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30 Jan. 2020 $108bn of new capital to be invested in real estate globally in 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Institutional investors have signaled a greater appetite for risk in the year ahead, according to the global Investment Intentions Survey 2020. The survey by Inrev, Anrev and Prea indicates that a minimum of €98.1 billion of new capital is expected to be invested in
30 Jan. 2020 Inflows into European ETFs surpass $110bn for the first time [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The European exchange-traded fund (ETF) market reached a "record" high last year as overall inflows surpassed €100bn ($110bn) for the first time. European ETFs gathered a record €100.8bn in 2019, bringing total assets to €870bn (up 40 percent on 2018), according to
29 Jan. 2020 Sortis launches $10M growth venture fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Sortis Holdings Inc. (SOHI), a Portland, Oregon-based alternative investment fund manager, has launched Sortis Growth Venture Fund. The $10 million fund is a hybrid venture capital and consumer-focused private equity fund dedicated to accelerating the speed at which risin
29 Jan. 2020 Patriot Capital Group taps Franklin Staley to lead lower mid-market strategy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Patriot Capital Group, a multi-strategy middle market investment manager and advisory services platform announced today it has hired Franklin Staley to lead its lower middle market buyout strategy, Exeter Street Capital Partners. Staley brings to Exeter Street more than 2
29 Jan. 2020 Arc70 closes second fund on $230M [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Arc70 Fund II reached its hard cap of $230 million in capital commitments, exceeding its initial target of $200 million, in less than five months. The heavily oversubscribed fund received strong support from both new and existing top tier institutional investors, includin
29 Jan. 2020 Millennium team heads to CIFC to lead US high yield group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - CIFC has appointed Jason Horowitz as Head of U.S. High Yield Bond Investments to lead the expansion of CIFC's high yield investment business. In this new role, Mr. Horowitz is supported by seasoned high yield investment professionals, Managing Director Brandon Hole and Ex
29 Jan. 2020 Eze Castle taps John Brennan for Chief Strategy Officer role [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Eze Castle Integration, a global managed service provider to the financial sector, today announced that John Brennan has joined as Chief Strategy Officer. In this role, Brennan will oversee the strategic evolution of Eze Castle's solutions and identify new growth oppo
29 Jan. 2020 Stack launches institutional-grade bitcoin index fund in Asia [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Singapore-based digital asset platform has launched an institutional-grade bitcoin index fund in response to investor demand for controlled exposure to the high-yield potential of bitcoin globally. The Asian provider of cryptocurrency trackers and index funds said
29 Jan. 2020 Kinderhook Industries racks up $1.11bn for the sixth fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New York-based private equity firm Kinderhook Industries has closed its sixth flagship fund Kinderhook Capital Fund VI surpassing the $1 billion mark at $1.11 billion. The U.S. midmarket firm said the upper limit of money that the firm agreed to accept from outside
28 Jan. 2020 Public pension funds trim costs to improve efficiency [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Public retirement systems managed to cut down their administrative and investment expenses and took other cost-efficiency measures in 2019, said a survey. The majority (62 percent) of survey participants with assets exceeding $1.4 trillion in actuarial and market va
28 Jan. 2020 Chicago investment litigation firm GLS Capital raises $345m for litigation finance fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Chicago litigation investment firm GLS Capital says it has raised $345 million for its inaugural litigation finance fund. GLS Capital Partners Fund I's diverse institutional investor base includes global financial institutions, endowments, foundations and family
27 Jan. 2020 Cerulli: Is an absolute return to the good days possible? [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Despite the disappointing performance of absolute return funds over the past 18 months, these products still offer opportunities for investors looking for diversification and uncorrelated returns in volatile markets, according to the latest issue of The Cerulli Edge-Europ
27 Jan. 2020 European private equity fundraising hits record in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New data from Pitchbook says that 2019 was a record year for European Private Equity fundraising, with €86.4 billion raised across 89 vehicles. Nearly three-quarters of total capital was raised in just two regions: the UK & Ireland and France & Benelux. The UK &
27 Jan. 2020 US real estate deal activity slowed during the Q4 2019: PWC [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Real estate deal value and volume in the U.S. fell during the fourth quarter of 2019 compared with the prior quarter amid ongoing geopolitical tension, a decline in cross-border capital flows, and the prospect of tougher regulation from the local to the federal level.
