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27 Jan. 2021 2020 CTA Challenge: And the winner is AG Capital Investments [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global macro investment firm AG Capital Investments' Discretionary Global Macro Program secures the #1 spot in the 2020 CTA Challenge, beating out the other 114 participating Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA) programs for the year. According to a press stateme
26 Jan. 2021 SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator measured 1.78% for January 2021 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SS&C Technologies Holdings announced that the SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for January 2021 measured 1.78%, down from 3.95% in December. "SS&C GlobeOp's Forward Redemption Indicator for January 2021 of 1.78% reflects lower redemption notices than
26 Jan. 2021 Lehner Investments acquires Catana Capital [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The shares of the German FinTech company Catana Capital GmbH (Catana), a pioneer in Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) driven asset management, will be fully acquired by its strategic partner Lehner Investments AG (LIAG). The acquisition will be made in exchan
26 Jan. 2021 AuM in private markets to grow between $4.2tn and $5.5tn globally by 2025 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A new analysis by PwC forecasts that assets under management (AuM) in private markets to expand by between $4.2 trillion and $5.5 trillion in the years up to 2025 to reach between $13.7 trillion and $15.0 trillion in worst/best-case scenarios for Covid-19 economy recov
26 Jan. 2021 CI Financial to acquire $23bn asset manager Segall Bryant & Hamill [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Canadian-based asset and wealth manager CI Financial announced plans to acquire a majority stake in Chicago-based Segall Bryant & Hamill (SBH), a high-net-worth registered investment advisor (RIA) and institutional asset manager with US$23 billion in assets. Terms o
26 Jan. 2021 Leon Black retires after Jeffrey Epstein ties revealed [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Apollo Global Management CEO Leon Black has decided to retire following revelations that he had financial ties to sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. Law firm Dechert conducted an independent internal review and found that Black was not involved in any of Epstein
26 Jan. 2021 Despite recent losses, Citadel and Point72 back Melvin Capital [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge fund Melvin Capital has received an influx of $2.75 billion despite losing 30% this year. The cash comes from Citadel and Point72. Citadel is investing $2 billion and Point72 is providing the remaining $750 million. Another $1 billon may yet come from othe
25 Jan. 2021 Global hedge fund industry ends 2020 with positive signs for 2021 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investors pulling $58.76 billion from hedge funds around the world in 2020 may not be cause for celebration, but that $58.76 billion in redemptions was dwarfed by the $102.25 billion investors pulled from hedge funds in 2019. And while investors pulled $9.74 billion from
25 Jan. 2021 Europe shatters annual record for VC investment attracting $49bn in 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Europe beat its previous annual high of $41.9 billion in VC investment (2019), attracting $49 billion in VC investment in 2020, said a study. According to the KPMG Private Enterprise Venture Pulse report, Europe also saw a second straight quarter of record VC invest
25 Jan. 2021 Coller Capital amasses $9bn for the latest secondaries fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: UK-based Coller Capital has raised more than $9 billion for its latest fund that will buy and sell investors' stakes in private-equity funds. According to a press release from the global investors in the private equity secondary market, the Coller International Par
22 Jan. 2021 Andy Mantel announces the launch of Ten Events Ventures [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Founder & CEO Andy Mantel announced the launch of Ten Events Ventures in Hong Kong. Ten Events Ventures is a family office-style firm that will focus on early to mid-stage private projects in sports, technology, lifestyle, entertainment and other consumer-related ventures
22 Jan. 2021 Canadian hedge fund Vivid Energy returns 116% in 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Canadian asset manager Vivid Capital Management said that its hedge fund Vivid Energy Fund returned 116% in 2020 with bets on solar power and other clean energy stocks. According to a press release from the Toronto-based asset manager, it has repositioned its ene
22 Jan. 2021 Global VC funding soars to $300bn in 2020, the second-highest level ever, next to 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global VC funding in 2020 was $300.5 billion - up from $281.6 billion in 2019 and second only to 2018's record $329.7 billion despite a drop in deal volume. According to the KPMG Private Enterprise Venture Pulse report, despite global uncertainty resulting from
