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09 Mar. 2020 HFRI 500 Relative Value gains in February as global equities plunge on contagion fears [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds posted mixed performance in February, led by fixed income-based Relative Value Arbitrage strategies, as global equities and commodities suffered steep declines on spreading coronavirus contagion fears. The investable HFRI 500 Relative Value Index gained +1.
09 Mar. 2020 Private debt: Performance expectations low amid concerns over pricing pressure [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private debt investors are more optimistic than they were at the end of 2018, but performance expectations have been lowered amid concerns over pricing pressure, said a report by Preqin. Among investors Preqin surveyed across all asset classes in November 2019, thos
09 Mar. 2020 Windham Capital launches ESG Risk Scaling Strategy [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Boston-based asset management firm Windham Capital Management has launched the Windham ESG Risk Scaling strategy. The asset management firm specializing in risk-based solutions said that its ESG strategy is designed to deliver meaningful protection to a diversified
06 Mar. 2020 SBAI publishes a memo on conflicts of interest between parallel funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Standards Board for Alternative Investments (SBAI) has published a memo on addressing potential conflicts of interest between parallel funds, which was developed by the Standards Board's Governance Working Group. The Standards Board is the global standard-settin
06 Mar. 2020 Angel Island Capital closes $440m second credit opportunities fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Golden Gate Capital-backed credit firm Angel Island Capital has raised around $440m for the close for AIC Opportunities Fund II. The San Francisco-based multi-strategy credit investment advisor and portfolio company said that the fund is AIC's inaugural third-party
06 Mar. 2020 86% of private equity investors plan to maintain or increase capital commitments in 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investors on the hunt for yield continued to commit capital to private equity in 2019, boosting total fundraising to $595bn, according to a study. Preqin Investor Outlook AlternativeAssets H1 2020 said that 2019 was the third year in a row that the amount secured
06 Mar. 2020 Petershill in talks to invest in Permira [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Petershill, an investing unit within Goldman Sachs that makes minority investments in asset managers, is in talks to invest in British private equity house Permira. The Wall Street Journal
06 Mar. 2020 CalSTRs CEO set to retire [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: CalSTRS CEO Jack Ehnes will retire in September. Ehnes made the announcement during a board meeting at the pension system today. Ehnes joined CalSTRS as CEO in February 2002. Ehnes is currently chairman of the FTSE Green Industries Advisory Committee and vi
05 Mar. 2020 Alternatives investor appetite holds steady in the face of challenging market conditions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Strong performance across most asset classes has kept satisfaction high, according to Preqin: Preqin's Investor Outlook: Alternative Assets, H1 2020* finds that investors are generally satisfied with performance in 2019. A minimum of 71% of investors in each
05 Mar. 2020 Reverence Capital Partners hits a $1.2bn hard cap for financial services fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Financial services-focused Reverence Capital has hit a $1.2bn hard cap for the final close of its latest investment vehicle, Reverence Capital Opportunities Fund II. The New York-based firm was initially seeking $750m for Fund II but was able to surpass this amount
05 Mar. 2020 Optimistic hedge fund investors to allocate more capital, reposition defensively [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund performance improved over 2019, but investors are demanding more from hedge funds. "Performance resurges from 2018, but investors are looking to rebalance their portfolios in what could be a make-or-break moment for the asset class," revealed Preqin Investo
04 Mar. 2020 Equity UCITS sales bounced back in Q4 but bond funds remain 2019 bestsellers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has published its latest Quarterly Statistical Release describing the trends in the European investment fund industry in the fourth quarter of 2019 as well as a summary for the full year. The report also incl
04 Mar. 2020 Bregal Investments closes latest growth equity fund at $1.5bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New York-based growth-focused private equity firm Bregal Sagemount has closed its Bregal Sagemount Fund III, at a hard cap of $1.5 billion, exceeding its $1.35 billion target. The prior fund, Bregal Sagemount Fund II, closed at $960 million in February 2017. Fund
04 Mar. 2020 Institutional investors to increase allocation to private markets [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Institutional investors across the world are shifting their interest from listed assets to private markets, said a new survey by BlackRock Inc. For fresh allocations, private markets remain the favorite by a wide margin. Indeed, more than half (55%) of investors sai
04 Mar. 2020 CTAs hit by equity slump but still up in February [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: CTAs, Special Situations, and L/S Equity Directional strategies suffered the most this week from their long exposures to equities, said Lyxor in its weekly brief. Merger Arbitrage strategies benefited from their lower correlation with equity markets and outperforme
04 Mar. 2020 ESG factors link to credit risk, says study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors have a more significant effect on sovereign credit spreads in developed markets than emerging ones, says a study. A research by Federated Hermes said there is a significant correlation and a "meaningful" relationshi
03 Mar. 2020 BV Investment Partners pulls in $1.1bn for buyout fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Boston-based middle-market private equity firm BV Investment Partners has closed its tenth fund on its $1.1 billion hard cap in a first and final close. BV Investment Partners Fund X's target was $1 billion. Fund X is 47% larger than its predecessor fund, the $
03 Mar. 2020 US tops cross-border M&A activity in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: With more than 1,500 outbound and than 1,300 inbound mergers and acquisitions (M&A) deals, the US occupied the top position in terms of outbound and inbound M&A deal volume and value in 2019. However, it lagged behind some of the top ten countries, in terms of volum
02 Mar. 2020 Global economy faces gravest threat since the crisis as coronavirus spreads [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The coronavirus Covid-19 presents the global economy with its greatest danger since the financial crisis, according to the OECD's latest Interim Economic Outlook. Covid-19 is spreading from China to othe
02 Mar. 2020 As India, Middle East hedge funds advance, HFRI China, Japan Indices fall to begin the year [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds investing in Emerging Markets and developed Asian regions began 2020 with a surge in realized asset volatility driven by the spreading coronavirus, a report from HFR said. According to HFR, coronavirus has contributed to steep losses across regional equi
02 Mar. 2020 The private equity industry stands at $1.5tn dry powder in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: According to BDO's 2020 U.S. Private Capital Outlook report, the private equity industry stands at the beginning of a new decade with more dry powder on hand than ever - $1.5 trillion - thanks to record fundraising in 2019. In 2002, the secondary market was about $2
02 Mar. 2020 Artificial intelligence: Venture capital activity records a fluctuating trend in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Venture capital (VC) funding and mergers & acquisitions (M&A) activity in the artificial intelligence (AI) space showcased a fluctuating trend across all the quarters in 2019. According to GlobalData, VC funding and M&A deal activity in the AI space remained inconsi
29 Feb. 2020 Ardian acquires real estate portfolio from Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Ardian, a world leading private investment house, has signed an agreement with Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena for the acquisition of a portfolio composed of 28 properties, owned by the MPS Group. The agreement concludes a competitive process started in July 2019. This fo
28 Feb. 2020 Hedge funds start off 2020 with $10.38bn in new money [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Following a challenging 2019 in which investors pulled approximately $100 billion from the global hedge fund industry, 2020 is starting off on a positive note, with investors adding $10.38 billion to the hedge fund business, according to the just-released eVestment Januar
28 Feb. 2020 iM Global Partner appoints Philippe Uzan as Chief Investment Officer [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - iM Global Partner announces the appointment of Philippe Uzan as Deputy CEO and CIO Asset Management. He will be in charge of managing the iM Global Partner fund platform and in particular the OYSTER fund range. Following the announcement of the acquisition of SYZ Asse
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