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30 April 2009

Institutional investor profile: John Barber, Managing Partner, Citigroup Private Equityp

Barber on the need for diversification in a fund of funds portfolio, on the negative impact of mark to market in the private equity industry, on the danger of an imbalanced management team and on the importance of a consistent strategy to add value.

30 April 2009

Institutional investor profile: Hans van Swaay, Head of Private Equity, Pictet & Ciep

Van Swaay on private equity as a maturing industry, on the failed ambitions of some mid-market firms, on the negatives of negotiation and on the problems of secondary buy-outs.

29 April 2009

Institutional Investor Profile: Jens Bisgaard-Frantzen, Managing Partner, ATP Private Equity Partnersp

Jens Bisgaard-Frantzen on the qualities ATP Private Equity Partners looks for during the due diligence process, on the importance of long-term LP-GP relationships, on why the firm is keen to invest in industry sector-specific funds, and on the firm's position on Asia.

29 April 2009

Institutional Investor Profile: Dr Petra Salesny, Partner, ALPHA Associatesp

Dr Petra Salesny on the challenges and opportunities that ALPHA Associates have faced as an investor focussed on CEE. As a limited partner with seven years of CEE investment experience the firm has built long-standing relationships with fund managers in the region.

29 April 2009

Institutional Investor Profile: Marc der Kinderen, Managing Partner, 747 Capitalp

Marc der Kinderen believes that you can only select the best investment opportunities if you analyse all the funds active in your segment. 747 Capital meets with every small buy-out and growth team in the US that is in the market with a new fund.

29 April 2009

Institutional Investor Profile: Ralph Günther, Managing Partner, bmp AGp

Ralph Günther on analysing track records, on the prospects of venture capital investing in Europe, on access issues and how to overcome them, and on the role of retail investors in private equity.

29 April 2009

Institutional Investor Profile: Philippe Poggioli, Partner, Access Capital Partnersp

Philippe Poggioli explains how Access Capital Partners puts together its portfolios. He says that to him discipline is the most important quality of a general partner because they have to remain cool-headed and withhold from investments when the climate is not right.

29 April 2009

Institutional Investor Profile: Dr Hellmut Kirchner, Co-Founder and Managing Director, VCM Capital Managementp

Dr Hellmut Kirchner on due diligence, arrogant fund managers and on why VCM Capital Management started raising its second mezzanine fund of funds straight after closing the first.

29 April 2009

Institutional Investor Profile: Thomas Kubr, a Managing Director and the Chief Executive of Capital Dynamicsp

Thomas Kubr on ideal portfolio composition, on giving GPs enough freedom to adjust their strategies to changing market conditions, and on mega versus smaller buy-out funds.

29 April 2009

Institutional Investor Profile: Ralph Aerni, Head of Private Equity, SCM Strategic Capital Management AGp

Ralph Aerni describes in detail what SCM's due diligence process entails, why his firm considers first-time funds and why he thinks it is important to actively involve clients in the process of making investment decisions.

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