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24 Apr. 2020 PERE deals nosedive in all property sectors around the world [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The private equity real estate (PERE) deals have been fairly consistent in terms of both the number and total value, each quarter for the past three years until now. But, as per a study by Preqin, in the first quarter of 2020, with economic markets roiled by the out
23 Apr. 2020 Report breaks down COVID-19- and energy-related U.S. CLO CreditWatch negative placements [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Since March 20, 2020, S&P Global Ratings has placed 252 U.S. collateralized loan obligation (CLO) tranche ratings on CreditWatch with negative implications, primarily due to the economic downturn associated with COVID-19 and the related social distancing measures that hav
23 Apr. 2020 Global VC investment drops from $65.6bn in Q4 2019 to $61bn in Q1 2020, despite five $1bn+ mega deals [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global VC investment in Q1 2020 dip quarter-over-quarter with US$61 billion raised, though five $1 billion+ mega-deals propped up total investment value, said a study. According to KPMG, the volume of global VC deals declined 27%, falling from 5,820 deals in Q4'
23 Apr. 2020 Natural resources investors mull exposure to a wider spread of regions in 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The fund searches and mandates issued by natural resources investors in Q1 2020 suggest a more cautious approach to the coming year, revealed Preqin in its Quarterly Update on Natural Resources. The majority (53%) of fund searches are for commitments of less than $5
22 Apr. 2020 Total global hedge fund capital fell below $3tn in 1Q20 for the first time since 3Q 2016 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Total global hedge fund capital fell below $3.0 trillion in 1Q20 for the first time since 3Q 2016, as financial market volatility surged on uncertainty and increased risks driven by the global coronavirus pandemic. Hedge fund capital declined by $366 billion to end
22 Apr. 2020 Zug asset manager Tramondo Investment Partners appoints new investment manager [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Tramondo Investment Partners AG, a bank-independent Zug, Switzerland based investment boutique, announced that it has promoted Andreas Schranz to Chief Investment Officer and Chairman of the Investment Committee as of 20th April 2020. Andreas Schranz succeeds Thomas Z
22 Apr. 2020 The AMF Enforcement Committee fines Elliott companies for failing to comply with their reporting obligations [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The AMF Enforcement Committee fines companies Elliott Advisors UK Limited and Elliott Capital Advisors L.P. for failing to comply with their reporting obligations in connection with a simplified public cash offer and, in the case of the former, for obstructing an AMF inve
22 Apr. 2020 COVID-19: Majority of alternatives fund managers do not plan to change their investment strategy [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Most alternatives fund managers appear to be staying the course although fundraising is slowing in the wake of the economic fallout from COVID-19, said a survey. Fund managers are polarized on the long-term impact, but business operations have taken a hit for most, it
22 Apr. 2020 Hedge funds boosted by a recovery in most dislocated market segments [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund strategies operating in the most dislocated market segments or displaying the greatest pricing anomalies have rebounded strongly, in particular, the Merger Arbitrage and L/S Credit strategies, said Lyxor in its weekly brief. Strategies with the longest m
22 Apr. 2020 1,000 fewer VC deals in Q1 2020 compared to previous quarter [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global venture capital deal-making has stumbled as the world comes to terms with the COVID-19 pandemic, said a study. Nearly 1,000 fewer deals were completed globally in Q1 2020 compared with Q4 2019, while aggregate deal value fell by 18% in comparison, Preqin said
21 Apr. 2020 Net sales of equity funds take a hit in February as Covid-19 crisis breaks out [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 February 2020. Bernard Delbecque, Senior Director for Economics and Research comm
21 Apr. 2020 HPS Investment Partners closes its sophomore European Asset Value Fund on $1.5bn. [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global credit investment firm HPS Investment Partners announced the closing of its second European Asset Value Fund (EAVF II) with more than $1.5 billion of capital. The New York-based investment firm with over $60 billion in assets under management stated in a
21 Apr. 2020 Private equity-backed buyout deal activity remains steady in Q1 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global private equity-backed buyout deal figures hold up in comparison with quarterly averages, but the aggregate deal value in Asia tumbles, said a study. "Against the odds, private equity-backed buyout deal activity remained steady in Q1 2020," said Preqin in its
21 Apr. 2020 S&P Dow Jones Indices launches climate change index range [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global index provider S&P Dow Jones Indices (SPDJI) has launched two indices designed to track the performance of companies that are committed to deep decarbonization, with climate and sustainability-based objectives as part of a Paris-aligned and climate transitio
