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30 April 2009

Institutional investor profile: George Kintis, CEO, TANEO $

Kintis on the promise of the Greek market, on reconciling government backing with commercial objectives, on the importance of integrity and on why it’s make or break time for the industry.

30 April 2009

Institutional investor profile: Giuseppe Campanella, Chief Investment Officer, Mediolanum State Street $

Campanella on the difficulties of co-investing, on the Italian market's potential, on why general partners are storing up trouble for the future and on the need for education among limited partners.

30 April 2009

Institutional investor profile: John Holloway, Director of Operations, European Investment Fund $

Holloway on the improving exit market in Europe, on why venture capital is still an asset class worth considering, on the importance of equality among LPs and on where the EIF is planning to invest its new capital from the European Investment Bank.

30 April 2009

Institutional investor profile: Ashton Newhall, Principal and Co-founder, Montagu Newhall $

Newhall on the promise of early-stage opportunities, on the difference between US and European venture capital markets, on the persistence or otherwise of brand names and on the lack of experience of many VC fund managers.

30 April 2009

Institutional investor profile: Alex Scott, senior investment manager, West Midlands Pension Fund $

Scott on the opportunities emerging in PFI and infrastructure funds, on picking the wheat from the chaff and on the importance of diversification.

30 April 2009

Institutional investor profile: Martin V Hansen, Investment Director, Danish Investment Fund $

Hansen on the opportunities in the Danish market, on what proprietary deal flow should mean, on the virtues of appointing independent directors and on the need for differentiation among funds of funds.

30 April 2009

Institutional investor profile: David Andryc and Steve Wesson, managing directors of Auda Group $

Andryc and Wesson on the need for consolidation in the venture industry, on the dangers of over diversification, on steering clear of the flavour of the month, and on the question of appropriate returns in the private equity industry.

29 April 2009

Institutional Investor Profile: Urs Wietlisbach, Co-Chairman, Partners Group $

Urs Wietlisbach on why he thinks that bottom-up due diligence is not enough and why cash-flow and investment forecasts are important. Wietlisbach gives his views on recent developments in the private equity market and insights into the firm's strategies. He co-founded Partners Group together with Marcel Erni and Alfred Gantner, two colleagues from Goldman Sachs & Co.

29 April 2009

Institutional Investor Profile: Graham McDonald, Head of Fund Investments, Bank of Scotland $

Graham McDonald on why Bank of Scotland is increasing its allocation to private equity investment and on why the bank prefers to significantly increase its average investment size rather than the number of funds in its portfolio.

29 April 2009

Institutional Investor Profile: John Hess, Chief Executive Officer, Altius Associates $

John Hess on due diligence at private equity advisor Altius Associates, his firm's conservative investment approach and why he thinks few clients are better than many. Altius has a mixture of discretionary and non-discretionary clients, which include the California State Teachers' Retirement System, Teachers' Retirement System of Texas, Danish pension funds and UK institutions.

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