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23 Jul. 2020 Gramercy appoints Mohamed El-Erian as Chair [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Emerging markets investment firm Gramercy Funds Management has appointed Mohamed A. El-Erian as Chair of the firm, a new position. El-Erian has been an investor and senior advisor to Gramercy since April 2019. His work with the firm has focused on global macroeconom
22 Jul. 2020 Hedge funds see May outflows of $8bn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund redemptions continued to decline from their COVID-19 pandemic-fueled peak of $85.6 billion in March. Net redemptions in May were $8.0 billion, 0.3% of industry assets, according to the Barclay Fund Flow Indicator published by BarclayHedge, a division of Backsto
22 Jul. 2020 Shamrock Capital raises new $400m fund to buy content [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Shamrock Capital, a Los Angeles-based investment firm with a $1.9bn portfolio under management, announced the final closing of Shamrock Capital Content Fund II (SCCF II), with a total of $400 million in committed capital. SCCF II will be used to "continue investing
22 Jul. 2020 TIAA's Nuveen collects $150m for global impact fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global investment manager with over $1 trillion in assets under management, Nuveen has achieved the first close of its Global Impact Strategy, having reached $150m with a long-term target of $400m. The Global Impact Strategy is designed to drive positive change
22 Jul. 2020 Investors viewing ESG as a 'safe haven' asset [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Sustainable and responsible investments (ESG) are now regarded as 'safe havens' by the majority of investors, reveals a study. According to the financial services firm deVere, nearly 60% of its clients seeking to include ESG investments in their portfolios believe s
22 Jul. 2020 SEC charges IIG's David Hu with fraud [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday charged a former registered investment adviser with fraud for his role in a $60 million Ponzi-like scheme that had been going on for years. In O
21 Jul. 2020 Recovery on Swiss fund market continues [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In June 2020, the volume of assets placed in the investment funds covered by the statistics compiled by Swiss Fund Data AG and Morningstar stood at CHF 1,215.1 billion, an increase of CHF 19.2 billion or 1.6% month-on-month. Net inflows totaled CHF 1.9 billion. The vol
21 Jul. 2020 Blackstone's Strategic Partners racks up $3.75bn for third infrastructure fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Strategic Partners, the secondary arm of private-equity giant Blackstone Group Inc., has raised $3.75 billion for a new vehicle focused on secondhand stakes in infrastructure funds. The new vehicle, Strategic Partners Infrastructure III, is the largest pool ever ra
21 Jul. 2020 KKR racks up $950m for second real estate credit fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global investment firm KKR has closed its second real estate credit opportunity fund at $950 million. The fund will focus on new issue conduit commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS). The firm that manages multiple alternative asset classes, closed KKR Real
21 Jul. 2020 French private equity specialist Capza cruises to $516m first close for new equity fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: European investor Capza has held the first close for Capza 5 Flex Equity on €450m ($516m). The vehicle has a target of €500m and has already exceeded the size of its predecessor, which closed on €350m in October 2016. With this new closing, the French private equity
21 Jul. 2020 Schroders' second vintage European infrastructure debt fund holds $358m first close [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global asset manager Schroders has raised €312m ($358m) from European and Asian investors for its second pan-European infrastructure debt fund. Schroder Euro Enhanced Infrastructure Debt Fund II, also known as Julie II, is managed by Schroder Aida, the specialist i
20 Jul. 2020 Man Group announces distribution partnership with the AMCS Group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Man Group, the active investment management firm, today announces the appointment of the AMCS Group as its third party distribution partner focused on the US offshore and Latin American wealth markets. The appointment, which follows a robust selection and due dilig
20 Jul. 2020 Hedge fund assets lift as market rebounds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Total hedge fund assets surged in 2Q20 as the HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index® (FWC) posted the strongest quarterly performance gain since 2Q09, while outflows slowed from their 1Q pace. Total capital invested in hedge funds increased to $3.177 trillion, a record quart
20 Jul. 2020 Brookfield Asset Management hits an initial $829m close for its first European core-plus real estate fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global alternative asset manager Brookfield Asset Management announced the initial closing of its first European core-plus real estate fund, Brookfield European Real Estate Partnership (BEREP), with total equity commitment to date of €725 million ($829m). The c
20 Jul. 2020 Hedge funds gained an average of +2.07% in June bringing YTD average returns to -3.37% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Varied returns among largest managers highlight hedge fund performance, said eVestment. Hedge funds gained an average of +2.07% in June bringing YTD average returns to -3.37%. According to the report, roughly 40% of the industry is producing positive results in 202
20 Jul. 2020 European green bond market set to explode [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The EU could become the main liquidity provider for a green safe asset with a long duration by financing 30% (€225 billion) of its proposed €750 billion recovery fund through green bond issuance, said a study. "By issuing around €225 billion of green bonds, the EU woul
20 Jul. 2020 UK private equity fundraising surged to $60bn in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: UK private equity fundraising surged to more than £47.5bn ($60bn) last year amid a more than doubling of capital flowing into venture capital fundraises, said a study. UK private equity and venture capital investment reached £22.33 billion in 2019, an increase of £1
17 Jul. 2020 Jersey amends LP legislation [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Jersey Finance has welcomed a new amendment to Jersey's legislation that will make it significantly easier for managers to migrate limited partnership fund structures to the jurisdiction. The changes to the Limited Partnership (Jersey) Law 1994, which were approved by
17 Jul. 2020 Swiss private bank UBP announces a net profit of $114m for the first half of 2020 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UBP attracted a total of CHF 3.7 billion of net new assets in the first six months of the year. These inflows, which came mainly from private clients, demonstrate both the appeal of UBP's investment solutions and the solid management of our clients' assets during a partic
17 Jul. 2020 European private equity deals plunge to a seven-year low [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: European private equity (PE) deal volume plunged to its lowest point in seven years during the second quarter, with the UK suffering the greatest drop. According to PitchBook, deal count and value dropped to their lowest quarterly figures since third quarter 203 an
17 Jul. 2020 Global deal activity rebounded in Q2 2020 to 3,812 deals while funding decreased to $50.2bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Globally, deal activity rebounded in Q2'20 to 3,812 deals while funding decreased to $50.2b. Funding and deals are down 13% and 9% YoY, respectively, said a report. Asia saw the largest quarterly increase in deals, rising 20% in Q2'20. Quarterly deal activit
16 Jul. 2020 Barclay CTA Index loses 0.22% in June [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Rebounding equity and energy markets caught some in the managed futures industry on the wrong foot in June, leading the CTA industry to a 0.22% monthly loss, according to the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. Year-to-date CTAs
16 Jul. 2020 KKR taps $1.3bn Global Impact Fund to invest in Australian carbon offset business Greencollar [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global private equity giant KKR has backed Australian carbon offsetting specialist GreenCollar through its $1.3bn Global Impact Fund, which is focused on generating risk-adjusted returns by investing in companies that contribute toward the United Nations Sustainable De
16 Jul. 2020 Unlisted infrastructure industry fundraising nosedives 70% in Q2 2020 compared to the previous quarter [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Fundraising and dealmaking in the unlisted infrastructure industry sees declines in the second quarter of the year as COVID-19 began to impact significantly, said a report. According to the Preqin report, fundraising activity slowed, with the $12bn secured by infras
15 Jul. 2020 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 1.38% in June, -1.28% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 1.38% in June, supported by the strong performance of the global equity market as represented by the MSCI ACWI IMI (Local), which returned 2.70% over the same month. The resumption of the economic activity of most countries, pa
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    Mobile commerce platform Rezolve to go public via $2bn SPAC deal From Reuters: Mobile commerce platform Rezolve said on Friday it will list in New York through a merger with a blank-check firm backed by billionaire Betsy Cohen, in a deal valuing the combined company at about $2 billion

