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12 Sep. 2019 Investors remain satisfied with recent performance of real estate [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investors remain satisfied with the recent performance of real estate, but also hesitate on future commitments to the asset class as they feel that asset valuations will depress future returns The Preqin Investor Update: Alternative Assets H2 2019 finds that the ou
12 Sep. 2019 State Street Global Advisors names Carlo M. Funk as head of ESG investment strategy for EMEA [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The $2.9tn asset manager State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) has hired ex-BlackRock sustainable investment specialist Carlo M. Funk to head its environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment strategy in the EMEA region. The position is new. SSGA said in a s
12 Sep. 2019 Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index down -0.27% in August [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index returned -0.27% in August, underperforming the 0.38 % monthly return of the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index. The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index family, which provides a representative baseline for how the broad liquid alternati
11 Sep. 2019 82% of surveyed hedge funds use alternative data, but not without concerns [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Over 80% of surveyed hedge funds are using alternative data for detailed industry analyses, though data cost and quality issues remain, said a study. According to Lowenstein Sandler's hedge fund industry survey, 82% of hedge funds are already using alternative
11 Sep. 2019 Lovell Minnick hits $1.28bn hard cap for fifth middle market fund close [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Financial services-focused private equity firm Lovell Minnick Partners has hit a $1.28bn hard cap for the final close of its latest flagship fund. As private equity firms continue benefit from strong demand for alternative investments, Lovell Minnick Equity Partne
11 Sep. 2019 Hedge funds up 0.31% amid fierce trade tensions [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds have outperformed the equity markets in August amid tariff threats between China and the United States and slowing global growth. The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.31% during the month compared to the MSCI ACWI stock index which ended August do
11 Sep. 2019 Emerging market debt specialist Philip Meier joins Gramercy [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Philip Meier has joined Gramercy Funds Management's London office as managing director and emerging markets debt portfolio manager. Gramercy, founded in 1998, is an emerging markets investment manager based in Greenwich, CT with offices in London and Buenos Aires
10 Sep. 2019 Blackstone promotes private equity COO Vik Sawhney to new global IR role [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private equity giant Blackstone has promoted Vik Sawhney, the chief operating officer of its PE business, as its first chief administrative officer (CAO), and the global head of its investor relations and business development arm, a newly created role. The New Yo
10 Sep. 2019 Macro hedge funds surge in August as global equities decline [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Macro hedge funds surged in August while the broader industry posted mixed performance as equity markets declined while the global supply of negative-yielding bonds swelled to over $16 trillion, with gains led by both fundamental and quantitative Macro strategies.
10 Sep. 2019 Former hedge fund professionals launch US Vegan Climate ETF today [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Beyond Investing, a vegan and cruelty-free investment platform, is launching the NYSE-listed US Vegan Climate ETF (ticker VEGN)
10 Sep. 2019 Hedge funds help to deal with the ongoing market uncertainty [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Despite colossal headwinds related to trade tensions, the Brexit deadlock, and the manufacturing recession, asset prices have been incredibly buoyant so far this year, Lyxor said in its weekly brief. Equities are recovering from the August drawdown and are approach
09 Sep. 2019 Thinking Ahead Institute reveals top fifteen extreme risks for investors [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: The Thinking Ahead Institute's (TAI) Extreme risks 2019 report and ranking, which categorises rare events that could have a high impact on global economic growth and asset returns, has a new top three: global temperature change, global trade collapse and cyber warfare.
09 Sep. 2019 London VC 4Bio Capital raises the first tranche of $150m 'advanced therapies' fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: London-based biotech venture capital firm 4Bio Capital has raised the first $50m for a new $150m fund to invest in "advanced therapies" such as gene and cell therapy. Dmitry Kuzmin, the managing partner, said its 4Bio Ventures II fund had achieved its "first close"
09 Sep. 2019 Berlin leads in continental European VC deals [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: It is an exciting time for start-ups in Berlin, as venture capital firms recognize growth opportunities and channel funds into new businesses in the city, said Preqin. Berlin is fast becoming the German equivalent of San Francisco and London in the US and UK respec
06 Sep. 2019 Strong CTA performance extends through August [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: CTAs reported positive performance again in August, following a strong July, says Societe Generale (SG). The SG CTA Index was up 3.45%, adding to gains of over 10% year-to-date for these firms, which would put them on track for their best year since 2014. Short
06 Sep. 2019 CEE-focused Innova closes the sixth fund on $300m [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)-focused PE firm Innova Capital has pulled in EUR271m ($300m) for the final close of its sixth buyout fund Innova/6. Over 60% of the committed capital came from prior fund participants, with remaining commitments provided by new inve
05 Sep. 2019 Kudu Investment Management takes a stake in alternatives manager EJF Capital [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New York-based Kudu Investment Management, a capital provider for asset and wealth management firms, made a minority investment in EJF Capital, an alternative investment firm that manages billions of dollars across private equity, real estate, and hedge fund strategies
05 Sep. 2019 ASEAN-focused buyout and growth funds collect $0.8bn till June 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: ASEAN-focused buyout and growth funds have together collected $0.8bn in 2019 so far (as of June), matching the total amount raised in all of 2018, Preqin said in its report: Markets in Focus: Southeast Asia. "Given that we are at the mid-point of 2019, the full-yea
04 Sep. 2019 New York Alternative Investment Roundtable announces management committee and officer changes [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The New York Alternative Investment Roundtable is proud to announce that Alessandra (Ali) Tocco has been named the organization's new president, as of September 1. As President, Tocco will continue to work with the current and outgoing president, Adam Weinstein, to transi
04 Sep. 2019 VanEck, SolidX offer ETF-like Bitcoin instrument to institutional buyers [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investment firm VanEck and financial technology company SolidX Management LLC will sell shares in a limited version of a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF), using a rule that exempts the shares from securities registration, under which shares can be sold only to certai
04 Sep. 2019 ASEAN: Private equity interest is rising, venture capital is booming [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The outlook for the private equity and venture capital industry in Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is promising, said Preqin. Fundraising has hit new highs in recent years - a record 17 ASEAN-focused venture capital funds raised $0.9bn in 2018, although buyout and
04 Sep. 2019 Global dry powder expanded 11.2% YTD through August to $2.1tn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Industry dry powder, or uncalled investment capital, continues to grow for alternative investment managers amid elevated market multiples and increasing late-cycle behavior, such as loosening deal terms and structures. However, diversity of assets under management
03 Sep. 2019 Merger Arbitrage strategy looks attractive, given strong diversification patterns [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: M&A patterns are showing healthy dynamics and a healthy number of hostile deals (usually riskier but more profitable) tend to concentrate on smaller targets, said Lyxor in its weekly brief. Jumbo deals are increasingly funded by stock and cash combinations, also fa
03 Sep. 2019 Natural resources asset class performance disappoints [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Many investors are dissatisfied with the performance of the natural resources asset class in recent months and, for the second consecutive year, the proportion looking to invest more capital in the asset class over the next 12 months has fallen, said Preqin. Altho
02 Sep. 2019 Top 20 pension funds' AUM declines for first time in seven years [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Assets under management (AUM) at the world's 300 largest pension funds fell in value by 0.4% to a total of US$18 trillion in 2018, in sharp contrast to an increase of 15.1% in 2017, according to the latest World 300 research from the Thinking Ahead Institute. The rese
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