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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.

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.

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: Michael Taylor, Director of Resources, Surrey County Council $

Michael Taylor on Surrey County Council's global investment approach, his targets and on why he has chosen to move away from direct investments.

29 April 2009

Institutional Investor Profile: Dr Hosein Khajeh-Hosseiny, Managing Director and Head of Global Private Equity Investments, Northgate Capital $

Dr Hosein Khajeh-Hosseiny speaks about his firm's strategy and describes his views on how fund of funds investment will evolve. Northgate Capital's goal is to provide institutional and family investors with identification of and global access to a select group of alternative investment opportunities. Northgate now has over $600m in assets under management and a strong, growing group of top institutional and family investors. The firm has offices in the United States and the United Kingdom.

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