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21 Apr. 2022 Blackstone wraps up $1.6bn life sciences fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: American alternative investment management giant Blackstone has wrapped up a record $1.6 billion inaugural royalty and structured credit-focused life sciences fund as the company bets on the continued growth of that sector. According to a press release from the New
21 Apr. 2022 Castle Hall rolls out DiligenceExchange [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Due Diligence Company Castle Hall has launched DiligenceExchange, delivering a new level of industry intelligence for institutional investors. According to a release from the company, DiligenceExchange (DXC) contains due diligence data on several thousand fun
20 Apr. 2022 Capital raised for European non-listed real estate recovers to a pre-pandemic record high [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Capital raising activity reached a record high in 2021, with at least €254 billion raised globally for non-listed real estate investment. The Capital Raising Survey 2022, published today by ANREV, INREV and NCREIF, reveals a 167% increase on the €123 billion capital ra
20 Apr. 2022 FSB Chair's letter to G20 outlines financial stability issues arising from Russia's invasion of Ukraine [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Financial Stability Board (FSB) today published a letter from its Chair, Klaas Knot, to G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors ahead of their meeting on 20 April. The letter discusses the current outlook for financial stability and sets out the FSB's plans o
20 Apr. 2022 Endowment Index 1Q 2022 performance update [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Endowment Index calculated by Nasdaq OMX (Symbol: ENDOW) declined 6.32% (on a total return basis), for the quarter ended March 31, 2022, which compares to a Global 60-40 portfolio which declined 5.62% for the same period. The top performing component of the Ind
20 Apr. 2022 Mainsail Partners raises $915m for Fund VI [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: San Francisco-based investment firm Mainsail Partners has raised $915 million in limited partner capital commitments for its sixth fund, the largest in the firm's 19-year history. According to a press release from the growth equity firm that seeks to invest in rapi
20 Apr. 2022 Global private debt funds secured $33bn of capital through 22 funds in Q1 2022 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global private debt funds secured $33bn of capital through 22 funds in Q1 2022, a softer quarter compared to Q1 2021, which saw $43bn raised by 59 funds, said a study. According to Preqin's Private Debt Quarterly Report, this trend is partially driven by signifi
20 Apr. 2022 Global deal activity remains flat in Q1 2022 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: With a total of 17,745 deals, the global deals (including mergers & acquisitions, private equity, and venture financing deals) activity mostly remained flat in Q1 2022, said a study. This is a marginal increase of 0.8% over the 17,601 deals that were announced dur
18 Apr. 2022 Adams Street raises over $3bn for the second private credit program [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Adams Street Partners, a global private markets investment manager, has completed fundraising for its second Private Credit program (PC II), closing the oversubscribed program with more than $2.1bn of committed capital and over $3bn, including leverage. The indepen
18 Apr. 2022 Global infrastructure funds secure $70bn of capital through 20 funds in Q1 2022 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global infrastructure funds closing in Q1 2022 secured $70bn of capital through 20 funds, delivering a record quarter in capital raised, 42% higher than the previous peak in Q4 2019, said a study. According to Preqin's Q1 2022 Infrastructure Quarterly Report, th
14 Apr. 2022 70% of new hedge funds launched in 2021 had equity or equity-related strategies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - With the most severe obstacles to businesses imposed by the pandemic beginning to ease, both hedge fund investors and managers showed marked signs of confidence in alterna
14 Apr. 2022 Hedge funds post first month of positive aggregate returns this year in March [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After two negative months to start 2022, aggregate hedge fund industry performance was positive in March with an average return of +1.50%, according to the just-released March 2022 eVestment hedge fund performance data. Aggregate year to date (YTD) return for the hedge fu
14 Apr. 2022 One Equity Partners raises $2.75bn private equity fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: One Equity Partners (OEP), a private equity firm with over $10bn in AUM, has raised $2.75 billion in commitments for its One Equity Partners VIII (OEP VIII) fund. "Thanks to strong demand from investors, the fund was significantly oversubscribed, and the hard cap wa
14 Apr. 2022 Global venture capital funds raise $54bn in Q1 2022, an 11.1% rise compared to Q4 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Venture capital fundraising continued at a strong pace in Q1 2022. $54bn was raised by global venture capital funds in the quarter, an 11.1% rise on Q4 2021, but an 8.8% decline in the same period last year, said a study. The year-on-year decline is not a bad resul
