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02 Aug. 2019 71% decrease in private equity secondaries fundraising for H1 seen as cyclical effect [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Seven private equity secondaries funds secured an aggregate $2.4bn in H1 2019, representing a 71% decrease from H1 2018 when $14bn was raised from 23 secondaries funds. Preqin Secondary Market Update pointed out that although this represents a notable decline, i
01 Aug. 2019 Kraken boosts institutional offerings with the acquisition of Interchange [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Kraken, one of the world's longest-operating cryptocurrency exchanges, has just acquired Interchange, which offers crypto-asset management solutions for institutional players. According to a press release, the transaction creates the world's first end-to-end cryp
01 Aug. 2019 Deutsche Bank spin-out closes secondaries fund above initial hard cap [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Glendower Capital, the secondaries specialist spun out of Deutsche Bank, has closed its latest fund above its initial hard cap at $2.7bn. According to a press note from the private equity manager, Glendower Capital Secondary Opportunities Fund IV (SOF IV) is the fi
01 Aug. 2019 BlackRock pulls in $2bn for Global Credit Opportunities Fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: BlackRock, the world's largest asset management firm, announced that it has raised $2bn for its flagship opportunistic credit fund, Global Credit Opportunities (GCO). According to BlackRock, which had $6.84tn in assets under management as of June, the opportunistic
01 Aug. 2019 Fed cuts rates for the first time since 2008 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The US Federal Reserve has cut interest rates for the first time since 2008. In a statement, the Fed said "although growth of household spending has picked up from earlier in the year, growth of business fixed investment has been soft. On a 12-month basis, o
31 Jul. 2019 U.K. hedge fund Man Group posts 5% rise in H1 AUM [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - British hedge fund manager Man Group on Wednesday reported a 5% increase to its assets under management in the first half of 2019. Its funds under management (FUM)1 up 5% to $114.4 billion (31 December 2018: $108.5 billion). Positive investment movement of $6.8 billi
31 Jul. 2019 BDO acquires Loughlin Management Partners & Co. [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BDO one of the nation's leading accounting and advisory firms, today announced the acquisition of Loughlin Management Partners & Co, Inc., a boutique business advisory firm focused on corporate restructuring and turnaround services, interim management, as well as operatio
31 Jul. 2019 Schroders adds to North American distribution team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Schroders today announced two senior hires as it continues to broaden its bench of channel specialists, enhancing their Defined Contribution capabilities and West Coast presence as part of the firm's continued strategy to grow its North American distribution platform. As
31 Jul. 2019 Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe closes its biggest fund at $4.3bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private-equity investor Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe has closed the largest fund in its four-decade history, collecting $4.3bn for its flagship investment vehicle. The fund, WCAS XIII, exceeded its $3.5bn fundraising target and was oversubscribed. Welsh, Carson, A
31 Jul. 2019 Venture capital gains momentum within Denmark [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The ease of doing business in Denmark's markets has attracted, and will continue to attract, the venture capital and buyout firms from all over the world, says Preqin. According to the Danish Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (DVCA)'s private equity-b
30 Jul. 2019 DFSA fines two Abraaj group companies a total of $315m for deceiving investors and the regulator [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) has today imposed financial penalties of USD 299,300,000 (AED 1,098,431,000) and USD 15,275,925 (AED 56,062,645) on Abraaj Investment Management Limited (AIML) and Abraaj Capital Limited (ACLD), respectively. The DFSA inv
30 Jul. 2019 CTAs extend winning streak, says Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: CTAs outperformed both last week and month-to-date, lifting year-to-date returns above +10% according to estimates by Lyxor. The strategy has benefited from central bank dovishness, which has fueled equity and bonds returns in recent months, said Lyxor in its Week
30 Jul. 2019 International funds dominate Norway's private equity and venture capital market [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Activity in the private equity & venture capital market in Norway in 2018 was higher than any level recorded before 2016, despite taking a hit in Q4 as a result of the drop in oil prices, Preqin said. The lion's share of deals was made by local players, but in ter
29 Jul. 2019 Tortoise launches suite of UCITS funds focused on energy transition, sustainable infrastructure and water [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Tortoise announced the launch of three UCITS funds: the Tortoise Energy Transition UCITS Fund, the Tortoise Sustainable Listed Infrastructure UCITS Fund and the Tortoise Sustainable Global Water UCITS Fund. These new products are part of the Tortoise Ecofin Platform.
