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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.

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: 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: 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: D Brooks Zug, Senior Managing Director, and George R Anson, Managing Director, HarbourVest Partners $

D Brooks Zug and George R Anson on long-term relationships with fund managers, brave steps, and why they think that fewer funds can be better than more.

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: Alexander Jira, founder and CEO, MFonds AG $

Alexander Jira on why he co-founded MFonds, on their progress and strategy and on private equity investment opportunities in Germany.

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: Dan Kjerulf, Partner, Danske Private Equity $

Dan Kjerulf on the fund picker strategy, Danske Private Equity's preference for country-specific funds and on why it is important for new investors in the asset class to get advice from people within the private equity industry before starting to set up a first investment portfolio.

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