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30 Apr. 2019 Sanlam UK takes over Thesis Asset Management [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Financial services business Sanlam UK has agreed to acquire Thesis Asset Management, which has £1.2bn ($1.56bn) under management. The deal, which is for an undisclosed fee, means Thesis' private client business, distribution network, direct support teams and Pa
30 Apr. 2019 Study finds difference between quoted fees and negotiated fees depend on strategy [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: How much institutional investors pay in traditional asset management fees continues to be a hot topic, but hard data about the difference between what asset managers say they charge and actual fees charged has been difficult to come by. According to eVestment's new
30 Apr. 2019 Global private equity investors maintain momentum in UK, despite Brexit qualms [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region kickstarted 2019 with a heathy inflow of capital from global General Partners (GPs), characterized mainly by large-sized deals. From January 1 to March 15, 2019, aggregate capital deployed by global GPs into the reg
29 Apr. 2019 Crypto hedge funds AUM up 40% in Q1 but most funds manage only $10m or less [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The crypto hedge funds companies increased all of their holdings in around 40% during Q1 2019, said a study. According to a recent report made by Circle this is a sharp contrast with the last quarter of 2018, which was basically very awful for most investors.
29 Apr. 2019 Hennessee Hedge Fund Index gains +0.43% in March [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: As financial markets responded favorably to the US Federal Reserve's shift away from its monetary tightening bias during Q1, the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index gained +0.43% for the month (+5.70% YTD). Most economic indicators remained tepid, although China displayed
26 Apr. 2019 Robust capital markets recovery brings net total UCITS assets over EUR16tn mark in February 2019 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has today published its latest Investment Fund Industry Fact Sheet, which provides net sales of UCITS and AIFs for February 2019. 29 associations representing 98 percent of total UCITS and AIF assets provided
26 Apr. 2019 FWM Holdings buys $2bn fund manager Optima Fund Management [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New York-based FWM Holdings, the parent company of Forbes Family Trust (FFT) and LGL Partners, multi-family offices serving ultra-high-net worth families, agreed to buy Optima Fund Management, an early fund-of-funds player with $2bn in assets. The deal is expected
26 Apr. 2019 M&A values stay high in Q1 in U.S.: PWC [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Although total US deal value is down from a year ago, the amount of M&A investment in the first quarter of 2019 jumped 35% from the end of 2018, with more than $509bn in announced transactions, said a report by PWC. The Deals activity during this period includes mo
26 Apr. 2019 Arsenal Capital Partners closes fifth buyout fund at $2.36bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Arsenal Capital Partners, a midmarket buy-out firm, said it has wrapped up its latest fund - Arsenal Capital Fund V - with $2.36bn of committed capital. Fund V will invest in specialty industrials and health-care companies valued at $100m to $500m. The firm
25 Apr. 2019 Investor confidence rose in April by 1.7 points to 72.9 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Global Investor Confidence Index increased to 72.9 up 1.7 points from March's revised reading of 71.2. Confidence among North American investors improved, with the North American ICI rising from 68.3 to 71.1. The European ICI declined by 1.5 points to 86.7 and t
25 Apr. 2019 Hedge fund redemptions continue despite performance rebound [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investors continued to pull money from the business, redeeming an estimated $13.69bn from the hedge fund industry in March 2019. "Hedge fund redemptions continued despite a strong start to the year, which saw Q1 2019 average hedge fund performance hit +5.34%," said
25 Apr. 2019 INTL FCStone rolls out multi-asset prime brokerage [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: INTL FCStone, a Fortune 500 company, has announced that the company is launching a brand new prime brokerage division. The financial services organization said in a press note that the new subsidiary named INTL FCStone Financial is not going to limit its operatio
24 Apr. 2019 Bardin Hill expands partnership [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Bardin Hill Investment Partners, formerly Halcyon Capital Management, today announced the appointment of six new partners of the firm. The new partners draw from the firm's senior investment and business teams and average seven years at the firm and 18 years of industry e
24 Apr. 2019 Gramercy Funds Management names Mohamed A. El-Erian as senior advisor [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Gramercy Funds Management LLC, a $6 billion dedicated emerging markets investment manager, today announced that Dr. Mohamed A. El-Erian will be involved with the firm on a part-time basis as a Senior Advisor. Dr. El-Erian is a renowned economist and leader in emerging
24 Apr. 2019 IDC predicts blockchain spending boom in Asia-Pacific [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Blockchain spending in Asia Pacific, excluding Japan, (APEJ) is expected to reach nearly $523.8m in 2019, an increase of 83.9% from the $284.8m spent in 2018. According to the analyst firm International Data Corporation (IDC), robust growth in spending over the 20
23 Apr. 2019 Tangem receives $15m funding and is returning to the crypto valley [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Swiss company Tangem's promising blockchain technology is now operational and ready for market-entry and everyday life. The hardware wallet in the NFC smartcard allows to physically distribute and store cryptocurrencies and other digital assets. Through blockcha
23 Apr. 2019 Investors continue to pull money from hedge funds despite performance rebound [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Despite a strong start to the year, which saw Q1 2019 average hedge fund performance hit +5.34%, investors continued to pull money from the business, redeeming an estimated $13.69 billion from the industry in March, according to the just-released March 2019 eVestment Hedg
23 Apr. 2019 Hedge Fund Index up +0.43% for March [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Hennessee Hedge Fund Index increased +0.43% for the month (+5.70% YTD), while the S&P 500 was up +1.79% (+13.06% YTD), the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased +0.05% (+11.16% YTD), and the NASDAQ Composite Index gained +6.18% (+20.53% YTD). Bonds were positi
23 Apr. 2019 Preqin reports 69 hedge fund launches, 5.40% average performance in Q1 2019 [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: 69 hedge funds were launched in Q1 2019, the majority (84%) of which were single-manager funds, reports research house
23 Apr. 2019 Blackstone converts to corporation, reports Q1 results [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Blackstone announced on April 18th that it was converting to a corporation from a publicly traded partnership. The conversion is expected to be effective on July 1st, 2019. It will unlock opportunity for equity value appreciation by removing ownership restrictions and exp
22 Apr. 2019 Lyxor Americas launches alternative investment co-investment programme for institutional investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Lyxor Asset Management, an indirect subsidiary of Paris-based Lyxor Asset Management, announced the launch of a new program enabling institutional investors to participate in stand-alone co-investment and selective hedge fund opportunities presented to Lyxor Americas by
22 Apr. 2019 Cerberus raises $5.1bn for global nonperforming loans [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Cerberus Capital Management closed its Cerberus Global Fund, a global real asset non-performing loan (NPL) fund, at $4.1bn, exceeding its $3.5bn fundraising target. It has raised another $1bn in separately managed accounts for its global non-performing loan strateg
18 Apr. 2019 Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index gains 0.60% in March [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Wilshire Liquid Alternative IndexSM, which provides a representative baseline for how the broad liquid alternative investment category performs, returned 0.60% in March, outperforming the -0.17% monthly return of the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index. The Wilshire Liquid A
18 Apr. 2019 Hedge fund flows turn positive in February [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund flows turned positive in February, as a January stock market rebound, hopeful signs in U.S.-China trade talks and indications of a pause in U.S. interest rate hikes spurred investors to reverse a five-month trend of net redemptions. The hedge fund industry
18 Apr. 2019 Hedge fund assets surge in Q1 to $3.18tn but still below 2018 record high [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund industry assets increased during the first quarter to $3.18tn as of March 31, 2019 (Q1) driven primarily by strong investment performance overcoming continued net outflows. Total capital invested in hedge funds surged in the first quarter of 2019, paring
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