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14 Oct. 2019 Private equity funds secure $163bn in Q3 2019, surpassing the $138bn of previous quarter [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Appetite for private equity remains strong, despite escalating US-China trade tensions and an impending Brexit. The third quarter of 2019 saw private equity funds securing $163bn in aggregate capital, far surpassing the $138bn raised in Q2 2019, said Preqin in its
14 Oct. 2019 Venture capital deal activity declines in every quarter since Q2 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: After a record-breaking Q2 2018, venture capital deal activity has declined in every quarter since. Q3 2019 saw no respite from this, recording a total of 3,269 deals worth a combined $52bn, according to Preqin Quarterly Update on Venture Capital. This compar
11 Oct. 2019 Man Group's Funds under management decline to $112.7bn in Q3 while still up 4% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - British hedge fund manager Man Group reported funds under management (FUM) of $112.7 billion at 30 September 2019, down from $114.4 billion at the end of June, after net outflows of $1.1 billion and currency losses of $1.3 billion more than offset investment gains of $70
11 Oct. 2019 Privium Fund Management brings on Hemavathi for investment services in Asia [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Privium Fund Management has hired Vanessa Hemavathi as Head of Investments Services for Asia. She joins from Inflection Point Intelligence, where she spearheaded global growth of the Henley Executive Hedge Fund Program. At Privium, she will be pivotal to developing bus
11 Oct. 2019 Fundraising for the once-hot asset class private debt is cooling down [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Once-booming asset class private debt funds secured just $22.1 billion, in the third quarter of 2019, the lowest quarterly haul since the first three months of 2018. The $22.1 billion fundraise for that quarter followed 2017's blockbuster fourth quarter, which recor
11 Oct. 2019 U.S. institutional investors warming up to ESG investing: Callan survey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: U.S. institutional investors are starting to catch up incorporating ESG factors into investment processes, according to the Callan's seventh annual ESG survey. 42% of U.S. institutional investors incorporated environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors i
10 Oct. 2019 B2C2 launches gold-Bitcoin product [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - B2C2, one of the largest cryptocurrency liquidity providers and the leader in electronic OTC trading, today announced it has launched the market's first product for trading gold directly against Bitcoin (XAU/BTC). The launch marks the beginning of B2C2's expansion bey
10 Oct. 2019 BNPP AM backs Napoleon Capital on absolute return quantitative fund launch [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: French asset management BNP Paribas Asset Management (BNPP AM) has supported compatriot fintech firm Napoleon Capital on the launch of an absolute return quantitative strategy investing in global equities. The Napoleon World Equities AR Dynamix Fund offers exposure
10 Oct. 2019 Venture capital investments in the U.S. set for a second-highest year [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: U.S. venture capitalists are expected to pour over $100 billion into startups for a second straight year, following the record sum invested in 2018, said PitchBook-NVCA Venture Monitor. During the first three quarters of the year, venture capital firms had already i
10 Oct. 2019 Most asset managers experience fall in their brand value [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Nearly two-thirds (61%) of the largest asset managers worldwide are experiencing stagnant or declining interest in their corporate brands revealed a study. The Peregrine Communications' Global 100 report into the integrated marketing performance of the asset man
10 Oct. 2019 UNICEF launches cryptocurrency fund supported by Ethereum Foundation [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, announced that it has launched a cryptocurrency fund and become the first United Nations organization to hold onto its crypto donations. Without converting them into fiat, the fund will hold two cryptocurrencies - B
09 Oct. 2019 Hedge funds see two consecutive months of negative returns, still positive for the year [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Aggregate hedge fund industry performance slipped into the red again in September, with the industry returning -0.11% last month, according to the just-released eVestment September 2019 hedge fund performance figures. This marked the second consecutive month of negat
09 Oct. 2019 Hedge fund managers down 0.32% in September, bringing YTD to 5.6%, says Eurekahedge [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund managers were down as the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index lost 0.32% in September, dragging their year-to-date return to 5.67% despite the recovering investor risk sentiment, which pushed the global equity market up 2.04% over the month. The MSCI ACWI (Loca
