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16 Jul. 2020 KKR taps $1.3bn Global Impact Fund to invest in Australian carbon offset business Greencollar [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global private equity giant KKR has backed Australian carbon offsetting specialist GreenCollar through its $1.3bn Global Impact Fund, which is focused on generating risk-adjusted returns by investing in companies that contribute toward the United Nations Sustainable De
16 Jul. 2020 Unlisted infrastructure industry fundraising nosedives 70% in Q2 2020 compared to the previous quarter [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Fundraising and dealmaking in the unlisted infrastructure industry sees declines in the second quarter of the year as COVID-19 began to impact significantly, said a report. According to the Preqin report, fundraising activity slowed, with the $12bn secured by infras
15 Jul. 2020 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 1.38% in June, -1.28% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 1.38% in June, supported by the strong performance of the global equity market as represented by the MSCI ACWI IMI (Local), which returned 2.70% over the same month. The resumption of the economic activity of most countries, pa
15 Jul. 2020 Hedge fund industry gains 2.04% in June as almost all hedge fund sectors have positive month [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds continued their positive ways in June, riding a continuing stock market recovery and reopening economies to a 2.04% monthly return, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. By comparison, the S&P 50
15 Jul. 2020 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index up 2.51% in June [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for June 2020 measured 2.51%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index declined 1.10% in July. "SS&C GlobeOp's Capital Movement Index was -1.10% for July 2020
15 Jul. 2020 SBAI publishes alternative risk premia guidance [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Standards Board for Alternative Investments (SBAI) has published two memos on alternative risk premia (aka dynamic beta) investing focusing on Backtesting and Broker Dealer Practices. The memos, which were developed by the SBAI's Alternative Risk Premia Working Group,
15 Jul. 2020 BNP Paribas Asset Management launches innovative environment-themed long/short equity fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BNP Paribas Asset Management (BNPP AM) announces the launch of BNP Paribas Environmental Absolute Return Thematic fund (EARTH), an equity long/short alternative UCITS strategy that seeks to identify opportunities among those companies that are facing or addressing signifi
15 Jul. 2020 U.S. accounts for three-quarters of AUM in the global hedge fund industry [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The United States accounts for three-quarters of Assets Under Management (AUM) across the globe in the hedge fund industry, said a study. Despite hedge fund activity in other regions globally expanding alongside that of the United States, the country accounts for 3
15 Jul. 2020 TrueBridge Capital closes VC fund of funds VI at $600m [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: TrueBridge Capital Partners, the venture capitalist firm based in Chapel Hill, N.C., announced the closure of its sixth venture capital fund-of-funds with $600 million in limited partner commitments. With this latest fund, TrueBridge surpasses its previous fund of
15 Jul. 2020 VC mega-funds raise record assets while first-time funds suffer noticeable drop [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Venture capital funds that closed in the first half of 2020 had raised a total of more than $42.7 billion - "which already surpasses the full-year total for every year of the decade apart from 2016, 2018, and 2019," PitchBook and the National Venture Capital Associatio
14 Jul. 2020 Covid-19 prompts a rise in 'social considerations' to the forefront of ESG investing [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Fund managers are paying more attention to social considerations, such as labor rights and diversity, than they were prior to the outbreak of coronavirus, said a study. According to BNP Paribas Asset Management (BNPP AM) study on the importance of ESG criteria for
14 Jul. 2020 U.S. Public pensions rebound in Q2 with $308bn asset gain [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: U.S. public pension funding during Q2 2020 rebounded gaining $308 billion in the market value of assets and reversing Q1 losses, said a study. Milliman's Public Pension Funding Index (PPFI), which consists of the nation's 100 largest public defined benefit
13 Jul. 2020 Hedge fund performance picks in 2Q, with Event Driven-Activist funds dominating [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds gained an average of +2.07% in June, but year-to-date (YTD) average industry returns are still in the red at -3.37%. The second quarter was stronger for the industry, with 2Q 2020 average returns at +9.91%. Roughly 40% of the industry is producing positive
13 Jul. 2020 US Property deals value fell by 68% in Q2 2020 from the previous quarter [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The aggregate value of private equity real estate (PERE) deals in the US fell by 68% in Q2 2020 from the previous quarter - with every sector recording a decline, said Preqin. Preqin data shows the magnitude of COVID-19's impact on the US PERE deals market so far. I
13 Jul. 2020 Satori Capital buys into hedge fund manager Mountain Cove Capital Management [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Dallas-based alternatives manager founded on the principles of conscious capitalism, Satori Capital has agreed to back compatriot investment firm Mountain Cove Capital Management. Satori, a multi-strategy firm with more than $1 billion in assets under management, co
13 Jul. 2020 U.S. private equity deals plunge 20% in H1 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: U.S. private equity transactions fell nearly 20% in deal value to $326.7 billion on 2,173 deals in the first six months of 2020 from the year-ago period, said a study. According to a PitchBook report, many private equity managers pulled out of previously agreed deal
13 Jul. 2020 SEC proposes to amend Form 13F [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said on Friday that it had proposed to amend Form 13F - for the first time in more than 40 years. The proposal will update the reporting threshold (currently at $100m) for institutional investment managers and make other change
10 Jul. 2020 Callan study finds private equity fee consistency [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private equity partnership fees and terms for funds in the market in 2018 and 2019 were highly uniform, indicating managers had significant bargaining power, according to a study by Callan. More than three-quarters of the partnerships were buyout funds, and North Am
10 Jul. 2020 Blackstone closes first life-science fund at $4.6bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Blackstone Group closed its inaugural life sciences fund, Blackstone Life Sciences V (BXLS V), at its hard cap of $4.6 billion, making it the largest life sciences private fund raised till date. Blackstone Life Sciences (BLS) invests in established life science co
10 Jul. 2020 DWS and NMC team up on alternatives [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global asset manager DWS is forming a partnership with Northwestern Mutual Capital (NMC), the private markets division of US insurer Northwestern Mutual. DWS said NMC had been investing in private markets for more than 40 years, and that the partnership, which i
10 Jul. 2020 Private equity activity declines significantly in Q2 2020, dry powder climbs towards $1.5tn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The COVID-19 pandemic had relatively little effect on Q1 activity, not impacting European or North American countries until the end of the quarter, said Preqin. However, the slowdown was very much evident in Q2, with fundraising and buyout backed dealmaking both se
09 Jul. 2020 Private equity portfolio companies weathering the Covid-19 storm [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private equity portfolio companies are largely weathering the storm caused by the coronavirus crisis, new research from risk management firm Willis Towers Watson shows. The report revealed that despite a subdued environment for exit deals in the first six months of
09 Jul. 2020 KKR to buy Global Atlantic for $4.4bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private-equity giant KKR agreed to acquire retirement and life insurance company Global Atlantic Financial Group for roughly $4.4 billion. According to the New York-based PE firm said it would pay the amount of Global Atlantic's book value as of the deal's closing,
09 Jul. 2020 Hedge funds continue the positive run for the third consecutive month in June [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds advanced in June for the third consecutive month, concluding a volatile 1H20 defined by a steep 1Q global equity market decline driven by the global coronavirus pandemic followed by a mixed 2Q recovery despite ongoing virus concerns and challenges, said acc
09 Jul. 2020 Walter GAM acquires stake in Auspice Capital Advisors [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Canadian private equity firm Walter Global Asset Management has acquired a minority interest in Auspice Capital Advisors, a Calgary-based asset management firm that specializes in alternative and non-correlated investment strategies utilizing a wide array of commoditie
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