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31 Jul. 2020 Ex-Warburg Pincus principal's firm Preservation Capital hits hard cap $400m for debut fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Former Warburg Pincus principal Jatender Aujla said that his firm Preservation Capital Partners has closed its debut fund at its hard cap of 309m ($400m). London-based private equity firm focusing on the asset-light financial services sector said that the fund was
31 Jul. 2020 APAC VC funding: Seed and Series A funding dominate in Q2 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Early-stage funding rounds (comprising Seed and Series A funding) dominated the venture capital (VC) funding landscape during the second quarter (Q2) of 2020 in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. According to GlobalData, Series B was the only funding round that witness
30 Jul. 2020 HF Fund Services joins forces with Equiom to expand its global service capability [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Equiom announced the acquisition of HF Fund Services Ltd. Founded in 2007 by Sean Flynn and Patrick Harrigan, HF Fund Services provides non-executive independent directors to alternative investment funds and investment management companies. The business operates from the
30 Jul. 2020 Man Group assets fall 8% amid 'challenging time' [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - British hedge fund manager Man Group recorded an 8% fall in assets in the first six months of 2020 as the new coronavirus pandemic dragged down performance by $5.4 billion. Man Group's total assets under management at the end of June fell to $108.3 billion from $117.7 bil
30 Jul. 2020 Alpha Innovations launches portfolio manager platform for U.S.-based PM teams [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Responding to a growing demand from investment managers for support, global asset management firm Alpha Innovations Ltd. said today it has launched its new AI Global Investors (AIGI) platform. "More than 4,000 hedge funds have closed their doors in the last five year
30 Jul. 2020 China records eight out of Asia's top ten venture capital deals in Q2 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: China posted an increase in both deal volume and venture capital (VC) investment in Q2'20 compared with Q1'20, reflecting early signs of a recovery in the region's VC market, said a study. China accounted for eight of the top 10 largest deals in the Asi
30 Jul. 2020 U.K. pension funds report strong in hedging activity in Q2 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: U.K. pension funds upped hedging activity in the second quarter amid uncertainty over the economic outlook, said BMO. Amidst grave uncertainty as to the global economic future, both interest rate and inflation activity increased. Interest rate hedging activity rose
29 Jul. 2020 ETFGI reports that assets invested in ETFs and ETPs listed in Europe are back over the $1tn milestone at the end of June 2020 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ETFGI, an independent research and consultancy firm covering trends in the global ETFs/ETPs ecosystem, reported today that ETFs and ETPs listed in Europe reported net inflows of US$11.38 billion during June, bringing year-to-date net inflows to US$32.65 billion which is b
29 Jul. 2020 FiCAS pioneers the world's first actively managed cryptocurrency exchange traded product (ETP); lists on SIX [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - FiCAS AG, a Swiss-based crypto investment management boutique, has successfully registered the Bitcoin Capital Active ETP (BTCA; ISIN CH0548689600) - the world's first actively managed crypto exchange-traded product, listed on SIX. The discretionary ETP, issued by Bi
29 Jul. 2020 Active strategies rebound in Q2 2020 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Active investment managers across a variety of asset classes and investment universes rebounded from Q1 losses in Q2 2020. As global markets bounced back, many strategies racked up returns not seen in years despite an economic environment still full of more questions than
29 Jul. 2020 Antin Infrastructure Partners raises $7.63bn for the fourth fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Europe-based infrastructure investment firm Antin Infrastructure Partners has wrapped up its fourth fund at its 6.5 billion ($7.63 billion) hard cap. The vehicle, Antin Infrastructure Partners IV, gathered capital well above the 5.5 billion target and is a substan
29 Jul. 2020 Hedge funds lift off with 11.48% returns in Q2 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds returned 11.48% in Q2 2020, the highest gains since 2009, following losses of 10.63% in Q1, said Preqin. According to the report, hedge funds have broken even for H1 2020, with YTD returns hitting -0.37% as of the end of June. Hedge fund launches re
29 Jul. 2020 Asia-Pacific M&A deal activity: China tops in Q2 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) deal activity in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region remained inconsistent during the second quarter (Q2) of 2020, said a study. China continued to top the region both in terms of volume as well as value, according to GlobalData. After d
