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29 April 2009

Institutional Investor Profile: Barry Gonder, General Partner, Grove Street Advisors $

Barry Gonder on why all of Grove Street Advisors's portfolios are structured differently and on why he thinks that the risk associated with first-time funds is often overestimated. When Gonder joined Grove Street from the California Public Employees' Retirement System in 2001 he had already worked in investment for 12 years, having gained experience of both direct equity investments in companies and fund investments. At CalPERS he led the private equity programme from its infancy to $19bn in commitments - out of which $10bn had been invested - after five and a half years.

29 April 2009

Institutional Investor Profile: Giuseppe Campanella, Chief Executive Officer, State Street Global Investments $

Giuseppe Campanella on his team's focus on companies investing in and/or from Italy, on high management fees and the misalignment of LP/GP interests, and on why he is keen to invest in first-time funds.

29 April 2009

Institutional Investor Profile: Brian D. Isroff, Senior Managing Director, Sterling Private Investments, Inc. $

Isroff on the need for realistic returns expectations, on searching for managers with the X-factor, on the difficulties of pricing secondaries transactions in an increasingly competitive market and on only taking on a level risk that will allow you to sleep at night.

29 April 2009

Institutional Investor Profile: Greg Kulka, Director of Alternative Investments, New Mexico State Investment Council $

Greg Kulka on investing in buy-out and venture capital funds, making co-investments within New Mexico, being not too keen on generalists, and on why a consistent track record over time is the number-one criterion for any GP that is going to make the grade in his 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: SPF Beheer bv $

SPF Beheer's private equity team talked to AltAssets about its investments in Europe and the US and about how the team's strategy has developed over the past five years.

29 April 2009

Institutional Investor Profile: Sven Berthold, Investment Manager, WEGAsupport GmbH $

Sven Berthold on WEGAsupport's investment strategy, increasing ticket sizes and on why the family office has allocated 20 per cent of its portfolio to investments in venture capital and private equity funds.

29 April 2009

Institutional Investor Profile: Bill Quinn, President, AMR Investments $

Quinn on the overriding correlation between experience and performance, on the importance of ensuring that the general partner only makes money when you do, on private equity's descent into the retail market and on large-cap funds that have outgrown themselves.

29 April 2009

Institutional Investor Profile: David G Proctor, Senior Vice President, Wind River Holdings $

David G Proctor on fund selection, due diligence and on the necessity to really understand how fund managers add value to their portfolio companies.

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.

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