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28 Apr. 2022 Monroe Capital hits $4.8bn with direct lending fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Fund received $2.3 billion of limited partner commitments, plus targeted leverage of $1.1 billion. In addition, it received $1.4 billion from separately managed accounts, including leverage. The Fund is Monroe's largest fund to date, exceeding Monroe Capital Privat
27 Apr. 2022 Cypherpunk invests $500k into cryptocurrency hedge fund AB Digital Strategies managed by Isla Capital [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Cypherpunk Holdings Inc, a blockchain, metaverse, privacy and cryptography focused investments firm, announced an investment of USD 500k in the AB Digital Strategies Fund managed by UK FCA-regulated Isla Capital. The investment was made in two tranches, USD $250k on
27 Apr. 2022 MFA submits comment letter to the SEC on the short position and short activity reporting rule [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed Funds Association (MFA), the trade association for the hedge fund and global alternative investment industry, submitted a comment letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in response to the proposed rule on short sale reporting. MFA commends the
27 Apr. 2022 Cerulli: Investors drive activity in European ESG bond funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The environmental, social, and governance (ESG) debt universe will continue to develop in terms of size and sophistication, opening up new possibilities for fixed-income investors in Europe, according to the latest issue of The Cerulli Edge-European Monthly Product Trends
27 Apr. 2022 Hedge funds were broadly flat in Q1 2022, outperforming stocks in a tough start to the year after returning 10.4% in 2021 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - During Q1 2022 trends in the markets have generally been reflective of continued and exacerbated inflation risks that worked in concert with geopolitical events to significantly impact performance. The HFM Global Composite was down -0.2% in Q1 against a reversal of 4.
27 Apr. 2022 VC firm Left Lane Capital raises $1.4bn for second-growth fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The New York-based venture capital Left Lane Capital collected $1.4 billion for a new fund to back young internet- and consumer technology companies. The growth investor wrapped up its second fund, Left Lane Capital Partners II LP, with more than double the $630 mil
27 Apr. 2022 Large institutional investors turn to less risky assets and markets [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Large institutional investors, including sovereign wealth funds, are moving toward less risky markets and strategies amid rising inflation and geopolitical uncertainties, said a study. A new report from State Street and the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Fu
27 Apr. 2022 Allocators added $130bn to private markets last year [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Mandate activity among the largest institutional investors soared in 2021 across private equity, private credit, real estate and infrastructure, and hedge funds according to research commissioned by Vidrio Financial, a provider of software and integrated data se
27 Apr. 2022 Growth Catalyst Partners closes second fund on $270M [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Chicago-based Growth Catalyst Partners has more than doubled its assets under management with the close of its oversubscribed second fund. The fund closed on $270 million hitting its hard cap, the fund was originally targeting $200 million. The firm closed
27 Apr. 2022 Alternative investing by institutions driven by private credit and private equity [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: In a flash Q1 survey
27 Apr. 2022 Icahn wants to shine light on ESG hypocrisy, challenges McDonald's [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Carl Icahn, who is a shareholder of McDonald's Corporation, filed a definitive proxy statement and issued an open letter to shareholders last week, saying McDonald's' Board of
26 Apr. 2022 Swiss fund market feels impact of Ukraine war [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Russian invasion of Ukraine has had a negative impact on investment fund assets. With comparatively weak inflows of new money, investment fund assets lost around CHF 65 billion (US$67.8bn) in the first quarter of 2022. The decline was most pronounced in equity funds.
26 Apr. 2022 Ardian closes infrastructure secondaries fund on $5.25bn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Ardian, a world-leading private investment house, today announces it has raised $5.25bn for its latest infrastructure secondaries fund - Ardian Secondary Fund VIII Infrastructure. The fund, which was significantly oversubscribed and reached its hard cap within nine months
26 Apr. 2022 Hedge Fund Association announces results of 2022 Global Board of Directors election [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Hedge Fund Association (HFA), an international nonprofit trade and nonpartisan lobbying organization, is delighted to announce the results of its 2022 Global Board of Directors election. HFA members re-elected Rajpal Arulpragasam, and elected Jagruti Bhikha, Deloris D
26 Apr. 2022 JTC launches virtual Chief Sustainability Officer for ESG strategy and support [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - JTC, the global professional services provider, has launched virtual Chief Sustainability Officer (vCSO), an innovative new service to help clients achieve their environmental, social and governance (ESG) ambitions. The vCSO offering recognises that many organisations,
26 Apr. 2022 Around 61% of global hedge funds post positive returns in March [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers were up 1.35% in March, trailing behind to the S&P 500 which was up 3.58% over the month. Around 61% of global hedge funds have posted positive returns in March and 46.0% of them have maintained positive performance over the first quarter of the year.
26 Apr. 2022 KKR raises $19bn for its largest-ever fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The US buyout giant KKR & Co. wrapped up its largest-ever buyout fund - KKR North America Fund XIII - with $19 billion in investor commitments in a fundraising effort that broke an in-house record that has stood for more than 15 years. A press release from the glob
25 Apr. 2022 Inflows to hedge funds in Q1 at highest level since 2015 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Institutional investors allocated the largest amount of new capital to hedge funds since 2015 in 1Q 2022, as Macro funds lead industry performance through extreme volatility driven by generational inflation, interest rate increases and expectations for multiple increases
25 Apr. 2022 Trive Capital raises $2bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Trive Capital closed on its fourth signature fund and a new, structured capital fund with nearly $2 billion together, double the committed capital from its last major raise. The Dallas, TX-based private equity firm said in a press release that both - Trive Capital
25 Apr. 2022 Satori Capital intros energy transition fund, a long/short equity strategy [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Dallas-based alternatives manager founded on the principles of conscious capitalism, Satori Capital has launched Satori Environmental, a long/short equity strategy that primarily invests in securities impacted by the global energy sector's shift from fossil-based s
25 Apr. 2022 Britannia Financial acquires crypto trading firm Alphaplate [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: International financial services group Britannia Financial Group has acquired Alphaplate, a technology firm specializing in cryptocurrency trading. The terms of the deal were not announced. According to a media statement from the London-headquartered financial firm,
22 Apr. 2022 Global hedge funds' performance declined 1.47% during Q1 2022 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Q1 2022 ended up being one of the most challenging quarters for hedge funds with the strong 2021 momentum coming to an end, said a study. The asset class declined 1.47% during the quarter, making this year's decline the worst post-Global Financial Crisis (GFC) and
21 Apr. 2022 Man Group assets under management rose to a high of $151.4bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: British hedge fund manager Man Group said that the firm added a net $3.1bn the three months to March 31, lifting assets under management (AUM) to $151.4 billion from $148.6 billion on Dec. 31, 2021. The world's largest publicly traded hedge fund said in a pres
21 Apr. 2022 Oaktree-backed 17Capital racks up $2.9bn for inaugural credit fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The London-based investment firm 17Capital, backed by Oaktree Capital, has made a final close of its inaugural lending fund at its hard cap of €2.6bn ($2.9 billion) and exceeding its initial €1.5bn target. The financier to buyout groups said that the 17Capital Credi
21 Apr. 2022 Aggregate capital raised by global real estate in Q1 2022 totaled $29.5bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: After a record quarter during Q4 2021 for global real estate funds, where $71.9bn was raised, 2022 has started with a pause for breath. During Q1, just $29.5bn was raised, said a study. Preqin's Q1 2022 Real Estate Quarterly Report shows the real estate market h
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  1. Alts managers sitting on over $2.5tn+ of dry powder[more]

    Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In the current rising interest rate environment, investment activity in the private markets has continued to grow, revealed a study. "With alts managers sitting on over $2.5T+ of dry powder and continuing to enjoy premium valuations and interest rates on a prec

  2. Opalesque Exclusive: Hong Kong manager expects additional tailwind in Asian markets[more]

    B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The Asia equity markets have not been at their best so far this year, with the MSCI Asia index down almost 13% YTD, but many managers remain buoyant about the region, as in

  3. Opalesque Exclusive: Emerging markets persist despite headwinds[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Emerging markets have been under significant pressure since the start of the year, but there are some nascent trends that suggest that things could be getting better. Emerging markets firm Gramercy Fund Management recently released its third quarter outlook and

  4. Other Voices: The selloff is overdone[more]

    Authored by Heeten Doshi, founder of Doshi Capital Management. Anyone who is still bearish and calling for more downside is foolish. The selloff is overdone. To point to further declines from here is poor risk management. With the Nasdaq 100 down 22% and S&P 500 down 13% for the year

  5. Other Voices: ESG exuberance is at all-time highs. But will investors buy?[more]

    As investors increase their focus on mission-based investing, they continue to grapple with ESG and what it means to them. By David Shalom, Director of Capital Introductions at Pershing Innovation. New investment solutions. That's how managers deliver value and attract new inve