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03 Jul. 2020 Angelo Gordon surges to $1.5bn hard cap for third Europe property fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US-based alternative investment firm Angelo, Gordon & Co. has hauled in more than $1.5 billion in commitments for its latest European real estate fund, exceeding the target and hitting the fund's hard cap. The $35 billion privately held limited partnership, whi
03 Jul. 2020 Coronavirus crisis: PE industry mulls more realism and longer holding periods [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: More realism, longer holding periods and an advantage for investors with a long-term focus - these are the main changes that investment managers in the German private equity market expect as a result of the coronavirus crisis. The PE transaction activity is not exp
02 Jul. 2020 Schroders acquires majority stake in Asian real estate investor Pamfleet [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: British asset manager Schroders will acquire a majority stake in $1.1 billion Asian real estate investor Pamfleet. Schroder Real Estate, with $21.4 billion in assets under management, did not disclose financial details and the size of the stake. Pamfleet is a val
01 Jul. 2020 Disruption from COVID-19 hits ASEAN private equity hard [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After a strong 2019, the ASEAN private equity industry has been shaken by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, reports Preqin. As of September 2019 (the latest data available), ASEAN-focused private equity and venture capital assets under management had reached a rec
01 Jul. 2020 Financial conglomerate SBI to acquire $30m stake in digital asset firm B2C2 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - B2C2, the trading firm of choice in the institutional crypto markets, today announced that SBI Financial Services (a subsidiary of SBI Holdings, SBI) has agreed to acquire a $30 million minority stake in the firm. The investment marks the start of a strategic partners
01 Jul. 2020 Summit Partners raises over $2.2bn for two new megafunds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global alternative investment firm Summit Partners has raised two new megafunds. Summit Partners Europe Growth Equity Fund III, a growth fund, closed at its hard cap with €1.1 billion ($1.2 billion) in total commitments. Besides, Summit also closed its latest v
01 Jul. 2020 UN-backed research finds an urgent need for the finance sector to set biodiversity targets [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Financial institutions need to pay more attention to biodiversity loss, especially as they prepare for a post-pandemic economic recovery, said a study. The report, entitled 'Beyond Business as Usual: Biodiversity Targets and Finance'shines a spotlight on the urgent
30 Jun. 2020 EMPEA adds to board of directors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - EMPEA, the global industry association for private capital in emerging markets, today announced the appointment of Bill Ford, Chief Executive Officer of General Atlantic, and Suyi Kim, Head of Asia Pacific at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments), to its
30 Jun. 2020 Harper to lead H.I.G. Capital's London small cap LBO team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - H.I.G. Capital, LLC, a leading global private equity investment firm with over €34 billion of equity capital under management, is pleased to announce today that John Harper has joined H.I.G. Capital as a Managing Director and Head of the London LBO team, leading H.I.G.'s
30 Jun. 2020 Hedge fund launches near record low in 1Q20 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - New hedge fund launches declined to a near-record low in 1Q20, as the beginning of the global coronavirus pandemic and ensuing lockdowns drove intense volatility across as
30 Jun. 2020 SANNE appoints new head of biz dev for Asia [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SANNE, a leading global provider of alternative asset and corporate business services, appoints Catherine Law as Head of Business Development for the Asia Region. Based in SANNE's Hong Kong office, Catherine will continue to drive SANNE's alternatives and corporate offe
30 Jun. 2020 US insurers' private equity holdings continue to climb [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - U.S. insurance companies increased their private equity holdings by nearly 10% in 2019 to $81.3 billion, marking the fourth straight year of increases. Private equity remains attractive to insurers looking to diversify their investment portfolios or increase returns in th
30 Jun. 2020 Favorable conditions prevail for L/S Diversified and Special Situations strategies [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The balance of risks has slightly deteriorated on the back of mounting concerns over renewed Covid-19 infections in southern U.S. states. However, data releases continued to surprise on the upside, both in the U.S. and the EMU. U.S. banks rallied on additional softenin
