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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.

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.

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.

28 April 2009

Institutional Investor Profile: Jeremy Golding, Founder and Managing Director, Golding Capital Partners $

Jeremy Golding on his firm's focus on providing innovative private equity investment solutions for German institutional investors, on the growing importance of the German private equity market, and on his team's differentiated approach.

28 April 2009

Institutional Investor Profile: Robert Womsley, European Head of Citi Private Equity $

Robert Womsley on Citi Private Equity's fund and direct investments, on the consequences of the US credit crunch and on the future outlook for the private equity business.

28 April 2009

Institutional Investor Profile: Charles Soulignac, Chairman and CEO, Fondinvest Capital $

Charles Soulignac on Fondinvest's independence from Caisse des Dépôts, on the firm's primary and secondary fund investments, and on the qualities a good GP should be able to demonstrate.

28 April 2009

Institutional Investor Profile: Lauge Sletting, Managing Partner, North Sea Capital $

Lauge Sletting on his fund's interest in distressed debt, the benefits of a contrarian approach to investing, and on the risk that too much capital in the market could drive returns down.

28 April 2009

Institutional Investor Profile: Haydee Celaya, Director of the Private Equity and Investment Funds Department, International Finance Corporation $

Haydee Celaya on backing new and established managers in developing countries, on which countries and regions are hot in the emerging markets, and on why networks, reference checks and reputation are so very important when investing in riskier opportunities.

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