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All The Highlights From SuperReturn U.S. 2014

Event History

The SuperReturn Global Series

The world-renowned SuperReturn series has been running for over a decade and its events are now well established as global must attend Private Equity and Venture Capital conferences, attracting over 5000 delegates annually worldwide.

It was out of the huge success of SuperReturn International, launched in 1998 - the global flagship private equity conference - that Super Return Asia, Middle East, US, Emerging Markets, China, Africa, Latin America and three SuperInvestors have been launched. Each of these events have been created in response to the demand from LPs and GPs for the opportunity to unpick some of the more geographically specific issues within private equity. Each launch event has been a huge success, with continued growth in their investor and delegate base every year.

Now in its seventh year, SuperReturn U.S. was launched in 2008 to wide acclaim. The 2014  event attracted over 500 attendees, including 180 LPs, and we are looking forward to growing this number in 2015.

SuperReturn offers delegates an unsurpassed level of networking with the most well-respected industry heavyweights from across the globe.

The world-renowned SuperReturn International (www.icbi-superreturn.com) was launched 15 years ago and has been growing annually to attract over 1500 private equity executives.

In addition to SuperReturn U.S., the SuperReturn Global Series includes the following events:

SuperReturn International, launched in 1998, with a focus on the relationship between LPs and GPs.
February, Berlin  www.icbi-superreturn.com

SuperInvestor, launched in 2001 and attracting over 800 delegates.
November, Paris www.icbi-superinvestor.com
 
SuperReturn Asia, launched in 2006, brings together Asian GPs and multinational GPs active in Asia with an international set of powerful LPs who are interested in investment opportunities in Asia.
September, Hong Kong  www.superreturnasia.com 
 
SuperReturn Middle East, launched in 2007. Primarily a way for international GPs to connect with Middle Eastern LPs and wealth. Also investment opportunities in the Middle East.
October, Dubai www.superreturnme.com 
 
SuperReturn Emerging Markets, launched in 2009 and attracting over 300 attendees.
June, Amsterdam  www.superreturnem.com

SuperReturn Latin America, launched in 2010 and attracting over 250 attendees.
March, Rio de Janeiro www.superreturnlatam.com

SuperReturn Africa, launched in 2010 and attracting over 500 attendees. Africa's premier private equity conference.
December, Cape Town  www.superreturnafrica.com

SuperReturn China, launched in 2011 and attracting over 300 attendees.
April, Beijing  www.superreturnchina.com

SuperInvestor U.S., launched in 2012, attracing 300 attendees and is establishing itself as the premier LP/GP relations summit in North America.
February, San Francisco www.superinvestorus.com

SuperInvestor Asia, launched in 2013. Attracting over 300 attendes, this is now the premier LP/GP relations summit in Asia.
February, Singapore www.superinvestorasia.com

 

 



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Interview with Jane Rowe of Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan

We sat down with Jane Rowe, Senior Vice President, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) at SuperInvestor 2014 in Paris. Here Jane shares some insights into OTPP’s approach to private equity investing and what investment structures are currently of most interest to LPs. You can hear more from Jane Rowe at these upcoming events: SuperInvestor Asia 2 -…

Catch Up On What Happened At SuperInvestor 2014

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The No.1 place we start is strategy - Guy Hands

Guy Hands, Chairman and CIO of Terra Firma share some insights into Terra Firma’s approach to private equity asset management and what opportunities he sees coming up in the next few years. Guy Hands is a speaker at SuperReturn International 2015 in Berlin, 24 – 26 February. Join 1500+ senior level attendees including 350+ LPs - save up to…

FREE Webinar on Private Equity Deal-Level Returns

On 4 November, we are hosting a free live webinar Looking Under The Bonnet: What Do You Learn From Private Equity Deal-Level Returns?, and we would be delighted if you would join us. Looking at brand new research data on the returns on 13500 portfolio companies of 865 buyout funds, Professor Tim Jenkinson, Professor of Finance,…

