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23 Jul. 2019 Trilantic North America racks up $2.75bn for sixth fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Trilantic North America has closed its sixth fund at a hard cap of $2.75bn, beating its $2.25bn target. According to the New York City and Austin-based firm, the fund - Trilantic Capital Partners VI (North America) LP - will invest in companies in the business
23 Jul. 2019 Global Macro hedge funds up +5.3% year-to-date but returns show elevated dispersion [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: CTA and Global Macro strategies have so far extended their winning streak in July, Lyxor said in its Weekly Brief. "While we recently talked about the reasons for the outperformance of CTAs (+9.3% year-to-date), the performance of Global Macro strategies is a bit m
23 Jul. 2019 Asia: Venture capital investment in e-commerce reached a record high in 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Even though the total number of venture capital deals has decreased in the past three years, the total value of venture capital investment in the e-commerce sector in Asia has grown continuously. According to Preqin, in 2018, 942 deals were completed for a record-
22 Jul. 2019 Investors withdraw $44bn from hedge funds but some strategies benefit from inflows [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investors pulled $16.43bn from the hedge fund industry in June, bringing year-to-date (YTD) outflows to -$44.61bn, said eVestment. According to June 2019 eVestment Hedge Fund Asset Flows report, overall industry AUM stood at $3.273tn in June. 57% of reporting
22 Jul. 2019 Private equity, venture capital investments in real estate tech post record: Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private equity and venture capital investment in real estate tech has posted a record run over the past 4.5 years, with 905 deals valued at an aggregate $30bn, said Preqin. Unicorn and tech-advanced shared workspace provider WeWork Companies Inc. has been a large b
22 Jul. 2019 Sierra Ventures pulls in $215m for an oversubscribed twelfth fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: American venture capital firm based Sierra Ventures announced that it raised $215 million for a twelfth fund. The early-stage technology-focused VC firm said that "[the] fund was oversubscribed and the prior fund's institutional investors increased their commitmen
19 Jul. 2019 Union Bancaire Privée announces a net profit of $119.18m for the first half of 2019 and a 6% increase in AUM [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Assets under management (AUM) rose from CHF 126.8 billion at the end of December 2018 to CHF 134.4 billion at the end of June 2019. That growth was driven by net inflows from private clients, along with the CHF 2.127 billion contributed by Banque Carnegie in Luxembourg, a
19 Jul. 2019 Hedge fund assets eclipse 2018 record [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund assets reached a new record in the second quarter, driven by HFRI performance gains and investor re-allocations to top hedge fund firms. Total hedge fund capital increased to $3.245 trillion, narrowly eclipsing the previous record level of $3.244 trillion
19 Jul. 2019 CFA's Bowman joins CAIA [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association, the global leader in alternative investment education, today announced that John L. Bowman has joined the CAIA Association and been named Senior Managing Director. Mr. Bowman is an industry veteran and previ
19 Jul. 2019 Man GLG hires Patrick Kenney and Santiago Pardo as credit PMs [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Man GLG, the discretionary investment management business of Man Group, today announces the appointments of Patrick Kenney and Santiago Pardo as portfolio managers within its credit business. Based in London, they will focus on global (non-US) stressed, distressed and opp
19 Jul. 2019 BNP Paribas Asset Management adds to thematic equity team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BNP Paribas Asset Management announces the appointment of Ulrik Fugmann and Edward Lees as Senior Portfolio Managers, based in London. They joined on 17 June and report to Guy Davies, CIO of Equities. They will manage a global long-short sustainability-themed strateg
19 Jul. 2019 CVC Capital Partners raises $5.2bn for second long-term fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: CVC Capital Partners has closed its second long-life fund at €4.6bn ($5.2bn), exceeding its target, exceeding its target by €600m. The UK-based private equity and investment advisory firm said in a press release that the fund CVC Strategic Opportunities II (SO II
19 Jul. 2019 86 new hedge funds launched in 2Q 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: There were 86 new hedge fund launches in Q2 2019, of which 87% were traditional single-manager commingled funds, said Preqin in ints Quarterly Update. No CTAs launched in Q2, which could be a knock-on effect of underperformance in 2018 (-3.96% vs. -3.01% for hedg
19 Jul. 2019 Investment in sin industries grows considerably over the past five years [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Preqin in its Insights said that investment in sin industries has grown considerably over the past five years. "Perhaps the most vociferous growth has occurred in the cannabis industry, which boomed after the drug was legalized at the state level in the US a
