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6 May 2011

Institutional Investor Profile: Henry Potter, Senior Banker, European Bank for Reconstruction and Developmentp

Henry Potter on Central Europe, the Balkan states and why the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has been very active in Russia recently. Potter joined the bank some ten years ago. He is now one of a team of three senior people who run EBRD's funds programme.

2 May 2011

LP Profile: Helen Steers, Pantheon Venturesp

Pantheon Partner Helen Steers sat down with AltAssets to discuss how the private equity industry is being transformed as a result of the financial crisis and why fundamental shake-outs in this asset class never really happen. Plus, the anticipated impact on exit sources with the newfound availability of debt; what she really thinks about secondary buy-outs, fees and terms; and why success amongst certain GP funds boils down to ‘super active equity’.

21 April 2011

LP Profile: Tim Creed, Adveqp

Tim Creed, executive director in charge of European investments at fund of funds Adveq, caught up with AltAssets to discuss the most attractive investment destinations in Europe, the charms and hazards of turnaround, and how the firm’s earlier predictions of a “Tripolar” investment world have played out.

7 March 2011

LP Profile: Alan MacKay, Hermes GPEp

AltAssets caught up with Alan MacKay to learn where he and his team see the best return opportunities for the decade ahead and why he feels good about being an LP in today’s global private equity market.

11 December 2010

LP Profile: Sam Robinson, SVG Advisersp

Sam Robinson, head of global investment at UK fund of funds investor SVG Advisers, met up with AltAssets to discuss the return of secondaries, the hazards of Asia, and being optimistic about Europe without being bullish.

Robinson has played a significant role in the creation, investment and portfolio management of all fund of funds managed by SVG Advisers, including the Diamond, Asia and SPEFOF programmes.

23 November 2010

Francois Gamblin , CEO, Secondcapp

Francois Gamblin caught up with AltAssets to discuss new secondaries trading platform SecondaryNet, why attempts at private equity secondary trading platforms have failed in the past, and how to grow the asset class from two per cent of the private equity market to eight per cent in the next few years.

26 October 2010

Investor Profile: Robert Savage, Investment Director, Greenpark Capitalp

Robert Savage on the secondaries market during the downturn, the dangers of fire sale fund acquisitions, the strengths of the mid-market, and the predicted $20bn of secondary dealflow in the pipeline as portfolio valuations bounce back.

17 August 2010

Investor Profile: Katharina Lichtner, Managing Director and Head of Research, Capital Dynamicsp

Katharina Lichtner on Capital Dynamics’ bullish stance on secondaries, on the evolution of due diligence processes, on LPs defaulting on capital calls and on the devaluation of private equity portfolio companies.

17 August 2010

Investor Profile: Charles Soulignac, Managing Partner, Fondinvest Capitalp

Charles Soulignac on Fondinvest sticking to its guns by continuing to invest in the lower mid-market, on the proliferation of fund of funds players in recent years, on his concern over secondary buy-outs, and on the value proposition this method of private equity still poses for investors if done correctly.

10 May 2010

Investor Profile: David Currie, CEO of SL Capitalp

David Currie on how SL Capital’s portfolio has weathered the economic storm, the firm’s increasing allocation to secondaries, the growing popularity of the mid-market, and what the trend for LPs to make direct investments means for LPs and GPs.

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