Private Equity in the GCC: Muhannad Qubbaj, Gulf Capital

Muhannad Qubbaj, Managing Director of Gulf Capital, tells Hany Assaad of Avanz Capital what differentiates the Gulf Coast from the rest of MENA as a market for private equity investment.  You can hear more from Muhannad Qubbaj at SuperReturn Middle East 2014 in Dubai, 19-22 October, where he will take part in the Global PE…

Understanding the impact of increased regulation

In the run-up to the 2014 SuperReturn CFO/COO Forum, SuperReturn and TMF Group interviewed three senior private equity finance and operation executives on the trends affecting the industry. In this video, Parag Gandesha of MML Capital Partners, Andrew Haywood from 3i Group plc and Paul Cunningham of Helios Investment Partners talk about how greater regulatory…

The Back Office Steps Front and Center

By Bronwyn Bailey, Vice President Research, Private Equity Growth Capital Council (PEGCC) Private equity’s narrative has typically centered on its entrepreneurial founders and savvy dealmakers. Individuals in the so-called “back office” kept accurate accounting and made timely limited partner (LP) communications but were rarely given the spotlight. Changes brought by the global financial crisis and the industry’s…

Danger Signals Ahead For Asian PE Firms - And It’s Not The Macro You Need To Be Worried About

Professor Peter Goodson, Berkeley – Hass Business School and Retired Clayton, Dubilier & Rice Partner is speaking at SuperReturn Asia 2014, Hong Kong, 22-25 September. The following is a preview of Peter’s presentation on Day Two of the Main Conference, ‘Danger Signals Ahead for Asian PE Firms and It’s Not the Macro You Need to Be Worried About…A…

60 Seconds With Stephen Hoey, KPS Capital Partners

Stephen Hoey, Partner, Administration, Chief Financial And Compliance Officer of KPS Capital Partners shares some insights into what makes an ideal private equity CFO in our latest 60 Second interview. Extra due diligence – burden or a good long-term thing for the industry?  Both. It is certainly a burden for those of us on the GP…

5 Unmissable Guest Speakers At SuperReturn Asia 2014

The SuperReturn Asia 2014 conference in Hong Kong, 22-25 September, promises a quality programme featuring 60+ LP speakers and only the very best GPs from the Asia-Pacific region. You can also expect to see and hear from experts from outside the industry, including these five inspirational guest speakers:   The Branding Expert Ken Segall Tuesday 23…

Evolution of the Secondaries Market - Andre Bourbonnais CPPIB

André Bourbonnais spoke at SuperInvestor last year and will join us again in Paris this November. We caught up with André at the 2013 event to ask about CPPIB’s recent transactions and what the next 12 months will bring. How do you see the market for your particular type of investments? Last year you made…

Turning your Back Office into a Competitive Advantage

As global alternative investment managers drive international operational improvements in their portfolio companies, are there lessons to be learnt and applied for GP operating models? Gordon Stuart, Chief Financial Officer of TMF Group, a private equity backed international professional services firm in over 75 countries, examines the challenges of cross-border operations. Sometimes in corporate life…

Ted Beneski - A Look At Insight Equity's Acquisition Strategy

Ted Beneski, CEO & Managing Partner at Insight Equity gives us an inside look at how Insight Equity approaches acquisitions. Watch the video below for the full interview filmed at SuperInvestor U.S 2014. Hear more from Ted Beneski at the upcoming SuperReturn U.S. conference at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, 9 -12 June, where he will speak on…

60 Seconds With J. Daniel Parker of Helmsley Trust

J. Daniel Parker of Helmsley Charitable Trust shares some insights ahead of SuperReturn U.S. 2014 in Boston, 9-12 June, where he will speak on the LP Confidential panel on the second day of the Main Conference. Dan Parker is an Investment Officer at the Helmsley Charitable Trust. He is responsible for strategy development, general research, manager research and…

