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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.)

10 September 2002

Where to turn? $

More and more pension funds have been looking at investing in private equity as a means of boosting their overall returns over the long term. The problem is, there is no-one out there to offer them the kind of independent advice they need, says one AltAssets reader. And in some cases, that could even deter them from investing in the asset class at all.

5 September 2002

Clint Harris, Managing Partner, Grove Street Advisors $

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

28 August 2002

Hamish Mair, Director, Private Equity, Martin Currie $

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

28 August 2002

Good news among the bad $

On the surface, the latest fundraising figures from the US and Asia make depressing reading. But in fact, there is some cause for optimism amid the gloom.

21 August 2002

More investors, more complexities $

Pan-European fund structures are becoming increasingly complicated as more European investors enter the private equity market, bringing with them an ever longer list of requirements. That new investors are committing to the asset class is a good thing, says SJ Berwin's Simon Witney, but more needs to be done on a Europe-wide level to start simplifying fund vehicles.

21 August 2002

David White, Treasury Manager, BOC Group $

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

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