NEWS & VIEWS

Global private equity and venture capital news and research

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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.

30 April 2009

Institutional investor profile: Daniel Barr, chief analyst, AP7 $

Barr on consistency of performance, on why private equity doesn't offer you the diversification many people have claimed, on the benefits of diversification and on why general partners won't be able to continue charging higher fees than is the standard in other asset classes.

30 April 2009

Institutional investor profile: Michael Granoff, President and CEO, Pomona Capital $

Granoff on survival of the fittest in a Darwinian private equity industry, on the question of access and the challenges it presents investors, on what the future holds for the secondaries market and on paying the right price for quality assets.

30 April 2009

Institutional investor profile: Philip S Paul, Chairman, Paul Capital Partners $

Paul on the outlook for US early stage, on the lessons that GPs have learned over the last few years, on who is selling in the secondary market and on the impact of negative media coverage on the industry.

30 April 2009

Institutional investor profile: Colin Ambrose, Senior Investment Officer, Wesleyan University $

Ambrose on the advantages of secondaries funds for new investors, on the importance of identifying motivated management teams, on the inevitability of consolidation in the private equity industry and on the need for heightened due diligence for first time funds.

30 April 2009

Institutional investor profile: John Barber, Managing Partner, Citigroup Private Equity $

Barber on the need for diversification in a fund of funds portfolio, on the negative impact of mark to market in the private equity industry, on the danger of an imbalanced management team and on the importance of a consistent strategy to add value.

30 April 2009

Institutional investor profile: Hans van Swaay, Head of Private Equity, Pictet & Cie $

Van Swaay on private equity as a maturing industry, on the failed ambitions of some mid-market firms, on the negatives of negotiation and on the problems of secondary buy-outs.

29 April 2009

Institutional Investor Profile: Ralph Günther, Managing Partner, bmp AG $

Ralph Günther on analysing track records, on the prospects of venture capital investing in Europe, on access issues and how to overcome them, and on the role of retail investors in private equity.

29 April 2009

Institutional Investor Profile: Dr Petra Salesny, Partner, ALPHA Associates $

Dr Petra Salesny on the challenges and opportunities that ALPHA Associates have faced as an investor focussed on CEE. As a limited partner with seven years of CEE investment experience the firm has built long-standing relationships with fund managers in the region.

29 April 2009

Institutional Investor Profile: Dr Hellmut Kirchner, Co-Founder and Managing Director, VCM Capital Management $

Dr Hellmut Kirchner on due diligence, arrogant fund managers and on why VCM Capital Management started raising its second mezzanine fund of funds straight after closing the first.

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