Private Equity Focuses On Africa

With interest in the continent at an all time high, SuperReturn is pleased to host a day dedicated to private equity in Africa. The pre-conference Africa Summit is a new feature on the programme at this year’s SuperReturn Emerging Markets conference in Amsterdam, 24-27 June. The Summit will examine in depth what is happening on the…

The Clash of Historical Memory: The “Century of Humiliation” vs. the “Post- WWII Liberal World Order ”

By David Blair This article was first published in China Currents, 2013: Vol. 12, No.2. The U.S. and China share many fundamental interests. Their economies are so tightly intertwined that any disruption would be extremely painful to both sides. There are no substantial, quantifiable disagreements between the two countries — meaning that there are no…

Asia Is The Place To Be: Opportunities in Asian Private Equity - Alberto Forchielli

What does an expert in international business development think is the most compelling reason to invest in Asian private equity? We recently caught up with Alberto Forchielli of Mandarin Capital Partners at the SuperInvestor Asia 2014 conference, where he represented Cross Border Investment in the Big Debate: ‘Where Will The Best Returns Be Found Over…

China - Shedding the bad GDP

By Andy Xie Economic slowing signs are not bad news.  The credit bubble since 2008 has distorted resource allocation in a major way and created wasteful GDP.  Correcting it will lead to GDP slowdown statistically.  It is inevitable and is welcome news.  China has widespread labor shortage.  A slowing economy won’t have significant social impact.…

Which Social Media Platform will be Most Attractive to Investors?

What do some of the leading industry names in Venture Capital and Private Equity see as the biggest Social Media trend to watch over the next few years?  We were in San Francisco recently for SuperInvestor U.S, and took the opportunity to see which platform has the most promise, from a Venture Capital point of…

Jonas Nyquist on Private Equity Performance

Jonas Nyquist, Head of Buyouts at Skandia Life will be speaking as part of an LP Panel on Private Equity Performance at SuperReturn International 2014.Here Jonas shares some insight on how he approaches fundraising and co-investments, and how he thinks private equity compares to public market returns. 1.       How do you think the performance of private equity funds…

60 Seconds With...Sergio Pombo and Ricardo Fernandez

Next week we head to Rio de Janeiro for the 4th Annual SuperReturn Latin America conference. Here we introduce two new speakers, Sergio Pombo of IFC and Ricardo Fernandez of Hamilton Lane, in the latest entry in our quickfire interview series. If you had to pick the best place to invest today: US v Europe v…

Mark Rachesky: A Different Approach to Private Equity

MHR takes a differentiated approach to private equity investing with a focus on buying distressed companies and assets.  We sat down with Mark Rachesky, President and Founder of MHR, to discuss the firm’s strategy and why he believes this approach is actually less risky than traditional private equity.   What is different about your strategy? …

Don't be fooled by IRR! Why 21% of the Buyout Funds in the Top Quartile do not belong there

By Prof. Oliver Gottschalg of HEC Paris, Founder and Head of Research, PERACS PE Analytics and Track Record Certification Ahead of his presentation at SuperReturn International in Berlin, Oliver Gottschalg shares some recent research with us which reveals striking results for LPs looking at performance measures. In today’s challenging fundraising environment, it appears to be even more important for PE funds…

60 Seconds With...Elvire Perrin

This February will see 250+ private equity experts converge on Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro for three days of in-depth discussion and networking at SuperReturn Latin America 2014.  Joining us in Rio is Elvire Perrin, Partner & Executive Director, Altius Associates. Elvire will be taking part in the new SuperReturn Academy session, ‘Getting to Grips with ESG’. This…

Who To Watch At SuperReturn International 2014

The buzz is building around SuperReturn International 2014, now only 5 weeks away. From top guest speakers to a power-packed LP line-up, here are our picks for the sessions not to miss in Berlin. LP panel Tuesday 25 February 12:45 Registrations are significantly up for SuperReturn Berlin in 2014. So does this herald a new feeling…

