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17 August 2009

Reflections on the financial crisis: when diversification failedp

For professional investors and financial planners alike, the past year and a half has been one of the most challenging ever. Cumulative losses on stocks, bonds, real estate and other investment vehicles are estimated to be in the vicinity of $50tr globally, with roughly one third of that coming from the United States. Most portfolio managers were unable to avoid large losses, including some renowned value investors. Even sophisticated university endowments that contain large allocations to alternative investment vehicles reportedly suffered losses in the range of 25 per cent to 30 per cent.

21 July 2009

Responsible investment in private equity – case studiesp

The PRI began its work on Private Equity in March 2008 by engaging with a broad range of key funds and investors in the sector. One of the obstacles we frequently faced when initiating these dialogues was some uncertainty about what Responsible Investment and the PRI could mean for private equity. This was the case for many general partners, funds of funds and limited partners.

21 July 2009

Responsible investment in private equity – a guide for limited partnersp

This guide describes some of the unique characteristics of private equity investments and provides suggestions on how the PRI Principles could be applied to the asset class. It aims to help LPs assess the extent to which a GP’s investment and ownership processes are consistent with the LP’s own commitments as a PRI signatory. Its scope addresses engagement and information that an LP can consider both before investing in a fund and during the life of that fund. The guide can be applied to any type of PE investment including: venture capital; mid-market; large buy-out; mezzanine; secondary investments; distressed and special situations; and funds of funds.

19 June 2009

Alternative assets: Private equity funds of fundsp

Funds of funds offer investors access to elite funds and knowledge of emerging funds that have the potential to achieve top quartile performance, according to Piper Jaffray.

19 June 2009

The arts of communicationp

In this part two of a two-part series in the Israel Venture Capital Journal, high-tech entrepreneur Isabel Maxwell continues to discuss the principles of good communications.

2 May 2008

Pearls of wisdom: spotlight on non-executive director talentp

Legendary banker JPMorgan said that when two non-executive directors (NEDs) agree, most of the time one of them is unnecessary. A century after he bailed out the US financial system, his words still carry weight and in a post-Enron age the topic of NEDs continues to spark controversial exchanges, writes Scottish Equity Partners.

2 May 2008

Countdown to a bright futurep

In this article from Scottish Equity Partners, Bruce Huber compiles a list of ten critical factors which will shape the future of technology investment. He identifies major new power brokers and trends and concludes that viewed collectively, they add up to a bright outlook.

30 April 2008

Perspectives – Capital Dynamics quarterly newsletter April 2008p

Within the bulletin, the international private equity asset manager offers its take on why pension funds should continue to invest in private equity despite the recent market turmoil. An easy-to-use graphical illustration of the market climate for the different regions and sectors can be found on page 3, followed by key market figures.

23 April 2008

Growth equity: finding the right ‘Tweener’ investorp

In 2007, US private equity firms raised a record $302bn in 415 funds. While the vast majority of this capital is earmarked for leveraged buy-outs and early stage venture, many companies fit the criteria for neither, says Richard Maclean of Frontier Capital. These 'Tweeners' are established and growing businesses that lack the intellectual property to attract venture investors or the EBITDA to be a leveraged buy-out.

26 March 2008

California’s Responsible Private Equity Investment Act of 2008p

The substantial increase in size of sovereign wealth funds has led state, federal and international officials to examine more closely the potential economic and political impact sovereign wealth funds might exert. While some are urging greater controls on the sovereign wealth funds themselves, California is taking a different approach by proposing to adopt legislation that would regulate investments by the state's retirement systems into sovereign wealth funds.

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