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15 Oct. 2020 DivcoWest reaches a hard cap of $2.25bn for latest fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: San Francisco-headquartered real estate investment firm DivcoWest closed its sixth value-added real estate fund, the $2.25 billion DivcoWest Fund VI, which was oversubscribed and above its $1.5 billion fundraising target. The latest fund is DivcoWest's largest t
15 Oct. 2020 Appetite for ESG accelerates globally during a pandemic - survey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The percentage of institutional investors incorporating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors continues to grow globally, but so does the divergence between U.S. investors and those in other countries, said a survey. New research from RBC Global Asset
15 Oct. 2020 Technology Investor Lead Edge Capital raises $950m for the fifth fund from a whopping 500 investors [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Lead Edge Capital, a technology-focused venture firm raised a $950 million fund - Lead Edge Capital (LEC) V - for growth-stage technology investing, adding to the already soaring fundraising total for the sector. Fund V was oversubscribed and closed at its hard cap
14 Oct. 2020 Ten largest unicorns in the world hit over $560bn value [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - When the term unicorn emerged back in 2013, there were only 40 private companies with a valuation of one billion dollars in the world. Since then, the number of these financial giants jumped 12.5 times, reaching around 500 in September. According to data presented by
14 Oct. 2020 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index up 0.75% in September [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: SSNC) announced that the gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for September 2020 measured 0.75%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index declined 0.82% in October.
14 Oct. 2020 Hedge fund industry loses 0.65% in September [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Rising infection rates, second stimulus uncertainty and contested election concerns bring an end to a five-month run of hedge fund gains. After five straight months in the black, hedge funds posted a negative number in September losing 0.65% for the month, according
14 Oct. 2020 Hedge funds outperform the global equity market in September [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund managers were down 0.57% in September, outperforming the global equity market by 2.14% throughout the month. "The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was down 0.57% in September 2020, outperforming the global equity market as represented by the MSCI ACWI (Loca
14 Oct. 2020 Long Ridge Equity Partners closes Fund III, at $445m [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The New York-based sector-focused private equity firm Long Ridge Equity Partners has wrapped up its latest fund with $445 million, the bulk of which the firm raised over the pandemic-impaired summer months. The oversubscribed fund closed at its hard cap of $400 mill
13 Oct. 2020 One River Asset Management sells stake to Brevan Howard [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Brevan Howard has acquired a 25% non-controlling equity stake in One River Asset Management, an asset manager dedicated to delivering high-conviction absolute-return strategies and innovative investment solutions that help institutional clients build superior portfolios.
13 Oct. 2020 Värde Partners shuffles team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Värde Partners, a leading global alternative investment firm, today announced the promotion of Jon Fox to the role of President and Andy Lenk to the role of Deputy CEO, effective immediately. These appointments are the latest in a series of transition steps which previous
13 Oct. 2020 Z Capital expands credit team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Z Capital Group, a leading privately held global investment firm with complimentary private equity and credit businesses, today announced the addition of Egidio Carlino as Director and Jordan Shrem as Senior Associate. Mr. Carlino is responsible for research and analysis
13 Oct. 2020 $5tn institutional investor group pledges 2025 portfolio CO2 goals [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Thirty of the world's largest investors collectively managing $5 trillion of assets agreed on concrete portfolio decarbonization targets that follow the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 1.5 °C scenario for the next five years. UN-convened Net-Zero As
13 Oct. 2020 Survey shows 'consolidation most significant future trend' in the UK's pensions industry [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Consolidation across defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC) schemes is the most-anticipated trend for the UK pensions industry over the next five years, the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has found. Senior pension executives and fund tr
13 Oct. 2020 HNIs plans to double impact investing over the next five years [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: High net-worth investors plan to increase their allocation to impact investing from 20% of their portfolios in 2019 to 35% by 2025, said a study. A new research report launched by Campden Wealth, Global Impact Solutions Today (GIST), and Barclays Private Bank reveal
12 Oct. 2020 Sophie Bigeard joins Quaero Capital as head of multi-asset strategies for France [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Geneva-based specialist asset manager Quaero Capital has recruited Sophie Bigeard as Head of Multi-Asset Strategies for its French subsidiary Quaero Capital (France) SAS. She will be in charge of developing and managing Multi-Asset mandates for French institutional client
12 Oct. 2020 US VC investments reach $36.5bn in Q3, the second-highest quarter ever [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Venture Capital investments to US-based, VC-backed companies hit a 7-quarter high in Q3 2020 at $36.5bn, up 22% year-over-year (YoY) and 30% from Q2'20. According to the PwC Q3 2020 MoneyTree Report, the quarterly increase in deal activity is more modest: 1,461 VC
09 Oct. 2020 Study reveals the increasing influence of ESG in investment activities [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investment firms are incorporating more ESG metrics into their investment processes, and expanding the amount of resources dedicated to responsible investment as four in five of firms surveyed incorporate ESG factor assessments in their investment process said a study.
09 Oct. 2020 ICI rolls out diversity initiatives for the fund industry [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Investment Company Institute (ICI) has taken significant steps to advance the Institute's work and commitment toward fostering greater diversity and inclusion in the fund industry. Based on recommendations from a board-level working group on diversity and inclus
09 Oct. 2020 Morgan Stanley snaps up asset manager Eaton Vance in in $7bn deal [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Morgan Stanley has agreed to buy Boston-based investment manager Eaton Vance Corp for about $7 billion in a cash-and-stock deal that can quickly expand its investment-management business The Wall Street bank's investment arm Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MS
08 Oct. 2020 eVestment's next-generation ESG questionnaire offers deeper, more useful insights on this fast-growing area [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - eVestment has launched a new ESG questionnaire that builds on eVestment's leadership in ESG data to expand and standardize ESG reporting. With input from institutional investors, consultants, managers and industry organizations, eVestment is bringing more insights and tra
08 Oct. 2020 Launch of the Key Family Partners Multi-Family Office [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Founded in Geneva by Hugues d'Annoux and Morten Kielland, Key Family Partners is designed as a sophisticated private investment club. Thanks to its multidisciplinary team and top-notch systems, Key Family Partners provides high net worth families with a professional s
08 Oct. 2020 Hedge funds decline in september as election, virus uncertainty rise [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds posted mixed declines in September as investor risk tolerance fell over uncertainty regarding additional coronavirus spreading in Europe and the US, the strength of the US economy and the upcoming US election. The investable HFRI 500 Fund Weighted Composite In
08 Oct. 2020 In-house pros unveil new law firm for GC services [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Three veteran asset management attorneys who have served as in-house counsel, outside counsel, and government regulatory counsel in the U.S., Asia and Europe have formed the law firm Guzman Advisory Partners (GAP). GAP offers asset management firms comprehensive legal
08 Oct. 2020 AI startup Vestun launches hedge fund navigating market turbulence [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Vestun, a Swiss-based financial and technology company has now opened the launch of its hedge fund to new outside investors. The firm which until now has been only managin
08 Oct. 2020 Billionaire wealth reaches a new high of $10.2tn amid COVID-19 crisis [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Billionaire wealth reached record high levels amid the COVID19 pandemic, a report by Swiss bank UBS and accounting firm PwC found, as a rally in stock prices and gains in technology and healthcare helped the wealth of the world's richest break the $10 trillion mar
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