Growth Equity - All Grown Up

By Audrey The, Senior Private Investment Specialist Ahead of her presentation next week at SuperInvestor Asia 2014, Audrey The of Cambridge Associates shares with us her views on the evolution of growth equity.   Growth equity has struggled with an identity problem for years. An investment strategy sharing some characteristics of both late-stage venture capital and buyouts, growth…

Venky Ganesan: Technology and its effect on the Venture Capital market

This year at SuperInvestor US, we are joined by Venky Ganesan, Managing Director at Menlo Ventures.  Venky will be presenting The VC Superstar address at SuperInvestor US.  Ahead of the event, taking place in San Francisco this February 3-5,  Venky tells us a bit about the current Venture Capital landscape, and how new technologies are shaping the future…

Low Han Seng: Where are the best investor opportunities in Asia?

A new year brings a new cycle of events and with just two weeks to go until our first conference – SuperInvestor Asia 2014 in Singapore, 22-24 January – the excitement levels are building! We are pleased to have Low Han Seng, Executive Director of United Overseas Bank join us in Singapore where he will speak on a panel…

60 Seconds with...Susan Long McAndrews

The 3rd Annual SuperInvestor U.S. conference will take place in San Francisco, February 3-5 2014. In the lead-up to the event we get to know Susan Long McAndrews, Partner & Head of US Primary Investments, Pantheon. Susan will be moderating a panel on ‘Private Equity State of the Union’ on Day 1 of the Main Conference. For…

60 Seconds With...Eugene Lai of Southern Capital Group

In the lead up to SuperInvestor Asia next month we ask Eugene Lai, Co-Managing Partner of Southern Capital Group, for his perspective on where the Asian private equity market is headed in 2014. Eugene joins us at SuperInvestor Asia 2014, taking place in Singapore from 22-24 January where he will moderate the South East Asian Strategic Dialogue…

Fundraising, M&A in Africa - Alexandre Alfonsi

With SuperReturn Africa 2013 kicking off with record numbers in Accra this week, we look back at our interview with Anne-Maree Byworth and Alexandre Alfonsi of Axonia Partners at the SuperReturn Emerging Markets conference earlier this year, where Alexandre discussed fundraising in Africa and what LPs and family offices are really looking for in GPs in both developed and emerging markets. We…

What's Hot at SuperInvestor 2013

In this post we share Conference Director Rebecca Hallewell’s top 7 things to look forward to at SuperInvestor 2013 in Paris. Enjoy! With only 8 days until the annual SuperInvestor conference takes over the Paris Westin Hotel, I wanted to share my personal view on what I think is exciting about 2013. With a packed agenda of meetings, drinks,…

Adel Abdullah Ali - Outlook for the MENA region

In the first of our interviews filmed at SuperReturn Middle East 2013, we sat down with Adel Abdullah Ali, CEO of the first and largest low-cost carrier in the MENA region.  Here Adel chats to Dori Dana-Haeri of Above Wealth about Air Arabia’s amazing growth and outlook for the the next 5 years, and shares his advice for startup’s looking for funding in…

H Chin Chou: Short Term Outlook for Asia

In the first of our interviews from SuperReturn Asia 2013, H Chin Chou, CEO, Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia, speaks with Peter Goodson about the short term outlook in Asian private equity. Find out more about upcoming events, including the 13th annual SuperInvestor in Paris this November, on the SuperReturn Global Series website. You can now watch all the videos from SuperReturn Asia on…

Keynote Speaker Abstract: Professor Peter Goodson, Haas School of Business

Private equity pioneer Professor Peter Goodson will be joining us at SuperReturn Asia in Hong Kong next week, where he will present a keynote speech on Thursday 19th September. Shared below is an excerpt from his presentation abstract, ‘Lessons From the Evolution of Maturing Private Equity Strategy: Developing an Operations-Focused Capability to Attract  the Best…

Announcing a first-of-a-kind partnership between SuperReturn and Bison

Starting with SuperReturn Middle East (Abu Dhabi, 6-9 October 2013), Bison and SuperReturn will work to put Bison’s unique platform in the hands of conference attendees. Bison provides an online platform that delivers access to meaningful intelligence in the Private Equity and Venture Capital market. They turn unstructured regulatory and news data into actionable information, which…

