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21 Nov. 2019 Veteran investors launch Eighteen48 Partners, a next-generation private investment office, with $600m of initial assets under management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Co-founders Julien Sevaux and Tarek AbuZayyad announced the launch of Eighteen48 Partners, a research-led private investment office addressing the needs of professional investors, sophisticated families and institutions. The new firm has already secured over $600m in
21 Nov. 2019 Hedge fund investors extend redemptions in September [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry's redemption trend continued in September as a fourth straight month of net outflows saw monthly redemptions increasing to $14.7 billion. September's redemptions represented 0.5% of hedge fund industry assets and were up from August's $11.3 bil
21 Nov. 2019 Maples Group expands fiduciary services team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Maples Group, a leading service provider offering clients a comprehensive range of legal, fiduciary, fund, regulatory and compliance, and entity formation and management services, has announced the appointment of a number of strategic hires to its team in the Cayman I
21 Nov. 2019 Appetite for private equity grows in Japan, offering managers "huge" opportunity [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The private equity (PE) market in Japan is enjoying a healthy period of growth, and investment opportunities are abundant, says Preqin. As the appetite for private equity continues to grow among the universe of investors in Japan - spearheaded by maiden investments
20 Nov. 2019 Notz Stucki launches European Equity funds in collaboration with Kepler Cheuvreux [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Geneva-based asset management firm NOTZ STUCKI has expanded its range of long-only strategies with the launch of DGC Notz Stucki Kepler Cheuvreux European Selection. The fund invests in a selection of shares in continental European companies, drawing on the strong
20 Nov. 2019 United States venture capital benefits from pension fund interest, says Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Among the most active investors in US venture capital, seven are pension funds, led once again by San Francisco Employees' Retirement System with 68 known commitments to vintage 2009-2019 funds, says Preqin. San Francisco Employee's Retirement System and Texas Coun
20 Nov. 2019 The relevance of ESG in global credit markets is accelerating [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: ESG in global credit markets is increasingly relevant, according to live polls taken at an ESG conference in London held by Moody's Investors Service. More than two-thirds of market practitioners regard either assessing financial materiality or meet growing cli
20 Nov. 2019 H.I.G. Capital raises $3.1bn for the latest buyout fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Miami-based H.I.G. Capital has wrapped up fundraising for its latest middle-market leveraged-buyout fund - H.I.G. Middle Market LBO Fund III, collecting more than its $3 billion target in barely four months. The fund will make private equity investments in midd
20 Nov. 2019 Global hedge fund industry AUM declines $19.5bn as of October 2019 YTD [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global hedge fund industry assets under management (AUM) has declined by $19.5 billion as of October 2019 year-to-date, said Eurekahedge. The AUM of the global hedge fund industry stood at $2,272.8 billion as of October 2019. On a year-to-date basis, the in
19 Nov. 2019 Asia-Pacific, Chinese fintech companies dominate the Top 10 of the FinTech 100 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: KPMG and H2 Ventures have released their annual compilation of the FinTech 100, recognizing the globe's top innovators in the financial technology (FinTech) space. China, which led the Fintech100 for the past three years, had three companies in the top 10 this year.
19 Nov. 2019 CTA hangover comes to an end, says Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Managed Futures remains the best performing alternative strategy year-to-date, up 9.2% according to the estimates, Lyxor said in its weekly brief. But after a massive rally up to end-August, the hangover came with a sharp rise in bond yields in the past couple of mo
19 Nov. 2019 West Coast-based managers continue to dominate the US venture capital scene [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The West Coast-based managers continue to dominate the US venture capital scene, with only two of the 10 largest US-based managers located outside of California, says a report by Preqin. According to the report, although New York-based Tiger Global Management remain
19 Nov. 2019 Singapore tops in investment prospects in Asian real estate [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: According to a report, jointly produced by PwC and the Urban Land Institute, more than a decade since the global financial crisis, Singapore is first in investment, second in development. Until recently, Singapore experienced several subpar years. Having absorbed t
18 Nov. 2019 Activist investing stimulate innovation and strength in targeted companies [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The third-party activism in corporate governance can increase the longevity and sustainability of a company's innovation, says a new research. Research from Columbia Business School's Professor Wei Jiang, Arthur F. Burns Professor of Free and Competitive Ent