18 Jul. 2019 Hedge funds reverse two-month redemption trend in May [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds reversed a brief two-month redemption trend in May with $800 million in industry inflows, a turnaround from April's $9.4 billion in redemptions. While the fund flow needle turned upward in May, the month's inflows represented a negligible portion of indus
18 Jul. 2019 Blackstone racks up $11.1bn for eighth secondary market fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Strategic Partners, Blackstone's secondary private equity platform, closed its eighth fund on more than $11.1bn. Strategic Partners VIII L.P.'s investors included pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, financial institutions, endowments, foundations, fam
18 Jul. 2019 Equistone buys Moody's analytics arm [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: UK private equity firm Equistone Partners Europe has struck a deal to acquire Moody's Analytics Knowledge Services (MAKS). The London-based company provides bespoke research, analytics and automation technology to the financial services sector. With nine delivery
18 Jul. 2019 Oakley Capital raises $1.64bn fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Western Europe-focused private equity firm Oakley Capital has smashed the target of its fourth buyout fund, after raising €1.46bn ($1.64bn) for its final close. "Following strong investor demand, the Fund closed above its target size of €1.2bn and is Oakley's
17 Jul. 2019 eVestment expands hedge fund data offering [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - eVestment, a global leader in institutional investment data and analytics, today announced an agreement with Eurekahedge to offer Eurekahedge fund data and indices to clients of eVestment's suite of Analytics solutions. eVestment Analytics clients will now have acc
17 Jul. 2019 CTA funds up in June, led by crypto [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - CTA funds posted a 1.59% return in June, according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. Year-to-date, the Index has gained 3.84% through June. "Recession fears coupled with market anticipation of Fed loosening rallied p
17 Jul. 2019 Alternative investment team views sustainability reporting as increasingly important [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The importance of sustainability remains front and center both on the world stage and social media -from images of countless marine animals washing up dead after ingesting large quantities of plastic, to ongoing fights over the pollution caused by fracking sites across th
17 Jul. 2019 Madison Capital expands healthcare team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Madison Capital Funding a subsidiary of New York Life Insurance Company, today announced that Eric Hartung has joined the firm as a Managing Director within the Healthcare Group as part of the Specialty Originations team. Based in Chicago, Mr. Hartung is responsible for o
17 Jul. 2019 CTAs give back some of their gains from bonds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: CTAs which hold large long bond and USD positions gave back some of their earlier gains, Lyxor said in its weekly brief. Most other hedge fund strategies were about flat this week. With only about 12% of the distressed debt maturing within the next two years, liqui
17 Jul. 2019 Equity-strategy hedge funds lead June gain of 2.15% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Preqin's All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark gained 2.15% in June following losses in May of 0.99% - this takes the 2019 YTD return to a strong 7.73%. All fund structures generated positive returns in June, reversing industry-wide underperformance in May.
17 Jul. 2019 Natixis - Investors remain perplexed by volatility [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Market volatility has been a wake-up call for many US investors whose high return expectations don't accurately reflect their appetite and understanding of risk, particularly when it comes to active and passive investing. According to a new survey released today
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    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Albright Capital has adopted the International Finance Corporation's Operating Principles for Impact Management. The firm has also developed its own impact measurement system as part of the implementation of the principles. The IFC's principles were

  2. Investing: Hedge funds getting burned as growth stocks trounced by value, Why investors are prioritizing health care in a big way, Fannie, Freddie soar as hedge funds score wins on two fronts[more]

    Hedge funds getting burned as growth stocks trounced by value From Bloomberg: A hedge-fund favorite is rapidly losing ground in the stock market just as one of the industry's least-loved sectors picks up. Growth stocks, generally companies that are seeing rapid profit increases, have drop

  3. PE/VC: Supersized unicorn: Root Insurance leaps to $3.65bn valuation with $350m round[more]

    Root Insurance is now valued at $3.65 billion after a $350 million funding round - the largest single venture capital round ever in the state. The 3-year-old auto insurer, now the startup with the highest valuation of any in Ohio, has raised a cumulative $523 million in VC and another $100 mi

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  5. PE/VC: The FBI is investigating a venture capital fund started by Peter Thiel for financial misconduct, Why venture capital firms need more women partners and entrepreneurs[more]

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