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30 April 2009

Institutional investor profile: Giuseppe Campanella, Chief Investment Officer, Mediolanum State Street $

Campanella on the difficulties of co-investing, on the Italian market's potential, on why general partners are storing up trouble for the future and on the need for education among limited partners.

30 April 2009

Institutional investor profile: Terry Sullivan, managing director, Paragon Advisors $

Sullivan on the importance of good chemistry in an LP/GP relationship, on the value of operational experience in a management team, on the rise of BDCs and the arrival of private equity in the retail market and on how egocentric GPs can deter potential investors.

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: Tom Danis, Managing Principal, RCP Advisors $

Danis on the importance of integrity in a fund manager, on the increasing difficulties involved in gaining access to the best performing funds, on the potential dangers lurking in limited partnership terms and conditions and on the rigours of thorough due diligence.

30 April 2009

Institutional investor profile: Daniel Keller, Director, LUMA Capital $

Keller on the attraction of fund innovations, on the difficulties of co-investing as a small investor, on why he's optimistic about the US venture capital market, and on the over-dependency of private equity on institutional money.

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.

29 April 2009

Institutional Investor Profile: Daniel Allen, Managing Director, Wilshire Private Markets Group $

Daniel Allen on why the Wilshire Private Markets Group (WPMG) has chosen a solely discretionary model, why the organisation focuses on small and mid-market buy-out funds and how the firm has developed its access to leading private equity firms. Wilshire has raised six co-mingled funds of funds to date along with a number of single investor funds. WPMG will raise its seventh fund of funds which will target a closing in the second half of 2005.

29 April 2009

Institutional Investor Profile: Pierre Fortier, Vice President, Funds, Private Equity, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec $

Pierre Fortier on the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec's private equity investment strategy, the need for being highly selective when picking funds and on the firm's strategic partnership with AXA Private Equity.

29 April 2009

Institutional Investor Profile: Lionel Bergeron, Investment Manager, Finama $

Finama Private Equity is the Paris-based private equity arm of French insurance company Groupama. Finama makes direct investments in French buy-outs as well as managing nearly €500m in fund of funds products, through its Quartilium brand name.

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