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6 May 2009

Institutional investor profile: Urs Wietlisbach, Partner, Partners Groupp

Wietlisbach on why private equity funds of funds are about more than partnership picking, on the increased bifurcation between smaller and larger groups, on the value of spotting mistakes early and on how survival of the fittest now applies to the private equity market.

6 May 2009

Institutional investor profile: Tim Cruttenden, Senior Investment Manager, VenCap Internationalp

Cruttenden on why US venture is an exciting area at the moment, on why Europe is coming of age, on why there is no substitute for experience in private equity and on why mentoring matters in private equity.

6 May 2009

Institutional investor profile: Stefan Herzog, Managing Director, VCMp

Herzog on the dangers of subjectivity in the fund selection process, on why private equity is not scaleable, on why there will be a wholesale market correction and on why capital overhang is one of the industry's biggest issues.

6 May 2009

Institutional Investor Profile: Thomas Kubr, CEO, Capital Dynamicsp

Kubr on the difficulties for non-US investors of committing to private equity, on why the industry is suffering from unjustified fright, on why secondaries trading will never be vibrant and on why private equity is all about successful selling.

5 May 2009

Institutional investor profile: Colin Wimsett, Managing Director, Europe, Pantheon Venturesp

Wimsett on never saying never, on box ticking, on avoiding the cookie-cutter approach to investing, on the evolution of control and strategy in private equity firms and on why venture capital is not a one-way bet.

5 May 2009

Institutional investor profile, Leif Hasager, Senior Vice President, Bank//Pensionp

Hasager on why GPs and LPs are over-optimistic about their returns expectations, on the mixed quality of funds of funds, on why some investors shouldn't even bother with private equity and on the prospects for the asset class in emerging markets.

5 May 2009

Institutional investor profile, Martin Anthonsen, Chief Investment Officer, Nordic Alternative Investment Advisorsp

Anthonsen on why Nordic spun out of Lansforsakringar, on the importance of alignment of interests, on the scalability of private equity and on why fees will come down.

5 May 2009

Institutional investor profile: Gordon Hargraves, Vice President, Rho Fund Investorsp

Hargraves on the attractiveness of the Japanese market, on the unattractiveness of emerging markets, on the push for disclosure and on why that's a good – and a bad – development for GPs and LPs.

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.

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