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08 Jun. 2021 The AMF Enforcement Committee fines a German company and its CEO for manipulating the price of a sovereign bond futures contract [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In its decision of 28 May 2021, the Enforcement Committee imposed a fine of 1.2 million on each of the respondents, Global Derivative Trading GmbH and its CEO, Thorsten Wagner, for manipulating the price of a French sovereign bond futures contract. Between 1 July an
08 Jun. 2021 Hedge funds extended gains in May amidst inflationary pressures [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds extended performance gains in May for the eighth consecutive month as investor optimism accelerated regarding the US economic reopening and despite signs of building inflationary pressures in the US and Europe. The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index (FWC)
08 Jun. 2021 Schroders launches $65bn private assets unit [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global investment manager Schroders has combined all of its private markets capabilities under one banner as the newly formed Schroders Capital, which will have oversight for $65bn (45.9bn) worth of assets. The British multinational asset management company said i
08 Jun. 2021 CSC Global acquires private capital fund administrator PEF [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: CSC Global Financial Markets, provider of specialized administration services to alternative asset managers across a range of fund strategies, has acquired private capital fund administrator PEF Services. A press release from the New Jersey-based PEF, which is one o
07 Jun. 2021 Ex Millennium and LMR Partners Portfolio Manager launches R Squared Global Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Gordian Capital today announced the launch of the R Squared Global Fund managed by William Warner and Justin Leow. The Fund invests in liquid derivative instruments, using quantitative models to arbitrage systematic and structural inefficiencies in the market with strateg
04 Jun. 2021 Emerging markets hedge funds surge as global economy rebounds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Emerging Markets (EM) hedge funds, led by funds investing in China, India and the Middle East extended their 2020 surge into 2021 as EM hedge fund capital reached a new record, with performance driven by gains in EM regional equity markets and surging cryptocurrencies.
04 Jun. 2021 U.S. alternative asset managers: Fundraising reach new heights at $67.3bn in Q1 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: According to Moody's first-quarter report on U.S. alternative asset managers, total fundraising for Q1 2020 rose to $67.3 billion, a 22% increase from the same time a year ago, and 5% from Q4 2020. Meanwhile, total AUMwas up 36% year-over-year and 11% compared to
03 Jun. 2021 Net assets of UCITS and AIFs jump 4.5% in Q1 2021 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Net assets of UCITS and AIFs recorded an increase of 4.5% in Q1 2021, reaching 19.6trn, according to the European Fund and Asset Management Association's (EFAMA) latest investment fund industry factsheet. UCITS net assets increased by 5.6%, whereas the net asset
03 Jun. 2021 TA Associates closes 2 funds at a combined $14bn at their hard caps [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: TA Associates closed two funds, both at their hard caps, after six months of fundraising: the $12.5 billion TA XIV and $1.5 billion TA Select Opportunities Fund II. The Boston private equity firm said in a press release that TA XIV was launched in January 2021 and q
03 Jun. 2021 The SPAC boom is sputtering, but it is premature to write it off [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) boom is sputtering, but market dynamics point to recovery and increased transactions between SPACs and private equity & venture capital (PE/VC), says a report. According to Preqin, 2020 was the year of SPAC, but there
02 Jun. 2021 March trading profits and inflows propel hedge fund AuM to record high of $4.07tln [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds saw $19.1 billion in new assets flow into the industry in March 2021. Coupled with a $28.5 billion monthly trading profit, total hedge fund industry assets rose to more than $4.07 trillion as March ended, a new record high. Most hedge fund sectors experien
02 Jun. 2021 Prestige funds to offer new private finance fund targeted at USA based opportunities [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Prestige Group, a specialist private lending asset manager with a successful 12- year track record in the private debt market, is adding a new US strategy to its existing range of successful alternative credit funds. Business Finance Opportunities (BFO) is focusing o
02 Jun. 2021 New crypto fund Argentium on a hiring spree [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Following the announcement of Paola Mantovani joining London-based Argentium as a Principal and Head of Investor Relations, the systematic c
