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28 Sep. 2022 ACA unveils outsourced chief compliance officer practice [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ACA Group, the leading global provider of governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) solutions to clients in the financial services industry, today announced it has launched a dedicated outsourced chief compliance officer (OCCO) practice for the financial services industry.
28 Sep. 2022 Alternative investment managers increase focus on ESG outcomes, says study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Almost half (47%) of private equity managers are now addressing climate change through their ESG policies, an increase of 13 percentage points over the last year, said a study. According to a new study by LGT Capital Partners, the proposition of managers assessing c
28 Sep. 2022 UK Investment Association members' AUM hits $10.7tn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Assets under management held by Investment Association members reached a milestone of GBP 10 trillion ($10.7tn) in 2021, according to the latest study. Investment Management Survey, the annual assessment of the state of the industry, revealed that the 6% year-on-ye
27 Sep. 2022 Theta Capital raises $500m to invest in early stage blockchain ventures [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Theta Capital Management, an Amsterdam-based fund manager which is a leading investor in blockchain venture capital, has raised a total of $500m in 2021 to invest in crypto-native venture capital funds. The investment is through its Theta Blockchain Ventures fund-of-funds
27 Sep. 2022 Impact Cubed adds former hedge fund and investment executives to drive European ESG business [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Impact Cubed, a provider of ESG data and portfolio engineering tools for creating more sustainable portfolios, announced that Helge Kostka and Owen Thiers have joined the firm as directors to support the continued expansion of its European business. Helge's career
27 Sep. 2022 Adams Street launches European private credit division, hires James Charalambides as its head [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private markets group Adams Street Partners has launched a private credit division in Europe and has appointed James Charalambides as a partner and head of the European private credit team. Charalambides will be responsible for leading and managing the firm's priva
27 Sep. 2022 Capital Four surges past its fund target to reach $1.45bn for a new debt vehicle [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Credit asset management boutique Capital Four has hauled in 1.5 billion ($1.45bn) for the final close of its third private debt fund, exceeding its initial 1 billion target. According to a media statement from the financial institution in Copenhagen, Denmark, Capi
26 Sep. 2022 Swiss body introduces self-regulation for asset managers and designers of collective investment products [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Asset Management Association Switzerland (AMAS) says it is "continuing to raise the bar for quality and transparency of sustainable assets managed collectively" with its new self-regulation framework for sustainable finance. This framework lays down the orga
26 Sep. 2022 MJ Hudson launches new digital assets custody service [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - MJ Hudson, the end-to-end solutions provider to the asset management industry, has introduced a new custody benchmarking service specifically for clients investing in digital assets. The new service will benchmark the capabilities of major custodians for key themes
26 Sep. 2022 S&P slashes 2022 sustainable bond forecast by 16% on worsening market conditions [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: S&P has slashed its 2022 forecast for the issuance of the green, social, sustainability, and sustainability-linked bonds (GSSSB) to US$865bn from an anticipated US$1.5 trillion in February and is now expecting a 16% drop from last year's total of US$1 trillion. In a
26 Sep. 2022 AXA natural capital strategy raises $483m [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: AXA Group's alternative investments business, AXA IM Alts, announced the launch of a new Natural Capital Strategy, expanding its platform of nature-based solutions aimed at addressing climate change and preserving biodiversity. The launch of the Natural Capital
23 Sep. 2022 Williams College's Collette D. Chilton named recipient of 100 Women in Finance's 2022 Americas Industry Leadership Award [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - 100 Women in Finance (100WF), a global finance industry organization, announced that Collette D. Chilton, Chief Investment Officer at Williams College, will receive its 2022 Americas Industry Leadership Award. The Award is presented annually in recognition of exemplary pr
23 Sep. 2022 Oil and gas investor Silver Hill raises over $1bn for first institutional fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Oil and gas investment specialist Silver Hill Energy Partners has raised more than $1bn for its first institutional private equity fund - Silver Hill Energy Partners II. According to a recent release from the Dallas-based firm, the oversubscribed fund has received
23 Sep. 2022 ClearGlass recognise 'exceptional value for money' asset managers [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Research arm of independent data provider ClearGlass Analytics has identified nine 'elite' asset managers that have consistently provided exceptional value for money for their clients. The research recognizes asset managers providing exceptional 'value for mone
23 Sep. 2022 HarbourVest amasses over $3bn for the 12th fund exceeding the target [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global private markets firm HarbourVest Partners announced that it has closed its twelfth flagship fund - HarbourVest Fund XI - at $3 billion, well over its target of $2 billion. The global private markets investment specialist said in a media release that Fund XII
22 Sep. 2022 Arquant Capital launches range of actively managed funds directly invested in cryptocurrencies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Arquant Capital, an independent French asset management company specialised in crypto-assets has just launched Arquant Bitcoin Dynamic and Arquant Ethereum Dynamic, its fi
22 Sep. 2022 TA Associates wraps up its fifth debt fund at over $1.1bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: TA Associates, a global growth private equity firm, has closed its fifth debt fund at more than $1.1 billion, beating its $600 million target. TA Debt Fund V is significantly larger than its predecessor fund, TA Subordinated Debt Fund IV, which closed at $542 millio
22 Sep. 2022 Mirova raises $1.57bn for infra impact fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Sustainability-focused investment manager Mirova has raised 1.6 billion ($1.57bn) for the Mirova Energy Transition 5 (MET 5), its fifth - and by far largest - energy transition infrastructure equity fund, focused on the renewable energy and low-carbon mobility sectors
22 Sep. 2022 81% of asset managers pledging net zero targets, but only 22% have a 'credible' plan [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A survey revealed a significant rise in the number of fund management groups pledging to become net zero by 2050, with 81% now having such a commitment in place versus only 41% the previous year. However, only 22% of asset managers have credible plans to support th
21 Sep. 2022 Coin Metrics partners with hedge fund Two Sigma for institutional push [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Venn, hedge fund Two Sigma's trading data system is teaming up with Coin Metrics, a provider of intelligence to cryptocurrency investors, to help make crypto market infrastructure friendlier for institutions accustomed to traditional capital markets. According to
21 Sep. 2022 77% of CIOs and CTOs increase their technology spending despite the sector having been hit hard [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Though high-growth technology companies have been hit the hardest by recent market shifts, however, 77% of companies are expected to either increase their technology budgets in 2023 or keep them the same, said a study. According to new research from Bain & Company,
21 Sep. 2022 Clearlake Capital raises more than $2.5bn for third opportunities fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Clearlake Capital Group, an investment management and private equity firm, has closed its third opportunities fund at more than $2.5 billion, beating its $1.5 billion target. Clearlake Opportunities Partners III (COP III) will make non-control special situations inv
20 Sep. 2022 Hedge funds battle macro headwinds to post flat returns of 0.04% in August [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index gained 0.04% in August, a second consecutive month of positive returns following a 1.5% gain in July, even as the broader markets continued to plummet. Following back-to-back monthly gains, global hedge funds have pared back losses to
20 Sep. 2022 Neuberger Berman racks up $4.9bn for fifth secondary fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Neuberger Berman Group, a private, independent, employee-owned investment management firm, closed its fifth global private equity secondary fund, the NB Secondary Opportunities Fund V (SOF V ) at $4.9 billion, far exceeding its target of $3 billion. According to a p
19 Sep. 2022 Report notes an increase in the number of hedge fund managers entering into SMA relationships [more]
B.G., Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: US law firm Seward & Kissel notes in its recent SMA Snapshot Report that it has seen, within the US hedge fund market, an increase in the number of managers entering i
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