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21 Feb. 2020 Morgan Stanley buys E-Trade for $13bn in an all-stock deal [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: American multinational investment bank and financial services company Morgan Stanley is buying online broker E*Trade Financial Corp. in a $13 billion deal that will reshape the storied investment bank. Under the terms of the agreement, E*Trade stockholders will rece
20 Feb. 2020 Artificial intelligence to add $15tn to the global economy by 2030 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Artificial intelligence (AI) will contribute as much as $15.7 trillion to the world economy by 2030, according to a PwC report. That's more than the current combined output of China and India. Of this, $6.6 trillion is likely to come from increased productivity and
20 Feb. 2020 Align Capital Partners races to a $450m hard cap close of its private equity fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US-based private equity firm Align Capital Partners (ACP) has announced closing its second investment fund at $450 million, 12.5% higher than its target size of $400 million. ACP began raising the fund - featuring Align Capital Partners Fund II LP and Align Capital
20 Feb. 2020 Greencoat Capital rakes in $358m for green energy fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Infra investor Greencoat Capital has raked in £277m ($358m) of capital commitments for its new Greencoat Renewable Income (GRI) fund. Brunel Pension Partnership, Bristol, England, and the Superannuation Arrangements of the University of London, known as SAUL, jointl
19 Feb. 2020 Swiss fund market stable at high level [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In January 2020, the volume of assets placed in the investment funds covered by the statistics compiled by Swiss Fund Data AG and Morningstar stood at CHF 1,241.0 billion, on a par with December 2019. Net inflows totaled CHF 10.7 billion. The volume of assets entrusted by
19 Feb. 2020 Bahamas removed from EU blacklist [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BFSB and AIBT welcome the news of The European Union's Economic and Financial Affairs Council's complete removal of The Bahamas from its List of Non-Cooperative Jurisdictions for Tax Purposes, at their meeting in Brussels. This was done in recognition of The Bahamas
19 Feb. 2020 IQ-EQ acquires Blue River Partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - IQ-EQ is delighted to announce the acquisition of Blue River Partners, an industry leading U.S. provider of outsourced solutions to alternative asset managers. This strategic combination immediately transforms IQ-EQ into a major player in the U.S. private equity and hedge
19 Feb. 2020 Hedge funds end 2019 with second straight month of outflows [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry experienced a second straight month of net outflows in December with nearly $29.0 billion in redemptions, up from November's $4.7 billion in outflows. December's redemptions represented 0.9% of industry assets, according to the Barclay Fund Flo
19 Feb. 2020 EagleTree Capital closes fifth buyout fund at $1.12bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New York-based private equity investment firm EagleTree Capital closed lower-middle-market buyout fund EagleTree Partners V at $1.12 billion. ET V had an aggregate capital commitment of $1.118 billion, exceeding its initial target. According to the private equi
19 Feb. 2020 Pamlico Capital closes $1.4bn fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Pamlico Capital, a lower- to middle-market private equity firm based in Charlotte, closed its Pamlico Capital V (PC V) fund with $1.4 billion in commitments. The North American private equity firm said that the fund exceeded its original $1.25 billion target. Co
19 Feb. 2020 US and China are the most preferred investment destinations for venture capital [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The US and China remain the most preferred investment destinations for venture capital (VC) investors globally, said a study. According to GlobalData, high-value VC investments (>=US$100m) also remain concentrated in the US and China with both countries collectivel
18 Feb. 2020 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 0.14% in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.14% in January, ahead of the underlying equity market as represented by the MSCI ACWI (Local) which lost 0.90% over the same period. Global equities rallied earlier into the month, supported by the easing tension in the Middle
18 Feb. 2020 APS to move focus from pan-Asia to China [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Singapore-based asset manager APS Asset Management Pte Ltd has decided to focus solely on China going forward, and concentrate all our resources in only managing China mandates including Hong Kong, Taiwan and ADRs. APS
18 Feb. 2020 Hedge funds lose momentum in January [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The new decade started flat for hedge funds, with minimal growth. The Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark returned +0.01% in January 2020. This contrasts with the strong end to 2019, with returns reaching +1.71% in December. CTAs outperformed all other fu
18 Feb. 2020 2,300 AI start-ups received $30bn funding from around 4,000 investors in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Among all of the emerging technologies, artificial intelligence (AI) attracted the highest number of venture capital (VC) investors during 2019, said a study. However, big data and internet-of-things (IoT) led in terms of investors-to-idea ratio (number of venture
17 Feb. 2020 European M&A activity remains steady despite market uncertainty in Q4 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Amidst uncertainty around Brexit and the UK general election, Europe witnessed growth in mergers and acquisition (M&A) deal volume and value in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2019. According to GlobalData, M&A activity reported growth within Europe, with the region seei
17 Feb. 2020 Infrastructure industry assets touch $582bn in 2019, right on the way to hit $1tn by 2023 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Although the infrastructure industry remains a relatively small part of the private capital industry overall, it has grown phenomenally over the past decade and total AUM has quintupled since 2009. Sustained investor appetite and strong long-term performance have
17 Feb. 2020 Assets in global ETFs and ETPs reach a new milestone of $6.37tn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of US$67.15 billion at the end of January 2020, which is significantly higher than the US$17.23 billion gathered at this point last year. Assets invested in the global ETFs/ETPs industry increased by 0.4%, from US$6
17 Feb. 2020 $63.2bn committed to private equity funds by 114 US public plans in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In 2019, a reported $63.2 billion was committed to private equity funds by 114 public plans, said eVestment. The top three public pension investors by total dollars committed were CalSTRS ($4.87 billion), CalPERS ($4.71 billion), and Washington State Investment Boar
14 Feb. 2020 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index: January performance down -0.22% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for January 2020 measured -0.22%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 0.60% in February. "SS&C GlobeOp's Capital Movement Index rose 0.60% for Fe
14 Feb. 2020 Private debt funds secured $107bn in 2019, 11% less than 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private debt activity slows sharply in 2019 as fundraising and dealmaking both declined from 2018 levels. However, new funds have continued to crowd into the marketplace. According to Preqin, more than 200 private debt funds closed in each year 2015-18. But 2019 fun
14 Feb. 2020 E-commerce effect pushes retail-focused real estate fundraising into an existential crisis [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The aggregate value of retail private equity real estate (PERE) deals has declined since 2017. In fact, 2017 was a record year for retail, with deals amounting to an aggregate $58bn; since then, however, the sector has observed a dramatic decline in deal-making, record
14 Feb. 2020 Odyssey Investment Partners closes $3.25bn sixth investment fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US-based private equity investment firm Odyssey Investment Partners announced the first and final closing of Odyssey Investment Partners Fund VI. The Fund VI is a $3.25 billion private equity investment fund formed to pursue control-oriented investments and manageme
13 Feb. 2020 IOSCO publishes key considerations for regulating crypto-asset trading platforms [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions today published a report that describes the issues and risks associated with crypto-asset trading platforms (CTPs) and sets out key considerations to assist regulatory authorities in addressing these is
13 Feb. 2020 Barclay CTA Index posts 0.51% return in January as managed futures begin 2020 on a positive note [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The managed futures industry stepped into 2020 on a positive note with a 0.51% return in January, according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. It was the third consecutive profitable month for CTAs. "The coronavirus ou
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