30 Jun. 2020 Andera Partners beats $562m hard cap for the fourth mezzanine fundraise despite coronavirus crisis [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: French investment firm Andera Partners has held a first and final close for its fourth sponsorless mezzanine debt fund at €500m ($562m), beating the original €450m hard-cap. Despite the COVID-19-driven slowdown in a fundraising activity, the ActoMezz IV fund surpass
30 Jun. 2020 Marketing Sentiment Analysis: Hedge Funds slip from positive to neutral sentiment [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Hedge Funds slipped from positive to neutral marketing sentiment reflecting the general trend across the whole financial sector, said a study. A ProFundCom sentiment analysis across the main financial sectors in June 2020 said that the biggest winner was Investment Ba
29 Jun. 2020 Swiss asset managers: no rapid economic recovery in sight [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investment experts working at Swiss-based asset management firms have a distinctly negative view of the outlook for Switzerland's economy and the financial markets as a result of the coronavirus crisis, according to the latest Swiss Asset Managers' Survey, H1/2
29 Jun. 2020 Inaugural TrackInsight Global ETF Survey reveals selector priorities and future adoption trends worldwide [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - TrackInsight, the global independent ETF analytics platform, has announced the results of the TrackInsight Global ETF survey 2020, supported by IHS Markit and iShares by BlackRock. This first edition of what will be an annual report, polled more than 300 professional i
29 Jun. 2020 European leveraged finance issuance leads to a 15.3% fall in accumulated proceeds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: European leveraged finance issuance dropped in the first quarter as the coronavirus pandemic hit markets, leading to a 15.3% fall in accumulated proceeds, said a study. According to Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME), total accumulated proceeds acros
26 Jun. 2020 Hedge fund flows remain high amidst market volatility: eVestment [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investor flows were near flat in May, with net inflows of an estimated $1.71 billion into hedge funds. Total estimated industry assets rose again due to performance gains as AUM sits near $3.05 trillion, said eVestment. The net flow of assets across the hedge fund ind
26 Jun. 2020 BNP Paribas Euro SME Debt Fund II holds $647m final close [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: BNP Paribas Asset Management has raised more than €570m ($647m) for the final close of its second Euro SME Debt Fund. The fund's predecessor vehicle held a final close in October 2016 on €500m, said a press release from the French asset management giant. Commitme
25 Jun. 2020 ETFGI reports assets invested in ESG ETFs and ETPs listed globally reached a new record of $82bn at the end of May 2020 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ETFGI, the independent research and consultancy firm covering trends in the global ETFs/ETPs ecosystem, reported today that Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of US$4.33 billion during May, bringing year-to-date
25 Jun. 2020 Survey finds New York investment managers bullish on return to office in 2020 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A majority of alternative investment managers (54%) expect to fully return to their offices by the end of the calendar year, according to The Seward & Kissel Alternative Investment Manager COVID-19 Survey, a survey of managers of hedge funds, private equity funds, and oth
25 Jun. 2020 Clearlake acquires majority stake in CLO specialist WhiteStar [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private equity firm Clearlake Capital Group has acquired a majority stake in credit manager WhiteStar Asset Management, that specializes in collateralized loan obligations (CLO). California-based Clearlake acquired the stake from Pine Brook Capital Partners in partn
25 Jun. 2020 Financial advisors embrace virtual route as prospecting takes a hit during the pandemic [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Two-thirds of advisors have scaled back on prospecting for new clients during the first few months of COVID-19. Technology has become a vital tool for investment firms to conduct business, which includes prospecting and marketing activities. A recent survey by Fidel
24 Jun. 2020 Hedge fund flows essentially flat in May with $1.71bn added to the industry [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investors added a mere $1.71 billion to the global hedge fund industry in May, according to the just released eVestment May 2020 Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report. Year to date (YTD) flows are still strongly negative at -$34.41 billion and overall industry AUM at the end of M
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