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10 Feb. 2020 Assets under management in private debt reach $812bn in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Assets under management (AUM) in private debt, the youngest asset class in the private capital universe, have grown consistently each year and, as of June 2019, reached a record of $812bn. Private debt is now the third-largest asset class in private capital, ahe
10 Feb. 2020 Hong Kong: 2 in 3 employees have 'unfavourable' view of corporate culture of their employer [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Most employees in Hong Kong find their company culture 'weak' as the leaders remain 'out of touch' with what workers truly want. Hong Kong professionals are most affected by long work hours and ineffective leadership, says a recent study. &quo
07 Feb. 2020 Hedge funds using artificial intelligence/machine have more than doubled since 2016 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The proportion of systematic hedge funds launched in 2019 that use artificial intelligence/ machine learning (AIML) is over double the proportion in 2016 (23% vs. 10% respectively), said Preqin. In a tough fundraising environment, AIML can help fund managers to di
07 Feb. 2020 Alternatives AUM crosses $10tn milestone despite challenging market conditions [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The alternatives industry has just set a new record: global assets under management (AUM) have surged to $10.31tn. According to Preqin, the industry is now well on its way to meeting Preqin's 2018 forecast of $14tn in AUM by 2023. Mark O'Hare CEO, Preqin said
06 Feb. 2020 Private equity assets under management (AUM) crosses the $4tn threshold in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The private equity industry's assets under management (AUM) crossed the $4tn mark, which puts private equity on course to reach $5tn in AUM by the end of 2022. The asset class is benefiting in part from widespread anticipation of a market downturn among both fund m
06 Feb. 2020 Institutional investors taking the concept of ESG seriously with hedge fund managers [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: An increasing number of institutional investors are requiring their hedge fund managers to incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in the course of their investment activities, said a study. According to a new report by KPMG, such investors no
06 Feb. 2020 The unlisted infrastructure industry AUM to hit $1tn by the end of 2022 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The unlisted infrastructure funds assets under management (AUM) hit record highs in 2019, and the growth of the industry shows no signs of slowing as infrastructure boom set to continue in 2020, said a report. The unlisted infrastructure industry is in the middle of
05 Feb. 2020 Mindful Wealth completes VCC pilot programme with MAS, re-domiciles CLO fund to Singapore [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Mindful Wealth, an asset management company with around US$600 million under management, successfully completed the VCC Pilot Programme with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and re-domiciled one of its funds Avenida CLO Equity Fund from the Bahamas to Singapore.
05 Feb. 2020 Cowen to integrate prime brokerage business of Global Prime Partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Cowen Inc. has entered into an agreement to cooperate with Global Prime Partners Ltd (GPP) to transition GPP's International Prime Brokerage business to Cowen. Cowen and GPP will work together to implement this transition efficiently and with a commitment to best serve G
05 Feb. 2020 Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark returned a net 11.45% in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark returned a net 11.45% in 2019, only the second time in six years that performance has hit double digits. "Hedge fund performance improved in 2019, but long-term returns lag behind public indices," said the Pre
05 Feb. 2020 Natural resources assets under management surpass $760bn in 2019, a new record [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Strong fundraising and AUM numbers, boosted by mega-infrastructure funds investing in energy, masked a challenging landscape for natural resources funds, said a study. In 2019 natural resources assets under management (AUM) surpassed $760bn, a new record, accordin
05 Feb. 2020 Private real estate fund raising hit an all-time high at $151bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investors seeking real estate's steady cash flows poured more capital into the sector, driving the total amount of private real estate funds raised to $151bn, an all-time high. According to a report by Preqin, the increase in dry powder- along with a 5.3% rise in u
04 Feb. 2020 Institutional investor returns reach a 10-year high [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Returns for institutional investors to reach a 10-year high in 2019 on account of the robust gains in domestic and international equity markets. The median plan in the Northern Trust Universe finished with an 18.2% return for the year and a 4.9% return for the three
04 Feb. 2020 Blackstone poaches chief technology officer from Barclays [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The world's largest private equity firm Blackstone Group has appointed John Stecher, formerly group chief technology officer and group innovation officer at Barclays, as its chief technology officer. Before serving as CTO and chief innovation officer at Barclays, St
04 Feb. 2020 Vestar Capital Partners closes its seventh fund at $1.1bn beating its initial target [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: U.S. middle-market private equity firm Vestar Capital Partners has reached a $1.1bn final close for its latest mid-market buyout fund, beating its initial target. Vestar VII exceeded its $1 billion targets and includes a commitment of $100 million from the General P
04 Feb. 2020 Neuberger Berman acquires $4bn private real estate business Almanac Realty Investors [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New York-headquartered investment management company Neuberger Berman has acquired 100% of real estate manager Almanac Realty Investors in its biggest acquisition to date. Almanac has $4 billion in assets under management, said a press release from Neuberger Berman,
03 Feb. 2020 Edge Principal Advisors raises $560m for its fourth real estate fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New York City-headquartered real estate investment management firm Edge Principal Advisors announced the final closing of its fourth real estate fund, Edge Principal Investments IV. Fund IV closed with aggregate commitments over $560 million, said the firm which f
03 Feb. 2020 Australian asset manager Perpetual acquires Boston ESG specialist Trillium [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Boston-based Environmental-social-governance (ESG) equity and fixed-income money manager Trillium Asset Management agreed to be acquired by Australian-based Perpetual Ltd. Perpetual will purchase 100% of the employee-owned Trillum for $36 million-plus an earnout. Th
31 Jan. 2020 Riverwood Capital promotes three to partner [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Riverwood Capital, a private equity firm that invests in high-growth, middle-market companies in the technology, technology-enabled, and other related industries, announced today the promotions of Harish Belur, Joaquim Lima, and Scott Ransenberg to Partner. "Duri
31 Jan. 2020 Trivest closes two new private equity funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Trivest Partners announced the final closings of the Trivest Growth Investment Fund II and the Trivest Discovery Fund with $435 million and $235 million of total capital commitments, respectively. Raised concurrently, TGIF II and the Trivest Discovery Fund represent Trive
31 Jan. 2020 CI Investments launches liquid alternative ETFs [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - CI Investments Inc., today announced that CI Liquid Alternatives are now available in an ETF structure and listed directly on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The ETFs mirror the strategies of CI's liquid alternative mutual funds, which were launched in November 2018 f
31 Jan. 2020 Charlesbank Capital Partners closes debut technology fund at $700M hard cap [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Charlesbank Capital Partners, LLC is pleased to announce that it has completed fundraising for its inaugural Technology Opportunities Fund. The Fund had a $600 million target and received limited partner commitments in excess of its $700 million hard cap. The investor bas
31 Jan. 2020 Alpha Group promotes two [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Luxembourg-based Alpha Group has promoted Paolo Magni to Partner. Having been with the firm since 2014, Paolo has been involved in a number of deals across the sectors in which Alpha invests such as Pavan, Caffitaly, Europart and AMF Group. He has demonstrated leaders
31 Jan. 2020 Intermediate Capital Group raises $2.4bn for third secondary fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global alternative asset manager Intermediate Capital Group (ICG) has raised $2.4bn for the final close of its third secondaries fund, ICG Strategic Equity Fund III. The fund, which focuses on GP-led secondary transactions, has smashed its initial $1.6bn target
31 Jan. 2020 Small deals dominate European venture capital investments volume [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Europe witnessed an increase in the number of low-value venture capital (VC) deals (investment
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