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29 October 2002

Asia: a convincing story for investors? $

Whether or not to invest in Asian private equity funds has long been a hotly debated issue. The funds themselves argue that there has never been a better time; investors, however, appear rather less certain.

29 October 2002

Martin Anthonsen, Chief Investment Officer, Nordic Alternative Investment Advisors $

Anthonsen on why Nordic spun out of Lansforsakringar, on the importance of alignment of interests, on the scalability of private equity and on why fees will come down. (Full profile available in AltAssets Institutional Investor Profiles, Volume III.)

23 October 2002

Leif Hasager, Senior Vice President, Bank//Pension $

Hasager on why GPs and LPs are over-optimistic about their returns expectations, on the mixed quality of funds of funds, on why some investors shouldn't even bother with private equity and on the prospects for the asset class in emerging markets. (Full profile available in AltAssets Institutional Investor Profiles, Volume III.)

23 October 2002

What next for European venture capital? $

The European venture capital market may not have been hit quite as badly over recent years as that in the US, but there's little cause for optimism. The question is, what should venture capitalists be doing at a time of such uncertainty and gloom?

15 October 2002

Mezzanine: alive and kicking hard $

After a slow start, 2002 has proved to be an exciting one for the mezzanine investing community. Not bad for an asset class that was said to be dead in the water just a few short years ago.

15 October 2002

David Chamberlain, Managing Director, Private Equity, Unigestion $

Chamberlain on why investing in a private equity fund is similar to investing in a public company, on the lack of clarity in portfolio valuations, on the importance of acting quickly when things are going wrong and on the potential influence of hedge funds on private equity. (Full profile available in AltAssets Institutional Investor Profiles, Volume III.)

15 October 2002

What’s up in mezzanine? $

Mezzanine is going through something of a renaissance at the moment: sponsors are increasingly turning towards it to help finance deals and cash-strapped investors are beginning to recognise some of its more attractive characteristics. We asked three specialists for their view on what is happening in the market.

8 October 2002

John Brakey, Head of Alternative Investments, Macquarie Bank $

Brakey on the importance of vintage year diversification, on the peculiarities of the Australian private equity market, on why he steers clear of corporate investors and on the dangers of crossover funds. (Full profile available in AltAssets Institutional Investor Profiles, Volume III.)

8 October 2002

European venture capital: a fragmented picture $

European venture capital has been suffering noisily for some time. But a new piece of research from AltAssets finds the exact state of the market is not always as straightforward as the activity indicators would have you believe. The sector is riddled with anomalies and some parts of the Continent are actually pretty upbeat.

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.)

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