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23 Jan. 2020 French asset manager Amundi to acquire Banco Sabadell asset management arm for $476m [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: French asset manager Amundi has agreed to purchase 100% of Sabadell Asset Management, the asset management arm of Spanish lender Banco de Sabadell, for €430m ($476m). According to a joint press release from the companies, the sale, which is set to close in the third
23 Jan. 2020 Ardian raises €3bn for latest private debt fund [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Ardian has raised €3bn for its latest European middle market private debt fund. The vehicle beat its €2.5bn target and is a billion larger than its predecessor fund which closed in 2015. Ardian says the new fund will include senior debt opportunities in ord
22 Jan. 2020 GoldPoint Partners closes $678 Million Select Manager Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - GoldPoint Partners announced the successful closing of its fourth fund-of-funds, GoldPoint Partners Select Manager Fund IV, L.P. The Fund closed on $678 million of commitments, a 150 percent increase from its predecessor fund. The fund represents a continuation of
22 Jan. 2020 Central bank group to assess potential cases for central bank digital currencies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Bank of Canada, the Bank of England, the Bank of Japan, the European Central Bank, the Sveriges Riksbank and the Swiss National Bank, together with the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), have created a group to share experiences as they assess the potential cas
22 Jan. 2020 Global alternative asset manager Ares Management takes controlling stake Asian alts manager SSG Capital [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global alternative asset manager Ares Management has agreed to acquire a controlling stake in Asian alternative money manager SSG Capital Holdings for an undisclosed amount. Headquartered in Hong Kong with offices across Asia, SSG manages private credit and specia
22 Jan. 2020 44% of hedge fund managers recorded double-digit gains in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global hedge fund industry AUM has increased by US$9.9 billion in 2019. Investor redemptions totaling US$126.2 billion have been recorded throughout the year, a level the industry has not seen post-crisis. The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index returned 8.74% in 2019,
22 Jan. 2020 Hedge fund capital increased by $80bn in Q4 to start 2020 at a record level of $3.32tn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Total hedge fund capital surged to $3.32 trillion, representing a quarterly increase of over $80 billion and surpassing the previous record of $3.24 trillion set in mid-2019. Driven by investor optimism regarding the record US-lead economic surge, the hedge fund ind
22 Jan. 2020 Incline Equity Partners closes the fifth private equity fund with $1.2bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Incline Equity Partners closed its latest private equity fund, Incline Equity Partners Fund V, with $1.2 billion of capital commitments. The Pennsylvania-headquartered private equity firm said the fund was oversubscribed above its initial target of $850 million.
22 Jan. 2020 Energy Capital sweeps up $6.8bn for its latest flagship fund and parallel co-investment pools [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New Jersey-based energy infrastructure specialist Energy Capital Partners (ECP) has amassed $6.8 billion for its latest flagship fund and parallel co-investment pools targeting power plants and other energy-infrastructure assets, despite tepid interest from U.S. invest
22 Jan. 2020 SPARX Japan hedge fund returned 16% in 2019 [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: SPARX Asset Management's Japan Long-Short Fund (USD class) returned 15.98% in 2019, against the TOPIX's 13.7%. "In Q4 2019, the Japanese stock market continued its substantial rise, due to high global stoc
21 Jan. 2020 Real asset investors taking ESG more seriously, says a study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investors in 'real assets' - an asset class including property - will increase their focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria, over the next five years, according to a survey by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA). Over 90% of invest
21 Jan. 2020 Alternative investment funds in Luxembourg approaches a total of 15,000 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Luxembourg alternatives scene offers an increasing range of attractive structuring options, says the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI). Over 265 alternative investment funds managers (AIFMs) have been authorized by Luxembourg's regulator, the C