  2. Tech: AI argues for and against itself in Oxford Union debate, 15% of Dutch pension funds fall victim to cyber crime, The fight to control the metaverse: Crypto die-hards prepare for battle with Facebook and Big Tech[more]

    AI argues for and against itself in Oxford Union debate From BBC: The Oxford Union has heard from many great debaters over the years, but this week added an artificial intelligence engine to its distinguished speakers. The AI argued that the only way to stop such tech becoming to

  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]

    SOKA-BAU to raise private markets allocation with first move in private debt From IPE: SOKA-BAU, the German umbrella organisation of the two pension funds for the employees in the construction industry ULAK and ZVK, is targeting an allocation to private markets of 15%, up from the curr

  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]

    Goldman collects $5bn for Petershill IV From PE News: Goldman Sachs Asset Management has made a final close of its Petershill IV fund, the fourth vintage of its GP stakes growth-focused private equity funds. The firm said the fund had been oversubscribed with commitments mostly c

  5. PE/VC: A record year in private equity drives competition for lucrative industries, The power law - how venture capital ate the stock market, Europe's unicorn herd multiplies as VC investment more than doubled in 2021, Platform private equity deals could be 'fraught with risk'[more]

    A record year in private equity drives competition for lucrative industries From Institutional Investor: With more private equity capital available than ever before, valuations are high - and competition is even higher. According to PitchBook's 2021 annual PE breakdown report, which wa