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25 Jun. 2020 Survey finds New York investment managers bullish on return to office in 2020 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A majority of alternative investment managers (54%) expect to fully return to their offices by the end of the calendar year, according to The Seward & Kissel Alternative Investment Manager COVID-19 Survey, a survey of managers of hedge funds, private equity funds, and oth
25 Jun. 2020 Clearlake acquires majority stake in CLO specialist WhiteStar [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private equity firm Clearlake Capital Group has acquired a majority stake in credit manager WhiteStar Asset Management, that specializes in collateralized loan obligations (CLO). California-based Clearlake acquired the stake from Pine Brook Capital Partners in partn
25 Jun. 2020 Financial advisors embrace virtual route as prospecting takes a hit during the pandemic [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Two-thirds of advisors have scaled back on prospecting for new clients during the first few months of COVID-19. Technology has become a vital tool for investment firms to conduct business, which includes prospecting and marketing activities. A recent survey by Fidel
24 Jun. 2020 Hedge fund flows essentially flat in May with $1.71bn added to the industry [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investors added a mere $1.71 billion to the global hedge fund industry in May, according to the just released eVestment May 2020 Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report. Year to date (YTD) flows are still strongly negative at -$34.41 billion and overall industry AUM at the end of M
24 Jun. 2020 Sculptor raises $2.6bn for fourth opportunistic real estate fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Sculptor Capital Management closed its fourth opportunistic real estate fund, Sculptor Real Estate Fund IV (SRE IV), with $2.6 billion in commitments. Through SRE IV, its largest-ever real estate fund, Sculptor will invest in real estate and real estate-related as
23 Jun. 2020 Hedge funds see $38.1bn in April redemptions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The COVID-19 pandemic's considerable impact on hedge fund redemptions continued in April as the industry experienced $38.1 billion in outflows. While a sizable sum, the net redemption total was less than half of March's $85.6 billion redemption total. April's redempt
23 Jun. 2020 Ares Management closes special opportunities fund at $3.5bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global alternative investment manager Ares Management closed its Ares Special Opportunities Fund (ASOF) at $3.5 billion. The private debt fund well exceeded its $2 billion fundraising target, according to a press release from the firm operating integrated busine
23 Jun. 2020 European pension funds to allocate more money for climate-linked passive assets [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: European pension funds are earmarking more money to be invested in climate-linked passive assets, as a survey of pension plans finds that over half still have no allocation at all toward the asset class. According to DWS-sponsored survey by consultants CREATE-Resear
23 Jun. 2020 Private equity professionals wake up to ESG, says study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: An overwhelming majority (88%) of private equity investors plan to step up their efforts to manage and measure ESG performance in their portfolio companies over the next two years, said a study. However, almost half (46%) of those canvassed raised concerns about th
23 Jun. 2020 L/S Credit and Special Situations strategies outperform in June [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Lyxor Peer Groups suggest hedge fund performance was flat mid-June. Equity-related strategies underperformed and CTA/ Market Neutral L/S outperformed due to the brief risk-off episode on June 11 when the S&P 500 fell -5.9% in a day. "On a month-to-date basis, L/S Cr
22 Jun. 2020 Will the value of webinars in the hedge fund industry outlast COVID-19? [more]
By Donald A. Steinbrugge, CFA, founder and CEO, Agecroft Partners, LLC. Live conferences have consistently been popular within the hedge fund industry. However, most of the attendance has been dominated by a few high-profile industry conferences like SALT, Delivery Alpha, MFA, Sohn Confer
22 Jun. 2020 Large drop in worldwide investment fund assets in Q1 2020 against the backdrop of large net inflows [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA), has today published its latest International Statistical Release describing the trends in worldwide investment fund industry in the first quarter of 2020. Worldwide regulated open-ended fund assets decrea