21 Jan. 2020 Citi sets up a $150m impact investing fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New York-based banking institution Citi has launched a $150 million fund that will invest in private-sector companies that have a positive impact on society. The Citi Impact Fund, which the banking giant has launched using its own capital, will actively seek to inv
21 Jan. 2020 Citadel Securities settles China probe [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Citadel Securities will pay 670 million yuan ($97 million) as part of a settlement with Chinese regulators over alleged trading irregularities in 2015. The settlement was announced by the China Securities Regulatory Commission. The regulator had been investi
20 Jan. 2020 Venture capital market in Asia remained soft in Q4'19: KPMG [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The VC market in Asia remained soft in Q4'19. In the last quarter, VC-backed companies in the Asia region raised across 1,021 deals, said a report by KPMG. Despite two $1 billion deals in the final quarter of the year, the region's total annual VC investment in 201
20 Jan. 2020 J.P. Morgan makes strategic investment in tech company for alternatives [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: J.P. Morgan has taken an equity stake in Arcesium, an investment-management technology business that D.E. Shaw & Co. launched as an independent company in 2015. New York-based Arcesium LLC is an investment management technology and services firm, offering services i
20 Jan. 2020 US VC funding fell in 2019 in both Q3 and Q4, after a record-breaking Q2 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US venture capital-backed companies raised $23bn in Q4'19, down 16% compared to Q3. YoY funding fell 9% to $108bn making 2019 the third biggest year ever (with 2018 in the first place; 2000 in second). Mega-rounds ($100m+) played a role in this as they fell for the
17 Jan. 2020 Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark up 11.58% in 2019 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - All hedge fund structures posted strong performance at the end of 2019. The Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark returned +2.00% in December, bringing the 2019 return to +11.58%. Funds of hedge funds gained 1.32% in December, generating a 2019 return of +8.34%, the
17 Jan. 2020 Hedge funds return to net redemptions in November with $4.7bn in industry outflows [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After a one-month reprieve, the hedge fund industry returned to net outflows in November with $4.7 billion in redemptions, a reversal from October's $1.9 billion in industry inflows. November's redemptions represented 0.2% of industry assets, according to the Barclay
17 Jan. 2020 Venture capital investment in the U.S. in 2019 hits $136.5bn, says KPMG [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Venture capital (VC) investment in the U.S. continued strong during Q4 2019, totaling $34.2 billion across 2,215 deals, said a study. For the year, VC investment reached $136.5 billion, second only to 2018's $140 billion raised, revealed the latest edition of Ventur
17 Jan. 2020 VC investment hits record levels in Canada: KPMG [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Canada's venture capital (VC) market crossed the US$1-billion threshold in the fourth quarter for the second time in a row to finish 2019 at an all-time record of US$4.6 billion. Canadian VC investment totaled US$1.17 billion in the fourth quarter, up 30 percen
17 Jan. 2020 Despite some pretty notable flops, VC had a good year in 2019 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Venture Capital had some pretty epic failures in 2019. But even with a few speedbumps, new data from PitchBook shows that VCs ended the year with deal activity on par with 2018's record setting figures. VC's posted $250 billion worth of exits - 80% of wh
16 Jan. 2020 Optima and Forbes Family Trust launch healthcare and biotechnology strategy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Optima Asset Management, in association with Forbes Family Trust, has announced the launch of the Optima Healthcare and Biotechnology strategy. The new strategy will be managed by five highly accomplished portfolio managers with extensive experience investing in hea
16 Jan. 2020 Hedge fund and private equity investors to focus 2020 due diligence efforts on alternative data compliance [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Corgentum Consulting, a provider of operational due diligence reviews and background investigations, announced the results of a new investor and operational due diligence (ODD) analyst survey. 83% of those surveyed indicated that they anticipated continuing to increase
16 Jan. 2020 Family office allocation to hedge funds slips in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Family offices allocation to hedge funds suffered a drop from 28% in 2018 to 22.4% in 2019, said a study. According to Peltz International Survey, in comparison to the 2018 survey results, the allocation to equities and fixed income increased while the allocation to
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