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23 Apr. 2021 Global VC market moves at incredible pace as VC investment hits $126.6bn in Q1'21 shattering Q4'20 record of $98.2bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Quarterly VC investment flew past the $100 billion mark for the first time, reaching $126.9 billion globally across 6,508 deals during Q1'21, up from the previous record of $98.2 billion across 7,329 deals achieved in Q4'20. A KPMG report revealed that Q1&#
23 Apr. 2021 Comvest closes credit fund at $1.3bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The middle-market private investment firm Comvest Partners closed direct lending fund Comvest Credit Partners V (CCP V) at more than $1.3 billion. Its target was $1.25 billion. The fund will be focused on investments in a range of industries including healthcare an
22 Apr. 2021 FundRock launches fund distribution offering for non-EU managers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - FundRock, the European third-party UCITS Management Company (ManCo) and Alternative Investment Fund Manager (AIFM), announced the launch of a new operation in Luxembourg that will provide fund distribution solutions to non-EU asset managers. It is one of the first example
22 Apr. 2021 Global hedge funds post 4.79% return in Q1, strongest first quarter performance since 2006 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers were up 0.95% in March - supported by the strong performance of the global equity market as represented by the MSCI ACWI (Local) which gained 3.24% during the month. In terms of year-to-date return, global hedge funds had their best start of the year a
22 Apr. 2021 GSAM survey says insurers with $13tn ready for portfolio risk [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) annual insurance survey revealed that asset managers responsible for investing more than $13 trillion in assets worldwide are planning to take on more risk as the global economy recovers. "Insurers plan to increase the risk
22 Apr. 2021 NexPhase raises $544m for the fourth fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Lower mid-market private equity firm NexPhase Capital has struck a $544m hard cap close for its fourth fund - a jump of more than 50% compared to its predecessor fund. The operationally-focused private equity firm said in a press release that NexPhase Capital Fund
21 Apr. 2021 Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund Benchmark up 7.81% in Q1 2021 - best Q1 since 2006 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After a strong 2020, hedge funds' performance in Q1 2021 continued its positive trajectory, according to the Preqin Quarterly Update: Hedge Funds Q1 2021, the latest hedge fund industry update provided by leading alternative asset data provider Preqin. The
21 Apr. 2021 Swiss fund market posts further gains in March [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In March 2021, the volume of assets placed in the investment funds covered by the statistics compiled by Swiss Fund Data AG and Morningstar stood at CHF 1,416.7 billion. This corresponds to a month-on-month increase of CHF 45.0 billion or 3.3%. Net outflows totaled CHF 1.
21 Apr. 2021 Total hedge fund capital surpass $3.8tln [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Driven by the strongest start to the year since 2000 and the continuation of investor allocations, hedge fund industry capital extended the year-end surge into 1Q 2021, surpassing multiple milestones of industry growth and expansion. Total hedge fund capital surpas
21 Apr. 2021 Notz Stucki appoints Christophe Verbaere as Chief Operating Officer [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Geneva-based asset management firm NOTZ STUCKI has appointed Christophe Verbaere as Group Chief Operating Officer. The COO role looks after operations and IT, and has a seat on the Executive Committee. With extensive experience in finance and other sectors, Christophe Ver
21 Apr. 2021 First sale of a patent via NFT blockchain token happens today [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - True Return Systems LLC and D. Tiller Law PLLC are preparing the sale of U.S. Patent No. 10,025,797 on the blockchain in the form of an NFT (Non-Fungible Token). This event, which begins on or about Wednesday, April 21st, and will be available here, is expected to be the
21 Apr. 2021 Digital Alpha raises $1bn for second digital infrastructure fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: U.S. investment firm focused on digital infrastructure Digital Alpha has raised more than $1 billion for its second fund. The vehicle - Digital Alpha Fund II LP - will build a portfolio of about a dozen investments. It exceeded its initial hard cap, bringing Digital
21 Apr. 2021 Fundraising for real estate funds more competitive as record 1,088 funds seek $338bn in commitments [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The number of real estate funds reaching final close more than halved to 52 securing 25% less capital than in Q1 2020. Real estate funds raised $25bn in Q1 2021 through 52 closed funds, said a report by Preqin. "The fundraising environment is becoming more comp
