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29 Jul. 2020 ETFGI reports that assets invested in ETFs and ETPs listed in Europe are back over the $1tn milestone at the end of June 2020 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ETFGI, an independent research and consultancy firm covering trends in the global ETFs/ETPs ecosystem, reported today that ETFs and ETPs listed in Europe reported net inflows of US$11.38 billion during June, bringing year-to-date net inflows to US$32.65 billion which is b
29 Jul. 2020 FiCAS pioneers the world's first actively managed cryptocurrency exchange traded product (ETP); lists on SIX [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - FiCAS AG, a Swiss-based crypto investment management boutique, has successfully registered the Bitcoin Capital Active ETP (BTCA; ISIN CH0548689600) - the world's first actively managed crypto exchange-traded product, listed on SIX. The discretionary ETP, issued by Bi
29 Jul. 2020 Active strategies rebound in Q2 2020 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Active investment managers across a variety of asset classes and investment universes rebounded from Q1 losses in Q2 2020. As global markets bounced back, many strategies racked up returns not seen in years despite an economic environment still full of more questions than
29 Jul. 2020 Antin Infrastructure Partners raises $7.63bn for the fourth fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Europe-based infrastructure investment firm Antin Infrastructure Partners has wrapped up its fourth fund at its €6.5 billion ($7.63 billion) hard cap. The vehicle, Antin Infrastructure Partners IV, gathered capital well above the €5.5 billion target and is a substan
29 Jul. 2020 Hedge funds lift off with 11.48% returns in Q2 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds returned 11.48% in Q2 2020, the highest gains since 2009, following losses of 10.63% in Q1, said Preqin. According to the report, hedge funds have broken even for H1 2020, with YTD returns hitting -0.37% as of the end of June. Hedge fund launches re
29 Jul. 2020 Asia-Pacific M&A deal activity: China tops in Q2 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) deal activity in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region remained inconsistent during the second quarter (Q2) of 2020, said a study. China continued to top the region both in terms of volume as well as value, according to GlobalData. After d
28 Jul. 2020 Gallant Capital wraps up the maiden fund at $378m, beating its $300m target [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Los Angeles-based private equity firm Gallant Capital Partners announced the final closing of its inaugural fund, Gallant Capital Partners I with $378 million in total commitments. Fund I reached its hard-cap and was substantially oversubscribed, exceeding its targe
28 Jul. 2020 Venture capital investment in UK fintech nosedives 40% in H1 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: With 167 deals worth $1.84bn, venture capital investment in UK fintech firms has slumped by nearly 40% during the first six months of 2020. According to a study by UK fintech industry body Innovate Finance, this compares to $3 billion invested into 263 startups in
28 Jul. 2020 Hedge fund performance up +1.1% so far in July: Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Lyxor Peer Groups suggest hedge fund performance was up +1.1% so far in July, with Market Neutral L/S underperforming (+0.4%) and Directional L/S Equity, Global Macro and L/S Credit strategies outperforming (+1.0% to +1.6%). Every hedge fund strategy was up during
27 Jul. 2020 Baloise Asset Management acquires stake in Tolomeo Capital [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - As part of wider cooperation deal, the Basel-based insurance company will take a stake in Tolomeo Capital, a wealth manager in Zurich. With this transaction, the asset management of Baloise will strengthen its position as a major rule-based asset manager and exploit sy
27 Jul. 2020 Sustainable bonds roar to record quarter with more than $130bn in the issuance [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Sustainable finance is growing, despite the pandemic-driven economic slowdown. Sustainable bonds, in particular, have surged this year. In the second quarter alone there was more than $130bn in issuance. According to new data from London-based Refinitiv, in the fir
27 Jul. 2020 Venture capital investment in Asia remains steady in Q2 2020 with $16.9bn raised across 1,011 deals [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Venture capital investment in Asia remained steady quarter-over-quarter at $16.9 billion across 1,011 deals in the second quarter of 2020, said a study by KPMG. According to the report, the VC investment in Asia is led by three Chinese deals: a $1 billion Series B
