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14 August 2002

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 (full profile available in AltAssets Institutional Investor Profiles: Volume II).

14 August 2002

A word to the wisep

Private equity firms have become increasingly focused on creating a plethora of advisory committees. But how useful are they in practice? And how ‘hands-on' are they able to become? Invesco's Ray Maxwell investigates.

7 August 2002

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 (full profile available in AltAssets Institutional Investor Profiles: Volume II).

6 August 2002

What’s up in Australia?p

Australian private equity is set for a boost as wide-ranging legislative changes make it easier for institutions to invest in the country's funds. Henderson Private Capital's Giles Craig explores some of the developments and assesses their impact on the market.

31 July 2002

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 (full profile available in AltAssets Institutional Investor Profiles: Volume II).

30 July 2002

An embarrassment of richesp

Faced with an environment of lower company valuations and with increased investor pressure on fees, a whole raft of US venture firms have cut the size of their latest venture funds. But will this phenomenon cross the Atlantic to Europe? It's highly unlikely, says Martin Currie's Hamish Mair.

24 July 2002

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 (full profile available in AltAssets Institutional Investor Profiles: Volume II).

22 July 2002

Venture capitalists: view from the other sidep

Investors may have mixed experiences with venture capitalists, but then so do the entrepreneurs they invest with. Serial entrepreneurs Mike Southon and Chris West offer their side of the story – and it's far from positive.

17 July 2002

Biotech investing grows upp

The massive growth in interest in biotechnology from venture investors over the past few years has begun to raise concerns about the sustainability of the capital flowing into the sector. But a new piece of research by AltAssets suggests not just that recent experience is warranted by the fundamentals but that the medium-term prospects for the sector are brighter than ever.

17 July 2002

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 (full profile available in AltAssets Institutional Investor Profiles: Volume II).

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