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28 Sep. 2020 Net assets of worldwide investment funds increased by 9.8% in Q2 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Worldwide regulated open-ended fund assets increased by 9.8 percent to EUR 51.7 trillion in the second quarter of 2020, said a report by European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA). Worldwide net cash flow to all funds amounted to EUR 818 billion, compar
25 Sep. 2020 Institutional investors eyeing buyouts and special situations strategies say a new survey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Institutional investors remain highly engaged with private capital markets, even as the impact from COVID-19 lingers and the U.S. presidential election looms large, said a survey. According to a new survey from Eaton Partners, the strategies getting the most attenti
25 Sep. 2020 Family office focused L Squared closes Fund III at $500m [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: L Squared Capital, a California growth investor launched by a pair of Chicago Growth Partners execs, has closed its oversubscribed third fund, L Squared Capital Partners III LLC, with just over $500 million of capital. Family offices make up the vast majority of Fu
25 Sep. 2020 CLSA closes fourth Japan fund at $450m [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: CLSA Capital Partners (CLSA CP) has closed its fourth Japan mid-market private equity fund at $450 million after approximately three months in the market. The vehicle - Sunrise Capital IV - was significantly oversubscribed with existing investors accounted for 82% o
24 Sep. 2020 Billions flow into hedge funds in August, nearly 60% of funds see new money [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After a four-month string of asset outflows from hedge funds in March through June, hedge funds continued in asset-recovery mode in August, with investors adding $7.36 billion to the industry last month, according to the just-released August 2020 eVestment Hedge Fund Asse
24 Sep. 2020 Asia hedge funds increase their headcount in 2020 despite COVID [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds in Asia have continued to increase their headcount and still have an appetite to hire more talent despite the economic uncertainty brought about by COVID-19, said a survey. The coronavirus pandemic saw Asia hedge funds promote work-life balance and invest i
24 Sep. 2020 Longitude Capital raises $585m in its largest-ever fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Health-care venture capital firm Longitude Capital has rounded up its largest fund yet after having a string of portfolio companies go public or be acquired, raising $585 million to invest in biotechnology and other medical startups. "The Longitude Venture Partners
24 Sep. 2020 Franklin Templeton creates new unit with QS Investors [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Franklin Templeton will combine recently acquired QS Investors, a Legg Mason subsidiary, with Franklin Templeton Multiasset Solutions (FTMAS) business into a single consolidated unit. Effective Oct. 1, the combined business, called Franklin Templeton Investment Sol
24 Sep. 2020 The majority of Americans believe sustainable funds can offer higher returns [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A majority (55%) of Americans are more likely to invest in sustainable funds for their more attractive return profile, according to the annual Schroders Global Investor Study. The survey, of more than 23,000 investors globally, including 2,000 in the U.S., found th
24 Sep. 2020 SPAC boom: The amount raised jumps three times to $40bn in 2020 compared to the previous year [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The special acquisition company (SPAC) segment has boomed this year, with Sir Richard Branson's latest high-profile vehicle taking the number launched in 2020 to 104 and the amount raised to a combined $40bn. According to Preqin, the amount raised is already mor
24 Sep. 2020 VC investment into climate tech growing five times faster than overall VC [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Venture capital and corporate investment into climate tech grew at a faster rate than overall VC investment as a whole between 2013-2019, according to a major new report - to the tune of $60 billion of early-stage capital. According to new research by PwC titled &#
23 Sep. 2020 July sees second straight month of hedge fund inflows [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds experienced a second straight month of inflows in July, bringing in $10.5 billion as the industry continued to shake off spring's pandemic-driven redemption trend. July's new assets built on June's $15.1 billion in inflows. July's inflows represented 0.3%
23 Sep. 2020 Blackstone holds $8bn final close for real estate debt fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Blackstone has announced the final close of its most recent real estate debt fund, Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies IV (BREDS IV). One of the world's largest owners of commercial property, Blackstone said that the fund has $8 billion of total capital commitme
23 Sep. 2020 Abu Dhabi SWF Mubadala, Barings partner to finance European mid-market segment [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Abu Dhabi state investor Mubadala has partnered Barings, the money manager, to launch a new company that will provide financing solutions to mid-market businesses in Europe. According to a press note from Barings, which is a $346 billion global financial services f
23 Sep. 2020 COVID-19 forces surge in tech investment: Around $15bn extra a week [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: COVID-19 forces one of the biggest surges in tech investment in history as companies spent around US$15bn extra a week on technology during the pandemic's first wave, find the world's largest tech leadership survey. The 2020 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey claimes that
23 Sep. 2020 Socially responsible investing goes mainstream as pandemic continues, says survey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: About two-thirds of investors agree that the global pandemic has led them to place a higher priority on social factors when analyzing investment risk, according to a survey of attitudes toward ESG investing by Federated Hermes. The Pittsburgh-based international inves
22 Sep. 2020 Hedge funds gain 2.64% in August [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - August was a positive month for hedge funds. The Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark gained 2.64%, building upon July's return of +3.29%. The 2020 YTD return rose to +5.60%, and the 12-month figure moved almost into double digits (+9.20%). All top-level strategi
22 Sep. 2020 Ex-Citadel and Point72 executive Evan Feng joins the CoinFund investment team [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: CoinFund, a private crypto asset investor and blockchain research, and advisory firm, announced that Evan Feng has joined its investment research team. "Evan brings to us his experiences as both a traditional fundamental long/short equities analyst at Citadel and P
22 Sep. 2020 Victory Capital announces investment in UK fund startup Alderwood Partners [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global asset management firm Victory Capital has taken a 15% stake in Alderwood Partners, a London, UK-based firm that plans to invest in a series of boutique asset managers. Financial terms were not disclosed, said a news release from the investment managemen
21 Sep. 2020 India overtakes Greater China in private capital fintech deals [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: India has become one of the most dynamic digital financial ecosystems globally in recent years, rivaling Greater China directly as a top destination for private capital investment in the sector, said a report by Preqin. India soaked up more than a quarter (27%) of b
18 Sep. 2020 Institutional investors back private assets despite Covid-19 uncertainty [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Institutional investors said they were ramping up their allocations to private assets from 12.8% a year ago to 14.1% over the next 12 months, with 46% stating that an increase in their allocation to private assets would help manage risk. Schroders' Institutional Inv
18 Sep. 2020 Credit Suisse teams up with Qatar SWF on multi-billion direct private credit platform [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Swiss bank Credit Suisse and the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) said on Thursday they were jointly setting up a multi-billion dollar direct private credit business. QIA, which is Qatar's sovereign wealth fund and has a 5.4% stake in Credit Suisse, manages abo
18 Sep. 2020 Global hedge funds record their best five-month performance of 12.85% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 1.85% in August, bringing its year-to-date return to 3.79% and its five-month trailing return to 12.85% since end-March. "Global hedge funds recorded their best five-month performance of 12.85% in August after they suffered fr
17 Sep. 2020 Managed futures report another month of gains in August [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures funds turned in another positive month in August returning 0.18%, according to the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. For the year-to-date, CTAs were up 2.73% through August. "The S&P 500 extended its on-goin
17 Sep. 2020 Antares Capital racks up $3bn for a latest private credit fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Antares Capital Advisers, the registered investment adviser arm of Antares Capital, has raised just over $3 billion for its latest credit fund, which will focus on providing financing to mainly mid-sized private equity-backed companies. The middle-market lender said
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