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08 Jul. 2020 Charlesbank wraps up second credit fund at $700m hard [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private equity firm Charlesbank Capital Partners smashes its $500m target by raising $700m for its Credit Opportunities Fund II (COF II). "The Fund had a $500 million target and received limited partner commitments above its $700 million hard cap," said a press rel
08 Jul. 2020 North America M&A performance and volume lag behind rest of world during H1 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: North America experienced the sharpest fall in M&A performance by some margin, said a report. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on deal-making in the first six months of 2020 was significant but not unexpected, yet regional differences in deal performance and volu
07 Jul. 2020 $1tn asset owners launch a green investing tool [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Asset owners in Australia, Canada, and the Netherlands, which together manage more than $1 trillion of assets, have launched an online green-investing tool that measures companies against United Nations sustainable development goals. "APG Asset Management NV, Austra
07 Jul. 2020 Patrizia's Trans-European flagship fund oversubscribed with $2bn firepower [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global real estate investment manager, Patrizia AG announced the final close of its seventh flagship trans-European real estate fund, Trans-European VII LP (TEP VII), at its hard cap, with EUR 750mn (USD 849mn), of total equity commitments. In the latest round
07 Jul. 2020 CTAs underperformed in June as risk assets kept creeping higher [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Lyxor Peer Groups suggest hedge fund performance was up +0.6% in June, with CTAs underperforming (-1%) and Directional L/S Equity, L/S Credit and Special Situation strategies outperforming (+1.2% to +1.5%). During the last weeks of June, market concerns over renewe
06 Jul. 2020 REYL & Cie appoints Thomas Fontaine as Partner of the Bank and Michael Welti as Deputy Head of Wealth Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - REYL & Cie is expanding its team of partners with the appointment of Thomas Fontaine, currently Head of the Entrepreneur & Family Office Services business line. He joins François Reyl, Pasha Bakhtiar, Nicolas Duchêne, Christian Fringhian and Lorenzo Rocco di Torrepadula a
06 Jul. 2020 EQT targets $14bn for its latest infrastructure fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Swedish alternative investment firm EQT AB said it would target €12.5 billion ($14 billion) for its fifth infrastructure fund which would be the firm's largest such vehicle to date. The target for EQT Infrastructure V is larger than the €9.1 billion raised for its f
03 Jul. 2020 Angelo Gordon surges to $1.5bn hard cap for third Europe property fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US-based alternative investment firm Angelo, Gordon & Co. has hauled in more than $1.5 billion in commitments for its latest European real estate fund, exceeding the target and hitting the fund's hard cap. The $35 billion privately held limited partnership, whi
03 Jul. 2020 Coronavirus crisis: PE industry mulls more realism and longer holding periods [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: More realism, longer holding periods and an advantage for investors with a long-term focus - these are the main changes that investment managers in the German private equity market expect as a result of the coronavirus crisis. The PE transaction activity is not exp
02 Jul. 2020 Schroders acquires majority stake in Asian real estate investor Pamfleet [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: British asset manager Schroders will acquire a majority stake in $1.1 billion Asian real estate investor Pamfleet. Schroder Real Estate, with $21.4 billion in assets under management, did not disclose financial details and the size of the stake. Pamfleet is a val
01 Jul. 2020 Disruption from COVID-19 hits ASEAN private equity hard [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After a strong 2019, the ASEAN private equity industry has been shaken by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, reports Preqin. As of September 2019 (the latest data available), ASEAN-focused private equity and venture capital assets under management had reached a rec
01 Jul. 2020 Financial conglomerate SBI to acquire $30m stake in digital asset firm B2C2 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - B2C2, the trading firm of choice in the institutional crypto markets, today announced that SBI Financial Services (a subsidiary of SBI Holdings, SBI) has agreed to acquire a $30 million minority stake in the firm. The investment marks the start of a strategic partners