13 Apr. 2022 More than 200 alternative managers opt for private placement through Jersey [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - More alternative investment funds (AIFs) are being marketed to EU investors through Jersey using National Private Placement Regimes (NPPR) than ever before, according to the latest figures. Recent data from the Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC) for the perio
13 Apr. 2022 Omega Systems completes merger with ACE IT Solutions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Omega Systems, a portfolio company of Pfingsten Partners and managed service provider to highly regulated and security-conscious businesses, announced it has merged with ACE IT Solutions, a New Jersey-based technology solutions provider. Based in Reading, PA, Omega w
13 Apr. 2022 Global private equity funds raise $116bn of capital in Q1 2022 through 137 funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global private equity funds raised $116bn of capital in Q1 2022 through 137 funds-representing a 10% decline in capital raised from Q4, and a 38% decline from the same quarter last year, said a report. According to Preqin's Q1 2022 Private Equity Report, a
13 Apr. 2022 72% of financial advisors want a spot Bitcoin ETF before allocating to crypto [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 72% of financial advisors would be more likely to invest client assets in crypto if a spot exchange-traded fund (ETF) product were offered in the United States, said a survey. According to a new Nasdaq survey of 500 financial advisors who are currently or consideri
12 Apr. 2022 Hedge funds up 1.48% in March despite ongoing Russia-Ukraine war and persistent inflationary pressure [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index gained 1.48% in March 2022, supported by the robust performance of the S&P 500 which returned 3.58% over the same period. The first half of March started out on a negative note due to Russia's shocking invasion of Ukraine in late February
12 Apr. 2022 Tramondo launches European equity strategy, aims to tap into the continent's hidden potential [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Tramondo Investment Partners AG, a bank-independent Zug, Switzerland- based investment boutique, announces that it had recently launched Dynamic Equity Europe, a sub-fund of Tramondo UCITS Funds. The strategy of the Dynamic Equity Europe Fund is a carve-out of the fir
12 Apr. 2022 Schroders acquires European renewable infrastructure manager Greencoat Capital [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: British multinational asset management company Schroders has completed the acquisition of a 75% shareholding in Greencoat Capital, one of Europe's largest investment managers dedicated to the high-growth renewable infrastructure market. The remaining 25% is owned by Gr
12 Apr. 2022 24 natural resources funds closed in Q1 2022, securing $57bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global natural resource fund managers have secured a staggering $57bn from 24 funds- the most successful first quarter on record of any year for the asset class in terms of aggregate capital raised, said a study. According to Preqin's Q1 2022 Natural Resources R
11 Apr. 2022 Hedge fund industry gains 0.39% in March, trims YTD loss to -3.3% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry got back to monthly gains in March, eking out a 0.39% return for the month, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. By comparison, the S&P Total Return Index gained 3.71% in March 20
11 Apr. 2022 Lead Edge Capital lands nearly $2bn tech-focused fund for growth-equity bets [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New York City-based growth equity investment firm Lead Edge Capital (LEC) raised $1.95 billion for its largest fund to date, Fund VI, to make bets on software, internet, consumer, and tech-enabled service companies. The technology-focused growth stage investment fu
08 Apr. 2022 Emerging Markets Manager, Broad Reach, continues strong performance run [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Broad Reach Investment Management, the London-based emerging markets macro manager, has continued its strong run of returns with net gains of 4.7% in its Broad Reach Fund, and 7.6% in the Broad Reach Explorer Fund to add to +15.45% and +25% net respectively, achieved in 2
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    Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In the current rising interest rate environment, investment activity in the private markets has continued to grow, revealed a study. "With alts managers sitting on over $2.5T+ of dry powder and continuing to enjoy premium valuations and interest rates on a prec

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    B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The Asia equity markets have not been at their best so far this year, with the MSCI Asia index down almost 13% YTD, but many managers remain buoyant about the region, as in

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    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Emerging markets have been under significant pressure since the start of the year, but there are some nascent trends that suggest that things could be getting better. Emerging markets firm Gramercy Fund Management recently released its third quarter outlook and

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