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06 Apr. 2020 CTAs resilient in March markets crisis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Societe Generale Prime Services and Clearing announceds the March 2020 performance data for its SG CTA indices. CTAs were able to deliver positive performance in March as global markets crashed. All the SG CTA indices were up in March; the SG CTA Index closed the mont
06 Apr. 2020 Insight Partners raises $9.5bn for growth equity technology fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New York-based Insight Partners announced the final close of a massive $9.5 billion for its newest and largest private-equity fund, despite the economic uncertainty created by the coronavirus pandemic. According to the global venture capital and private equity firm,
03 Apr. 2020 Ironshield Credit Fund launches on the MontLake UCITS Platform ICAV [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Ironshield Capital Management LLP and MontLake jointly announced the launch of the Ironshield Credit Fund on the MontLake UCITS Platform. The Ironshield Credit Fund seeks to achieve high absolute returns by selectively investing in event driven, stressed and distresse
03 Apr. 2020 Shadow banking poses challenges for global financial markets in coronavirus crisis - DBRS Morningstar [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Ongoing disruptions in the global financial markets have refocused attention on nonbank financial intermediaries (FIs) and shadow banking. These nonbank FIs are important, especially now. Shadow banking assets now represent more than a third of the global assets held by b
03 Apr. 2020 ARCH Venture Partners raises $1.46bn across two funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Chicago-based ARCH Venture Partners announced two new venture capital funds to invest in early-stage biotech companies with a combined total of $1.46 billion. They are ARCH Venture Fund X and ARCH Venture Fund X Overage. ARCH formed in 1986 and made early investment
03 Apr. 2020 Plunge in Global VC funding activity due to coronavirus outbreak [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The number of venture capital (VC) funding announced deals declined by 22.5% during the week ended March 29, 2020, compared to the previous week, said a study. According to GlobalData, the subdued funding activity has been continuing in the last few weeks and could
03 Apr. 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic to cut down private equity's long-term return multiples by 10% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private equity funds are expected to face a 10% hit to returns from Coronavirus Pandemic, revealed a study. Simulations for 2020 and 2021 also forecast liquidity stress in the industry, it said. According to a new study by investment analytics company Cepres, the c
03 Apr. 2020 Biotech VC firm Flagship Pioneering raises $1.1bn for latest fund amid pandemic [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Massachusetts-based venture capital firm Flagship Pioneering managed to raise $1.1 billion for its seventh "origination fund" to support biotech startups, despite the economy is being disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The VC firm specializing in company creation s
02 Apr. 2020 Just 7% of private markets professionals regularly work from home says new study [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Recent events mean a dramatic increase in working from home for almost all professions. But for most of those employed in private markets, this will be a new experience as just 7% of respondents to a new study from the eVestment Private Markets group say they regularly wo
02 Apr. 2020 Money managers with high leverage under the most pressure from pandemic [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Money managers with high leverage and outsized exposure to equity-oriented strategies will come under the most pressure from market impacts caused by the coronavirus pandemic. According to Fitch Ratings, the assets under management (AUM), earnings before interest, t
01 Apr. 2020 COVID-19 set to shake up private equity performance [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - According to Preqin, 2018/19 vintage funds will see higher returns as a result of the pandemic, while earlier vintages will suffer. The global COVID-19 health crisis has prompted the most extreme volatility seen on financial markets in a decade. Given private equity's
01 Apr. 2020 Gemspring Capital amasses $750m for sophomore fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Connecticut-based private equity firm Gemspring Capital has closed its second fund, Gemspring Capital Fund II (Fund II), with USD750 million of capital commitments. The lower middle-market private equity firm said that its sophomore investment vehicle secured commi
01 Apr. 2020 Gilde Healthcare raises $450m venture and growth capital fund. [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: European health care investor Gilde Healthcare has clinched its fifth venture and growth capital fund after securing €416 million ($450 million). The fund invests in a range of healthcare sectors including digital health, MedTech and therapeutics in Europe and North
