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14 Nov. 2019 CVC racks up $1.6bn for second-growth fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global buyout firm CVC Capital Partners has raised $1.6 billion to invest in growing technology companies. The new fund, CVC Growth Partners Fund II, is more than 50% larger than the firm's first tech-focused fund, which closed with $1 billion in 2016. That fund has
14 Nov. 2019 Institutional investors consider ESG investing as a fiduciary duty, says a survey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: ESG remains a top priority for institutional investors as 46% of respondents in a survey cited the need to meet fiduciary duty and regulations as a key driver for adopting ESG principles. A survey conducted by State Street Global Advisors also found that 46% cited
14 Nov. 2019 US venture capital deal activity slows in Q3, but on track to hit a new record in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Venture capital deal activity in the US slowed in Q3 2019, but full-year activity is on track to set a new annual record. Venture capital deal activity in Q3 2019 dropped to 1,027 deals and $22bn in capital deployed - the lowest total value in any quarter this year,
13 Nov. 2019 Largest asset owners are critical to aiding society's biggest issues [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Asset Owner 100 (AO100) - the world's 100 biggest asset owners - account for US$19 trillion, up 1.7% from last year, according to research from the Thinking Ahead Institute. In its second study of the AO100, the Thinking Ahead Institute highlights the unique posit
13 Nov. 2019 Context Capital Partners rearranges senior leadership [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Context Capital Partners, a leading alternative specialist firm with holdings and operating companies in various sectors of the alternatives space, announced today key changes to their leadership. Eric Noll is being appointed Chief Executive Officer of Context Capital Par
13 Nov. 2019 Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index gains 0.3% in October [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Wilshire Liquid Alternative IndexSM, which provides a representative baseline for how the broad liquid alternative investment category performs, returned 0.31% in October, in line with the 0.31% monthly return of the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index. The Wilshire Liquid A
13 Nov. 2019 Association for Digital Asset Markets releases a code of conduct for digital asset markets [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Today, the Association for Digital Asset Markets (ADAM) published its Code of Conduct to promote integrity, fairness, and efficiency in digital asset markets. All ADAM members plan to sign the Code in early 2020 and adhere to its principles, and its release marks a neces
13 Nov. 2019 October sees positive gains for hedge funds, S&P 500 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The pace of hedge fund returns picked up a bit in October, with the industry posting a monthly gain of 0.88%, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. By comparison, the S&P Total Return Index was up 2.17% in Oc
13 Nov. 2019 Hedge funds gain in October, but managed futures funds drag [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The global hedge fund industry saw an average return of +0.55% in October, bringing year to data (YTD) average industry returns to +7.09%, according to the just-released October 2019 eVestment hedge fund performance data. Managed Futures funds, which saw returns at -1.73%
13 Nov. 2019 Cyberian launches off exchange liquidity venue [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Cyberian, the new institutional crypto off exchange liquidity venue, today announced its launch of the world's first trustless venue for trading blocks of digital assets. The new company makes the bold claim to be the only true trustless matching system of digital
13 Nov. 2019 October returns bring Eurekahedge hedge fund index to 6.21% YTD [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund managers were up 0.26% in October, pushing their year-to-date return to 6.21%, according to Eurekahedge. The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index gained 0.26% in October, supported by the global equity market rally as represented by the 1.93% gain recorded by the
13 Nov. 2019 Dyal Capital takes a stake in Owl Rock [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New York-based technology-focused private equity firm Dyal Capital Partners has taken a passive, non-voting minority stake in alternative investment firm Owl Rock Capital Group. Established in 2011 as a division of Neuberger Berman, Dyal Capital specializes in takin
13 Nov. 2019 Asset Managers exceed investor expectations on risk/return and ESG, says PwC [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Asset managers were able to exceed investors' expectations, both retail and institutional, on the crucial dimensions of risk/return and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG). These were also among the top three most important dimensions for investors globally, sai
13 Nov. 2019 North America: Epicenter of global VC funding activity during Q3 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: North America continued to attract the major chunk of global venture capital (VC) funding during the third quarter (Q3) of 2019, says a study. According to GlobalData, North America accounted for 48.5% of the global VC investment volume and 52.4% of the investment v
12 Nov. 2019 Alternative industry expert Paul Hamill joins Privium Fund Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Privium announced the hire of Paul Hamill into Privium Fund Management as COO to drive the growth of activities. Paul joins from HSBC prime brokerage where he was Global Head of Prime Finance responsible for their hedge fund activities. Paul brings more than two deca
12 Nov. 2019 Only 12% of senior employees in the alts industry are women [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: More women are working in private capital and hedge funds compared with two years ago, but large gaps remain at senior levels, said Preqin. At the Managing Director level and above, a significant gender imbalance remains, it said. According to the report, less than
12 Nov. 2019 Carbon Cap Management launches World Carbon Fund early next year [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: London-based investment firm Carbon Cap Management is aiming to launch its World Carbon Fund early next year, with the vehicle's main focus being the international CO2 emissions trading markets. The British company informed that it has appointed several carbon tradi
12 Nov. 2019 Four in five global investors plan to increase allocations to China, says a survey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Over 80% of global investors plan to increase either significantly or moderately their organization's allocation to Chinese investments over the next 12 months, in spite of current uncertainty, said a survey. The study, conducted by the Economist Intelligence Un
12 Nov. 2019 Alternative UCITS funds have very solid 2019 so far [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Most Alternative UCITS funds are having a very solid 2019 so far with the LuxHedge Global Alternative UCITS Index posted a tiny gain of +0.06% in October, bringing year-to-date (YTD)results for the average fund up to +3.22%. 80% of funds can post positive results s
11 Nov. 2019 US investors eyes on the bright side in Q3: Wells Fargo [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - U.S. investor optimism perked up in the fourth quarter pushing the Wells Fargo/Gallup Investor Optimism Index score up to 84 from 72 in the third quarter. It is now on par with an 85 score in the second quarter. Gallup conducted the poll Oct. 7-13 as the stock market
11 Nov. 2019 The wealth of global billionaires fell in 2018 for the first time in three years [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global billionaires saw their collective wealth dip in 2018 for the first time in three years, erasing $388 billion of their net worth globally to $8.54 trillion, says UBS/PwC Billionaires Report 2019. Asia's billionaires saw a correction following five years o
11 Nov. 2019 Paris tops ranking for European real estate investment [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Paris tops the list as the overall favorite for prospects in 2020, with Berlin and Frankfurt also in the top three, according to the PwC and Urban Land Institute (ULI)'s annual report on emerging trends in real estate in Europe. London is tipped as Europe's fourth
11 Nov. 2019 CTAs lost 2.41% in October but still in positive territory with +5.98% YTD [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Societe General CTA Index closed October at -2.41 percent as difficult market conditions continued in October, following a challenging September. CTAs are still in positive territory at +5.98 percent YTD, helped by earlier gains from trend following strategies a
11 Nov. 2019 Swiss boutique Progressive Capital Partners snaps up Vontobel hedge fund arm [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Progressive Capital Partners, a Swiss investment boutique specialized in niche alternatives and managed futures strategies, has agreed to acquire Vontobel Asset Management's hedge fund arm. Financial details of the deal weren't disclosed by either party. Non-d
08 Nov. 2019 Investcorp teams up with others to invest $500m in Asian food sector [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Bahrain-based global alternative investments manager Investcorp has launched a private equity fund with Chinese partners targeting $500 million of deals in the Asian food industry. The Bahraini investment manager joined forces with state-owned China Resources and Fu
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