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27 Mar. 2020 Evanston Capital Management buys out TA Associates stake [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The private equity manager TA Associates has exited an investment in hedge fund investor Evanston Capital Management (ECM). The alternative investment management firm with approximately $3 billion of assets under management Evanston Capital has officially confirme
27 Mar. 2020 The race for artificial intelligence: The US remains top acquirer in the world. [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The US-based tech giants dominated the list of top five acquirers (by number of acquisitions) in the artificial intelligence (AI) tech space during 2015-2019, said a study. According to GlobalData, of the top five acquirers, four positions were occupied by companies
26 Mar. 2020 Investors generous with new money for hedge funds in February. Will that hold up in March? [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investors were bullish on hedge funds in February, allocating another $14.78 billion to funds around the world, according to the just-released February 2020 eVestment Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report. February inflows bring YTD 2020 flows to +$21.96 billion. However, per
26 Mar. 2020 Worldwide fund net assets increase in final quarter of 2019 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA), has published its latest International Statistical Release describing the trends in worldwide investment fund industry in the fourth quarter of 2019. Worldwide regulated open-ended fund assets increased by 3.
26 Mar. 2020 Mayfield raises $750m across two new venture capital funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Mayfield, a Menlo Park, Calif.-based venture capital firm, closed on $750 million in new capital across two venture capital funds. The new funds - $475 million Mayfield XVI and $275 million Mayfield Select II - brought the firm's current assets under management to o
26 Mar. 2020 Fort Ross Ventures collects $235m for tech-focused fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Fort Ross Ventures, a California-based investment firm focused on startups in the U.S., Israel and Eastern Europe, said it has closed a $235m second fund, $35m above the original target. Demand for Fund II was fueled by the firm's recent exits, including Dynamic Yie
26 Mar. 2020 S&P: European CLOs not immune to effects of Covid-19 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The European collateralized loan obligation (CLO) market, like most other sectors, is not completely resistant to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, pointed out a study. An extended period of stress, brought on by the pandemic, may put downward pressure on Europe
25 Mar. 2020 Churchill racks up $2bn for second mid-market private equity focussed senior loan fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Churchill Asset Management announced that it has completed fundraising for the Churchill Middle Market Senior Loan Fund II with $2 billion in limited partner commitments, exceeding its original target of $1 billion. Churchill is an investment-specialist affiliate o
25 Mar. 2020 The number of private capital industry active firms reached 10,500 as of December 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The private capital industry continues on its upward trajectory, but evidence of capital consolidation is apparent, revealed a study by Preqin. It has grown significantly over the past 10 years. Driving this growth, more and more investors have flocked to alternati
25 Mar. 2020 Coronavirus: A "massive" hit on the global economy, worse global recession than forecast, says S&P Global Ratings [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A global recession will occur later this year, S&P Global forecasts. Moves to slow the spread of the coronavirus will have a "massive" impact on the global economy, S&P Global Ratings warned. As more data come in on the effects of stay-in-place and other coronavirus
25 Mar. 2020 Most hedge funds strategies except CTAs were down in mid-March: Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Alternative strategies were fairly resilient during the first weeks of the market turmoil but cracks appeared mid-March, said Lyxor in its weekly brief. According to the report, as of March 16th, most strategies except CTAs were down in a range of -5 to -10% month-t
24 Mar. 2020 Ping An leads $146m capital raise for iCapital [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - iCapital Network the financial technology platform leading the industry in driving access and efficiency in alternative investing, today announced it closed a $146 million capital raise to fuel its future growth. Ping An Global Voyager Fund led the round, joined by new in
24 Mar. 2020 Anthony Scaramucci cancels 2020 SALT hedge fund conference in Las Vegas [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund veteran Anthony Scaramucci canceled SALT hedge fund conference in Las Vegas, which was due to take place May 19-21, 2020, on account of the public health concerns over COVID-19. "The wellbeing of the SALT community is our first priority, and after consul
24 Mar. 2020 Moody's downgrades global asset managers outlook to negative amid coronavirus pandemic [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The spread of COVID-19 has led to a negative outlook for global asset managers by rating agency Moody's. The outlook was downgraded from stable. The rating agency said it shifted its sector overview from stable following the "precipitous drop" in assets under ma
24 Mar. 2020 MJ Hudson acquires third party marketer Meyler LLC [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: MJ Hudson, the asset management consultancy owned by MJH Group Holding, has acquired Meyler Capital to create expanded transatlantic marketing services offering for alternative assets fund managers. The company will market itself under the MJ Hudson Meyler brand,
24 Mar. 2020 Hedge funds eye buying opportunities, capital raises as markets selloff [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Markets are selling off, but some hedge fund managers are finding buying opportunities and a few shops are raising new funds in order to participate in the recovery. In an
23 Mar. 2020 70% of surveyed institutional investors say coronavirus affect their daily investment-related operations [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: About 70% of surveyed institutional investors said that the outbreak is affecting their daily investment-related operations, including current trade executions and forecasting investments, and pacing plans for the remainder of the year. According to Eaton Partners&
20 Mar. 2020 Net sales of UCITS and AIFs nearly double in January 2020 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has today published its latest monthly Investment Fund Industry Fact Sheet, which provides net sales data of UCITS and AIFs for January 2020. Bernard Delbecque, Senior Director for Economics and Research comme
20 Mar. 2020 COVID-19 is hurting investor sentiments, deals down by 1/3 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The concerns around the coronavirus outbreak in China and its subsequent crisis in several other nations are expected to have a large impact on the global economy, which is also hurting investor sentiments. Investors have begun discussing coronavirus in their earnin
20 Mar. 2020 Former Nasdaq strategist Enzo Villani raising $100m for new crypto hedge fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Alpha Sigma Capital (ASC), a crypto and blockchain hedge fund co-founded by former managing director of strategy at Nasdaq Global Corporate Solutions Enzo Villani, is raising $100 million for a multi-strategy digital currency hedge fund. Villani said the fund was of
20 Mar. 2020 Chinese private equity/venture capital deals recover as its coronavirus cases diminish [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Local private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) fund managers say they expect deal activity in China to recover in the coming months as the number of new coronavirus infections in China dwindles and businesses begin to resume trading, said Preqin. The coronavirus
19 Mar. 2020 Hedge funds reverse two-month redemption trend with $21.2bn in inflows in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry experienced $21.2 billion in inflows in January, reversing a two-month redemption trend in a turnaround from December's $29.0 billion in redemptions. January's inflows represented 0.7% of industry assets, according to the Barclay Fund Flow Indic
19 Mar. 2020 One-third of alternatives investors refrain from investing in a fund with inadequate ESG policy, says survey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: More than one-third of global alternatives investors have refrained from investing in a fund because it had an inadequate ESG policy; 26% said this occurs "sometimes" and 9% said it happens "frequently." This is according to a Preqin global study, which surveyed 4
19 Mar. 2020 2,018 venture capital funding deals worth $31.8bn in artificial intelligence space in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The venture capital (VC) funding activity in artificial intelligence (AI) technology space registered steady growth despite fewer big-ticket deals in 2019, said a study. According to GlobalData, a total of 2,018 VC funding deals (with disclosed funding value) worth
18 Mar. 2020 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index down 1.73% in February [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was down 1.73% in February, outperforming the underlying global equity market as represented by the MSCI ACWI (Local) which lost 7.84% over the month. Global equities rallied earlier into the month, supported by the improving situatio
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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. The Big Picture: With the war, E, S, and G have collectively moved back to the fore[more]

    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

  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