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13 Jul. 2018 Steven Cohen joins cryptocurrency craze [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: He just couldn't resist it. Billionaire hedge fund manager Steven Cohen is investing in a cryptocurrency-focused hedge fund, validating the emergence of digital currency as an important asset class. A person familiar with the matter who asked not be named
13 Jul. 2018 Liquid alternatives fell in June as volatility continues [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The broad liquid alternative investment space was slightly down in June with the Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index declining
12 Jul. 2018 Thrive acquires InfoHedge Technologies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Thrive, a leading provider of next generation managed services, proudly announces today that it has completed a transaction with InfoHedge Technologies, a leading financial services focused private cloud & managed services provider based in New York City. InfoHedge will
12 Jul. 2018 Barclay Hedge Fund Index down 0.31% in June (+0.69% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge Funds lost 0.31% in June according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, versus a 0.62% increase in the S&P 500 Total Return Index. Year to date, the Barclay Index is up 0.69%, while the S&P has gained 2.66%. "Although US equity prices rose i
12 Jul. 2018 Tiger Global takes $1 billion stake in SoftBank [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge fund Tiger Global has taken a more than $1 billion stake in SoftBank Group saying that the bank is "meaningfully undervalued" according to reports. The Financial Tim
11 Jul. 2018 Cathleen Rittereiser and George Suttles join Commonfund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Commonfund, a prominent investment manager for endowments, foundations and public pension investors, today announced two new hires to the Commonfund Institute. Cathleen Rittereiser is joining as Executive Director and George Suttles as Managing Director. Ms. Ritter
11 Jul. 2018 Macquarie adds to US Cash Equities team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Macquarie Group, today announced the appointment of three senior contributors to its Cash Equities business within the Commodities and Global Markets Group, an increased investment to strengthen and diversify the Cash Equities business. Alex Goodman has been appointed
11 Jul. 2018 BlueMountain Capital Management brings on four new PMs for global governments and mortgages strategies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BlueMountain Capital Management, a private diversified alternative asset management firm, today announced that Morgan Alcalay, Evan Boulukos, Phil Hermann, and Andrew Seiz have joined as Portfolio Managers to manage relative value global government, municipal bonds, U.S.
11 Jul. 2018 Preqin: Tail end private capital funds hold half a trillion dollars [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Tail-end private capital funds* still hold $593bn in total assets, including $525bn in unrealized value** as at December 2017. This accounts for over 10% of the total assets held by the industry, which reached $5.22tn as of the same point. The majority is held in 2006-200
11 Jul. 2018 AE Industrial Partners closes second fund at $1.3 billion [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: AE Industrial Partners, has closed its second fund at $1.3 billion. The firm invests in aerospace, defense, power generation and specialty industrial companies. Eaton Partners acted as the placement agent for the fund. AE Industrial Partners Fund II is larg
10 Jul. 2018 GAM Investments expands its emerging markets fixed income team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - GAM Investments has hired Markus Heider as investment manager to join its emerging markets fixed income team, based in London. He will start on 2 July 2018 and report to Paul McNamara. The team manages USD 11.0 billion as at 31 March 2018. Markus joins from Deutsche B
10 Jul. 2018 Pemberton's Anderson joins CVC Credit Partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - CVC Credit Partners today announces that Mike Anderson has been appointed as Head of Investor Relations. Mike has joined from Pemberton Asset Management where he also held the role of Head of Investor Relations. Mike joined Pemberton in October 2015 from ICG Plc whe
10 Jul. 2018 Guernsey launches world-first regulated green fund product [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Guernsey has launched a world-first regulated green fund product. The move is part of Guernsey's plans to become the 'go-to' international finance centre for green finance, and the Guernsey Green Fund has the objective of seeking a return for investors while miti
10 Jul. 2018 New Alpha's incubator invests in Gaspal Gestion [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York for New Managers: Emergence, the asset management incubator backed by New Alpha has invested in Paris-based investment manager Gaspal Gestion. Gaspal Gestion is the second inve
10 Jul. 2018 Hedge funds up 1.2% in the first half of 2018 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds eeked out positive performance in the first half of 2018, despite growing uncertainty over the global trade war. The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index declined -0.46 percent for the month of June, according to data released today by HFR. Gains
