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12 Nov. 2021 MFA announces international partnership with CAASA [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed Funds Association (MFA), the leading organization representing the global alternative investment industry, announced the Canadian Association of Alternative Strategies and Assets (CAASA) as the first international member of the MFA Partnership Program. "CA
12 Nov. 2021 Swoon begone! Hedge funds return to winning ways with 1.68% gain in October [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry shook off September's swoon in October, posting a 1.68% return for the month, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. By comparison, the S&P 500 Total Return Index gained 7.01% in O
12 Nov. 2021 Institutional investors gearing up for a surge in decarbonization target-setting [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Institutional investors are increasingly setting decarbonization targets and taking stronger measures to address climate risk through all asset classes, said a study. According to a survey by State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), 20% of investors globally have commit
12 Nov. 2021 Global mergers and acquisitions deal value nears $1tn in Q3 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Largely supported by the tech, media, and telecom (TMT) sector, global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) deal value came close to $1 trillion in Q3 2021, said a study. According to the GlobalData report, TMT represented over a third of the total 8,650 M&A deals and c
11 Nov. 2021 Hedge funds start 4th quarter on a high note with positive performance, majority of fund in the black [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The global hedge fund business started the fourth quarter of 2021 on a high note, with aggregate industry performance at +1.88% in October and just over 70% of funds reporting to eVestment seeing positive results for the month, according to the just-released October 2021
11 Nov. 2021 General Atlantic secures $7.8bn in commitments for the sixth fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: General Atlantic, a global growth equity firm, has held a $7.8bn final close for its sixth flagship fund, beating its $5bn target. The firm now has $23.8bn in committed capital and more than $78bn in assets under management. Backers in the new fund included new a
11 Nov. 2021 Global asset managers expand investment resources dedicated to ESG [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global asset managers are placing greater emphasis on active ownership of their investments and an increasing number of firms are adding more ESG metrics to their investment processes, said a study. According to a survey conducted by Russell Investments, 90% of resp
11 Nov. 2021 EQT to acquire venture firm LSP [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: EQT AB, Europe's largest private equity house and investment company of billionaire Wallenberg family, is buying Dutch venture capital firm Life Sciences Partners (LSP) as it seeks to further diversify its offering to investors. EQT, with EUR 70 billion in assets
11 Nov. 2021 Current state of SMA environment within hedge fund market [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: SMAs are vehicles that follow the principles of hedge fund investing but are tailored to a single client rather than a pool of investors. Offering SMAs to investors has been growing in importance as a competitive necessity among hedge funds in the post-Madoff era, accordi
10 Nov. 2021 $1.17tn worth of private equity deals recorded during first 9 months in 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The US$1.17tn worth of global private equity (PE) industry deals recorded between January and September 2021 has already eclipsed every prior full-year total stretching back to 2015, said a study. According to a survey by Dechert LLP, annual PE deal value looks set
10 Nov. 2021 The US accounts for 44.5% of the number of global venture capital deals [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The US held the lion's share of the global venture capital (VC) funding landscape during Q1-Q3 2021, accounting for 44.5% of the number of deals announced globally and 52.8% of the corresponding deal value. According to GlobalData, a total of 9,963 VC funding deals
09 Nov. 2021 ESG adoption grows among U.S. institutional investors [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A survey found 49% of institutional investors incorporated environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into investment decisions, which represents a 123% increase since the survey's 2013 inception. According to Callan's ninth annual ESG survey, the
08 Nov. 2021 Hedge fund industry capital passes the $4tn mark [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds advanced in October, as short-term interest rates rose while the yield curve flattened, and global equity markets reversed prior month losses. The investable HFRI 500 Fund Weighted Composite Index advanced +1.7 percent in October, while the HFRI Fund Weighted
08 Nov. 2021 American Equity anchors new Monroe Capital fund with $1bn commitment [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: American Equity Investment Life Holding, which is engaged in the development and sale of annuity and life insurance products, committed $1 billion and became the anchor investor in a new private credit fund focused on technology lending that is managed by Monroe Capita
08 Nov. 2021 Ex-Google Ventures CEO Bill Maris' Section 32 raises $740m for the fourth venture fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Former Google Ventures CEO Bill Maris has seen his venture capital firm Section 32 strike a $740m final close for its fourth fund. Investors in Fund 4 include leading philanthropic and non-profit organizations, educational endowments and foundations, and leaders fro
05 Nov. 2021 VC investment in Europe slides to $27.5 bn in Q3 2021 after record-breaking funding of $36bn in Q2 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: VC investment in Europe slid to $27.5 billion in Q3'21, following a record-breaking Q2'21 - which saw over $36 billion in funding, said a study. According to the Venture Pulse Report by KPMG, the decline likely reflects a summer lull in deal activity - one
05 Nov. 2021 Arcmont Asset Management wraps up second senior loan fund at $5.8bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: European private debt asset management firm Arcmont Asset Management has completed the fundraising of its Senior Loan Fund II and associated vehicles, attracting total investable capital of €5 billion ($5.8bn). The private debt specialist said in a press release tha
04 Nov. 2021 Asia-Pacific region sees $48.1bn in VC investment across 2,616 deals in Q3 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Asia-Pacific region attracted $48.1 billion in VC investment across 2,616 deals during Q3 2021, the second-highest quarter of VC investment after Q2 2018, said a study. According to the Q3 2021 edition of Venture Pulse published by KPMG, China attracted close t
04 Nov. 2021 BlackRock raises $673m for the Climate Finance Partnership [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, has achieved a US$673m final fundraise for the Climate Finance Partnership (CFP). CFP is a flagship public-private finance vehicle focused
03 Nov. 2021 EQT raises $18.2bn for global infrastructure fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The fifth-largest infrastructure manager in the world EQT has raised €15.7bn ($18.2 billion) for its latest global infrastructure fund. The Swedish Investment firm said in a press release that the fundraising for the EQT Infrastructure V fund, which had a €15bn hard
02 Nov. 2021 Leeds Equity raises $1.4bn for its latest private equity fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New York-based private equity firm Leeds Equity announced the final close for Leeds Equity Partners VII with total commitments of over $1.4 billion. Leeds Equity, which was founded in 1993 and focuses on investments within the Knowledge Industries said in a press r
02 Nov. 2021 Franklin Templeton acquires secondaries specialist Lexington Partners for $1.75bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Franklin Resources Inc, the investment management firm operating as Franklin Templeton, will acquire private equity secondaries and co-investment specialist Lexington Partners for $1.75 billion in cash. Franklin Templeton said it will pay $1 billion after the deal c
02 Nov. 2021 Eagle Point Credit Management closes defensive income fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The investment advisory services provider Eagle Point Credit Management announced the final close of its Defensive Income Fund. The fund had an original target size of $250 million, was oversubscribed, and closed at its hard cap of $300 million, said a press relea
02 Nov. 2021 Peter Redhead joins new digital asset advisor Corinthian as COO [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Peter Redhead has joined Corinthian as partner and chief operating officer. He has over 25 years of experience in international financial markets, most recently as global he
01 Nov. 2021 Swiss funds industry gets CHF44bn in net new assets YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New money totaling CHF 45 billion ($48bn) helped investment fund assets to continue growing in the first nine months of the year. Despite a downturn in market sentiment, the total volume has risen by CHF 145.5 billion or 9.6% in the year to date. At the end of Septembe
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