24 Jul. 2020 Half way through 2020, hedge fund investor redemptions on pace to exceed 2019 outflows [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investor redemptions continued in the hedge fund industry in June, with investors pulling $16.87 billion from the industry last month, according to the just-released eVestment June 2020 Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report. Year-to-date (YTD) investor redemptions sit at $5
24 Jul. 2020 Global Peer Financing Association goes live [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Four major North American pension funds have come together launch the Global Peer Financing Association (GPFA) to advance peer-to-peer securities lending by asset owners. The pension funds - the $396.9 billion California Public Employees' Retirement System, Sac
24 Jul. 2020 Institutional investors: Companies failing to meet expectations on ESG factors risk losing access to capital markets [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Companies failing to meet investor expectations on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors risk losing access to capital markets, said a study. Institutional investors are raising the stakes when it comes to assessing company performance using environmen
24 Jul. 2020 European venture capital investment reaches $10.1bn across 1,062 deals [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Venture capital investment remained strong in Europe for the second consecutive quarter, reaching $10.1 billion across 1,062 deals, said a report by KPMG. The global pandemic has shifted consumer behaviors sharply in Europe - accelerating a number of digital trends
24 Jul. 2020 Hazeltree and Northern Trust analyse the impact of COVID-19 on alternative asset managers [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Hazeltree and Northern Trust Alternative Fund Services have published a report called "Weathering the 2020 Storm: Market Volatility, Location Disruption and Record Volumes." This paper takes a closer look into what happened during the initial stages of the C
23 Jul. 2020 Alphaserve Technologies acquired by Eze Castle Integration [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Eze Castle Integration, a portfolio company of private equity investment firm H.I.G. Capital (H.I.G.) and a global leader in technology solutions, today announced the acquisition of Alphaserve Technologies, a provider of infrastructure technology and digital IT services.
23 Jul. 2020 VC-backed companies in the US raised $34.3bn across 2197 deals in Q2 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Venture capital investment in the Americas remained steady in Q2'20 - reaching $35.6 billion over 2,354 deals, said a study. According to a report by KPMG, this represents more than half the total raised worldwide. Global venture capital investment showed cont
23 Jul. 2020 European tech investor One Peak Partners hits $507m hard cap on technology-focused fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: London-based growth investor One Peak Partners has closed its technology-focused fund at its hard cap of €443m ($507 million). The growth equity firm investing in technology companies said One Peak Growth II, launched in the first quarter of this year, was 'si
23 Jul. 2020 CVC Credit Partners closes second CLO fund at $400m [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private equity and credit giant CVC Credit Partners has achieved close on its second collateralized loan obligation fund after hitting $400m in assets. The fund, called Apidos XXXIII, marks the second dedicated collateralized loan obligation (CLO) strategy that the
23 Jul. 2020 Gramercy appoints Mohamed El-Erian as Chair [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Emerging markets investment firm Gramercy Funds Management has appointed Mohamed A. El-Erian as Chair of the firm, a new position. El-Erian has been an investor and senior advisor to Gramercy since April 2019. His work with the firm has focused on global macroeconom
22 Jul. 2020 Hedge funds see May outflows of $8bn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund redemptions continued to decline from their COVID-19 pandemic-fueled peak of $85.6 billion in March. Net redemptions in May were $8.0 billion, 0.3% of industry assets, according to the Barclay Fund Flow Indicator published by BarclayHedge, a division of Backsto
22 Jul. 2020 Shamrock Capital raises new $400m fund to buy content [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Shamrock Capital, a Los Angeles-based investment firm with a $1.9bn portfolio under management, announced the final closing of Shamrock Capital Content Fund II (SCCF II), with a total of $400 million in committed capital. SCCF II will be used to "continue investing
22 Jul. 2020 TIAA's Nuveen collects $150m for global impact fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global investment manager with over $1 trillion in assets under management, Nuveen has achieved the first close of its Global Impact Strategy, having reached $150m with a long-term target of $400m. The Global Impact Strategy is designed to drive positive change
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