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FinTech: Lloyds To Acquire Stake In Loyalty App Bink

January 4, 2022

Lloyds Banking Group (LON: LLOY), Britain’s biggest mortgage provider, will acquire a minority stake in loyalty app Bink, according to a report by Sky News for an undisclosed amount that may run into millions of pounds. It was also not known how much the transaction valued Bink.

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Carl Icahn and Cloudera Strike Deal

August 12, 2019

Icahn gains two board seats, agrees not to boost stake above 20% in cloud computing firm Carl Icahn and Cloudera have reached a voting and standstill agreement. The cloud-computing firm has agreed to appoint Nicholas Graziano and Jesse Lynn to its board of directors. Both new board members are employees of Icahn Enterprises. Both board directors’ terms expire…

Gerardus Vos Will be Busy in London

Gerardus Vos Leaves Barclays to Run BAML Fintech Team

August 12, 2019

Bank of America Merrill Lynch continues its global expansion Fintech analyst Gerardus Vos is heading to Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The U.S. bank has hired Vos to lead head a financial technology investment banking team for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). Once he starts in September, Vos will report to Giorgio Cocini…

Goldman Taps Avinash Mehrotra to Lead Activist Defense

August 12, 2019

Avinash Mehrotra returns to the group he led after the departure of William Anderson in 2015. The Goldman Sachs activist defense team has a new leader after the departure of partner Steven Barg. Goldman has announced that Avinash Mehrotra would lead the company’s activist defense group. The firm released details in an internal memo, according…

Och-Ziff Changes Its Name to Something Worth Fewer Scrabble Points

August 12, 2019

Hedge fund chooses new name Sculptor Capital Management as an ongoing shakeup of Dan Och’s firm continues. The Och-Ziff name change is complete. The company has channeled its inner Stringer Bell. Following the departure of billionaire founder Dan Och, a bribery scandal in Africa, and a revolving door exodus of client money – Och-Ziff has…

Why Investors are Flocking to Private Markets Despite the Risk

August 12, 2019

There is a gush of inflows into venture capital and other alternative investments as investors crave better returns and lower correlation to a toppy Wall Street
Institutional investors have been upping their allocations to alternative investments in the face of diminishing returns and recessionary fears from traditional markets.
“The incentives for early exposure to rapidly growing, mature companies are still intact,” PitchBook senior manager Garrett James Black said in the firm’s 2019 Unicorn Report. “Unicorns aren’t going away anytime soon.”

Limin Wang Becomes Managing Director at Blackstone

August 12, 2019

The former Credit Suisse director joins a deep quantitative team as Blackstone aims to increase its quantitative approach Limin Wang has become Managing Director of the Quantitative Research team at Blackstone Alternative Asset Management (BAAM). Wang was previously in portfolio management at Laurion Capital Management since 2015. Prior to that, he was a proprietary trader…

Neil Shah Joins Evercore as Senior Managing Director

August 12, 2019

The Harvard law graduate has 20 years of private equity experience and will launch Evercore’s permanent capital business. Neil Shah will join Evercore’s Investment Banking business as a Senior Managing Director in its Advisory practice. Shah will focus on advising financial sponsor clients in the firm’s New York office. He will also launch and lead Evercore’s…

BlackRock Cuts First Private Equity Deal for Authentic Brands

August 12, 2019

BlackRock becomes the largest stakeholder in a company with a powerful portfolio of global brands. BlackRock announced over the weekend that it scored a 30% stake in Authentic Brands.  The deal means that BlackRock’s portfolio will now include a stake in Sports Illustrated, Nine West, Aeropostale, and Juicy Couture. In addition, Authentic owns more than…

Rocket Dollar Review – Making Alternative Investments Easier

August 12, 2019

Financial platform Rocket Dollar has taken the pain out of alternative investments for the common investor’s retirement portfolio. Rocket Dollar now allows you to invest in a whole swath of alternative assets through a solo 401(k) plan or a self-directed IRA.
Regarding investment choices, anything goes except those specifically prohibited by the IRS.

Tiger Global: Pedal to the metal on investing in Indian startups

August 11, 2019

Tiger Global Management, the hedge fund that made a multi-bagger call on Indian startup Flipkart, is again stalking the Indian startup scene.
According to reports, Tiger Global has closed investments in at least half of the dozen startups that it recently evaluated.

The Death of Sears – We’re Well Past 1,000 Cuts

August 9, 2019

Eddie Lampert’s Transform Holdco will shutter another 26 shops as Sears’ demise accelerates. The death of Sears will continue at a slow, steady pace well into the fall. Next week, Transform Holdco, the company created by Sears Chairman Eddie Lampert to purchase the retailer’s assets out of bankruptcy, will start “liquidation sales” at locations it…

ESG Hedge Fund operated in Sweden

ESG Hedge Fund Falters in Sweden

August 9, 2019

The fund had only $2.46 million in assets one year into its operations Handelsbanken Fonder will shutter its ESG hedge fund Handelsbanken Hållbarhet Hedge on September 5, according to a letter to investors. Despite increasing demand around the globe for ESG strategies, the Swedish asset manager cited low client enthusiasm. Launched in February 2018, the…

