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07 Dec. 2020 Over half of LPs to access the secondary market within two years [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Over half of private equity investors (LPs) will access the secondary market within the next two years, either as a buyer or a seller - or both, according to Coller Capital's latest Global Private Equity Barometer. Investors' main motivations will be to re-focus t
07 Dec. 2020 The 100 largest U.S. public pension public plans' liabilities outpace asset growth [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The 100 largest U.S. public pension funds' aggregate liabilities climbed and asset growth struggled to keep up the pace in the 12 months ended June 30, said a study. According to an annual study from Milliman, the study estimates that the aggregate funding ratio
04 Dec. 2020 Scale Venture Partners raises $600m for the seventh fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The California firm Scale Venture Partners has raised $600m for its seventh early-stage technology fund - Scale Venture Partners Fund VII. The Silicon Valley-based venture firm said in a press release that the fund, which was strongly supported by existing and new
04 Dec. 2020 Allocations to ESG assets to double to 37% by 2025 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investors plan to double their sustainable assets in the next five years, rising from 18% of assets under management on average today to 37% by 2025, said a survey. According to BlackRock's Global Client Sustainable Investing Survey of the asset manager, 20% of its
03 Dec. 2020 Private equity continues to lead pensions' announced private markets commitments; private debt, real estate tumble [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Public pensions in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada tracked by eVestment continue to favor private equity investments over other private markets investment options, according to the just-released eVestment Private Markets Monitor covering October 2020. For Oct
03 Dec. 2020 George M. Vazquez and Howard Needle join Wellesley Asset Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Wellesley Asset Management announced that two new senior members have joined their team. In September, George Vazquez accepted an executive position in the Private Client Group and is responsible for distribution to individuals, RIAs and family offices. George has ove
03 Dec. 2020 Asset managers Dyal Capital and Owl Rock in talks for merger through SPAC [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Neuberger Berman's Dyal Capital Partners is in talks to combine with the New York-based direct lending platform Owl Rock Capital Partners in a deal with a blank-check company that would value the asset managers at about $13 billion combined. According to a statement
03 Dec. 2020 FlatWorld Titan launches hedge fund dedicated towards impact and sustainability [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: FlatWorld Titan has launched the Titan Eclipse Fund, a multi-manager portfolio dedicated towards impact and sustainability. FlatWorld Titan is a Woman Run Organization and is a Joint Venture between Titan Advisors, a hedge fund solutions business, managing portfoli
03 Dec. 2020 JPMorgan unit Highbridge Capital Management closes convertible dislocation fund at $2bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: J.P. Morgan Asset Management subsidiary Highbridge Capital Management (HCM) has held the final closing of its Highbridge Convertible Dislocation Fund, with total investable capital of more than $2bn, including approximately $685 million in equity commitments. The pu
03 Dec. 2020 Institutional Bitcoin Shop NYDIG raises $150m for two Bitcoin investment funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Asset management company New York Digital Investments Group (NYDIG) has raised $150 million for two of its cryptocurrency funds, bringing more institutions to the digital currency economy. According to a US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing, $50 milli
02 Dec. 2020 Newmarket Capital hires new CIO from Willis Towers Watson [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Thierry Adant has joined Newmarket Capital (Newmarket), an alternative asset manager, as Chief Investment Officer (CIO). Adant joins Newmarket from Willis Towers Watson where he was Head of Private Debt and a member of the Alternative Credit Fund Investment Committee.
02 Dec. 2020 Net assets of UCITS and AIFs grew by 2.8% to EUR 17.58tn in Q3 2020 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has today published its Quarterly Statistical Release describing the trends in the European investment fund industry in the third quarter of 2020 with key data and indicators for each EFAMA member countries.
02 Dec. 2020 Private debt funds record another year of robust growth [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The third annual edition of the KPMG Private Debt Fund Survey in collaboration with the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI) showcases the strong growth momentum of private debt funds domiciled in Luxembourg. It reveals that the sector saw AUM of private deb
02 Dec. 2020 StepStone Real Estate adds Margaret McKnight as partner [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - StepStone Real Estate announced that it has hired Margaret McKnight as a Partner to focus on its advisory, secondaries and co-investment practices. Ms. McKnight is based in San Francisco. Prior to joining StepStone, Ms. McKnight was the Co-Chief Investment Officer an
02 Dec. 2020 Swiss-based asset management firms grow more positive in their economic outlook [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investment experts working at Swiss-based asset management firms are much more positive as regards the outlook for Switzerland's economy than they were six months ago, according to the latest Swiss Asset
02 Dec. 2020 "Negative" outlook for global asset management, says Moody's [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A wavering investor appetite for risk and a deteriorating competitive environment is leading to a negative outlook for the global asset management industry next year. Rating agency Moody's Investors Service said in its annual outlook report that, on top of thes
02 Dec. 2020 Blackrock unveils climate risk analytics Aladdin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, announced it has created Aladdin Climate to meet the urgent need among financial institutions and investors to quantify climate risk in their portfolios as the physical toll of climate change mounts and the global trans
02 Dec. 2020 Arena closes new fund at $519m [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Asset manager Arena Investors LP has closed its special opportunities fund at $519 million, beating its $300 million target. The vehicle, Arena Special Opportunities Partners Fund I, will target credit-oriented investments in industries dislocated by the COVID-19
01 Dec. 2020 Second passport demand surges by 50% amid Covid-19 restrictions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - National lockdowns, closed borders and travel restrictions have helped drive up enquiries for second passports, citizenships and overseas residencies by more than 50% year-on-year, reveals one of the world's largest independent financial advisory firms. deVere Group,
01 Dec. 2020 Diligend announces the launch of a new module for institutional investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Diligend, a financial data collection and analysis software provider, announces the launch of its innovative ESG and Diversity disclosure module for Limited Partners (LPs), General Partners (GPs), consultants, fund of funds, fund managers and fund administrators. The tail
01 Dec. 2020 Blackstone acquires quant credit manager DCI [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: American private equity firm Blackstone has completed the acquisition of quantitative credit investing platform DCI. The financial terms of the deal were not announced. According to a press release from the investing titan Blackstone, the San Francisco-based techn
01 Dec. 2020 S&P Global buys IHS Markit for $44bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The financial information provider S&P Global Inc has agreed to pay $44 billion in stock to acquire London-based IHS Markit Ltd in the year's biggest acquisition that will create a new finance data powerhouse serving Wall Street and the corporate world. The deal,
30 Nov. 2020 Domini Impact Investments launches international opportunities fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Domini Impact Investments LLC, an investment adviser specializing exclusively in impact investing, today launched the Domini International Opportunities Fund. This new mutual fund combines core exposure to international equity markets through the lens of the impact invest
30 Nov. 2020 Wasatch launches Greater China Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Wasatch Global Investors announced today the launch of the Wasatch Greater China Fund (WAGCX/WGGCX). The Fund will invest in what Wasatch believes are promising companies located in the Greater China region (China, Hong Kong and Taiwan). The Fund will invest in a sele
30 Nov. 2020 Preqin: ESG and technology will lead alternatives by 2025 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The ESG value proposition has been accepted by managers and investors alike and has become mainstream in developed markets. A majority of investors and fund managers surveyed for?€?Future of Alternatives 2025?€?believe ESG policies have a positive impact on returns and th
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