09 Jul. 2018 Indar Capital launches European Special Opportunities Fund following strategic investment by Tages Capital [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Indar Capital LLP announced today that it has entered into a strategic relationship with Tages Capital LLP as anchor investor for the imminent launch of the Indar European Special Opportunities Fund, which implements an opportunistic deep value plus catalyst strategy fo
06 Jul. 2018 Pantheon opens Tokyo office [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Pantheon has today announced the opening of its office in Tokyo. This will be our seventh international office and marks a milestone in the development and growth of Pantheon's Japanese business. We would also like to welcome three new members of staff, all Japanese
06 Jul. 2018 Institutional investors fear inflation will cut real value of bond yields, turn to asset-backed securities [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Nearly nine out of 10 institutional investors (88%) have some degree of concern that inflation will erode the real value of bond yields over the next one to two years, according to new research by Managing Partners Group (MPG), the international asset management group. 5
06 Jul. 2018 Shareholder Value Management calls for Mears Group chairman's ouster [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Shareholder Value Management AG, a Frankfurt based investment manager is calling for the ouster of Mears Group Chairman Bob Holt. SVM has an 8.39 percent stake in the company and says that the lack of an independent chairman at the social housing company is
06 Jul. 2018 Alan Howard, Jens-Peter Stein invest in Quant Insight [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Quant Insight, a macro research firm that provides quantitative analysis and investment ideas to hedge funds, has closed its latest funding round with investments from Brevan Howard's Alan Howard and Stone Milliner Asset Management's Jens-Peter Stein. Th
06 Jul. 2018 CTAs show uplift 0.55% in June (-4.67% YTD) [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Societe Generale Prime Services announced the June 2018 performance data for its SG CTA indices. Index / June 2018 / YTD SG CTA Index / 0.55% / -4.67% SG CTAM Index / 0.96% / -4.70% SG Trend Index / 1.06% / -5.16% SG STTI / -0.42% / 0.69% SG Tren
05 Jul. 2018 Investor base of European hedge funds doubles since 2008 as industry outperforms and reaches EUR 600bn assets [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: As of March 2018 Europe-based hedge fund managers hold EUR587bn in assets under management. The hedge fund industry in Europe has seen robust growth in recent years, with assets increasing by almost 10% in 2017 alone. This may be partly driven by strong inflows: 52% o
04 Jul. 2018 IOSCO seeks feedback on proposed good practices for commodities storage and delivery [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) is requesting feedback on proposed good or sound practices to assist relevant storage infrastructures and their oversight bodies to identify and address issues that could affect commodity deriva
30 Jun. 2018 North Wall Capital expands investment team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - North Wall Capital, an alternative investment firm focused on providing flexible private capital to UK and European businesses, announced today the addition of two new Principals to the investment team. Simon Latimer has joined North Wall Capital from Fortress Investment
30 Jun. 2018 Campbell Lutyens makes two senior hires in US [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Campbell Lutyens, the leading global and independent private capital advisor, has further strengthened its senior team in the US with the recent appointments of Mike Bolner and Yokasta Segura-Baez as Principals. Campbell Lutyens' US-based team has grown to 30 people acros
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    Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: GCM Grosvenor, a global alternative asset management solutions provider with approximately $57 billion in assets under management, is planning to go public by merging with a special purpose acquisition company backed by the financial-services firm Cantor Fitzgerald in

  3. Ocean Avenue Capital Partners wraps up the fourth fund at $350m[more]

    Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: California-based lower-middle market private equity firm Ocean Avenue Capital Partners (OACP) has closed its fourth fund at a hard cap of $350 million, beating its $300 million target. OACP, which manages approximately $1.3 billion of capital, expects that represe

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  5. Private real estate fundraising plummets 28% with 58 funds closed in Q2 2020[more]

    Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The number of private real estate funds reaching a final close has plummeted so far this year. Just 58 private real estate funds reached a final close in Q2 2020, down 28% from 81 funds closed in Q1 2020 and 47% from Q2 2019 (110), said a report by Preqin. That said