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22 Jul. 2020 Investors viewing ESG as a 'safe haven' asset [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Sustainable and responsible investments (ESG) are now regarded as 'safe havens' by the majority of investors, reveals a study. According to the financial services firm deVere, nearly 60% of its clients seeking to include ESG investments in their portfolios believe s
22 Jul. 2020 SEC charges IIG's David Hu with fraud [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday charged a former registered investment adviser with fraud for his role in a $60 million Ponzi-like scheme that had been going on for years. In O
21 Jul. 2020 Recovery on Swiss fund market continues [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In June 2020, the volume of assets placed in the investment funds covered by the statistics compiled by Swiss Fund Data AG and Morningstar stood at CHF 1,215.1 billion, an increase of CHF 19.2 billion or 1.6% month-on-month. Net inflows totaled CHF 1.9 billion. The vol
21 Jul. 2020 Blackstone's Strategic Partners racks up $3.75bn for third infrastructure fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Strategic Partners, the secondary arm of private-equity giant Blackstone Group Inc., has raised $3.75 billion for a new vehicle focused on secondhand stakes in infrastructure funds. The new vehicle, Strategic Partners Infrastructure III, is the largest pool ever ra
21 Jul. 2020 KKR racks up $950m for second real estate credit fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global investment firm KKR has closed its second real estate credit opportunity fund at $950 million. The fund will focus on new issue conduit commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS). The firm that manages multiple alternative asset classes, closed KKR Real
21 Jul. 2020 French private equity specialist Capza cruises to $516m first close for new equity fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: European investor Capza has held the first close for Capza 5 Flex Equity on €450m ($516m). The vehicle has a target of €500m and has already exceeded the size of its predecessor, which closed on €350m in October 2016. With this new closing, the French private equity
21 Jul. 2020 Schroders' second vintage European infrastructure debt fund holds $358m first close [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global asset manager Schroders has raised €312m ($358m) from European and Asian investors for its second pan-European infrastructure debt fund. Schroder Euro Enhanced Infrastructure Debt Fund II, also known as Julie II, is managed by Schroder Aida, the specialist i
20 Jul. 2020 Man Group announces distribution partnership with the AMCS Group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Man Group, the active investment management firm, today announces the appointment of the AMCS Group as its third party distribution partner focused on the US offshore and Latin American wealth markets. The appointment, which follows a robust selection and due dilig
20 Jul. 2020 Hedge fund assets lift as market rebounds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Total hedge fund assets surged in 2Q20 as the HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index® (FWC) posted the strongest quarterly performance gain since 2Q09, while outflows slowed from their 1Q pace. Total capital invested in hedge funds increased to $3.177 trillion, a record quart
20 Jul. 2020 Brookfield Asset Management hits an initial $829m close for its first European core-plus real estate fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global alternative asset manager Brookfield Asset Management announced the initial closing of its first European core-plus real estate fund, Brookfield European Real Estate Partnership (BEREP), with total equity commitment to date of €725 million ($829m). The c
20 Jul. 2020 Hedge funds gained an average of +2.07% in June bringing YTD average returns to -3.37% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Varied returns among largest managers highlight hedge fund performance, said eVestment. Hedge funds gained an average of +2.07% in June bringing YTD average returns to -3.37%. According to the report, roughly 40% of the industry is producing positive results in 202
20 Jul. 2020 European green bond market set to explode [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The EU could become the main liquidity provider for a green safe asset with a long duration by financing 30% (€225 billion) of its proposed €750 billion recovery fund through green bond issuance, said a study. "By issuing around €225 billion of green bonds, the EU woul
20 Jul. 2020 UK private equity fundraising surged to $60bn in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: UK private equity fundraising surged to more than £47.5bn ($60bn) last year amid a more than doubling of capital flowing into venture capital fundraises, said a study. UK private equity and venture capital investment reached £22.33 billion in 2019, an increase of £1
17 Jul. 2020 Jersey amends LP legislation [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Jersey Finance has welcomed a new amendment to Jersey's legislation that will make it significantly easier for managers to migrate limited partnership fund structures to the jurisdiction. The changes to the Limited Partnership (Jersey) Law 1994, which were approved by
17 Jul. 2020 Swiss private bank UBP announces a net profit of $114m for the first half of 2020 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UBP attracted a total of CHF 3.7 billion of net new assets in the first six months of the year. These inflows, which came mainly from private clients, demonstrate both the appeal of UBP's investment solutions and the solid management of our clients' assets during a partic
17 Jul. 2020 European private equity deals plunge to a seven-year low [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: European private equity (PE) deal volume plunged to its lowest point in seven years during the second quarter, with the UK suffering the greatest drop. According to PitchBook, deal count and value dropped to their lowest quarterly figures since third quarter 203 an
17 Jul. 2020 Global deal activity rebounded in Q2 2020 to 3,812 deals while funding decreased to $50.2bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Globally, deal activity rebounded in Q2'20 to 3,812 deals while funding decreased to $50.2b. Funding and deals are down 13% and 9% YoY, respectively, said a report. Asia saw the largest quarterly increase in deals, rising 20% in Q2'20. Quarterly deal activit
16 Jul. 2020 Barclay CTA Index loses 0.22% in June [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Rebounding equity and energy markets caught some in the managed futures industry on the wrong foot in June, leading the CTA industry to a 0.22% monthly loss, according to the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. Year-to-date CTAs
16 Jul. 2020 KKR taps $1.3bn Global Impact Fund to invest in Australian carbon offset business Greencollar [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global private equity giant KKR has backed Australian carbon offsetting specialist GreenCollar through its $1.3bn Global Impact Fund, which is focused on generating risk-adjusted returns by investing in companies that contribute toward the United Nations Sustainable De
16 Jul. 2020 Unlisted infrastructure industry fundraising nosedives 70% in Q2 2020 compared to the previous quarter [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Fundraising and dealmaking in the unlisted infrastructure industry sees declines in the second quarter of the year as COVID-19 began to impact significantly, said a report. According to the Preqin report, fundraising activity slowed, with the $12bn secured by infras
15 Jul. 2020 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 1.38% in June, -1.28% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 1.38% in June, supported by the strong performance of the global equity market as represented by the MSCI ACWI IMI (Local), which returned 2.70% over the same month. The resumption of the economic activity of most countries, pa
15 Jul. 2020 Hedge fund industry gains 2.04% in June as almost all hedge fund sectors have positive month [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds continued their positive ways in June, riding a continuing stock market recovery and reopening economies to a 2.04% monthly return, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. By comparison, the S&P 50
15 Jul. 2020 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index up 2.51% in June [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for June 2020 measured 2.51%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index declined 1.10% in July. "SS&C GlobeOp's Capital Movement Index was -1.10% for July 2020
15 Jul. 2020 SBAI publishes alternative risk premia guidance [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Standards Board for Alternative Investments (SBAI) has published two memos on alternative risk premia (aka dynamic beta) investing focusing on Backtesting and Broker Dealer Practices. The memos, which were developed by the SBAI's Alternative Risk Premia Working Group,
15 Jul. 2020 BNP Paribas Asset Management launches innovative environment-themed long/short equity fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BNP Paribas Asset Management (BNPP AM) announces the launch of BNP Paribas Environmental Absolute Return Thematic fund (EARTH), an equity long/short alternative UCITS strategy that seeks to identify opportunities among those companies that are facing or addressing signifi
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  1. Alts managers sitting on over $2.5tn+ of dry powder[more]

    Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In the current rising interest rate environment, investment activity in the private markets has continued to grow, revealed a study. "With alts managers sitting on over $2.5T+ of dry powder and continuing to enjoy premium valuations and interest rates on a prec

  2. Opalesque Exclusive: Hong Kong manager expects additional tailwind in Asian markets[more]

    B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The Asia equity markets have not been at their best so far this year, with the MSCI Asia index down almost 13% YTD, but many managers remain buoyant about the region, as in

  3. The Big Picture: With the war, E, S, and G have collectively moved back to the fore[more]

    B. G., Opalesque Geneva: In this interview, Dr. Patrick Welton, founder and CIO of Welton Investment Partners, offers his observations on the major macro themes expected to affect the comm

  4. Other Voices: The selloff is overdone[more]

    Authored by Heeten Doshi, founder of Doshi Capital Management. Anyone who is still bearish and calling for more downside is foolish. The selloff is overdone. To point to further declines from here is poor risk management. With the Nasdaq 100 down 22% and S&P 500 down 13% for the year

  5. Other Voices: ESG exuberance is at all-time highs. But will investors buy?[more]

    As investors increase their focus on mission-based investing, they continue to grapple with ESG and what it means to them. By David Shalom, Director of Capital Introductions at Pershing Innovation. New investment solutions. That's how managers deliver value and attract new inve