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14 December 2010

The Riverside Company’s Evelyne White on her new role as cleantech specialist $

AltAssets caught up with Riverside Company associate Evelyne White to discuss her new role as cleantech specialist, the most attractive sectors in the space, how to mitigate the volatility brought on by government subsidies, and what healthcare, education and cleantech have in common.

7 December 2010

The venture capital opportunity in cloud computing $

Based on the number of column inches devoted to the latest gadgets to hit the shops, and the growing adoption of social networking, venture capitalists could be forgiven for believing that consumer technology is the only tech sector worth investing in.

17 November 2010

Should a foreign-invested RMB fund be established and managed by a management company in China? $

RMB fund specialists Michael Wu and Judy Deng, attorneys at law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, outline the intricacies of foreign invested RMB fund.

9 November 2010

Derek Sulger of Lunar Capital on the new face of China $

With the sovereign debt crisis in Europe spurring anxiety and the West as a whole recovering from a recession that knocked it off its feet, major private equity funds are increasingly looking to diversify their investments and make deals in regions on the opposite side of the world to their headquarters. The term BRIC is bandied about freely and institutional investors seem keen to access these so-called emerging markets. One such market that continues to draw interest from private equity’s biggest movers and shakers is China.

Derek Sulger of Lunar Capital, a small-scale firm that has been investing in China over the past decade, met with AltAssets to discuss the ecosystem there and a transition he is witnessing that will transform China’s domestic economic landscape over the years ahead.

4 November 2010

What is wrong with Venture – not innovation $

In the marriage between the assets of the limited partners (money) and the assets of entrepreneurs (ideas), venture capital as the matchmaker and derivative has failed to perform at scale. That realisation should not be confused with the wide-open opportunity of technology innovation (an 80 per cent greenfield). The derivative to innovation is broken, not the capacity of the US to innovate - an important distinction.

20 October 2010

Corporate governance in Luxembourg UCIs: are you ready to comply? $

The financial crisis has left few areas unscathed with corporate governance once again emerging as a key focal point for European political debate. The aim and purpose of corporate governance being to balance influence and powers between the various stakeholders, so that company objectives are better defined, means and resources more correctly allocated, and achievements more appropriately monitored.

12 October 2010

Not Your Parents’ Royalty Fund $

When investors think of royalty-related investments they frequently think of oil and gas royalty trusts or “Bowie bonds”. However, in the last ten years, healthcare royalty focused investment funds have firmly established themselves as providers of innovative alternative investment products for companies in the biopharmaceutical space and for fund investors looking for private equity investment opportunities with returns uncorrelated to the ebb and flow of the capital markets. These funds have provided financing options to issuer/sellers ranging from more traditional asset-backed notes to the acquisition of interests in existing royalty streams to structured revenue based investments, in each case incorporating features which are attractive to both investors and to issuer/sellers.

28 September 2010

JP Morgan Private Equity’s Gregory Getschow on secondaries $

Formerly known as Bear Sterns Private Equity, JP Morgan Private Equity (JPEL) is a London-listed investment company specialising in secondaries. AltAssets caught up with portfolio manager Gregory Getschow to discuss the state of the secondaries market, Asia, and the potential upside of US regulatory overhaul.

21 September 2010

Australian investors and emerging markets: a bridge too far? $

Australian and New Zealand institutional investors have been strong supporters of domestic private equity. In some cases, this has resulted in an under-allocation to GPs focused on North America, Europe; and especially, the rapidly growing Asian and developing markets. Whilst LPs and developing markets GPs are looking eagerly at the opportunity, a number of factors have discouraged significant commitments so far.

14 September 2010

Natalie Jaresko of Horizon Capital on the challenges and opportunities of Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus $

A US firm focused on investments in Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus, Horizon Capital recently made its first investment since 2008 with a $40m stake in Ukrainian diversified agricultural corporation Agro-Soyuz, quickly followed by a $15m investment in Moldovan Bostavan wineries group.

AltAssets caught up with co-managing partner and founder Natalie A Jaresko to discuss the unique challenges and opportunities presented by the firm’s three chosen markets.

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