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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.

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: 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: 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: Clint Harris, Managing Partner, Grove Street Advisorsp

Harris on the problem with traditional gatekeepers, on adding value to investors and private equity firms, on why today's leaders may not be the stars of tomorrow and on how the market has changed over recent years.

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: 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.

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: Varun Sood, Founder and Managing General Partner, Capventp

Sood on offering a service rather than a product, on the dangers of relationships in private equity, on why the principle of adverse selection applies to the asset class and on being exceptionally critical.

5 May 2009

Institutional investor profile: Lou Gerken, Founder and Chairman, Gerken Capital Associatesp

Gerken on the sophomoric attitude of some private equity fund managers, on why the industry missed an opportunity in the disclosure debate, on why he's positive about private equity and on the difficulty of judgment calls.

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