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11 Jan. 2021 Sixth Street wraps up $1.2bn European direct lending fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Sixth Street, which has more than $50 billion in assets under management, has closed its latest direct lending fund at €1bn ($1.2 billion)hard cap, surpassing its initial €800m target. The former TPG credit arm said that the Sixth Street Specialty Lending Europe I
08 Jan. 2021 ETFs start 2021 with record assets of $7.6tn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Data from TrackInsight, the world's first global Exchange-Traded Funds analysis platform, shows the global ETF market finished 2020 at a record high of $7.6 Trillion, across 6,518 ETFs. A combination of strong equity market performance coupled with accelerating investor i
08 Jan. 2021 Alternative Investments Benchmarking Survey reveals increased spending and hiring plans among asset managers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Cutter Associates, LLC, a leading provider of research and consulting to the investment management industry, released findings from its Alternative Investments Benchmarking Survey, uncovering the challenges asset managers face investing in private debt, private equity, in
08 Jan. 2021 Legeis Capital announces appointment of chairman [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Legeis Capital, LLC, which provides insurance companies with efficient access to higher-returning assets, announced the appointment of Michael Morrissey as Chairman of the company's Board of Directors. Morrissey is an accomplished insurance investment banker and fund m
08 Jan. 2021 Marathon raises $2.5bn for a distressed credit fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New York-based Marathon Asset Management raised $2.5 billion for a new fund focused on struggling companies. The Marathon Distressed Credit Fund pursues investment opportunities in distressed companies, such as debtor-in-possession financing, exit financings, and re
07 Jan. 2021 PIMCO, Man Group, IHS Markit, State Street, Microsoft and McKinsey join forces on new asset management operating platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - PIMCO, Man Group, IHS Markit, State Street, Microsoft and McKinsey & Company today announced the intention to form a new technology-led company, HUB, to build a cloud-based operating platform aimed at transforming asset managers' operations technology. The company sel
07 Jan. 2021 Aon and eVestment create new reporting standard for operational due diligence findings [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Aon and eVestment today announced a strategic collaboration to provide operational due diligence (ODD) research through the eVestment platform, recognizing the need for more transparency and standardization of ODD information. The new ODD offering will initially be
07 Jan. 2021 Access Holdings wraps up debut fund at $340m [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Baltimore-based mid-market investment firm Access Holdings has raised $340 million from 15 institutional investors for its first private-equity fund. The final tally for Access Holdings Fund I exceeded its $250 million goal in a particularly challenging market f
07 Jan. 2021 LGPS Central launches global active EM bond fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) Central, one of the UK's eight local authority pension asset pools, has launched its global active emerging market bond fund. The fund has been launched with an initial investment of £630m ($858m) from four of the pool's e
06 Jan. 2021 Rockefeller Capital Management acquires Whitnell & Co. [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Rockefeller Capital Management announced it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Illinois-based Whitnell & Co., a subsidiary of Associated Banc-Corp. A $1.4 billion wealth management, financial planning and multi-family office services firm, Whitnell provides aff
06 Jan. 2021 Oak Hill closes latest buyout fund at $3.8bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: North America middle-market focused private equity firm Oak Hill Capital closed its latest buyout fund, Oak Hill Capital Partners V (OHCP V), at $3.8 billion, significantly higher than the fund's target. The New York-headquartered firm said in a press release that i
06 Jan. 2021 PE shop Aquiline Capital Partners buys SageView Advisory [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Aquiline Capital Partners, a private investment firm based in New York and London, is taking a majority stake in SageView Advisory Group, a retirement planning and wealth management firm, which advises on roughly $119bn in assets. Randy Long, founder and managing p
05 Jan. 2021 Chilton Investment Company appoints Jason Barger as Managing Director of Client Relations [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Chilton Investment Company, the $1.8B AUM global investment management firm founded by Richard L. Chilton Jr., announced the hiring of Jason Barger to Managing Director - Client Relations. In this role, he will be responsible for developing, advising and strengthening
05 Jan. 2021 Kempen's new fund-of-funds to focus on distressed debt [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: UK-based specialist asset management company Kempen Capital Management (KCM) has launched a fund-of-funds investing in distressed debt securities to sit within its existing alternatives range. According to a press release from the investment management firm, the int
04 Jan. 2021 Skybridge launches bitcoin fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SkyBridge Capital, a leading global alternative investment firm, today announced the launch of the SkyBridge Bitcoin Fund LP, which provides mass-affluent investors with an institutional-grade vehicle to gain exposure to Bitcoin. Additionally, on behalf of its flagship fu
04 Jan. 2021 Bitcoin's trading volume higher than Apple's, Microsoft's and Amazon's combined [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The cryptocurrency market led by Bitcoin has grown exponentially over the last year. The growth has now elevated Bitcoin to compete with traditional class assets based on metrics like average trading volume. Data presented by cryptocurrency trading simulator - Crypto
04 Jan. 2021 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ends November 0.81% (8.2% YTD) on asset-weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended November 2020 up 0.81% MOM on an asset-weighted basis (8.20% YTD) and up 4.52% MOM on an equal-weighted basis (11% YTD). The
04 Jan. 2021 68% surveyed VCs to invest in multicultural-founded companies in 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Morgan Stanley's second annual survey of venture capitalists revealed that more than two-thirds of VCs we surveyed (68%) say that they are more likely to invest in multicultural-founded companies in the coming year. The intensified dialogue around racial inequality
04 Jan. 2021 Hedge fund Alden Global Capital bids for Tribune Publishing [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge fund firm Alden Global Capital is making a push to acquire Tribune Publishing in a $520 million deal. The hedge fund is already a significant shareholder in Tribune with a 32% stake in the company. According to an SEC filing, Alden is offering $14.25 p
31 Dec. 2020 Piper Sandler acquires TRS Advisors, creates restructuring group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Piper Sandler Companies, a leading investment bank, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of TRS Advisors. TRS Advisors and its senior bankers have been integral to some of the most complex restructuring transactions in public, private, and government sett
31 Dec. 2020 Onex Credit acquires Falcon Investment Advisors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Onex Corporation today announced that it has acquired Falcon Investment Advisors, LLC, a leading U.S. private credit manager, to expand its established credit platform and solidify its market position in tradeable, opportunistic and private credit. Falcon provides pri
30 Dec. 2020 Hedge fund launches rise as industry positions for growth in 2021 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New hedge fund launches increased to the highest level in five quarters in 3Q 2020 on optimism in the US economy, as managers and investors positioned for acceleration of performance gains and capital growth into 2021, according to the latest HFR Market Microstructure Rep
30 Dec. 2020 Hedge funds recorded their strongest return in over a decade lead by the long/short equities [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers the ended month of November up 4.49% on an equal-weighted basis, and 3.51% return on an asset-weighted basis, said a press note by Eurekahedge. The better-than-expected efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines and optimism on the new US administration bo
30 Dec. 2020 Covid-19 pandemic prompts more people to develop estate plans [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Covid-19 pandemic has prompted more people to develop estate plans, though a large percentage remain without a will or estate plan, according to a new WellsFargo - Gallup survey. Close to half of investors in the new survey (45%) report they have neither a wil
29 Dec. 2020 Ark CEO Cathie Wood buys back option that had threatened control [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Cathie Wood, the founder, and CEO of Ark Investment Management will retain control of her asset-management company that focuses on investing in innovative and disruptive companies. The fight for control of Ark is over after Cathie purchased the option that threaten
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