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09 Dec. 2019 Institutional investors check on sexual harassment at portfolio-management firms [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Probable sexual harassment at fund portfolio management firms is an increasingly important concern for institutional investors as they seek to allocate assets. But, according to a survey, most investors are not asking money managers about their record on sexual har
09 Dec. 2019 Five Star Funds launches $400m hedge fund targeting Las Vegas wealthy [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Las Vegas-based asset management and advisory firm Five Star Funds has announced the formation of the Flamingo All Weather Fund, LP, the first hedge fund of its kind to be based in the City of Las Vegas. The area has enjoyed sustained periods of significant economi
09 Dec. 2019 Hedge fund industry returns 8.6% in the year to November 30, says HFR [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index gained +1.2 percent in November, as optimism regarding U.S. economic growth outweighed risks and negative sentiment around trade/tariff negotiations and impeachment proceedings, according to HFR. Heading into year-end, hedge fu
06 Dec. 2019 Apollo Global Management eyes expansion in Japan, appoints a new head for alternatives [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Alternative investment firm Apollo Global Management plans to build out a private equity business in Japan, where it sees opportunities in alternatives market. The global alternative investment manager announced the appointment of Tetsuji Okamoto as a Partner, Head
06 Dec. 2019 Asset managers credit profiles will remain resilient in 2020, says Moody's [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global asset management 2020 outlook remains stable amid structural headwinds, which constrain EBITDA growth. "The 2020 outlook for the global asset management sector is stable, reflecting high-profit margins, manageable debt burdens, and sustained risk appetite am
06 Dec. 2019 Asset managers have a poor understanding of blockchain technology, says survey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A vast majority of senior executives in fund management industry have an average to poor understanding of blockchain technology, said a survey. Despite overall optimism in blockchain's potential, 76 percent of industry respondents described the level of understandin
06 Dec. 2019 NY AG sues private equity manager over false claims and bad investments [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: New York Attorney General Letitia James is suing Laurence G. Allen and the various corporate entities he controls for defrauding investors and misappropriating more than $13 million to enrich himself and his companies between 2008 and 2018. The complaint - filed
05 Dec. 2019 DeckSender's 2019 Gender Diversity in investment report [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Female founder led startup's are seriously behind the curve when it comes to volume of overall startups seeking investment on a global level. However, the numbers that DeckSender have are starting to show promise with the UAE leading the way with a remarkable 70% of
05 Dec. 2019 Most institutional investors expect companies to implement effective ESG practices [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The majority of institutional investors believe companies must address the needs of a wide range of stakeholders, not just shareholders, and must implement effective environmental, social impact and governance (ESG) practices to win their trust. According to the 20
05 Dec. 2019 World's largest investors in 'wait-and-see' mode as political turmoil looms [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The world's large institutional investors and other investment funds - pension schemes, endowments, insurance firms and so on - are apprehensive about market prospects for 2020, despite record highs in major market indexes around the world. Almost half of the instit
04 Dec. 2019 Crestbridge increases global funds proposition with Luxembourg funds administration licence [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Crestbridge has been granted a funds administration licence in Luxembourg in a move that significantly bolsters the company's capabilities in the jurisdiction and its multijurisdictional proposition for alternative fund managers. Granted by Luxembourg's financial ser
04 Dec. 2019 Hong Kong SFC waives licensing fees for 2020/21 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) today announced waiving the annual licensing fees for the financial year of 2020/21. The fee waiver applies to annual licensing fees payable by all licensed corporations, registered institutions, responsible officers and rep
04 Dec. 2019 Alpha potential for Chinese L/S equity hedge funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: There are structural reasons as to why Chinese equities could provide a fertile ground for alpha. First, flows into China could support both beta and alpha, said Lyxor in its weekly brief. China accounts for only 8.5% of the world market cap, in contrast with its 1
04 Dec. 2019 Preqin sees great opportunity for service providers in alternative assets [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The world of alternative assets continues to grow and evolve, says Preqin's Service Providers in Alternative Assets report. As of December 2018, the latest available data, the alternative assets industry has reached a staggering $9.45tn in assets under management (
