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6 May 2009

Institutional investor profile: Maurice Simons, Portfolio Manager, Private equity, SPF Beheerp

Simons on why private equity isn't a diversifying investment, on differentiation between funds of funds, on getting in with the right managers and on why private equity suffers from an image problem.

6 May 2009

Institutional investor profile: Luigi Santambrogio, Managing Director, Brederode (UK)p

Santambrogio on why secondaries may not be all they're cracked up to be, on the advantages of co-investing, on why private equity is more art than science and on why he hopes the asset class remains an inefficient market.

6 May 2009

Institutional Investor Profile: Catherine Lewis, Founding Partner, Proventurep

Lewis on why Western Europe is the place to be, on the difficulties of fundraising, on the tightening of capital, on why many funds of funds will disappear and on the way in which many investors will lose money in private equity.

5 May 2009

Institutional investor profile, David Chamberlain, Managing Director, Private Equity, Unigestionp

Chamberlain on why investing in a private equity fund is similar to investing in a public company, on the lack of clarity in portfolio valuations, on the importance of acting quickly when things are going wrong and on the potential influence of hedge funds on private equity.

5 May 2009

Institutional investor profile: Katja Salovaara, Portfolio Manager, Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Companyp

Salovaara on the dangers of buying macro stories, on why secondaries have been risky over the last couple of years, on the incompleteness of IRRs, and on why the private equity industry should be beyond inconveniencing its investors by now.

5 May 2009

Institutional investor profile: Luc Maruenda, Managing Director, AGF Private Equityp

Maruenda on why he likes to meet as many teams as possible, on remaining objective during fund selection, on why investors should not be lowering their return expectations and on know-it-all newcomers to the industry.

5 May 2009

Institutional investor profile: Anders Stromblad, Head of Alternative Investments, Second Swedish National Pension Fund – AP2p

Stromblad on taking a step-by-step approach to private equity, on why private equity is challenging for investors, on the importance of finding good managers and on the value of investing with teams with a broad mix of skills.

5 May 2009

Institutional investor profile: David White, Treasury Manager, BOC Groupp

White on why private equity jargon makes people suspicious, on why chopping and changing in private equity causes problems, on why private equity's high level of fees causes difficulties for pension funds and on why hedge funds are a no-go area for BOC.

5 May 2009

Institutional investor profile: Thomas Kohlmeyer, Partner, Extorel Private Equity Advisersp

Kohlmeyer on the gap between logic and the actions taken by some investors, on the limited scalability of private equity, on the frustrations of the German tax and legal situation and on what the future holds for the fund of funds market.

5 May 2009

Institutional investor profile: Hamish Mair, Director, Private Equity, Martin Curriep

Mair on Continental Europe's future promise, on the risk of one-man bands, on the winners and losers of consolidation, on why track records don't tell the full story and on the weight of money currently in the market.

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