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15 Apr. 2020 HarbourVest appoints Tadasu Matsuo to co-lead Japan office [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - HarbourVest Partners, a global private markets asset manager, today announced that Tadasu Matsuo has joined the firm as a managing director and co-head of the firm's Japan office. Based in Tokyo, Mr. Matsuo will be responsible for enhancing and building relationships with
15 Apr. 2020 Clearlake closes sixth fund at nearly $7bn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Clearlake Capital Group, L.P., a leading investment firm that invests in the technology, industrials, and consumer sectors, today announced it has completed fundraising for its sixth private equity fund, Clearlake Capital Partners VI ("Fund VI"), with more than $7 billion
15 Apr. 2020 Europe mergers and acquisitions down in Q1 but mega deals push deal value up 45% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The mergers and acquisitions (M&A) deal volume in Europe saw a decrease of 1.78% from 3,484 to 3,422 in the first quarter of 2020, said GlobalData. However, on the back of some of the high-value transactions (such as US$33.4bn Aon - Willis Towers Watson merger deal
15 Apr. 2020 332 natural resources funds seek $172bn from investors as of April 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The unlisted natural resources market remains crowded, though the number of funds on the road and aggregate capital targeted have dipped slightly in the past few months, said a study. According to the Preqin report, at the start of April 2020, 332 funds are seeking
14 Apr. 2020 Hedge funds down 8.03% in March, but manage to outperform equity markets as coronavirus shakes markets and economies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry tracked the fates of other markets and broader economies roiled by the novel coronavirus pandemic in March, posting an 8.03% loss for the month, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index. The hedge fund industry fared much better than the S&P To
14 Apr. 2020 Survey shows investment management firms are coping with the 'new normal' working environment [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Odyssey Search Partners surveyed 35 human resources managers and talent partners responsible for internal hiring at large (>$5bn in AuM) investment firms based in New York, Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco in the last couple of weeks. The survey shows that operationally
14 Apr. 2020 Survey finds 64% of institutional investors are not changing private market allocations [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Eaton Partners, a global capital placement agent and fund advisory firm, surveye
14 Apr. 2020 939 private real estate funds in the market, targeting $297bn in combined capital [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The private real estate funds on the road reach a new record high, as does the total capital they are looking to raise, said a new report by Preqin. The number of private real estate funds in the market has continued to swell, with competition for capital now at i
14 Apr. 2020 More mergers and acquisitions deals in Asia-Pacific but volume down 10% in Q1 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Asia-Pacific mergers and acquisitions (M&A) deal volume saw a year-on-year increase by 3.43% from 2,711 to 2,804 for the coronavirus-hit first quarter (Q1) of 2020. During the same period, deal value declined by 9.94% from US$128.3bn to US$115.5bn, said GlobalData.
