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LP Profiles

30 April 2009

Institutional investor profile: Brad Kelly, Paul Fetsch, Paul Gompers and Joan Heidorn, general partners, Spur Capital $

Kelly, Fetsch, Gompers and Heidorn on gaining access to the best venture funds, on the value of operating experience in a venture capital management team, on the need for patience and discipline when putting together a private equity portfolio and on Israel, the rising star of the global venture industry.

30 April 2009

Institutional investor profile: Ronald Sandquist, Managing Director – Private Equity, Advantus Capital Management $

Sandquist on telling the bad news as well as the good, on being passionate about building businesses, on the tricky business of judging a fund by its track record, on the irritations of management fees and on patient investing.

30 April 2009

Institutional investor profile: Rafael Astruc, Partner, and Rob Voeks, Managing Director, Private Advisors $

Astruc and Voeks on the definition of proprietary deal flow, on the opportunities and threats in the US mid-market, on buzzwords and operational experience and on the increasing importance of value-add.

30 April 2009

Institutional investor profile: Sara McMahon and Trey Thompson, co-managing directors, UTIMCO $

McMahon and Thompson on the importance of investing with hungry private equity managers, on avoiding the herd mentality, on being tough on terms and on how to live with disclosure.

30 April 2009

Institutional investor profile: Brad Heppner, Chairman and CEO, The Crossroads Group $

Heppner on the opportunities presented by the recent US tax changes, on the optimism creeping into the market, on the lack of exit focus among many firms, on the public disclosure of private equity numbers and on deliberate defaulting by institutions.

30 April 2009

Institutional investor profile: Austin M Long III, Managing Partner, Alignment Capital Group $

Long on the difference between a series of pleasant meetings and building a portfolio, on the persistence of performance among private equity managers, on faith in financial markets and on avoiding conflicts of interest.

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: 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: 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.

30 April 2009

Institutional Investor Profile: Greg Uebele, Assistant Investment Officer: Private Equity, Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) $

Uebele on working with consultant groups, on the dangers of a misalignment of interest between GPs and LPs, on the importance of remembering the fundamentals of supply and demand and on managing returns expectations in the future.

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