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22 September 2009

Phil Alfieri of IMG Aurion Infrastructure on what he is seeing in the infrastructure spacep

IMG Aurion Infrastructure is a recent venture between Infrastructure Management Group, a US-based financial advisory firm, and Canadian fund manager Aurion Capital Management.

IMG Aurion was recently formed to provide investors worldwide with infrastructure investment opportunities, infrastructure advisory expertise and strong governance to serve a growing need to access value-added, middle-market infrastructure investments. The firm’s mandate is to deploy niche infrastructure strategies with direct investor mandates or through commingled funds predominantly in North America.

Phil Alfieri, CEO and managing partner of the firm, spoke with AltAssets about what he is seeing in the market today.

9 September 2009

Peter Rip of Crosslink Capital on the opening window for venture-backed IPOsp

Peter Rip, general partner at venture firm Crosslink Capital, spoke with AltAssets to share his view of the market for venture-backed IPOs. He outlines his perspective as to whether we are seeing an opening of the window for such companies to list on the public markets, and also touches on interesting investment areas for venture capitalists and the opportunity that the current climate presents.

8 September 2009

Institutional investors still confident secondary market is set to take offp

The latest survey by Almeida Capital in association with AltAssets reveals that investor expectations of the secondary market remain high, writes Richard Sachar.

27 August 2009

Corinna Mitchell of law firm Dechert on covenant breaches and lenders granting waiversp

The global recession continues to take its toll and businesses are feeling the pinch.

Corinna Mitchell, a partner at international law firm Dechert, talked to AltAssets about her recent observations in this testing environment.

26 August 2009

Vikkram Singh, formerly with ILPA, on benchmarking the PE industry and issues LPs are facingp

AltAssets recently spoke with Vikkram Singh who, until recently, was the director of research with The Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA). Here he speaks on benchmarking the private equity industry, the shifting relationship between GPs and LPs, issues affecting limited partners today, and the value of placement agents.

19 August 2009

Former NVCA chairman Dixon Doll speaks on the 4-Pillar Plan to restore liquidity in the US VC industryp

Dixon Doll, co-founder and general partner of international venture capital firm DCM and former chairman of the National Venture Capital Association, was instrumental in creating an initiative to restore liquidity in the US venture capital industry. The 4-Pillar Plan was devised by Doll in collaboration with the NVCA board and members to address the bleak environment that is being experienced by the industry since the financial downturn manifested itself across the US and globally. AltAssets spoke with Doll about the 4-Pillar Plan, how it came to fruition, its purpose and the NVCA’s long-term goals.

6 August 2009

David de Weese of Paul Capital talks secondariesp

David de Weese, a partner with private equity house Paul Capital who also leads the firm’s global secondary transaction sourcing activities, shared his time with AltAssets. In this interview David touches on how the secondaries market has evolved, picking up private equity from banks as they re-up and move away from the asset class, and the obstacles in the way of becoming a specialist secondaries buyer.

3 August 2009

Daniel Green of Greenpark Capital talks secondariesp

Daniel Green, investment director with London-based mid-market secondaries player Greenpark Capital, sat down with AltAssets to talk about the secondaries market, how it has grown, the effect of new buyers coming into the market and the value that intermediaries can add.

22 July 2009

It’s only an iceberg – Ray Maxwell, CEO of Acrostic, lends his thoughts on LBOsp

I was alerted to an article in the Financial Times dated 6 July 2009 entitled “Private equity deals are ‘not riskier’, study finds”. Research carried out by the Credit Management Research Centre at Leeds University Business School and the Centre for Buy-out Research at Nottingham University commented that “private equity deals done after 2003 were no more likely to fail than other companies, after adjusting for leverage and other factors”.

16 July 2009

Venture capital’s role in the UK’s economic recoveryp

With the onset of the credit crunch, the tide went out on our debt hungry economy. Devoid of the currents of leverage and securitisation, the limitations of the economy's manufacturing and exporting base, and its reliance on the City of London, were laid bare. Regardless of how quickly the high water of debt finance is re-established, never has the need to invest real equity into the real economy been more visible – not to bail out outdated industries but, more importantly for our long-term prosperity, to create entirely new ones.

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