13 Apr. 2020 The number of private debt funds reaches 457 in as April 2020, seeking a combined $201bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: While fundraising may be faltering, the number of private debt funds in the market continues to grow, said Preqin. As of April 2020, there are 457 private debt funds in the market, seeking a combined $201bn - these are the highest figures ever recorded. The numb
13 Apr. 2020 3,620 private equity funds target capital of $933bn as of April 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Although slightly less congested than at the start of the year, the global private equity funds market is still bursting with funds seeking investor capital. According to Preqin, the number of private equity funds in the market globally (3,620) and the amount of cap
10 Apr. 2020 COVID-19 ushers in biggest challenge for hedge funds since 2008 financial crisis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global hedge funds lost an average of -7.25% in March 2020, according to the latest eVestment hedge fund performance data, following weeks of financial markets, economic and human turmoil created by the world-wide COVID-19 pandemic. March's average loss was the second
10 Apr. 2020 Private equity & venture capital total capital raised in Q1 2020 was up 12% on Q1 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Amid the global economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, although total capital raised in Q1 2020 was up 12% on Q1 2019, the number of private equity & venture capital (PEVC) funds closed marks one of the lowest quarterly totals we have seen in recent year
10 Apr. 2020 Established fund managers dominate natural resources fundraising market [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global natural resources asset class has seen the best of times and the worst of times in 2019. Three months on and, if anything, the asset class faces even more challenges, said Preqin. A new war of attrition within OPEC has sent oil prices spiraling below $30
09 Apr. 2020 Private debt fundraising nosedives as managers struggle to attract capital from investors [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Fundraising in private debt slumped substantially over the first quarter of 2020, as fund managers evaluate the potential fallout from the economic volatility caused by the outbreak of COVID-19, said a study. A bleak picture emerged in the private debt fundraising
09 Apr. 2020 StepStone raises $2.1bn for secondary opportunities fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New York-based global private markets investment firm StepStone Group, LP, closed its secondary private equity fund that invests on the secondary markets, raising US$2.1 billion of commitments. StepStone Secondary Opportunities Fund IV (SSOF IV) surpassed its origi
09 Apr. 2020 Private real estate fundraising plummets to $18bn in Q1 2020 from $51bn in the previous year. [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: After dropping off in Q4 2019, private real estate fundraising declined even further in the first quarter of 2020, said Preqin. Amid global economic challenges, total capital raised in Q1 2020 is more than 2x lower than in Q1 2019. According to Preqin Quarterly Upd
08 Apr. 2020 Long volatility, CTAs and AI hedge funds shine as hedge fund performance dispersion widens to October 2008 level [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was down 4.40% in March 2020 (-6% YTD), outperforming the underlying equity market as represented by the MSCI ACWI IMI (Local), which lost 13.99% over the month. Global equities were in free fall throughout the better part of the month
08 Apr. 2020 Peak Re to acquire Bermuda based ILS asset manager Lutece [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Peak Reinsurance Company Limited has entered into definitive agreements to acquire 100% of the capital of Lutece Holdings Ltd. and its subsidiary Lutece Investment Management Ltd. The transaction is subject to regulatory procedures and is expected to close in coming w
08 Apr. 2020 CalPERS investment staffer joins Universa as a director [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Ronald Lagnado joined risk-mitigation specialist hedge fund manager Universa Investments as a director in the firm's research department. At CalPERS, Dr. Lagnado served as a Senior Investment Director responsible for total fund portfolio management, asset allocat
08 Apr. 2020 Macro hedge fund saw strong performance in March, led by Macro CTA strategies [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Macro hedge fund saw strong performance in March, led by Macro CTA strategies, tracked by the HFRI Macro: Systematic Diversified Index, which was up 2.9% in March. The HFRI Macro (Total) Index gained +2.1 percent for the month, with significant contributions from q
08 Apr. 2020 New hedge fund study shows seed activity, founders' share classes decline in 2019 launches [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: For the first time since 2013, the majority of newly-established hedge funds did not provide in their offering documents for founders' classes, which give special terms to early investors, said a study. In 2019, only 44% of new hedge funds offered founders'
08 Apr. 2020 Global institutional investors plan to modify their approach to China equity allocations [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global institutional investors signal a shift to dedicated China equity investments as they are planning to modify their approach to China, said a survey. The research report by Greenwich Associates and Matthews Asia revealed that institutional asset owners worldwid
08 Apr. 2020 Goldman Sachs tops top 20 list of global M&A financial advisers by value for coronavirus-hit Q1 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Goldman Sachs has dominated the latest mergers and acquisitions (M&A) league table of the top 20 financial advisers based on the deal value in the first quarter of 2020, said a study. According to GlobalData, the American investment bank advised on 63 deals worth US
08 Apr. 2020 Asia-Pacific deals, M&A activity rebounds after weeks of coronavirus-based decline [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The number of deals announced in the Asia-Pacific region increased by 56.7% during the week ended 5 April 2020 compared to the previous week, said a study. According to GlobalData, the growth in the announcement of deals, after registering few weeks of decline, ami
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