20 Apr. 2020 Trends in US, UK public pension allocations could be upended due to COVID-19 pandemic [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - United States and United Kingdom public pensions' over- and under-allocations to various asset classes could mean billions of dollars flowing into or out of asset classes in the near future, according to data from eVestment's new US & UK Public Plan Allocation Report. How
20 Apr. 2020 According to one database, hedge funds lost more in March than in 2008 crisis [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global hedge funds recorded a larger loss in March than they did at the height of the global financial crisis, as the COVID-19 pandemic shook equity markets worldwide. The Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark lost 8.96%, compared to February's return of -2.34
20 Apr. 2020 US VC deals fall for third consecutive quarter in Q1 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: PwC MoneyTree report revealed that venture capital deal activity and funding see year over year declines while mega-rounds drive increase in funding. The pandemic is affecting regions as they are locally impacted. US VC deals fall for the third consecutive quarter
20 Apr. 2020 Study shows investors considering alternative investments in current market concerns [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investors have moved on to considering future investment alternatives following the initial shock of seeing their investment portfolios decline sharply over market concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, said a study by Spectrem Group. Investors are also evaluating
20 Apr. 2020 Real estate investors target larger fund commitments in the year ahead [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private real estate funds investors appear to be making some changes in their approach to real estate investing in the coming year, revealed a study by Preqin. Although the level of appetite seems on a par with one year ago - investors issued 223 fund searches in Q
17 Apr. 2020 OPIM partners with Mingshi to launch its first quantitative A-share hedge fund offshore [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - OP Investment Management Limited (OPIM), Asia's leading fund platform, is partnering with Shanghai Mingshi Investment Management (Mingshi) to launch Mingshi China Optima Master Fund and two feeder funds which invest all of assets into the Master Fund and operates for the
17 Apr. 2020 SEC whistleblower program tops $400m in awards [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Securities and Exchange Commission announced a whistleblower award of $27 million given to an individual who reported misconduct overseas. The whistleblower also provided critical investigative leads that advanced the investigation and saved significant Commission res
17 Apr. 2020 Hedge fund redemptions are back in February with $8.1bn in outlfows [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry returned to net outflows in February with $8.1 billion in redemptions, a reversal from January's $21.2 billion in inflows. February's redemptions represented 0.2% of industry assets, according to the Barclay Fund Flow Indicator published by Ba
17 Apr. 2020 Man Group with $500m inflows in Q1, confirms 2019 dividend and share repurchase program [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: British hedge fund manager Man Group, which had $117.7 billion in assets at December 31, said that it took in $500 million in new investor money in the first quarter as the novel coronavirus hit global markets. The investment firm said in a press release that its fu
17 Apr. 2020 Investors plan smaller commitments for private equity in the next 12 months [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investors are planning to invest less capital in private equity in the next 12 months amid the global economic shockwaves caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, said Preqin. However, the appetite for Asia-Pacific investments continues to rise, it added. Among the 334 mand
16 Apr. 2020 Man GLG taps Andrew Swan to lead Asia team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Man GLG, the discretionary investment management engine of Man Group, today announces that Andrew Swan will join the firm as Head of Asia (ex-Japan) Equities. With more than 25 years' experience investing in Asian and emerging markets equities, Andrew will initially be re
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    Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: More realism, longer holding periods and an advantage for investors with a long-term focus - these are the main changes that investment managers in the German private equity market expect as a result of the coronavirus crisis. The PE transaction activity is not exp

  2. Multi-strategy hedge funds post double-digit gains, Tiger Global, Coatue score double-digit fund gains in 2020, Lone Pine soars after losses earlier this year, Can Pershing Square's standout year continue?[more]

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    Hedge fund Marshall Wace will bet on ESG stocks with new $1bn fund From Forbes: Hedge fund Marshall Wace plans to raise $1 billion for a new fund that will invest in stocks with strong environmental, sustainability and governance (ESG) ratings while betting against stocks with poor rating

  5. PPP: Troubled firm Marto Capital asked for PPP money - and got approved, records show, Fallen hedge fund's head among money managers getting PPP relief, Wall Street investors scored emergency government loans amid pandemic, The asset managers approved for PPP money[more]

    Troubled firm Marto Capital asked for PPP money - and got approved, records show From Institutional Investor: Marto Capital - a former wunderkind founded by an ex-Bridgewater Associates star - got approved for emergency funds from the U.S. government, records showed Monday. Katina Stef