Global private equity and venture capital news and research


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.

27 November 2002

Luc Maruenda, Managing Director, AGF Private Equity $

Maruenda on why he likes to meet as many teams as possible, on remaining objective during fund selection, on why investors should not be lowering their return expectations and on know-it-all newcomers to the industry. (Full profile available in AltAssets Institutional Investor Profiles, Volume III.)

20 November 2002

Katja Salovaara, Portfolio Manager, Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company $

Salovaara on the dangers of buying macro stories, on why secondaries have been risky over the last couple of years, on the incompleteness of IRRs, and on why the private equity industry should be beyond inconveniencing its investors by now. (Full profile available in AltAssets Institutional Investor Profiles, Volume III.)

20 November 2002

First there was the mega-fund… $

Time was when $8m was a large private equity fund; these days, some funds are raising up to $8bn. Just how large can funds get and what will they be doing for their investors?

13 November 2002

George R Anson, Managing Director, HarbourVest Partners $

Anson on the impact of fund size on performance, on the current attraction of mezzanine, on the transparency debate and on what the future holds for levels of returns from private equity. (Full profile available in AltAssets Institutional Investor Profiles, Volume III.)

13 November 2002

A matter of respect $

Times may be tough for fundraisers at the moment, but some of the best firms are still attracting high levels of interest. What can investors do to ensure that they are not frozen out of some of the industry's star performers?

4 November 2002

The rules of the game $

Venture capital and buy-out portfolio valuations have clearly fallen over the last year or so, leading many to say that the late 1990s bubble has burst. But there are certain forces at work that mean that the private equity bubble will take much longer to deflate than that of other asset classes. The implication? There's much more bad news to come.

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