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07 Oct. 2019 Ares Management and Fidante Partners create a joint venture to raise funds in Australia and New Zealand [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US-based alternative investment manager, Ares Management Corporation and Fidante Partners, part of Challenger, formed a joint venture to raise retail and institutional investor capital in Australia and New Zealand for Ares' various credit, private equity and real es
07 Oct. 2019 Paine Schwartz secures $1.4bn in food and agribusiness fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Paine Schwartz Partners closed its latest sustainable food chain fund, Paine Schwartz Food Chain Fund V, at $1.4 billion, exceeding its fundraising target and hard cap. The new fund is 57% larger than the prior fund in the series, Paine Schwartz Food Chain Fund IV,
07 Oct. 2019 Over 1 trillion EURO will flow into climate-related investment next 10 years as ESG becomes top issue for global fund managers [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: The Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industy (ALFI) recently held its annual Global Distribution conference where, according the organizer, it became clear that ESG is the number one issue for global fund managers. Summarizing the panels and presentations of the con
04 Oct. 2019 Alaska Permanent Fund and Barings partner on the Alaska Future Fund [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, a state owned corporation that manages the assets of the Alaska Permanent Fund and Barings have partnered to launch the Alaska Future Fund. The vehicle, which has an initial commitment of $100 million, seeks to identify
04 Oct. 2019 Responsible investing rapidly becoming critical to institutional investors, according to new Aon survey [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Aon plc, a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions, today released the results of its 2019 Global Perspectives on Responsible Investing survey and found an enormous uptick in the importance of responsible
04 Oct. 2019 Schroders expands access to private equity with new fund [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Schroders has launched a new private equity fund that is designed to be open to more investors. The Schroder GAIA II Specialist Private Equity Fund offers monthly subscriptions and quarterly redemptions. Investors can also gain exposure with a minimum investment
03 Oct. 2019 SBAI, former Hedge Fund Standards Board, expands in Asia [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: The APAC Committee of the Standards Board added two new members to the Committee: William Ma, CIO of Noah Holdings (HK) Limited and Brian Pohli, Executive Director of CQS (HK) Limited. Noah Holdings (HK) Ltd is both a Signatory to the Standards and a member of the SBAI I
01 Oct. 2019 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index down 0.6% in August, +3.8% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended August 2019 down -0.61% MOM on an asset-weighted basis and down -0.22%% MOM on an equal-weighted basis. The aim of the Scotiabank Canadi
01 Oct. 2019 Employee ownership a key predictor for strongest long-term gross returns of asset managers [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque for New Managers: FCLTGlobal, a think-tank founded in 2016 by BlackRock, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, The Dow Chemical Company, McKinsey & Company, and Tata Sons, has published a pa
01 Oct. 2019 Mark Okada retires from Highland Capital [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Mark Okada is retiring from Highland Capital Management a firm he co-founded with Jim Dondero in 1993. Okada will assume a senior advisory role through the end of the year to support transition activities. He will retain his ownership stake following his retirem
30 Sep. 2019 IFC adds signatories to its principles for impact investing [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Secretariat for the Operating Principles for Impact Management today announced that 18 more organizations have adopted the Operating Principles for Impact Management-a new set of standards for impact investing. With these new Signatories, the total number is 76. T
30 Sep. 2019 Hamilton Lane closes latest multi-strategy fund on $270M [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hamilton Lane has closed Hamilton Lane Private Equity Fund X L.P., a global and diversified private equity multi-strategy fund, on approximately $278 million. "We are glad to announce this close with the support of a diverse group of both new and existing LPs from aro
30 Sep. 2019 Dentons adds M&A partner in London [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Dentons has continued to strengthen its Corporate team in London with the hire of M&A and private equity specialist Paul Doris. Paul was most recently a partner in Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe's London office. Having previously worked in Madrid, Frankfurt and Pa
27 Sep. 2019 New hedge fund launches on the rise for second consecutive quarter [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New hedge fund launches increased for the second consecutive quarter, with launches through mid-year 2019 on a pace that could see the industry top launches from calendar year 2018. Launches totaled an estimated 153 in 2Q19, bringing the 1H total to 289 new funds, a
27 Sep. 2019 Canada's Northleaf Capital raises $1bn from institutional investors [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Canadian private markets investor Northleaf Capital Partners has raised an additional US$1 billion in capital from Canadian, U.S., European and Asian investors across its global private markets program. It plans to use the capital infusion for investments across th
27 Sep. 2019 Venture capital AUM in South Asia steadily grown to $15bn over the past 10 years [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Venture capital AUM in South Asia has steadily grown over the past 10 years, reaching $15bn as of December 2018. Fundraising in the region peaked in 2015 when 23 funds secured a combined $3.5bn. Aggregate capital raised declined sharply the following year bu
26 Sep. 2019 Hedge Fund Association submits comment letter to SEC, advocating expanded accredited investor qualifications and broader advertising [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Hedge Fund Association (HFA), an international nonprofit trade and nonpartisan lobbying organization, is proud to advocate for expanded accredited investor qualifications and broader advertising, via submission of Comment Letter to SEC regarding harmonization of secur
26 Sep. 2019 MFA announces 2019-2020 board of directors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed Funds Association (MFA), the leading trade association for the global alternative investment industry, today announced its 2019-2020 Board of Directors. The new Board represents a diversity of hedge fund firms, strategies, and locations, as well as institutional i
26 Sep. 2019 StepStone launches private wealth solutions group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - StepStone Group, a global private markets specialist, has launched Conversus, a new platform focused on delivering StepStone's institutional capabilities to high net worth and mass affluent investors. Conversus will leverage StepStone's deep expertise across priv
26 Sep. 2019 With 5% average growth, Australian ICT attracts private equity and venture capital investments [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Information and communications technology (ICT) is an increasingly vital engine of the Australian private equity & venture capital industry. To compete more effectively on the global stage, Australian businesses are looking to spend more than AUD 65bn on technology
26 Sep. 2019 Majority of American consumers are ready to use blockchain tokens, says KPMG [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Big four accounting firm KPMG has released a report revealing that the majority of Americans it surveyed were interested in the future of blockchain tokens - despite sickeningly poor market performance over the past two years. According to a blockchain survey by K
26 Sep. 2019 Hedge fund redemptions continue in August - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Investors redeemed an estimated $6.51 billion from the global hedge funds business in August 2019, according to the latest eVestment asset flows report. Overall year to date flows are negative at ($63.61) billion. Performance also reduced assets as total industr
25 Sep. 2019 Redemptions from hedge funds continue in August, but less widespread [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investors redeemed an estimated $6.51 billion from the global hedge funds business in August 2019, bringing year-to-date (YTD) flows to a negative $63.61 billion, according to the August 2019 eVestment Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report. Performance also reduced assets as tota
25 Sep. 2019 Strong performance and technological insight attract venture capital investors [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Many venture capital investors seek access to the frontline of technological innovation, which allows for a deeper understanding of the future implications for relevant industries - fintech, for example. Following years of strong returns and high-profile success s
25 Sep. 2019 PJT Partners, Nasdaq join forces to strengthen secondary investment advisory services for alternative asset managers [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global advisory-focused investment bank PJT Partners and stock exchange operator Nasdaq Inc said they had agreed on a partnership to provide data and technology to strengthen its secondary investment advisory services for alternative asset managers. Their agre
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