29 Jul. 2019 Asset manager Schroders take control of Swiss impact investor BlueOrchard [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: British asset manager Schroders announced that it has agreed to acquire a majority stake in Swiss impact investor BlueOrchard Finance for an undisclosed sum. Zurich-based BlueOrchard, founded in 2001, is a player in microfinance and impact investing. It claims to
29 Jul. 2019 Private equity real estate deals hit record in Spain [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Spain represents one of the smaller European alternative asset markets - at €16bn, the AUM held by Spain-based fund managers is one of the lowest totals among the European countries, said a Preqin report. Nevertheless, in recent years Spain has consistently record
26 Jul. 2019 iMaps Capital Markets launches private label platform for Packaged Retail Investment Products [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - iMaps Capital Markets, a global private label provider of exchange-traded, actively managed investment vehicles, is expanding its offering with packaged retail investment products. iMaps ETI plc was set up as an Issuer of investment products in Liechtenstein and will
26 Jul. 2019 Hedge funds represent the largest alternative investment sector in Switzerland [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Switzerland houses the fourth-largest alternative assets industry within Europe, Preqin said in its market report. The hedge fund market represents the largest alternatives industry within Switzerland (€25bn), followed by private equity & venture capital (€14bn) a
26 Jul. 2019 Moody's buys two firms, adds value to climate risk and fintech capabilities [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: American business and financial services company Moody's Corporation has acquired RiskFirst, a FinTech company providing risk analytics solutions for the asset management and pension fund communities. The credit rating provider also has purchased a controlli
26 Jul. 2019 Colony Capital buys Digital Bridge for $325m [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Los Angeles-based Colony Capital has acquired investment firm Digital Bridge for $325m, resulting in a merged firm with $60bn in total assets under management. The acquisition is part of Colony's strategy to position itself as an owner and investment manager of ass
26 Jul. 2019 The Boris effect: pound bounces but volatility ahead [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Despite the slight climb of the British pound and the FTSE100, analysts are bearish on the UK currency and economy going forward. Boris Johnson, who was chosen as the new UK Prime Minister on 23 July, unveiled his new cabinet the next day, in which more than half of
25 Jul. 2019 58% of hedge fund assets will be tied to ESG criteria in 2019, rising from 42% last year [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds expect to invest more than half of their assets next year based on environmental, social, and governance factors, a quantum jump from 2018, revealed a survey. 58% of hedge fund assets will be tied to ESG criteria in 2019, rising from 42% last year, Ba
25 Jul. 2019 Sweden's $42.3bn hedge fund industry second largest in Europe [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The €92bn of assets managed by Sweden-based alternatives fund managers makes it the third-largest industry in Europe; in contrast, the €12bn of capital invested in Sweden-based assets since the beginning of 2018 ranks seventh among the countries. According to Pre
25 Jul. 2019 Renewable energy deals lose momentum, says Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: As the overall infrastructure market plunged in the first quarter of 2019, the number of renewable energy transactions also slowed, said Preqin. The Preqin Insights attribute the reasons for lacklustre deals to a combination of factors: sourcing suitable renewable
24 Jul. 2019 Over $201bn of alternatives AUM resides in France: Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: France represents the most developed alternative assets market in mainland Europe, Preqin said in its report on alternative assets in Europe. Over €180bn ($200.6bn) of alternatives AUM resides in France, and Paris is home to a number of market-leading fund managers
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