redemptions at $42.4 billion, and YTD redemptions at $55.4 billion. Performance lifted total industry AUM to $3.06 trillion. June marked the resumption of redemption pressure fo
31 Jul. 2020 US maintains leadership in VC performance, consolidates LBO [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - eFront, the leading financial software and solutions provider dedicated to Alternative Investments, has published its latest annual Global Private Equity Performance Series, which shows that the US has preserved its position as the best-performing VC market globally, whil
31 Jul. 2020 Commonfund appoints Hill as managing director of OCIO business development. [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Commonfund, a leading asset manager for nonprofit organizations, today announced the appointment of Terrence (Terry) Hill as Managing Director, Business Development. In this role, Terry will be responsible for the management and development of outsourced CIO (OCIO) sol
31 Jul. 2020 Cerulli: Institutional consultants anticipate long-term effects resulting from COVID-19 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The current market environment is likely to have long-term effects on certain aspects of the investment consultant industry. Cerulli expects three aspects of the market will be impacted significantly by the current market challenges: volatility in funding status for defin
31 Jul. 2020 Ex-Warburg Pincus principal's firm Preservation Capital hits hard cap $400m for debut fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Former Warburg Pincus principal Jatender Aujla said that his firm Preservation Capital Partners has closed its debut fund at its hard cap of £309m ($400m). London-based private equity firm focusing on the asset-light financial services sector said that the fund was
31 Jul. 2020 APAC VC funding: Seed and Series A funding dominate in Q2 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Early-stage funding rounds (comprising Seed and Series A funding) dominated the venture capital (VC) funding landscape during the second quarter (Q2) of 2020 in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. According to GlobalData, Series B was the only funding round that witness
30 Jul. 2020 HF Fund Services joins forces with Equiom to expand its global service capability [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Equiom announced the acquisition of HF Fund Services Ltd. Founded in 2007 by Sean Flynn and Patrick Harrigan, HF Fund Services provides non-executive independent directors to alternative investment funds and investment management companies. The business operates from the
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