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15 January 2003

How will we fare in 2003? $

Many private equity firms are entering 2003 in the same spirit as they started last year – relatively upbeat. But is that optimism justified? We look at some of the successes and failures of the last 12 months and examine some of the key trends likely to play out over the next year.

15 January 2003

Brian Stewart, Managing Director, Private Markets, University of Toronto Asset Management Corporation $

Stewart on the importance of partnership in private equity investing, on why now is a good time to be in the asset class, on the publication of IRRs and on why mergers between firms will not improve the market. (Full profile available in AltAssets Institutional Investor Profiles, Volume III.)

8 January 2003

Wading through shifting sands $

Despite its limitations, track record has always been one of the most important factors for limited partners when making their investment decisions. But the problem now is they are so skewed by the events of the last few years that they have become little short of meaningless. This, taken together with the uncertain economic outlook, means that investors are going to have to do far more homework if they are to be successful.

18 December 2002

Peter Schwanitz, Managing Director/Geschäftsführer , Oppenheim Private Equity Manager $

Schwanitz on the consolidation of the fund of funds market, on the value of honesty, on why management fees should be lowered, on the disappointment that is the German market and on learning from your mistakes. (Full profile available in AltAssets Institutional Investor Profiles, Volume III.)

18 December 2002

Openness, but at a price? $

Much has been made of general partners' outrage at UTIMCO's publication of its private equity portfolio performance and moves to force other US public pension plans to do the same. But how will it affect other limited partners – and the industry as a whole?

11 December 2002

Distributions in kind: avoiding the pitfalls $

Distributions in kind can dramatically enhance the returns of a given private equity programme, but the practices of some GPs and LPs threaten to tarnish the image of the asset class. Hugh Evans and Andrew Marks of T Rowe Price* explain why and deliver a stern warning to the industry.

11 December 2002

Investor profiles 2002: a review $

Private equity fund investors have faced a challenging time over the last 12 months. As the year draws to a close, we take a look at some of the issues that have preoccupied our institutional investor profile interviewees in 2002.

4 December 2002

How due was my diligence? $

Our industry is littered with bulk phrases that are used so indiscriminately that they have come to mean very little. One phrase that can be added to this cannon is ‘due diligence', which covers a multitude of sins, says INVESCO's Ray Maxwell.

4 December 2002

Mark Weisdorf, Vice President, Private Market Investments, CPP Investment Board $

Weisdorf on investing over truly long-term horizons, on putting together a totally new portfolio, on why CPPIB wants to disclose information on its private equity investments and on the subject of diversification. (Full profile available in AltAssets Institutional Investor Profiles, Volume III.)

27 November 2002

European buy-out firms: robust and realistic $

In what is arguably a gloomy time for Europe's private equity industry, the buy-out market is one sector that is showing some sign of life. An upcoming AltAssets research report, based on a survey of key participants, looks at exactly what is going on there.

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