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6 May 2009

Institutional investor profile: Maurice Simons, Portfolio Manager, Private equity, SPF Beheer $

Simons on why private equity isn't a diversifying investment, on differentiation between funds of funds, on getting in with the right managers and on why private equity suffers from an image problem.

6 May 2009

Institutional investor profile: Luigi Santambrogio, Managing Director, Brederode (UK) $

Santambrogio on why secondaries may not be all they're cracked up to be, on the advantages of co-investing, on why private equity is more art than science and on why he hopes the asset class remains an inefficient market.

6 May 2009

Institutional Investor Profile: Catherine Lewis, Founding Partner, Proventure $

Lewis on why Western Europe is the place to be, on the difficulties of fundraising, on the tightening of capital, on why many funds of funds will disappear and on the way in which many investors will lose money in private equity.

6 May 2009

Institutional investor profile: Urs Wietlisbach, Partner, Partners Group $

Wietlisbach on why private equity funds of funds are about more than partnership picking, on the increased bifurcation between smaller and larger groups, on the value of spotting mistakes early and on how survival of the fittest now applies to the private equity market.

6 May 2009

Institutional investor profile: Tim Cruttenden, Senior Investment Manager, VenCap International $

Cruttenden on why US venture is an exciting area at the moment, on why Europe is coming of age, on why there is no substitute for experience in private equity and on why mentoring matters in private equity.

6 May 2009

Institutional investor profile: Stefan Herzog, Managing Director, VCM $

Herzog on the dangers of subjectivity in the fund selection process, on why private equity is not scaleable, on why there will be a wholesale market correction and on why capital overhang is one of the industry's biggest issues.

6 May 2009

Institutional Investor Profile: Thomas Kubr, CEO, Capital Dynamics $

Kubr on the difficulties for non-US investors of committing to private equity, on why the industry is suffering from unjustified fright, on why secondaries trading will never be vibrant and on why private equity is all about successful selling.

5 May 2009

Institutional investor profile: Hamish Mair, Director, Private Equity, Martin Currie $

Mair on Continental Europe's future promise, on the risk of one-man bands, on the winners and losers of consolidation, on why track records don't tell the full story and on the weight of money currently in the market.

5 May 2009

Institutional investor profile: Varun Sood, Founder and Managing General Partner, Capvent $

Sood on offering a service rather than a product, on the dangers of relationships in private equity, on why the principle of adverse selection applies to the asset class and on being exceptionally critical.

5 May 2009

Institutional investor profile: Colin Wimsett, Managing Director, Europe, Pantheon Ventures $

Wimsett on never saying never, on box ticking, on avoiding the cookie-cutter approach to investing, on the evolution of control and strategy in private equity firms and on why venture capital is not a one-way bet.

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