18 Nov. 2019 Micro venture capital funds are set to beat the 2018 record in the U.S. [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US-based micro venture capital funds (sized at $100mn or less) had a record year in 2018, raising $7.8bn across 316 vehicles, a record that may well be broken this year, said a study. According to Preqin, with $6.1bn raised in the first three quarters of 2019, micro
18 Nov. 2019 European fund manager Azimut enters the U.S. market for private equity stakes [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: European fund manager Azimut, which manages about $65bn in assets under management, has launched Azimut Alternative Capital Partners (AACP) in New York to invest in general partner (GP) stakes of alternative managers specialized in the private markets space. The Ita
18 Nov. 2019 HarbourVest raises $3bn for Co-Investment Fund V [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Boston-based HarbourVest Partners closed its latest private equity fund above the fundraising target - the $3 billion HarbourVest Partners Co-Investment Fund V was oversubscribed and above its $2.5 billion target. The fund's strategy is to create a global, diversif
18 Nov. 2019 Optimism rules European family business says KPMG research [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 62 percent of Europe's private family businesses are confident or very confident about the future business's outlook for the next 12 months. Optimism is especially high among family businesses in Ireland (91 percent), Portugal (78 percent) and the Netherlands (6
15 Nov. 2019 September public pension commitments to private equity hits record for the year [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Thirty public pension plans reported a total of 105 commitments to private equity investments in September, totaling $9.13 billion, according to the latest eVestment Private Markets Monitor. September's announced activity marked the largest month for reported commitme
15 Nov. 2019 Alpine Investors raises the largest fund yet at $1bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: San Francisco-based technology-focused midmarket firm Alpine Investors has raised $1 billion for its newest fund, the largest amassed by the firm to date. The final tally for Alpine Investors VII LP was nearly double the $532 million the San Francisco-based firm rai
15 Nov. 2019 Record number of US venture fund raise 23% more assets by Q3 than in 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 2018 was a record-breaking year for US-based venture capital funds, and 2019 is poised to overtake it in terms of both the number of funds closed and amount of capital raised. At the end of Q3, 299 venture capital funds have already closed this year, raising an agg
14 Nov. 2019 Integration of SteppenWolf Capital FX-/CTA-Strategies with QCAM Currency Asset Management AG to enhance value for investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SteppenWolf Capital announced the integration of the SteppenWolf FX-/CTA-Strategy offering into QCAM Currency Asset Management AG, a foreign exchange focused asset manager in Switzerland with in excess of USD 5billion in assets under management, to offer a unified set of
14 Nov. 2019 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index up 1.15% in October [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for October 2019 measured 1.15%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 0.50% in November. "SS&C GlobeOp's Capital Movement Index showed a gain of 0.
14 Nov. 2019 Two Sigma launches risk management software [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Two Sigma announced it is launching Venn, a cloud-based investment analysis software platform. Venn was initially introduced on a limited, invite-only basis, and is now available to institutional investors and wealth managers among others. For many institutional in
14 Nov. 2019 Managed futures down for second straight month in October [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The managed futures industry suffered a second straight down month in October declining 0.74%, according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. Sixty percent of CTA funds had losses on the month, but year-to-date, CTAs have po
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    Jim Simons's Renaissance Technologies LLC has produced the greatest investment returns of any hedge fund. Now, it also may be facing an unusually painful tax headache. Last week, Renaissance sent a letter to its current and former employees warning that the Internal Revenue Service could force them

  3. D.E. Shaw's Orienteer strategy posts double-digit returns this year, EcoR1 puts up big gains as the hedge fund scoops up biotech, Ex-hedge fund BlueCrest extends winning run with 50% gain[more]

    D.E. Shaw's Orienteer strategy posts double-digit returns this year From Reuters: D.E. Shaw's Orienteer platform, the backbone of the $50 billion investment firm's multi-asset class offerings, posted high double-digit returns this year, the best ever in its six year lifetime. The Orie

  4. PE/VC: Private equity takes a breather from investing in banks, 2019's 10 defining moments in venture capital, Another record year for PE secondaries amid more GP-led transactions, How 2019 became the best year in private equity's history[more]

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