02 Jun. 2021 Hedge fund investors shift focus to ESG outcomes, study finds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Alternative investors are increasingly focusing on ESG outcomes to tackle issues such as climate change and diversity, a latest report has found. 68% of alternative funds managers now have strong ESG practices in place, an increase of 18% compared to 2016, said the
02 Jun. 2021 Luminate Capital Partners raises $1bn for the third fund, surpassing the target [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Luminate Capital Partners, San Francisco-based private equity firm investing in growth software companies, has closed Luminate Capital Partners III at $1 billion, its hard cap. The middle-market buyout fund closed well above its fundraising target of $700 million, b
01 Jun. 2021 Calderwood appoints Anna Goubault as independent director [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Calderwood, a Cayman Islands boutique fund governance firm, has expanded its senior team with the appointment of legal and regulatory compliance expert Anna Goubault as an Independent Director. Ms. Goubault brings to the firm significant experience in the field of inv
01 Jun. 2021 Europe's first Space ETF, YODA, counts down to blast off [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - European investors are being given the chance to access the expanding space economy through the launch of Europe's first Space ETF, Procure Space UCITS ETF (ticker: YODA) 'YODA' in the latest innovation on the HANetf platform with Procure. Procure has a
01 Jun. 2021 Private equity picked up fossil fuel assets till recently but may go green eventually [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private equity picks up oil, gas, and coal assets as listed companies let go of fossil fuel assets amidst growing pressure from shareholders and investors. But this may change, says Fitch Ratings. The rating agency pointed out in a report that, PE may be starting to
31 May. 2021 Money continues to pour into hedge funds as investor interest remains strong [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investors poured another +$12.47 billion into hedge funds in April, bringing year to date (YTD) inflows to +$28.81 billion, according to the just-released April 2021 eVestment Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report. Overall hedge fund business AUM stood at $3.525 trillion at the e
31 May. 2021 COVID-19 made cryptocurrency more attractive, says EIU survey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: An Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) survey showed 46% of people surveyed found the case for owning cryptocurrencies more compelling due to covid-19. As more people stayed indoors to curb the spread of the virus, they found themselves with more time on their hands,
30 May. 2021 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ends April up 0.87%, 5.3% YTD on asset-weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended April 2021, up 0.87% MOM on an asset weighted basis and up 2.00% MOM on an equal weighted basis. Source: Scotiabank The S
30 May. 2021 Crypto arb hedge fund Argentium appoints head of IR [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Paola Mantovani has joined London-based Argentium as a Principal and Head of Investor Relations. She will also serve as Head of Business Development for MENA. Ms Mantovani has more than 12 years of experience in global financial markets and investment banking. Most of
28 May. 2021 Global M&A activity in Q1 2021 at a deal value of $878bn shows a 48% increase compared to Q1 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A total of 8,823 mergers and acquisitions (M&A) deals were announced in Q1 2021, with a combined transaction value of $878bn, said a study. According to GlobalData, this represents a jump of 48% in deal value compared to Q1 2020. M&A activity recovered in the second
28 May. 2021 SWFs: Allocation to private capital asset classes surge from 18% in 2011 to 30% today [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWF)'s median allocations to the big three private capital asset classes - private equity & venture capital, real estate, and infrastructure - have risen from 18% in 2011 to 30% in 2020. Alternative assets have played a significant part i
28 May. 2021 Capital raising during pandemic a unique challenge for new funds [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic and related global, national and local responses played an outsized role in the number and nature of seed investments throughout 2020,
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    Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Family offices are investing more in private assets and cutting back on investments in public markets, with higher risk-adjusted returns cited as the main driver, said a study. According to the survey findings by German digital private equity firm Moonfare, and the

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  5. Alts manager Medalist Partners acquires a minority stake in Semper Capital to tap opportunities in structured credit[more]

    Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Medalist Partners, which specializes in private credit, has acquired a minority stake in Semper Capital to extend its offerings to the mass market. Medalist currently manages approximately $2.2 billion in assets across strategies in asset-based private credit, struc