Chicago - Najarian Brothers

Najarian Brothers Welcome New Advisors to Cannabis ETF

August 9, 2019

Jon and Pete Najarian on Board Biotech Entrepreneur and Cannabis Investment Specialist The Najarian brothers of CNBC fame have welcomed two new members to the strategic advisory team of Innovation Shares’ Cannabis ETF (THCX). The ETF, which launched in July, will add Stable Road Capital CIO, Brian Kabot, and healthcare and biotechnology entrepreneur, Neal Patel,…

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Venture capital funding in healthcare AI pops in Q2

August 9, 2019

Venture capital funding continues to rise in the healthcare artificial intelligence space A new report from CB Insight shows that venture capital investment surged in startups for healthcare artificial and mental health and wellness. Funding for both sectors hit new records in the second quarter. During the first half of the year, investment in healthcare companies…

Jeffrey Tarrant - In Memorium

Jeff Tarrant Passes Away at 63

August 9, 2019

The hedge fund pioneer made a legendary bet against Warren Buffett on activist traders Jeffrey Tarrant, the co-founder of Protégé Partners, has passed away at 63 after a battle with brain cancer. According to a statement from Protégé Partners, Tarrant died at his Bridgehampton home on August 5. Tarrant was a legendary seed investor, money…

BlueMountain Capital Sold to Assured Guaranty

August 9, 2019

Affiliated Managers Group sells its state to the Bermuda-based municipal bond and infrastructure insurer, for $91 million. BlueMountain Capital has struggled in 2019. At the end of June, its flagship Credit Alternatives fund ‘s performance showed a 4% loss. Affiliated Managers Group said it was working to bring the fund back to profitability. The fund…

Scaramucci: Trade War Holds Back Capital Expenditures

August 8, 2019

Anthony Scaramucci thanked President Trump Thursday for helping to bolster the alternative investment industry after the 2017 Jobs and Tax Cuts Act.  However, he then warned the White House that CEOs are holding back capital investment due to Trump’s erratic stance on global trade.  As a guest host on Squawk Box Thursday, the former White…

“Venture Capital” Investor Tanmaya Kabra Busted for Alleged Ponzi Scheme

August 8, 2019

Prosecutors say a 25-year-old he used investors’ money to buy a boat and pay off credit cards. Tanmaya Kabra told clients he was a Venture Capital investor and serial entrepreneur. He ran a company called Launchbyte.IO that – on the surface – invested in tech startups as venture capital funds do. Kabra allegedly told investors…

FINTRAC money laundering warning

Hoplite Capital to Shut Its Doors After 16 Years

August 8, 2019

The announcement came in a letter to shareholders after lackluster returns. John Lykouretzos will shutter Hoplite Capital and return capital to investors. The hedge fund manager addressed his decision in a letter to shareholders this week. “I have decided to close the Hoplite managed funds and return third-party capital as soon as possible,” he wrote….

The Bitcoin ETF Trust

Don Steinbrugge: Hedge funds to Buy More Bitcoin

August 8, 2019

The long-term Bitcoin bull is the latest manager to spot a growing trend in cryptocurrencies Don Steinbrugge, Agecroft Partners Founder and CEO, expects hedge fund managers to start gobbling up Bitcoin. The consultancy chief made his comments in a CNBC interview on Tuesday. During his conversation, the crypto bull called Bitcoin a “fantastic technology” and…

Thoma Bravo iPipeline

Thoma Bravo Sells iPipeline to Roper Technologies 

August 8, 2019

The $1.625 billion deal is another win for the private equity shop Private equity firm Thoma Bravo has announced it will sell cloud-software firm iPipeline for $1.625 billion. Roper Technologies will make the purchase for a software firm dedicated to life insurance and financial services clients.  As a result, the deal ends a four-year partnership…

The Institute for Energy Economics

Did BlackRock Lose $90 Billion of Client Money on Fossil Fuels

August 7, 2019

It depends on how one defines opportunity costs and if you cherry pick data… But “Big Oil” might be to blame The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEFFA) has called out the world’s top money manager by assets. According to an IEFFA report, BlackRock reportedly lost clients an estimated $90 billion in over a…

Abraxas Global Asset Management Opens GAM Platform for Investors

August 7, 2019

Abraxas Global Asset Management, a New York and Hong Kong provider of alternative asset solutions, will allow the direct use of its Abraxas GAM platform for alternative investing
These are “turbulent times,” according to James Harding, Head of Distribution and Marketing, Abraxas Global Asset Management.
He is referring to market volatility, the risks from an equity meltdown, unresolved trade disputes, and the Brexit “mystery.”

Aecom-Canyon Partners

Managed Futures Funds: These Mega Bulls Could Trigger the Next Big Sell-Off

August 7, 2019

Here’s a toxic mix of factors that could trigger a self-sustaining downturn in already top-heavy markets. Trade war machinations, a bull run in stocks that is long in the tooth and a dithering Fed.
Add to this a group of hedge funds, known as managed futures funds, that have loaded to the gills with bullish bets on the market.
And these guys, $300 billion in size, are computer-driven.