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Mind the hat 2005-09-01 Staff Writer In retrospect, it seems like an easy question - would you, as a board member, approve a pay package for a top executive of your company if said package guaranteed the executive a payout of $140 million for getting fired a year into his job?<br /><br />Your ans
The sole fiduciary of the giant New York Common Retirement Fund is backing a new state law that would allow the $120m pension greater leeway in making alternative investments through a prudent investor model.
?What forms of regular communications do you maintain with your portfolio companies?? 2005-08-01 Staff Writer The most important channel of communication is the relationship between the executive responsible for the deal and portfolio company's CEO. We try to keep requests for information, beyond that contai
Advent International was established in 1984 and since then has invested in more than 500 companies in 35 countries across Western and Central Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific. Since inception, the firm has raised more than $6 billion in capital and closed its most recent global buyout fund in April this year with commitments of €2.5 billion ($3.3 billion). Tom Lauer came on board in 1987 with no experience in private equity. He has overseen the financial dimension of Advent's transition from a small venture firm to today's global, multi-fund manager that boasts over 100 investment professionals of 19 nationalities in 14 offices and 13 countries. With responsibility for the financial management of the firm's worldwide operations and a member of Advent's Executive Committee, he describes the highs and lows, challenges and opportunities that have marked his almost two decades as a CFO in private equity.
CFO and COO compensation in Europe 2005-08-01 Staff Writer <bold>At lastmonth's third annual European Private Equity International COOs and CFOs Forum held in London, the gathered chief financial officers and chief operating officers of private equity firms across the UK and Europe participated in an a
Ten tips for communicating effectively with those strange and wily creatures – reporters. By Bill Haynes
Real estate opportunity funds sport higher fees than other property vehicles to justify the process of searching for high-return investments. Limited partners can use a variety of tools to ensure their GPs are earning those fees. By Aaron Lovell
A new law in the Lone Star State signals the beginning of the end for FOIA battles in the US. By David Snow, Editor
Chinese authorities are monitoring the use of offshore special purpose vehicles, which have afforded many advantages to private equity investors in the region. By Albert McLelland and Jiannan Zhang

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