Global private equity and venture capital news and research


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

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.

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).

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).

14 August 2002

A word to the wise $

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.

14 August 2002

Thomas Kubr, CEO, Capital Dynamics $

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).

7 August 2002

Stefan Herzog, Managing Director, VCM $

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? $

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.

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