22 Jan. 2021 More than 50% of institutional and professional investors will have exposure to digital assets in 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: More than 50% of institutional and professional investors will have exposure to digital assets in their portfolios by year-end, said a study. This would mark 2021 as a tipping point where investors go from evaluating the opportunity to act. According to a report by
22 Jan. 2021 APAC VC funding: Big-ticket deals take the back seat [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Low-value deals (investment
21 Jan. 2021 Union Bancaire Privée announces net inflows of nearly $10bn at the end of 2020 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Union Bancaire Privée announces net inflows of nearly CHF 9 billion ($10bn) and an increase in assets under management to CHF 147.4 billion (+5.1%). Assets under management at UBP rose by 5.1% to CHF 147.4 billion. Net new money (up CHF 8.97 billion) came essentially
21 Jan. 2021 Hedge fund managers post gains of 11.68% in 2020 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers were up 3.30% in December and returned 11.68% in 2020 - recording their best annual performance in over a decade, said Eurekahedge in its January 2021. In comparison, the underlying global equity market as represented by the MSCI ACWI gained 12.32%
21 Jan. 2021 Barclay CTA Index gains 2.49% in December, 5.18% for 2020 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures funds finished 2020 with another positive month and gained 2.49% in December, according to the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. For the year, CTAs returned 5.18%. "Global equity and commodity markets benef
21 Jan. 2021 Hedge fund liquidations increased by 20% in 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge Fund launches have remained steady in recent years, but the number of fund liquidations increased nearly 20% last year compared to 2019 (from 66 liquidations in 2019 to 79 in 2020), said a study. According to Pivotal Path's annual review of launches and l
21 Jan. 2021 Kennedy Lewis raises $2.1bn for the sophomore opportunistic credit fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The opportunistic credit manager Kennedy Lewis Investment Management closed its latest opportunistic credit fund, Kennedy Lewis Capital Partners Master Fund II, at $2.1 billion. Kennedy Lewis' first fund closed in November 2018 with over $500 million of committ
21 Jan. 2021 North American buyout funds AUM stands at $1.38tn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Fundraising and strong performance have helped North American buyout funds soar in value in recent years. Total assets under management (AUM) stand at $1.38tn as of June 2020, a 3.7x increase since 2005, says Preqin. Average annual fundraising for North America-foc
21 Jan. 2021 Hedge funds return strong at +16.69% in 2020, says Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark had a strong end to 2020, posting +3.99% in December, said Preqin Hedge Fund Performance Update of December 2020. The YTD return was pushed to +16.69%, and the three-year annualized return to +8.20%. This marked a drast
20 Jan. 2021 Nuveen buys European renewable energy fund manager Glennmont [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global investment manager Nuveen has agreed to acquire Glennmont Partners, one of Europe's largest renewable energy fund managers, to meet increasing global demand for environmentally responsible investments. Money manager Nuveen, which has over $1 trillion of ass
20 Jan. 2021 Sheridan wraps up $306m sophomore fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Chicago-based healthcare private equity firm Sheridan Capital Partners has collected $306 million for its second fund, with total capital commitments significantly above the $250 million target. The lower-midmarket firm closed Sheridan Capital Partners Fund II with
19 Jan. 2021 Swiss fund market posts growth of roughly CHF90bn ($101bn) in 2020 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In December 2020, the volume of assets placed in the investment funds covered by the statistics compiled by Swiss Fund Data AG and Morningstar stood at CHF 1,324.6 billion, an increase of CHF 86.3 billion or 6.5% year-on year and a month-on-month increase of CHF 23.0 bill
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    B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Howard Marks, co-founder and co-chairman of Oaktree Capital Management, weighs what should and should not matter for investors in his latest memo last week. Among the things t

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  3. Family offices upbeat on private assets, reduce public assets exposure[more]

    Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Family offices are investing more in private assets and cutting back on investments in public markets, with higher risk-adjusted returns cited as the main driver, said a study. According to the survey findings by German digital private equity firm Moonfare, and the

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  5. Alts manager Medalist Partners acquires a minority stake in Semper Capital to tap opportunities in structured credit[more]

    Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Medalist Partners, which specializes in private credit, has acquired a minority stake in Semper Capital to extend its offerings to the mass market. Medalist currently manages approximately $2.2 billion in assets across strategies in asset-based private credit, struc