01 Jul. 2020 Summit Partners raises over $2.2bn for two new megafunds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global alternative investment firm Summit Partners has raised two new megafunds. Summit Partners Europe Growth Equity Fund III, a growth fund, closed at its hard cap with €1.1 billion ($1.2 billion) in total commitments. Besides, Summit also closed its latest v
01 Jul. 2020 UN-backed research finds an urgent need for the finance sector to set biodiversity targets [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Financial institutions need to pay more attention to biodiversity loss, especially as they prepare for a post-pandemic economic recovery, said a study. The report, entitled 'Beyond Business as Usual: Biodiversity Targets and Finance'shines a spotlight on the urgent
30 Jun. 2020 EMPEA adds to board of directors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - EMPEA, the global industry association for private capital in emerging markets, today announced the appointment of Bill Ford, Chief Executive Officer of General Atlantic, and Suyi Kim, Head of Asia Pacific at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments), to its
30 Jun. 2020 Harper to lead H.I.G. Capital's London small cap LBO team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - H.I.G. Capital, LLC, a leading global private equity investment firm with over €34 billion of equity capital under management, is pleased to announce today that John Harper has joined H.I.G. Capital as a Managing Director and Head of the London LBO team, leading H.I.G.'s
30 Jun. 2020 Hedge fund launches near record low in 1Q20 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - New hedge fund launches declined to a near-record low in 1Q20, as the beginning of the global coronavirus pandemic and ensuing lockdowns drove intense volatility across as
30 Jun. 2020 SANNE appoints new head of biz dev for Asia [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SANNE, a leading global provider of alternative asset and corporate business services, appoints Catherine Law as Head of Business Development for the Asia Region. Based in SANNE's Hong Kong office, Catherine will continue to drive SANNE's alternatives and corporate offe
30 Jun. 2020 US insurers' private equity holdings continue to climb [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - U.S. insurance companies increased their private equity holdings by nearly 10% in 2019 to $81.3 billion, marking the fourth straight year of increases. Private equity remains attractive to insurers looking to diversify their investment portfolios or increase returns in th
30 Jun. 2020 Favorable conditions prevail for L/S Diversified and Special Situations strategies [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The balance of risks has slightly deteriorated on the back of mounting concerns over renewed Covid-19 infections in southern U.S. states. However, data releases continued to surprise on the upside, both in the U.S. and the EMU. U.S. banks rallied on additional softenin
30 Jun. 2020 Andera Partners beats $562m hard cap for the fourth mezzanine fundraise despite coronavirus crisis [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: French investment firm Andera Partners has held a first and final close for its fourth sponsorless mezzanine debt fund at €500m ($562m), beating the original €450m hard-cap. Despite the COVID-19-driven slowdown in a fundraising activity, the ActoMezz IV fund surpass
30 Jun. 2020 Marketing Sentiment Analysis: Hedge Funds slip from positive to neutral sentiment [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Hedge Funds slipped from positive to neutral marketing sentiment reflecting the general trend across the whole financial sector, said a study. A ProFundCom sentiment analysis across the main financial sectors in June 2020 said that the biggest winner was Investment Ba
29 Jun. 2020 Swiss asset managers: no rapid economic recovery in sight [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investment experts working at Swiss-based asset management firms have a distinctly negative view of the outlook for Switzerland's economy and the financial markets as a result of the coronavirus crisis, according to the latest Swiss Asset Managers' Survey, H1/2
29 Jun. 2020 Inaugural TrackInsight Global ETF Survey reveals selector priorities and future adoption trends worldwide [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - TrackInsight, the global independent ETF analytics platform, has announced the results of the TrackInsight Global ETF survey 2020, supported by IHS Markit and iShares by BlackRock. This first edition of what will be an annual report, polled more than 300 professional i
29 Jun. 2020 European leveraged finance issuance leads to a 15.3% fall in accumulated proceeds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: European leveraged finance issuance dropped in the first quarter as the coronavirus pandemic hit markets, leading to a 15.3% fall in accumulated proceeds, said a study. According to Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME), total accumulated proceeds acros
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