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17 Dec. 2020 Hedge funds post a very strong November with gains of 7.45% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark had a very strong November. Market optimism due to successful vaccine trials fueled gains of 7.45%. "This pushed the 2020 YTD return to +13.27% and the 12-month return to +15.19%. By comparison, the S&P 500 gained 10.7
16 Dec. 2020 More players adopt SBAI's Due Diligence Questionnaire for Alternative Risk Premia Products [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Standards Board for Alternative Investments (SBAI) announced that major broker-dealers support the adoption of the SBAI Alternative Risk Premia DDQ for Broker-Dealer Products. The DDQ assists institutional investors and investment managers in their due diligence of br
16 Dec. 2020 Bahamas passes Digital Assets and Registered Exchanges Bill to establish legal foundation for a new industry [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The passage of the Digital Assets and Registered Exchanges Bill, 2020 (DARE) has put in place the legal framework for a vital, well-regulated and compliant industry in The Bahamas for those interested in entering the digital asset space. It also creates specific opportuni
16 Dec. 2020 Venture capital and advocacy firm DHS raises $650m for its largest real estate venture capital fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: DHS, the venture capital and advocacy firm focused on technologies for the global real estate industry, announced the close of its second real estate technology fund. The oversubscribed $650 million Fund II more than doubled the size of DHS' initial fund, which
16 Dec. 2020 Westlake Village raises $500m for biotech venture investments [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Los Angeles-area life-sciences venture firm Westlake Village BioPartners has raised $500 million across two new funds after quickly deploying its $327 million debut investment pool launched in 2018. The new vehicles will enable the firm to build and invest in pr
16 Dec. 2020 Global hedge funds industry AUM up $128bn over past eight months despite investor outflows [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Assets under management for the global hedge funds industry have rebounded increasing by US$128.0 billion over the past eight months since March 2020, said Eurekahedge. This has come from performance-driven gains of US$139.8 billion and net investor outflows of US$
15 Dec. 2020 Barclay Hedge Fund index up 5.5% in November, 7.2% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry reversed two consecutive months of losses in November 2020, returning 5.54% for the month, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. By comparison, the S&P 500 Total Return Index was up 1
15 Dec. 2020 New Swiss hedge fund Stouff Capital triples assets under management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - After launching its first fund in October 2018, Stouff Capital is strengthening its presence with private investors and opening its doors to institutional investors. Its q
15 Dec. 2020 French and Dutch financial market authorities call for a European regulation of ESG data, ratings, and related services [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Autorite des marches financiers (AMF) and its Dutch counterpart, the Autoriteit Financiele Markten (AFM), propose a European regulatory framework for providers of sustainability-related services, which could become one of the key measures of the European Commission
15 Dec. 2020 VC eyes biotech, pharma investments in 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Biotech and pharma venture capitalist (VC) deal activity will likely exceed $20 billion for the second consecutive year in 2021, said research firm PitchBook. "These two main areas for VC have grown during the COVID-19 pandemic and investors have ample dry powder t
15 Dec. 2020 BNP Paribas Asset Management launches two infrastructure debt funds [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: BNP Paribas Asset Management has launched two infrastructure debt funds. BNP Paribas European Infrastructure Debt Fund II is targeting 500 million Euros and BNP Paribas European Junior Infrastructure Debt Fund I is targeting 300-500 million Euros. BNP Parib
14 Dec. 2020 Arbitrium Capital adds two veteran fund and debt experts [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Distressed debt and special situations specialists Arbitrium Capital Partners has hired Blake Ammit as Managing Director and Ian Lundy as an independent member of the Inve
14 Dec. 2020 M&A to lead the economic recovery towards 2021: PwC [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) expects more megadeals - transactions of at least $5 billion in value - in 2021, from pharma companies acquiring early-phase or pre-commercial products in hot therapeutic areas to bank consolidation as low-interest rates persist, plus priva
14 Dec. 2020 Spouting Rock takes majority stake in $2.25bn boutique Penn Capital Management [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Spouting Rock Asset Management (SRAM), a multi-boutique manager platform providing alternative, traditional and thematic investment solutions and service, has taken a majority stake in $2.25bn boutique Penn Capital Management Company (PCMC). PCMC, a fixed-income and
11 Dec. 2020 Top 100 hedge fund managers have 84% median proportion of AUM in global hedge funds with $10.6bn median AUM [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Top 100 hedge fund managers have 84% median proportion of AUM in global hedge funds with $10.6bn median AUM, said HFM. HFM also announced it will be merging with Eurekahedge. In 2020, diversification into long only products remains the most popular - and obvious - ch
11 Dec. 2020 Hedge funds gain +5.92% in November, bringing YTD average returns to +6.90% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global hedge fund business has posted among the highest average monthly returns in 20 years at +5.92% during the month, bringing the year to date (YTD) average returns to +6.90%. According to eVestment November 2020 hedge fund performance data, about 68% of the
11 Dec. 2020 Asset management deals value of announced deals hit $53.4bn so far this year, a new record [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Asset and wealth management (AWM) deals to stay hot in the second half of 2020 as the last twelve months have marked a banner period, said a study. According to quarterly deals insights by PWC, deal volume hit a high-water mark relative to the past few years. Simil
11 Dec. 2020 US venture capital funding average rose by 33% despite the pandemic [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The number of venture capital investments in US startups has dropped by -30% when compared to 2019, but the average value of investments has risen up by +33%, said a study. The VC ecosystem was prepared for a crisis to come. The general game-changer was the lockdown
10 Dec. 2020 Andrew Lowenthal to join MFA as head of global policy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed Funds Association (MFA), the trade association for the hedge fund and global alternative investment industry, announced Andrew Lowenthal will join the organization as Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Head of Global Policy. Lowenthal comes to MFA fr
10 Dec. 2020 CANDRIAM and New York Life Investments Alternatives take a minority stake in Kartesia Management SA [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - CANDRIAM, and its sister affiliate New York Life Investments Alternatives, announced today a strategic partnership with Kartesia Management SA, a European specialist provider of private capital solutions for small and mid-sized companies, and the related acquisition of a
10 Dec. 2020 Standard Chartered and Northern Trust partner to launch crypto custody service for institutional investors [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Two of the world's largest securities services providers have collaborated to launch Zodia Custody, an institutional-grade custody solution for cryptocurrencies. Asset servicer Northern Trust Standard Chartered's fintech investment unit, SC Ventures, have sou
10 Dec. 2020 Healthcare sees robust PE/VC hedge funds investment at $22.44bn in Q3 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private equity, venture capital, and hedge funds so far this year have poured $60.72 billion into healthcare companies, said a study. According to a report from S&P Global, healthcare raised $22.44 billion through private equity and venture capital deals in the thir
10 Dec. 2020 Four in five companies plan to introduce ESG measures to incentive plans [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Four out of five firms (78%) are planning to alter how they incorporate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) into their executive incentive plans due to global events such as the pandemic, economic uncertainties, and social and racial injustice. According to
09 Dec. 2020 Cerulli: Public pensions explore alternative models of investing [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Overly optimistic investment return assumptions have caused government pension plans to consistently underestimate future contribution increases required to keep plans adequately funded. As governments are strained by falling tax receipts and balanced budget requirements,
09 Dec. 2020 Monarch Alternative Capital closes fifth fund on $3 billion [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Monarch Alternative Capital LP, a leading distressed and opportunistic credit investment firm, today announced the final close of Monarch Capital Partners V. Monarch raised approximately $3 billion of capital for its oversubscribed fifth closed-end fund, which is poised
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