04 Dec. 2019 Shorter holds equal better performance for buyout funds [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The longer the holding period for buyout funds of any size, the lower the performance, according to financial software provider eFront's latest research on time-to-liquidity risk. This finding relates only to standard 10-year buyout funds, and is not a reflection on t
03 Dec. 2019 Dyal Capital closes the fourth fund at $9bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New York-based private-equity firm Dyal Capital Partners, a division of Neuberger Berman, closed its latest fund on more than $9 billion. Dyal Capital Partners IV was heavily oversubscribed at the final close with more than $3.5 billion above the fund's origina
03 Dec. 2019 Nordic institutional investors invest in World Bank green bond [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The World Bank priced a 20-year DKK 3 billion green bond - its first green bond denominated in Danish kroner. Institutional investors in both Denmark and Sweden have shown great interest in the bond and several pension funds are already on board. The 933 b
02 Dec. 2019 Euronickel Industries completes $100m investment and second furnace restart [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Euronickel Industries announced the completion of the $100 million investment in the plant and the re-start of its second electro-furnace at a ceremony today attended by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and Deputy Prime Minister Kocho Angjushev. The event marksthe first anni
02 Dec. 2019 LPs' portfolios are not ready for economic downturn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The large majority (70-80%) of North American and Asia-Pacific LPs believe their private equity portfolios need modifying to prepare them for the next economic downturn, according to Coller Capital's Global Private Equity Barometer. European investors are more sanguine, w
02 Dec. 2019 GLP launches $2.1bn China-focused logistics fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Asia's largest warehouse developer Global Logistic Properties (GLP) has launched a new $2.1bn Chinese logistics fund focusing on stabilised, income-generating properties, as the firm continues to recycle capital in the country. The vehicle, GLP China Income Partner
02 Dec. 2019 Luxembourg: private debt fund AuM grows 40% in two years to $61.7bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The private debt fund market in Luxembourg has steadily grown over the last few years and 2019 is no exception. Total assets under management (AuM) has increased by 40% in two years - from EUR 40 billion in 2017 to EUR 56 billion ($61.7bn ) as of June 2019. "
29 Nov. 2019 Capco launches prime brokerage consulting offering [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Capco, the global technology and management consultancy dedicated to the financial services industry, has announced the launch of a new Prime Brokerage Consulting offering. Prime Brokerage Consulting will support prime brokers as they navigate ongoing regulatory chang
29 Nov. 2019 UK regulator: Liquidity risk number one concern for asset management [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: UK regulator's number one concern for the asset management sector this year is corporate-level liquidity risk, says a survey. KPMG's annual Risk and ICAAP survey, Safe from Harm, finds that the majority of firms subject to a regulatory visit (Supervisory Review and
29 Nov. 2019 Private equity funds in Luxembourg increase fund AUM 50% in 2019 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The size of the average private equity fund domiciled in Luxembourg has increased by 50% since 2018, with the number of private equity funds holding assets worth more than €1 billion has also doubled to a total of 36 funds in 2019. The assets under managemen
28 Nov. 2019 The Hennessee Hedge Fund Index gained +0.80% in October (+7.60% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Developed market stocks increased 2.5% in October amid mixed economic data, positive global trade developments, and continued delays on Brexit. U.S. equities climbed 2.2% to new highs following better-than-expected U.S. earnings and a strong October employment report
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    Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In the current rising interest rate environment, investment activity in the private markets has continued to grow, revealed a study. "With alts managers sitting on over $2.5T+ of dry powder and continuing to enjoy premium valuations and interest rates on a prec

  2. Opalesque Exclusive: Hong Kong manager expects additional tailwind in Asian markets[more]

    B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The Asia equity markets have not been at their best so far this year, with the MSCI Asia index down almost 13% YTD, but many managers remain buoyant about the region, as in

  3. Opalesque Exclusive: Emerging markets persist despite headwinds[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Emerging markets have been under significant pressure since the start of the year, but there are some nascent trends that suggest that things could be getting better. Emerging markets firm Gramercy Fund Management recently released its third quarter outlook and

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