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21 May. 2020 COVID-19 will put North American private debt to the test [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The 2008-9 Global Financial Crisis (GFC) was in many ways the making of the private debt industry. Funds were able to take advantage of opportunities presented by the contracting economy, and banks' retreat from the corporate lending space helped to spawn the direct lendi
21 May. 2020 U.S. venture capital funds: Strong performance, but slowing capital distributions [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US-based venture capital funds have posted strong performance over the past decade, said a study. According to Preqin and the First Republic update of Q1 2020, the US-based venture capital funds of vintage 2010 have consistently delivered median net IRRs above 12%.
21 May. 2020 Biotech VC Cowen Healthcare Investments raises $493m fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Cowen Healthcare Investments (CHI) has raised $493m for its third flagship investment vehicle, beating its initial $400m target. The private healthcare investment strategy within the investment management division of Cowen Inc said in a press release that it receive
21 May. 2020 Financial institutions paying more attention to climate-risk management [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Banks and other financial institutions are focusing more on climate-risk management but several barriers remain, said a survey. According to a new global survey conducted by the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP), 90% of firms have board-level governanc
21 May. 2020 Canadian venture capital disbursements reach historical high in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Canadian venture capital (VC) disbursements reached a historical high in 2019, completing 642 financings totaled $7.263 billion, up 28% and 48% respectively, said a study. According to CPE Analytics, 26 large deals with a deal value of $50 million or more attracte
20 May. 2020 SBAI publishes alternative credit guidance [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Standards Board for Alternative Investments (SBAI) has published three memos on alternative credit fund management focusing on fund structuring considerations, valuation and conflicts of interest. The memos provide guidance to managers and investors on these topics an
20 May. 2020 Alternatives to capture 50% of global revenues by 2024 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Alternatives accounted for almost half of all global asset management revenues in 2019, though the sector represents only 16% of assets under management, said a study. Alternatives continued to be among the strongest asset classes in 2019, with AuM growth accelerati
20 May. 2020 10.5% of hedge funds with double-digit returns over first four months of 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 4.03% in April - registering its best month since May 2009, supported by the robust performance of the underlying global equity market as represented by the MSCI ACWI IMI (Local) which gained 10.47% over the month. Approximate
20 May. 2020 U.S. micro venture capital fundraising momentum significantly slows down in Q1 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US-based micro venture capital fundraising slows in tandem with the overall market, but funds closed in Q1 2020 did so faster than recent vintages, following a record fundraising year for US-based micro venture capital funds in 2019. According to Preqin, micro ventu
19 May. 2020 Global venture capital funding drops by 20% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global venture capital funding has dropped by 20 percent since the onset of the crisis in December 2019. The drop, however, is far from evenly distributed, said a study titled 'The Impact of COVID-19 on Global Startup Ecosystems' by Startup Genome. China, the f
19 May. 2020 Hedge fund redemptions jump to to $85.6bn in March [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry felt the impact of the spreading COVID-19 pandemic in March as hedge fund redemptions jumped dramatically to $85.6 billion, a steep increase from February's $8.1 billion in industry outflows. March's redemptions represented 2.7% of industry ass
19 May. 2020 EIG Global Energy Partners closes Fund V on $1.1bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Washington D.C-headquartered EIG Global Energy Partners closed on its $1.1 billion EIG Global Project Fund V, exceeding its $750 million fundraising target. The institutional investor to the global energy sector also raised an additional $1.5 billion in separately m
19 May. 2020 Hedge funds made strong gains in April, macro funds up over 5% YTD on average [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Following substantial losses in March, hedge funds made strong gains in April as global equity markets rebounded. The Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark returned +6.42%, compared with -9.20% the previous month. This bumped the 2020 YTD figure up to -4.99% a
19 May. 2020 Venture capital deal activity in the Asia-Pacific region shows signs of recovery [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Venture capital (VC) deal volume in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region recovered in March 2020, but big-ticket deals mostly non-existent, said a report. According to GlobalData, VC investment activity in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region showcased some signs of recovery du
18 May. 2020 NOTZ STUCKI announces changes to executive committee [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Geneva-based asset management firm NOTZ STUCKI has appointed Frédéric de Poix Head of its Wealth Management division and as a member of its Executive Committee. He replaces Damiano Paternó Castello, who will manage the Zurich office and sit on the Board of Directors.
18 May. 2020 France's AMF regulator suspends ban on short-selling [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In consideration of the progressive normalisation of the French market's risk indicators, the Autorité des Marchés Financiers has decided to suspend the exceptional measure imposing a ban on the creation of net short positions and on the increase of existing net short pos
18 May. 2020 US-based venture capital funds in market surpass 1,000 for the first time [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Despite COVID-19 disrupting business operations, the number of US-based venture capital funds in the market has surpassed 1,000 for the first time in April, 2020. According to the Preqin, at the beginning of April, 1,085 funds are seeking $99bn in investor commitme
15 May. 2020 Launch of the Aaro Distributed Ledger Technology Multifund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - As economic prospects cloud and volatility returns to all asset classes, investors are looking for alternatives to traditional alternative investments. Meeting this need, the Aaro DLT Multifund launched on May 1, 2020. An industry first, this institutional quality fund of
15 May. 2020 CTAs gained 1.43% through the end of April [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - As the economic toll of the novel coronavirus mounted, managed futures posted another positive month in April and gained 0.12% according to the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. Year-to-date, CTAs gained 1.43% through the end o
15 May. 2020 Rubicon smashes $850m target, races to $1.25bn hard cap close for latest software fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Colorado-headquartered private equity investor Rubicon Technology Partners closed a new fund, Rubicon Technology Partners III, at over $1.25 billion, exceeding the fund target of $250 million set by the company. The Fund was oversubscribed with strong support from b
15 May. 2020 Despite COVID-19 challenges, capital flocked to mega VC funds in Q1 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Raising capital in Q1 2020 was a challenge for some venture capital firms with the COVID-19 pandemic roiling economies across the globe. Just 83 US-based venture capital funds held a final close, down from 109 in Q1 2019, said a joint study by Preqin and First Repu
15 May. 2020 Cathay Capital raises $850m for second mid-market PE fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: International investment firm Cathay Capital Private Equity announced the final close of its second Sino-European Mid Cap Fund at $850 million. Midcap II has surpassed its predecessor, which closed in 2014 at $525m, and will look to invest in 16 to 20 companies.
15 May. 2020 Goldman Sachs tops Q1 2020 M&A financial adviser list in the US [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Goldman Sachs was the top mergers and acquisitions (M&A) financial adviser in the US both in terms of value and volume in Q1 2020. According to GlobalData, the US investment bank took the top spot with a total deal value of $68.2bn for advising on 39 deals. The r
15 May. 2020 100 largest US public plans' funding rebounds significantly in April [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Funding for public pensions in the US in April rebounded significantly from the first quarter of 2020, with an aggregate 5.92% investment return for the month, after Q1's dismal -10.81% asset performance. April's market gains led to a $200 billion funding i
14 May. 2020 COVID-19: Preqin's view of the impact on alternatives [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The industry faces short-term disruption due to the pandemic, but the longer term impact is more positive COVID-19 is having a sizeable impact on the business operations of both fund managers and investors, reports research house Preqin. Disruption caused by travel re
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