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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.)

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).

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