LP Insights - Interview with Omar Bassal, CFA (MASIC)

Omar Bassal, CFA, Head of Asset Management at MASIC, will be speaking at SuperReturn Middle East in Abu Dhabi this October. He will also lead an exclusive invitation-only LP session for international and regional LPs to share their experiences and explore issues surrounding allocation models, manager selection and GP performance. Here Omar kindly shares some of his valuable insights and experience with SuperReturnTV: Hear more…

August LP of the Month - Jim Leech of Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan

SuperReturn Asia 2013 is delighted to have Jim Leech, President & CEO,Ontario Teachers’Pension Plan attending our event in Hong Hong next month, where he will be presenting the LP Keynote Address.  Ahead of his participation at SuperReturn Asia, Jim provides some of his insights and forecasts on the investment space over the next five years. As…

Getting To Know…Richard Insalaco of University of Rochester

Ahead of SuperReturn Asia 2013, we get to know a little more about Richard Insalaco, Senior Investment Officer & Assistant Treasurer, University of Rochester.  Richard will be taking part in the ‘Limited Partner Outlook’ session at 9:20am on Wednesday September 18th in Hong Kong. To view the full SuperReturn Asia programme, download your free copy here. What…

GP Spotlight - Derek Sulger of Lunar Capital

Derek Sulger is Founder and Managing Partner at Lunar Capital and will be joining us in Hong Kong in September at SuperReturn Asia as one of our esteemed speakers covering the topic: Overcoming Challenges In Mid-Market Investing; How To Stick To Strategy & Remain Focused On Value Creation. Derek has kindly taken the time to share some of…

What's Hot At SuperReturn Asia?

With only 8 weeks until the annual SuperReturn Asia conference in Hong Kong, I wanted to share my perspective on what’s hot at the event this year. With such a busy week ahead of us with meetings, drinks, dinners and debate, I myself, find it hard to focus on all the great sessions and features…

SuperReturn Asia 2013 - 10% Discount Offer

At SuperReturn Asia in Hong Kong (16-19 September), you will meet 800 global attendees and hear in-depth coverage of private equity in China, India, Japan, Korea, Australia & SE Asia. Just some of the 160 speakers include:  Jim Leech, President & CEO, ONTARIO TEACHERS’ PENSION PLAN Richard Insalaco, Senior Investment Officer & Assistant Treasurer, UNIVERSITY…

GP Spotlight - Kay Mock of Saratoga Capital

Kay Mock is a Founding Partner of Saratoga Asia II LP and Saratoga Asia III LP. Kay has extensive investment experience in Asia, having invested in opportunities in Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, the Philippines and Singapore. Kay will be joining us in Hong Kong in September at SuperReturn Asia as one of our esteemed speakers covering the…

July LP of the Month - Wei Huang, Sentry Insurance

SuperReturn LP of the Month for July Wei Huang is Director of Alternative Investments at Sentry Insurance. Prior to this, Wei was the Private Equity Investment Officer for the State of Oregon, so he has a significant depth of experience investing in this asset class. Sentry Insurance has a preference for investing in North America and…

LP Insights with Scott Hutchins, Nicolas Drapeau & Roger Johanson

LP Insights with Scott Hutchins, Nicolas Drapeau & Roger Johanson Scott Hutchins, (Senior Investment Officer – Private Equity, Pension Reserves Investment Management), Nicolas Drapeau (Director – Private Markets, Bimcor) and Roger Johanson (Head of Venture Capital & Infrastructure Investments, Skandia Life Insurance Company) are joining us at SuperReturn U.S. in Boston as part of our fantastic speaker lineup.…

LP Insights with John A. Hess of Altius Associates

John A. Hess is the CEO of Altius Associates and will be joining us at SuperReturn U.S. in Boston as a member of our fantastic speaker faculty, covering Separate Accounts. John has kindly taken the time to answer a few questions and share some of of his ‘LP insights’ with us below… Do you see your…