31 Mar. 2020 Daniel Graf von der Schulenburg joins Ardian's infra team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Ardian, a world-leading private investment house, has appointed Daniel Graf von der Schulenburg as Managing Director and Head of Infrastructure Germany with effect from 1 April 2020. Schulenburg will be based in Ardian's Frankfurt office where he will be responsible for i
31 Mar. 2020 CTA's positively skewed performance helps reduce tail risk in a diversified hedge fund portfolio [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - By: Donald A. Steinbrugge, Founder and CEO Agecroft Partners Commodity Trading Advisors (CTAs) are one of only a few hedge fund strategies that performed well throughout the market selloffs of 2000-2002, 2008 and 1st Q of 2020. Yet, investor's perception of the strat
31 Mar. 2020 Lyxor maintains an overweight stance on Merger Arbitrage strategies despite volatility increases [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Merger Arbitrage was among the most resilient hedge fund strategies during the first part of the market sell-off. However, during the second and third week of March, deal spreads widened indiscriminately, approaching levels last seen during the global financial crisis.
30 Mar. 2020 Long volatility and tail risk strategies outshined their peers as equities and oil slumped in February [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers were down 1.70% in February, reports Eurekahedge, as the development of the COVID-19 outbreak outside of Mainland China weighed on risk assets throughout the month. More than 90% of the hedge fund managers were able to outperform the global equity mark
30 Mar. 2020 Coronavirus lockdown: Massive surge in the use of fintech apps [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Coronavirus-triggered social distancing, isolation and lockdowns have driven-up the use of financial apps in Europe by 72 per cent in a week, reveals deVere Group, an independent financial advisory organisations. The sharp increase in the use of financial technolog
30 Mar. 2020 TorQuest Partners hits $1.375bn Fund V hard cap [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Canadian-based manager of private equity funds TorQuest Partners announced the final closing of its fifth fund with $1.375 billion of committed capital. TorQuest Partners Fund V, which was targeting $1.1 billion, will invest in middle-market companies. Investor
30 Mar. 2020 Icon Infrastructure raises $1.9bn for latest fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: UK-based fund manager Icon Infrastructure has raised $1.9bn for the first and final close of its fifth flagship fund. The amount raised by the Icon Infrastructure Partners V fund in the single close exceeds the fund's $1.8bn target and the €1.2bn the predecessor Pa
30 Mar. 2020 Asia to become the world's No 2 wealth hub in five years: Knight Frank [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Asia set to be world's second-largest wealth hub by 2024, with the number of ultra-high-net-worth individuals (UHNWIs) in the region forecast to grow by 44% in the next five years, said a study. According to Knight Frank's 'The Wealth Report', the US domina
27 Mar. 2020 WallStreetBets announces first live trading championship [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - WallStreetBets today announced it will host the world's first live esports-style stock market trading competition, The WSB Championship. The competition, which will be held October 28-30 at America's largest esports arena, will pit the country's top traders against each o
27 Mar. 2020 Three quant lessons from COVID-19 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Many quantitative firms have suffered substantial losses as a result of the COVID-19 selloff. In this note, Prof. Alexander Lipton and Marcos Lopez de Prado highlight three lessons that quantitative researchers could learn from this episode. The Standard and Poo
27 Mar. 2020 Hedge fund manager Nicolai Tangen to lead Norway's sovereign wealth fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The new chief executive for Norway's $930 billion sovereign wealth fund is Nicolai Tangen, until now chief executive of investment firm AKO Capital, a little-known Norwegian hedge fund. The world's largest sovereign wealth fund of its kind said in a press release t
27 Mar. 2020 Tailwater Capital wraps up $1.1bn fourth fundraise [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Dallas-based private-equity firm Tailwater Capital has raised $1.1 billion for its fourth flagship energy-infrastructure fund. Since the firm's inception in 2013, Tailwater has raised more than $3.7 billion across its funds. The team, led by founding partn
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    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

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    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

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    B. G., Opalesque Geneva: In this interview, Dr. Patrick Welton, founder and CIO of Welton Investment Partners, offers his observations on the major macro themes expected to affect the comm

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