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The Californian Infrastructure Market - April 2016 Apr 2016
In this factsheet, we take a look at Californian infrastructure deals, including a breakdown by sector and project stage. We also analyze infrastructure investors based in California, as well as the largest fund managers based in the state by total capital raised.
 
New York City Employees’ Retirement System Departs Hedge Funds: US Public Pension Funds Update - April 2016 Apr 2016
Following the recent decision taken by New York City Employees’ Retirement System (NYCERS) to unwind its $1.5bn portfolio of hedge fund investments, we take another look at the current state of the hedge fund industry and appetite among US public pension funds for the asset class to see if there are wider signs of further outflows from these investors.
 
ASEAN Private Equity - April 2016 Apr 2016
Preqin is delighted to collaborate with the SVCA again to examine the latest private equity and venture capital trends in the ASEAN region, using information from Preqin’s Private Equity Online.
 
Preqin Quarterly Update: Private Equity, Q1 2016 Apr 2016
The first quarter of 2016 saw 150 funds hold a final close, raising an aggregate $66bn and representing a slowdown on the strong fundraising of the previous quarter. Global private equity-backed buyout deal and exit activity also slowed noticeably, especially when compared with the levels seen in 2015. Total private equity dry powder is now at a record high of $775bn, putting more and more pressure on entry prices for assets. Encouragingly, 2,408 venture capital deals worth an aggregate $34bn were completed, putting an end to the slump in deal value seen at the end of last year.
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Preqin Quarterly Update: Real Estate, Q1 2016 Apr 2016
Amid a relatively strong quarter for fundraising (44 funds closed securing $21bn), the largest real estate firms still dominate the market: two-thirds of capital raised in Q1 2016 came from the top 10 largest funds to close. With continued demand for real estate and the resulting increase in valuations, the performance of the asset class has remained strong. Closed-end private real estate funds have posted positive average changes in NAV for 21 consecutive quarters, and the PrEQIn All Real Estate Index has shown continued growth. Challenging prospects are ahead for fund managers, however, with a record 492 funds currently seeking capital.
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Preqin Quarterly Update: Infrastructure, Q1 2016 Apr 2016
Of the 10 infrastructure funds to reach a final close this quarter, four vehicles accounted for 89% of the $14.6bn fundraising total – investors appear to be placing more faith in the deal sourcing abilities of large, established infrastructure firms. Q1 2016 has seen the third successive quarterly rise in infrastructure deal flow, with Asia taking centre stage this quarter in terms of the number of transactions. Unlisted infrastructure funds are delivering the consistent returns that investors seek from the asset class: the median net IRR for infrastructure funds across all vintages remains consistent at around 10%, and is among the least volatile private capital strategies.
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Preqin Quarterly Update: Natural Resources, Q1 2016 Apr 2016
Following a record year for natural resources fundraising in 2015 there has been a slower start to 2016: 12 funds closed in Q1 2016, raising $11.7bn. Investors appear concerned over the recent performance of the asset class, with returns falling short of expectations for many. As a result, investors appear to be taking a cautious approach towards the asset class. Sixty-three percent of investors that plan to commit to natural resources in the next 12 months will allocate less than $50mn. Furthermore, competition for limited investor capital is high: 251 funds are currently in market, targeting an aggregate $142.2bn.
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Preqin Quarterly Update: Hedge Funds, Q1 2016 Apr 2016
Following a difficult second half of 2015, when the sector saw losses of -2.50%, the first two months of 2016 were disappointing for many in the hedge fund industry; even a return of 2.66% in March failed to bring the benchmark into positive territory in Q1 2016. However, CTAs and macro strategies funds had a largely successful start to the year, and it appears fund managers are increasingly seeing the value in launching macro funds: 9% of all hedge funds launched in the quarter pursue a macro strategy. March, however, brought with it a change in fortune for CTAs and macro strategies as they moved from the top to the bottom of the performance spectrum, where other strategies made gains. Despite a changeable returns environment, Q1 2016 saw an uptick in the launch activity of funds of hedge funds.
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Preqin Quarterly Update: Private Debt, Q1 2016 Apr 2016
Sixteen private debt funds reached a final close in Q1 2016, securing a total of $8.3bn in commitments globally. The vast majority of capital raised is focused on opportunities in North America and Europe, with funds focused on these regions each collecting $4.1bn. North America-focused funds saw an increase in distressed debt fundraising, while direct lending was the main draw for Europe-focused funds Although 2016 may be off to a slower start compared with 2015, 265 private debt funds are currently in market, targeting an aggregate $130bn, suggesting that fundraising has the potential to pick up later in the year. With $186.5bn in dry powder across the industry at the end of Q1, there is a growing impetus on managers to put capital to work on the back of several strong fundraising cycles.
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Privcap Report: Q1 2016 Private Equity Fundraising Round-up Apr 2016
Experts from Preqin, Mercury Capital Advisors and Privcap discuss the latest trends in private equity fundraising. The fundraising round-up also features an interview with veteran real estate dealmaker Michael Fascitelli, former CEO of Vornado Realty Trust and co-founder of Imperial Companies.
 
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