28 Jul. 2020 Gallant Capital wraps up the maiden fund at $378m, beating its $300m target [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Los Angeles-based private equity firm Gallant Capital Partners announced the final closing of its inaugural fund, Gallant Capital Partners I with $378 million in total commitments. Fund I reached its hard-cap and was substantially oversubscribed, exceeding its targe
28 Jul. 2020 Venture capital investment in UK fintech nosedives 40% in H1 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: With 167 deals worth $1.84bn, venture capital investment in UK fintech firms has slumped by nearly 40% during the first six months of 2020. According to a study by UK fintech industry body Innovate Finance, this compares to $3 billion invested into 263 startups in
28 Jul. 2020 Hedge fund performance up +1.1% so far in July: Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Lyxor Peer Groups suggest hedge fund performance was up +1.1% so far in July, with Market Neutral L/S underperforming (+0.4%) and Directional L/S Equity, Global Macro and L/S Credit strategies outperforming (+1.0% to +1.6%). Every hedge fund strategy was up during
27 Jul. 2020 Baloise Asset Management acquires stake in Tolomeo Capital [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - As part of wider cooperation deal, the Basel-based insurance company will take a stake in Tolomeo Capital, a wealth manager in Zurich. With this transaction, the asset management of Baloise will strengthen its position as a major rule-based asset manager and exploit sy
27 Jul. 2020 Sustainable bonds roar to record quarter with more than $130bn in the issuance [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Sustainable finance is growing, despite the pandemic-driven economic slowdown. Sustainable bonds, in particular, have surged this year. In the second quarter alone there was more than $130bn in issuance. According to new data from London-based Refinitiv, in the fir
27 Jul. 2020 Venture capital investment in Asia remains steady in Q2 2020 with $16.9bn raised across 1,011 deals [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Venture capital investment in Asia remained steady quarter-over-quarter at $16.9 billion across 1,011 deals in the second quarter of 2020, said a study by KPMG. According to the report, the VC investment in Asia is led by three Chinese deals: a $1 billion Series B
24 Jul. 2020 Half way through 2020, hedge fund investor redemptions on pace to exceed 2019 outflows [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investor redemptions continued in the hedge fund industry in June, with investors pulling $16.87 billion from the industry last month, according to the just-released eVestment June 2020 Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report. Year-to-date (YTD) investor redemptions sit at $5
24 Jul. 2020 Global Peer Financing Association goes live [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Four major North American pension funds have come together launch the Global Peer Financing Association (GPFA) to advance peer-to-peer securities lending by asset owners. The pension funds - the $396.9 billion California Public Employees' Retirement System, Sac
24 Jul. 2020 Institutional investors: Companies failing to meet expectations on ESG factors risk losing access to capital markets [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Companies failing to meet investor expectations on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors risk losing access to capital markets, said a study. Institutional investors are raising the stakes when it comes to assessing company performance using environmen
24 Jul. 2020 European venture capital investment reaches $10.1bn across 1,062 deals [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Venture capital investment remained strong in Europe for the second consecutive quarter, reaching $10.1 billion across 1,062 deals, said a report by KPMG. The global pandemic has shifted consumer behaviors sharply in Europe - accelerating a number of digital trends
24 Jul. 2020 Hazeltree and Northern Trust analyse the impact of COVID-19 on alternative asset managers [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Hazeltree and Northern Trust Alternative Fund Services have published a report called "Weathering the 2020 Storm: Market Volatility, Location Disruption and Record Volumes." This paper takes a closer look into what happened during the initial stages of the C
23 Jul. 2020 Alphaserve Technologies acquired by Eze Castle Integration [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Eze Castle Integration, a portfolio company of private equity investment firm H.I.G. Capital (H.I.G.) and a global leader in technology solutions, today announced the acquisition of Alphaserve Technologies, a provider of infrastructure technology and digital IT services.
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