21 Apr. 2021 BentallGreenOak raises $2.3bn for third value-added fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: BentallGreenOak (BGO), the global real estate investment management advisor and provider of real estate services, has announced the successful final close of its third European value-add fund with a total of €1.9 billion ($2.3 billion) in commitments. GreenOak Euro
20 Apr. 2021 Barclay CTA Index gains 0.32% in March [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures funds turned in a second consecutive monthly gain in March returning 0.32%, according to the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. For the year to date, CTAs returned 2.29% through March. "A strengthening U.S. d
20 Apr. 2021 Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners raises $8.4bn for global renewable energy infrastructure fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Danish fund management company Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners closed its global greenfield renewables fund, Copenhagen Infrastructure IV, at EUR 7 billion ($8.4 billion), ahead of its EUR 5.5 billion target. According to a press release from the investment firm
20 Apr. 2021 Unlisted natural resources: 30 funds reach the final close in Q1 2021, securing $20bn, up 26% from the previous quarter [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Unlisted natural resources fundraising recovered notably in the first quarter with aggregate capital raised hitting $20bn in Q1 2021, up 26% on the previous quarter, said Preqin. However, compared to an unusually robust $46bn secured by fund managers in Q1 2020 fund
19 Apr. 2021 Hedge fund industry performance moderately positive in March [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Performance across the diverse hedge fund industry was moderately positive in March with 60% of reporting funds producing positive results and an average return of +0.83%, said eVestment. For the year, the aggregate return for the industry is +4.92%, a fairly good rela
19 Apr. 2021 Unlisted infrastructure: 21 funds reach final close securing close to $17bn in Q1 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Fundraising activity in the unlisted infrastructure is off to a slow start at the beginning of the year. In Q1 2021, 21 funds reached the final close securing almost $17bn in commitments. This down from 26 funds capturing close to $39bn in Q1 2020, said the Q1 202
16 Apr. 2021 Hedge funds return 1.23% in March, up 4.93% year to date [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry continued its positive run in March returning 1.23% for a fifth consecutive month in the black, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. By comparison the S&P 500 Total Return Index gaine
16 Apr. 2021 Man Group reports $600m inflows, confident of more in coming quarters [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: British hedge fund manager Man Group said it saw a rise in funds under management in the first quarter, driven by investment gains and net fund inflows. The London-listed company said it had funds under management of USD127.0 billion on March 31, up 2.8% from USD123
16 Apr. 2021 Wealthspring Capital launches the SPAC hedge fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New York-headquartered financial advisor service provider Wealthspring Capital continues to strengthen its foothold in the special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) space with the launch of its second SPAC product and debut hedge fund offering, Fountain Opportuniti
16 Apr. 2021 Private debt fund managers closed 32 funds raising a combined $25bn in Q1 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private debt fundraising slowed in the first quarter of 2021, hit by rising uncertainty around a pickup in inflation expectations, said a report. According to Preqin Quarterly Update Private Debt Q1 2021, the quarter saw private debt fund managers closed 32 funds r
15 Apr. 2021 SFC reprimands and fines Optimas Capital Limited $1.05m over short position reporting failures [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has reprimanded Optimas Capital Limited (Optimas) and fined it $1.05 million over failures to ensure short position reports (SPRs) for a collective investment scheme (CIS) under its management were accurate and compliant with th
15 Apr. 2021 Global private equity assets under management climb to record high of $5tn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global private equity recovered strongly in Q1 2021 after a turbulent year. Assets under management (AUM) surpassed a record $5tn as of September 2020, bolstered by rising valuations in both private and public markets, said Preqin. More impressive is that dry powder
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