May LP of the Month - Anne Fossemalle of EBRD

Anne Fossemalle is Head of Private Equity Practice at EBRD and joined us at SuperReturn International in Berlin as an LP speaker covering Russia and investor outlooks. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is a highly respected institution which has a diverse portfolio of fascinating projects and investments across Europe. They have developed a unique strategy of investing…

The Future of Chinese Companies' Outbound M&A: The Importance of Geographic Focus

By Andy Wu (original article here) Chinese companies’ outbound M&A activity Chinese companies have burst onto the global M&A scene in recent years. High-profile deals like the 2008 purchase of CIFA by Zoomlion in partnership with Goldman Sachs, Hony Capital and Mandarin Capital Partners, the 2010 Volvo acquisition by Geely, and the Nexen – CNOOC…

The Future Of Industrial Chinese Companies Outbound M&A: The Importance Of Local Guanxi

Alberto Forchielli recently spoke at SuperReturn China in Beijing on Outbound Chinese Investment and will be joining us again as a speaker at SuperReturn Asia in Hong Kong later this year. Here, Alberto shares a recent article with us, the original of which can be found on his blog. According to Wikipedia, “Guanxi describes the…

April LP of the Month - Jo Taylor of OTPP

Jo Taylor recently joined us at SuperReturn International in Berlin as an LP speaker covering LP Perceptions of Private Equity as an Asset Class. Jo heads up the EMEA investment team at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP), one of the largest and most sophisticated LPs in the world. The OTPP is a truly global investor with a deep and…

Getting To Know...Edward Grefenstette of DCT

Edward Grefenstette is the CIO of Dietrich Charitable Trusts and is one of our excellent speakers at SuperReturn China. We wanted to get to know Edward a little better in the lead up to the conference so he has kindly shared some insights and opinions with us in the following interview: What is your business goal…

March LP of the Month - Rosa Estrada, Intel Corporation

Rosa Estrada recently joined us at SuperInvestor U.S.in San Francisco as an LP speaker, covering the topics of Differentiation and LP Commitments. We at SuperReturn have selected Rosa as the March LP of the Month because of Intel Corporation’s sophisticated global investing programme and continuing commitment to private equity as an asset class. Short bio: Rosa joined…

What’s Hot at SuperReturn China 2013?

SuperReturn China 2013 is shaping up to be a really exciting event even if, as the Director of the event, I do say so myself! With under a month until the event kicks off in Beijing, I wanted to give you a rundown of my highlights for you to look out for: 1. Chinese LPs!…

China Outbound Investment: A Conquering Army Is Only As Strong As Its Supply Lines - Alberto Forchielli

In the aftermath of WWII, the corporations of a victorious America were largely untouched by the fighting. Among the few left in a condition to rebuild, they were certainly the strongest. In the decades that followed, the great American industrial corporations invested heavily all over the world, but they did not do it alone. As…

Getting To Know...Guy Hands of Terra Firma

Guy Hands is the Chairman and CIO of Terra Firma and spoke at SuperReturn International in Berlin in February on Ex-Growth Europe – How Will Private Equity Continue To Produce Good Returns?  1. Is PE in better or worse shape than before the great recession? The obvious answer would be worse.  Although the credit markets in Europe are showing signs of life…

Venture Capital Spotlight - Kate Mitchell of Scale Venture Partners

Kate Mitchell is the Managing Director of Scale Venture Partners and will be speaking at SuperInvestor U.S. in San Francisco on Early Versus Late Stage VC as well as VC exits. Here, Kate kindly shares her views on the current state of venture capital, publicity, tech potential and the positive impact of venture-backed, high-growth companies.…

Getting to Know...John Powers and Phillip Cummins

Two of our most exciting speakers at SuperReturn China in April, John Powers and Phillip Cummins, spend a bit of time with us sharing their views on private equity in China and what make them tick. John is President and CEO at Stanford Management Company and Phillip is Principal, Global Private Equity, at QIC in…