22 Jun. 2020 Émergence selects a conviction-based value manager Gestion 21 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Emergence and NewAlpha Asset Management, sub-manager of the SICAV, announce the sixth investment of the Emergence Actions II sub-fund in the Actions 21 fund managed by Gestion 213. Actions 21 is a Value, conviction-based investment fund that focuses on listed compan
22 Jun. 2020 Pandemic prompts 84% money managers to keep offices closed, says survey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Offices remained closed for 84% of the money managers surveyed, with the vast majority of employees working remotely across essentially all firms, said a survey. According to the survey from investment consultant Callan, 41% of those managers were uncertain of the
22 Jun. 2020 Deloitte survey reveals substantial jump in blockchain adoption [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: More financial institutions and global business companies are utilizing blockchain technology, reveals a recent study. The report by the Big Four auditor Deloitte found that nearly 40% of respondents already have blockchain in production, while forecasts predict signif
19 Jun. 2020 Bridgepoint acquires EQT's $4.5bn credit business [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: UK-based private equity firm Bridgepoint Advisers has agreed to buy rival buyout group Swedish-based EQT Partners' €3.9bn ($4.5 billion) credit business. EQT, which has €62 billion in assets under management, is selling its special situations, direct lending, and se
18 Jun. 2020 LUX FTS and NorthPoint merge to form Portfolio BI [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Credit Suisse Asset Management's NEXT Investors, a leading Fintech growth equity group, announced today that LUX Fund Technology and Solutions (LUX FTS), a SaaS-based enterprise data management and reporting platform, and NorthPoint, a leading global provider of front-to-
18 Jun. 2020 FTV Capital raises $1.2bn for its largest fund to date [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: FTV Capital has closed its sixth and largest fund to date FTV VI at its hard cap of $1.2 billion with capital commitments from existing and new limited partners. The latest growth equity fund, which had a fundraising target of $1 billion, pursues opportunities in en
18 Jun. 2020 Number of buyout fundraising deals in the U.S. dropped 50% in Q1 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New research suggests that the coronavirus could have impacted private equity firms as the buyout fundraising in the US for the first quarter of 2020 declined by almost 50 percent QoQ and 20 percent YoY. However, it is still substantially above volumes during the post-
18 Jun. 2020 Distressed debt funds numbers double to hit a record $72bn in capital [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Distressed debt funds on the road number an all-time high of 70 as managers prepare to deploy significant capital in the aftermath of COVID-19, said Preqin. "The number of distressed debt funds looking to raise capital has reached a new record. The 70 such fun
18 Jun. 2020 AllianceBernstein acquires boutique AnchorPath [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global investment management firm AllianceBernstein (AB) has acquired Stamford, Connecticut-based boutique AnchorPath Financial, adding around $400m in assets under management. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. AnchorPath is an investment managemen
17 Jun. 2020 Notz Stucki makes three new hires for Switzerland and Italy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Geneva based asset management firm Notz Stucki strengthens its institutional sales team with three new hires in Geneva, Zurich and Milan. Alexis Peytre beefs up the Geneva team, Pascal Scherer heads the Zurich office and Michele Colavito joins the Milan office. The ne
17 Jun. 2020 BNP Paribas adds to sustainable finance team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Christina Cho and Anne van Riel will act as Co-Heads for Sustainable Finance Capital Markets Americas at BNP Paribas. Christina has been with the bank in London for over 12 years, where she was a senior DCM banker in the SSA team. Anne joins BNP Paribas after 11 years
17 Jun. 2020 eVestment: Hedge funds positive in May +2.54% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The global hedge fund business posted an average +2.54% return for May, according to the latest eVestment hedge fund performance data. The rebound last month wasn't enough to turn the tide for the industry, which is down -5.36% YTD. However, roughly one-fourth of
17 Jun. 2020 Global hedge fund industry AUM declines by $204.7bn in May 2020 YTD [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global hedge fund industry AUM has declined by $204.7 billion as of May 2020 year-to-date. Net outflows for Q1 stood at $85.9 billion, which compares to the $94.7 billion of net outflows in Q4 2018, said Eurekahedge Report. The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index gaine
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