24 Jan. 2020 Highest inflows in equity UCITS since February 2018 signal investors' return to confidence [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has published its latest monthly Investment Fund Industry Fact Sheet, which provides net sales data of UCITS and AIFs for November 2019. Bernard Delbecque, Senior Director for Economics and Research commented:
24 Jan. 2020 WithumSmith+Brown PC welcomes Kim Waldman to new business development role [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - WithumSmith+Brown (Withum) PC, a top nationally ranked advisory and CPA firm, has announced the appointment of Kim Waldman to its New York City office team where she will spearhead all business development initiatives for its Financial Services Group. In this role, t
24 Jan. 2020 60% of companies at risk from climate change: S&P [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Almost 60% of S&P 500 companies hold assets at high risk from climate change, according to an S&P Global presentation at the 2020 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos. The findings revealed that in the S&P 500 Index own physical assets across 68 coun
24 Jan. 2020 Mega-funds push private equity fundraising to $301bn in 2019, up 52% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 2019 saw record private equity fundraising with mega PEs and tech-focused PEs attracting the lion's share of capital, said a study. Mega-funds dominated the PE space in 2019, pushing up fundraising to $301 billion for a 52% gain compared with 2018, said PWC in its
24 Jan. 2020 Despite a dip in volume and value, North America dominated venture capital funding activity in Q4 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: North America continued to attract the highest number of venture capital (VC) investments and funding during the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2019 though the region experienced a dip in investments. According to a report by GlobalData, North America experienced a decline
23 Jan. 2020 Cerulli: Hedge fund ESG activism helps managers drive change [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Nearly three-quarters of asset managers polled by Cerulli Associates in 2019 indicate that they exercise active ownership as part of their investment decision-making process to minimize risks and maximize returns, up from 54% in 2017. Active ownership is one of the fastes
23 Jan. 2020 Hedge fund lose 3% of assets through outflows in 2019, much less than long equity [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The global hedge fund industry saw outflows of -$97.93 billion in 2019, according to the just-released December/Year-End 2019 eVestment Hedge Fund Asset Flows report. Despite these redemptions, total hedge fund industry AUM rose past $3.3 trillion at the end of the y
23 Jan. 2020 Wynnchurch Capital amasses nearly $2.3bn for the fifth fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Chicago-headquartered Wynnchurch Capital closed its fifth private equity fund, Wynnchurch Capital Partners V, reaching its hard cap of $2.3 billion in capital commitments. The Wynnchurch Capital Partners V was oversubscribed, exceeding its $1.6 billion target. Wynn
23 Jan. 2020 French asset manager Amundi to acquire Banco Sabadell asset management arm for $476m [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: French asset manager Amundi has agreed to purchase 100% of Sabadell Asset Management, the asset management arm of Spanish lender Banco de Sabadell, for €430m ($476m). According to a joint press release from the companies, the sale, which is set to close in the third
23 Jan. 2020 Ardian raises €3bn for latest private debt fund [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Ardian has raised €3bn for its latest European middle market private debt fund. The vehicle beat its €2.5bn target and is a billion larger than its predecessor fund which closed in 2015. Ardian says the new fund will include senior debt opportunities in ord
22 Jan. 2020 GoldPoint Partners closes $678 Million Select Manager Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - GoldPoint Partners announced the successful closing of its fourth fund-of-funds, GoldPoint Partners Select Manager Fund IV, L.P. The Fund closed on $678 million of commitments, a 150 percent increase from its predecessor fund. The fund represents a continuation of
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