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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.

30 April 2009

Institutional investor profile: Reinhard Hartl, Director, Global Vision Private Equity Partners $

Hartl on the fading attractions of the large buy-out market, on the cyclicality of private equity, on the need for dynamic incentive structures, on the prospects for Germany and on the lack of patience among fund managers and investors.

30 April 2009

Institutional Investor Profile: Rainer Busch, managing partner, Mercury Partners $

Busch on transparency and valuation techniques, on why European venture has failed to set the world on fire, on avoiding over crowded markets, and on why the best opportunities in the secondaries market are now in the past.

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: Catherine Lewis, Founding Partner, Proventure $

Catherine Lewis on the stages of Proventure's investment selection process and her experience with GPs. Lewis co-founded Proventure in 1998 because she and her colleagues felt that there was a gap in the market to raise a fund of funds from institutional investors - mainly in Finland and Scandinavia - that would focus on investing in small and mid-sized funds. The founders developed a concept for a fund of funds that could deliver a unique service to investors and result in high returns. Proventure is located in Schaffhausen (Switzerland) and in Helsinki and has five partners: Lewis, Turo Levänen, Ulla Niemelä, Ari Jauho and Samuli Sipilä.

29 April 2009

Institutional Investor Profile: Dr Rolf Wickenkamp, Managing Partner, CAM Private Equity $

Dr Rolf Wickenkamp on why CAM Private Equity likes Continental Europe, on why the firm has increased its investments in venture capital funds globally and on why he thinks that it is a major advantage to have people with direct fund investing experience in a fund of funds management team.

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