09 Oct. 2019 One Equity Partners raises $1.75bn for mid-market fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: One Equity Partners (OED), spun out of JPMorgan in 2015, has held a final close of its second flagship mid-market fund as an independent private equity manager, One Equity Partners VII, at $1.75 billion in total capital commitments. OEP closed on the target amount f
09 Oct. 2019 Austin-based Escalate Capital Partners raises $282m for the fourth and largest fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Austin-based Escalate Capital Partners has announced the first close of its fourth and largest fund, Escalate Capital IV, in which it raised $282 million to provide loans to "venture and growth capital-backed companies." The mezzanine firm focused on investments in
09 Oct. 2019 Survey: Institutional asset owners are aggressively embracing ESG [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Institutional asset owners are making significant ESG allocations and planning to do even more, according to a CFA Society New York survey conducted at the recent ESG and Climate Asset Owner Summit. More than 200 asset owners, including pension funds, sovereign wea
08 Oct. 2019 Side Letter Study by Seward & Kissel points to continued challenges for funds of funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A new study by the law firm Seward & Kissel LLP of the hedge fund industry's use of side letters-special agreements between hedge funds and their investors-shows a marked decrease in the share of side letters issued to funds of funds. The study also revealed that mos
08 Oct. 2019 Satori Capital invests in Pavise Capital Management [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Dallas-based alternatives manager Satori Capital announced an investment and acceleration partnership with Pavise Capital Management, which manages a long-biased event-driven U.S. large-and mid-cap equity strategy. The Texas-based investment firm founded on the pri
08 Oct. 2019 Bridgeport Financial Technology rolls out private fund investing platform [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: San Diego-based fintech company Bridgeport Financial Technology has announced the launch of its private fund investment platform, BridgePort. The private fund investment technology firm claimed in a press release that BridgePort will transform the transaction and
08 Oct. 2019 Hedge fund performance mixed in September: HFR [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds posted mixed performance in the volatile month of September, as quantitative, trend-following CTAs declined, reversing August gains, on rising U.S. interest rates, while equity markets traded in a wide intra-month range, said HFR. The HFR Asset Weighted
08 Oct. 2019 Volatility deeply influence the hedge fund universe and the trendiness of opportunities: Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Volatility regimes are decisive for most investment approaches, particularly hedge funds. For both top-down players (CTAs, Global Macro, FI Sovereign Arb.) and bottom-up strategies (L/S Equity, Event-Driven, Credit Arb.), volatility deeply influences their universe and
08 Oct. 2019 Accelmed to raise $100m for fourth health tech venture capital fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Accelmed, a New York- and Herzliya, Israel-based group of funds investing in health tech companies in the fields of medical device and digital health, is establishing a new venture capital fund to raise and manage approximately $100m. The U.S.-Israel group of fund
07 Oct. 2019 Single manager model failing emerging market debt investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Willis Towers Watson has released research highlighting the increased importance of emerging market debt (EMD) with ever larger allocations from asset owners and continuing attractive return potential. They believe that now is the time to take another look at this asset
07 Oct. 2019 The Hennessee Hedge Fund Index lost -1.20% in August (+6.99% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The U.S.-China trade war escalated to new heights, weighing on risk-asset performance and sending global rates sharply lower. After little materialized from the Shanghai trade talks at the end of July, President Donald Trump announced tariffs of 10% on an additional $300
07 Oct. 2019 Ares Management and Fidante Partners create a joint venture to raise funds in Australia and New Zealand [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US-based alternative investment manager, Ares Management Corporation and Fidante Partners, part of Challenger, formed a joint venture to raise retail and institutional investor capital in Australia and New Zealand for Ares' various credit, private equity and real es
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