Global private equity and venture capital news and research


15 October 2002

What’s up in mezzanine? $

Mezzanine is going through something of a renaissance at the moment: sponsors are increasingly turning towards it to help finance deals and cash-strapped investors are beginning to recognise some of its more attractive characteristics. We asked three specialists for their view on what is happening in the market.

8 October 2002

European venture capital: a fragmented picture $

European venture capital has been suffering noisily for some time. But a new piece of research from AltAssets finds the exact state of the market is not always as straightforward as the activity indicators would have you believe. The sector is riddled with anomalies and some parts of the Continent are actually pretty upbeat.

8 October 2002

John Brakey, Head of Alternative Investments, Macquarie Bank $

Brakey on the importance of vintage year diversification, on the peculiarities of the Australian private equity market, on why he steers clear of corporate investors and on the dangers of crossover funds. (Full profile available in AltAssets Institutional Investor Profiles, Volume III.)

2 October 2002

Nordic institutions: hopeful but frustrated $

The good news is that Nordic institutions are optimistic about the prospects for private equity; the bad news is that, for the moment at least, their hands are tied by a number of restrictions that are beyond their control.

2 October 2002

Markus Ableitinger, Private Equity Investment Management, RMF Investment Group $

Ableitinger on the force for professionalisation, on the dangers of going native, on the constant nature of private equity and on why luck is running out for many firms.(Full profile available in AltAssets Institutional Investor Profiles, Volume III.)

25 September 2002

Under the microscope $

When times were good for private equity, the limited partner-general partner relationship was taken at face value – investors committed to funds, who in turn invested their money in private companies. But now the climate has taken a turn for the worse, it is being scrutinised at every turn. Predictably, much of this scrutiny is centred on particular areas of the legal agreements between the two parties. But look beyond the details and there is much simpler message coming across.

24 September 2002

Colin Wimsett, Managing Director, Europe, Pantheon Ventures $

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 in not a one-way bet. (Full profile available in AltAssets Institutional Investor Profiles, Volume III.)

18 September 2002

Stefan Hepp, CEO and Founding Partner, Strategic Capital Partners $

Hepp on the bulging secondaries market, on the risks of niche investing, on the dangers of over-commitment and on why many institutions will simply stop investing in private equity over the medium term. (Full profile available in AltAssets Institutional Investor Profiles, Volume III.)

12 September 2002

Don’t expect too much $

The potential for advisory boards of private equity firms to make any kind of difference is, and always will be, limited, argues Frank E Morgan II of US law firm Dewey Ballantine. In a response to an article we ran on the subject last month, he explains why.

10 September 2002

Varun Sood, Founder and Managing General Partner, Capvent $

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. (Full profile available in AltAssets Institutional Investor Profiles, Volume III.)

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