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13 May. 2020 Golub Capital raises $3bn of dry powder for new investments [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia for A Square: US-based asset manager Golub Capital announced that it has raised $3 billion of new investment firepower in the past six weeks. According to a press release from the direct lender and credit asset manager, its fundraising success includes closing
12 May. 2020 Private debt industry sitting on $292bn in dry powder says Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: There are 457 private debt funds in the market as of April 2020, seeking a combined $201bn, says Preqin. These are the highest figures ever recorded. "Given that the industry is sitting on $292bn in dry powder, we expect deals to pick up as market participants get
12 May. 2020 Hedge fund managers up 3.73% in April, reduce YTD losses to 4.64% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds recouped some of the losses they suffered amidst pandemic-induced market chaos, said Eurekahedge. The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 3.73% in April - recording its strongest monthly performance in recent years, supported by the strong performance of
12 May. 2020 Asset managers fail to provide the information investors need on ESG, says survey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Although there has been a significant increase in both the supply and demand for ESG related content created by asset managers in the last 12 months, there remains a significant gap between the content that investors are looking for and the content the managers are act
11 May. 2020 CTAs and trend-following hedge fund strategies maintain momentum in April [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - CTAs and trend-following hedge fund strategies maintained their recent impressive momentum, profiting from continued trends across commodities and bond markets, new Société Générale data for April shows. Managed futures funds seized on moves in fixed income assets, whi
11 May. 2020 Level of dry powder in the private equity industry stands at a record $1.48tn as of April 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The level of dry powder in the private equity industry stands at a record of $1.48tn as of April 2020, so firms have a huge amount of capital to put to work, said a study. About $314bn of that total is in venture capital funds, said a report by Preqin. Given the
08 May. 2020 Hedge funds surge to best gain since 2009 as managers navigate pandemic volatility [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds surged to the strongest monthly gain in over 10 years in April, as managers positioned for the re-opening of global economies which have been shut down as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, while also navigating historic volatility in oil and commodity mark
08 May. 2020 OECD reports on FDI flows in the time of COVID-19 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - COVID-19 has provoked a global health crisis and severe economic disruptions. This is also impacting the foreign direct investment (FDI) decisions of firms. What is this likely to mean for FDI flows in 2020? According to the latest report from the OECD: - FDI flo
08 May. 2020 Alternative asset industry faces short-term disruption but positive longer-term outlook [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The economic interruption and travel restrictions have led investors to delay making fund commitments, and fund managers have faced challenges in fundraising, deal origination, and portfolio company operations, said a survey. According to a Preqin survey of alterna
08 May. 2020 North America: M&A activity declines in Q1 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The number of mergers and acquisition (M&A) deals in North America consistently declined during the first quarter (Q1) of 2020, from 1,178 in January to 1,024 in February and 820 in March. According to GlobalData while the corresponding deal value registered growth
07 May. 2020 COVID-19 negatively impacts private capital fundraising but there are also some bright spots [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: COVID-19 is disrupting private capital fundraising as more than half of GPs surveyed by Preqin says that fundraising activity has slowed down. Well over two-thirds (69%) of GPs Preqin surveyed say that fundraising from potential investors has been negatively impacte
07 May. 2020 COVID-19: Global sustainable bond issuance falls 32% to $59.3bn in Q1 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global sustainable bond issuance totaled $59.3 billion in the first quarter of 2020, 32% lower than the fourth quarter of 2019, as the economic and financial fallout from the coronavirus crisis began to spread, Moody's said. Green bond volumes declined to $33.9
06 May. 2020 China ups the ante to acquire or invest in distressed foreign assets amid COVID-19 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: While US President Donald Trump stands by China lab origin theory for the virus, Chinese companies have upped the ante to acquire or invest in distressed foreign assets in strategic locations. Against this backdrop, governments across several nations are now concern
06 May. 2020 Morgan Stanley announces $110m fund focused on climate solutions [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM)'s private markets arm, Alternative Investment Partners Private Markets, has closed a new fund at $110m focused on addressing critical climate issues. The fund, which seeks to address critical climate issues including
06 May. 2020 Less unlisted infrastructure and natural resources funds close but raise 50% more assets [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In infrastructure, 17 funds closed in Q1 2020, compared with 24 in Q1 2019, meanwhile, in natural resources 22 funds closed, vs. 36 in Q1 2019, said Preqin. That said, both asset classes secured more capital. Infrastructure funds raised $38bn, a 46% increase, while
06 May. 2020 Investcorp and Tages merged their absolute return businesses in a 50-50 deal [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Alternative investments firm Investcorp and European asset manager Tages Group created a 50%-50% joint venture by combining the absolute-return businesses of each company earlier this month. The new firm, Investcorp-Tages Ltd., manages a total of $6 billion in multi
05 May. 2020 No evidence of outperformance by hedge fund 'best ideas', says study [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Epsilon Asset Management, a quantitative asset management firm that pursues bottom-up stock-selection alpha through a data science investment approach, announced the findings of its new report, "Hedge Fund Alpha and their Best Ideas". Produced in collaboration with N
05 May. 2020 Hedge Fund Association announces results of 2020 Global Board of Directors election [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Hedge Fund Association (HFA), a leading international nonprofit trade and nonpartisan lobbying organization, announced the results of its 2020 Global Board of Directors election. HFA members re-elected Camille Clemons, Jennifer Keeney and Emily Slocum, and elected
05 May. 2020 COVID19: Private real estate fundraising falls in Q1 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private real estate fundraising fell in Q1 2020 as a result of the impact of COVID-19, said a study. According to Preqin, managers raised $18bn from 51 funds closed, vs.$51bn raised from 83 funds closed in Q1 2019. Investors directed their capital toward funds mana
05 May. 2020 UK occupies top spot 610 M&A deals in Europe during Q1 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Amid declining Q1 M&A volumes in Europe following uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, UK scores highest number of deals with 610, said a study. According to GlobalData, the European region witnessed consistent decline in mergers and acquisition (M&A) deal
04 May. 2020 Asia-Pacific: Mergers and acquisition deal activity remains inconsistent during Q1 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The mergers and acquisition (M&A) deal activity in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region remained inconsistent during the first quarter (Q1) of 2020, said a study. GlobalData revealed that the number of announced M&A deals decreased from 494 in February 2020 to 457 in Marc
04 May. 2020 27% fewer 267 PE funds closing in Q1 raise 12% more money compared to one year ago [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Fewer private equity funds reached a final close in Q1 2020, as the asset class is affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Preqin, a total of 267 funds closed, marking a 27% drop vs. Q1 2019. But the total amount of capital raised was significant: at $133bn
01 May. 2020 The impact of COVID-19 on activist investing [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Activist investing could drop to levels not seen since 2014 in the immediate aftermath of the coronavirus outbreak, according to new research from Activist Insight. Data in the report shows that there was a significant uptick in proxy statements in 2009, 2
30 Apr. 2020 Latham and Watkins expands M&A practice [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Latham & Watkins LLP is pleased to announce that Kate Withers has joined the firm's New York office as a partner in the Corporate Department and as a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice and Private Equity Practice. She advises clients of all sizes in connect
30 Apr. 2020 Hedge funds are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, says Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark generated a loss of 10.38% in Q1 2020, all but erasing the annual gain of 10.97% made in 2019. But given that the S&P 500 Index fell by 20.00% in the first quarter of this year, hedge funds performed better than tradit
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