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17 May. 2021 New Quadriga senior appointments - Christian Thum and Jarkko Matilainen [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Quadriga Asset Managers announced the senior appointments of Christian Thum and Jarkko Matilainen to the Quadriga Asset Managers team and Board. Christian Thum, a German national, joins Quadriga as Senior Portfolio Manager Equity Long/Short Opportunities based in Madr
17 May. 2021 Systematic crypto arb hedge fund manager Argentium appoints advisory board [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Emi Lorincz has been appointed as a Senior Advisor on Crypto markets. Ms Lorincz started her career at Morgan Stanley, then moved to aircraft financing at GE Capital and later to commodity trading at Eni. She is currently Director, Business Development for Ledger and a Bo
17 May. 2021 ESG moves up private equity agenda [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The management of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues is moving up the board agenda for private equity, however, climate risk exposure requires greater scrutiny, according to a new study. According to PwC's 2021 Global Private Equity Responsible In
14 May. 2021 Hedge funds continue winning performance ways in April [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund performance was broadly positive in April, with 85% of funds reporting to eVestment seeing positive performance figures and the industry as a whole posting a return of +2.61% for the month, according to the just-released April 2021 eVestment hedge fund performa
14 May. 2021 North American asset managers lag in adopting disruptive technologies [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The vast majority (95%) of North American asset managers believe that their technology, data, and digital capabilities will be competitive differentiators by 2025, many remain in the early stages of adopting disruptive technologies, including artificial intelligence (A
13 May. 2021 Deerpath Capital raises $1.1bn for fifth debt fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Deerpath Capital Management closed lower-middle-market direct lending fund Deerpath Capital V at $1.1 billion. The fund exceeded the firm's initial target and gathered capital from more than 50 limited partners worldwide, said a press release from the firm. Combined
13 May. 2021 2021 corporate events favour event-driven special sits hedge funds [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The last quarters were busy for event-driven strategies as the volume of mergers and acquisitions on the international scene have had the best start of the year on record. These include some large transactions such as General Electric combining its GE Capital Aviation Ser
12 May. 2021 Versor releases new white paper on value investing [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Versor Investments, a quantitative investment management firm focused on alternative investment strategies, has just released a white paper titled "Value Returns in 2021: Mirage or Oasis," which looks at historical valuation spreads between value stocks and growth stocks.
12 May. 2021 SWFs double direct investments to $65.9bn in 2020 during the Covid-19 global pandemic [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Sovereign wealth funds' direct investments almost doubled to $65.9 billion in 2020, up from $35.9 billion in 2019, as the COVID-19 crisis saw funds deploy huge amounts of dry powder, said a study. According to the latest annual review by the International Forum
11 May. 2021 CAPZA raises $849m for CAPZA 5 Flex Equity Fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: French private investment firm Capza has held a final close for its CAPZA 5 Flex Equity Fund on 700m ($849m), exceeding its 500m target. This number doubles the size of the firms' previous fund at 350 million. According to a press release from the Paris-based sma
11 May. 2021 VC investors in Apac shift focus to low-value deals [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The COVID-19 pandemic has forced venture capital (VC) investors in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region to shift their focus to low-value deals during the first quarter (Q1) of 2021, said a study. According to a report by GlobalData, out of the total 1,105 deals (with di
10 May. 2021 The Strategic Funds expands into crypto market with new fund launch [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Strategic Funds, an alternative investments and private equity manager, has launched a new cryptocurrency fund. The new Fund will offer accredited investors exposure to a diversified portfolio of crypto assets, beyond just Bitcoin. By deploying a balanced allocati
10 May. 2021 Hedge funds gains accelerate in April [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds advanced in April for the seventh consecutive month on strong corporate earnings and investor optimism regarding the US economic reopening, extending gains from both 1Q21 and FY20. The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index (FWC) gained +2.7 percent in April,
10 May. 2021 Investment managers face fierce competition [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The traditional asset managers around the world face pressure on margins "in 2021 and beyond due to fee compression driven by fierce competition," revealed a study. According to a new report from Fitch Ratings, the traditional stock and bond investment firms can wea
07 May. 2021 Park Square Capital raises $2.6bn for its latest subordinated debt fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The private debt manager Park Square Capital closed its latest subordinated debt fund at 2.2 billion ($2.6 billion) including committed leverage. Park Square Capital Partners IV (PSCP IV) raised 1.8 billion of equity commitments, exceeding its target of EUR1.5 bi
07 May. 2021 Audax collects $1.85bn for new mezzanine fund fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The alternative investment manager Audax Private Debt has closed on $1.85bn for its fifth mezzanine fund to target private equity-backed mid-market businesses. The closing of Audax Mezzanine Fund V (Mezz Fund V) well exceeded its original fundraising target of $1.5
06 May. 2021 Mike Novogratz's Galaxy Digital buys BitGo for $1.2bn in the biggest crypto deal to date [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Mike Novogratz's Galaxy Digital, a Bitcoin-focused firm, is set to acquire digital asset custody provider BitGo BitGo for $1.2 billion in cash and stock, the largest-ever acquisition of a company offering bitcoin services. The acquisition of the U.S.-regulated
05 May. 2021 Bridgewater, Lighthouse, AQR Capital, Renaissance Technologies among tops for alternatives/hedge fund brand awareness [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Bridgewater Associates, Lighthouse Investment Partners, UBS Asset Management, GAM Investments and Water Island Capital took the top five spots, in that order, in brand awareness in the Alternatives & Hedge Fund category among investment consultants using eVestment, accord
05 May. 2021 EnCap Investments raises $1.2bn for first clean-energy fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Oil and gas investor EnCap Investments raised $1.2 billion for its first fund dedicated to renewable-energy project developers. The Houston private equity firm launched EnCap Energy Transition Fund I LP in 2019 after investing exclusively in the oil-and-gas sector
05 May. 2021 Warren Equity raises $673m for infrastructure-focused buyout fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Warren Equity Partners, a private equity firm that invests in the lower middle market primarily in North America, has wrapped up its latest fundraising effort with $673 million. According to a press release from the firm that backs industrial businesses focused on u
05 May. 2021 Two lawmakers urge Yellen to expand AML reporting obligations to private equity and hedge fund advisors [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Two Democratic lawmakers have sent a letter to the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen, urging the Department to expand anti-money laundering reporting obligations to private equity and hedge fund advisors. Congressman Tom Malinowski and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
04 May. 2021 Procensus launches market intelligence service for financial institutions and corporates [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Procensus, the opinion sharing community for institutional investors, today launched a premium service which extends access to the platform's benchmarking data to corporates, capital markets bankers, alternative asset managers and regulatory authorities, providing them wi
04 May. 2021 SBAI publishes Practical Guidance for Alternative Managers on Side-pocketing within Insurance Linked Strategies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Standards Board for Alternative Investments (SBAI) announces its latest Toolbox publication on side-pocketing within Insurance Linked Strategies (ILS). The memo provides practical guidance on the side-pocketing methods that can be used, robust governance arrangements,
04 May. 2021 New State Capital Partners quickly raises $450m for third institutional investment fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US-based private investment firm New State Capital Partners announced that the firm has closed its third institutional investment fund, New State Capital Partners Fund III with $450 million in committed capital. The Fund was oversubscribed and closed on schedule a
04 May. 2021 Berkshire Residential Investments raises $1.5bn for its debt fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Boston-based real estate investment management company Berkshire Residential Investments closed its real estate debt fund Berkshire Bridge Loan Investors II at $1.5 billion. The fund exceeded its fundraising target of $1 billion and received commitments from nearly
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