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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,
27 May. 2021 Global hedge fund AUM surpasses $4tn mark [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The total assets under management (AUM) of hedge funds globally surged to an all-time high of $4,146bn as of the end of Q1 2021. According to a Preqin report, the strong return in Q1 2021 marked the best first-quarter performance since 2006 - the sixth-best first-qu
26 May. 2021 HFM Multi-strategy Composite Index up 7.5% YTD at the end of April [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - April gains fortify a strong six months for multi-strategy: The average multi-strategy hedge fund gained 1.3% in April as multi-discipline managers continued to build a strong six months following a challenging start to the pandemic period. HFM's Multi-strategy Compos
25 May. 2021 'Noisy' errors by wealth managers/financial advisers can be caused by irrelevant factors, says study [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A study with financial advisers to make recommendations for imaginary clients found that risk tolerance assessments resulted in wildly different interpretations, which had a massive impact on client recommendations. In one instance, an adviser recommended a 'very
25 May. 2021 Nearly half of traditional hedge funds considering crypto investments [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Almost half of the traditional hedge funds are exploring digital assets or are currently investing in them with around a fifth of traditional hedge funds having holdings already, said a study. The research by the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA)
25 May. 2021 Australian private capital industry AUM hits a record of $77bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Australian private capital industry reached a record-breaking $77 billion in assets under management (AUM) as of June 2020 during the peak of COVID-19 pandemic uncertainty, said a study. According to the latest Preqin & Australian Investment Council Yearbook 202
24 May. 2021 Global crypto hedge fund AUM reaches $3.8bn in 2020, up from $2bn in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The total AuM of crypto hedge funds globally increased to nearly US$3.8 billion in 2020 from US$2 billion the previous year, said a study. According to a new report by the Alternative Investment Management Association, and Elwood Asset Management, the percentage of
21 May. 2021 Certares-Knighthead travel distress fund raises $1.5bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private equity firm Certares Management and hedge fund manager Knighthead Capital Management raised $1.5 billion for their fund focused on distressed travel and tourism investments, closing the vehicle to new money after exceeding an initial $1 billion goal. The du
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