Getting To Know...Kevin Albert of Pantheon

Kevin Albert is a Partner at Pantheon and will be speaking at SuperReturn International in Berlin, 25-28 February, on The Effects of Industry Shakeout and The Key Challenges of 2015-20. How will the trend towards customised accounts, co-investments & directs change the private equity landscape over the next cycle? I have a slightly different answer to…

Getting To Know...Edmond Ng of Axiom Asia

Edmond Ng is a Founder and Managing Partner of Axiom Asia Private Capital, an Asia focused private equity fund of funds management firm with $2.5 billion under management. Edmond will be speaking at SuperReturn China in April where he will be moderating a session entitled Regulation: Update On Regulatory Change In Chinese Private Equity: Everything You Need…

SuperReturn International - 10% Discount Offer

SuperReturn International 2013, the private equity industry’s premiere annual gathering, is taking place in Berlin from 25 – 28 February and in case you haven’t registered yet, we want to offer you an exclusive 10% discount. Please quote VIP: FKR2337LID on registration. The SuperReturn App opens soon – delegates can use this to: Scroll the list of 1400…

An Economic Outlook - Roger Bootle of Capital Economics

Roger Bootle (Managing Director, Capital Economics) was interviewed by Mark O’Hare (Founder, Preqin) at SuperInvestor 2012 in Paris in November. The video interview is embedded below as well as a short written summary below that. For more information on SuperReturn and SuperInvestor events, please visit our homepage here. What are the triggers and engines for…

The Mess We're In: why politicians can't solve financial crises

Guy Fraser-Sampson, who is a regular provider of investment workshops at our events such as SuperReturn Africa in December, ventures his own explanation of the current financial and economic crisis with his latest book “The Mess We’re In: why politicians can’t solve financial crises”. As the title suggests, unlike other writers, while he acknowledges the…

Marc Faber on Middle Class Consumption in Asia and the Emerging Markets

Marc Faber, celebrated Editor and Publisher of the Gloom, Boom & Doom Report, recently attended and spoke at SuperReturn Middle East in Dubai. His chosen discussion topic was How Will Shifts in the Macroeconomic Landscape in Developed & Emerging Economies Influence Policymaking & the Response to Economic Imbalances in the Next 5-10 Years? Marc was…

SuperInvestor 2012 - Apollo's Black sees private equity tax break in jeopardy

      Christian Plumb, Chief Equities Correspondent at Thomson Reuters, kindly shares his article from SuperInvestor 2012 with us. Please see the original article here. (Reporting By Christian Plumb; Editing by Louise Heavens) Reuters – Apollo Global Management (APO.N) Chief Executive Leon Black said on Wednesday that a U.S. tax break that benefits private equity and venture…

SuperInvestor 2012 - Private equity hunts for Europe bank deals

      Christian Plumb, Chief Equities Correspondent at Thomson Reuters, kindly shares his article from SuperInvestor 2012 with us. Please see the original article here. By Christian Plumb PARIS, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Apollo Global Management, Carlyle Group and other major private equity firms said European need to unload trillions of euros in debt…

60 Seconds with Marco de Benedetti of The Carlyle Group

Marco de Benedetti is the Managing Director & Co-Head of Carlyle Europe Buyout and has kindly participated in our ’60 Seconds With’ series, sharing his insights on the industry, particularly the current economic turmoil in Europe, its effect on investment decisions as well as the opportunities that can come of it. Marco spoke at SuperReturn Asia in…

The Big Venture Capital Mistake

By Georges van Hoegaerden Georges van Hoegaerden is the Managing Director of The Venture Company. Founded in 1998 in Palo Alto – California, The Venture Company is a serial entrepreneur, CEO, investor, venture capitalist turned independent economic advisory  geared to help its clients produce renewable social economic value. In addition to having developed new macro-economic policies for many types of…

Oases of Capital Returns - Investors clock returns despite adverse market conditions

Kathleen Ng is the Managing Director of the Centre for Asia Private Equity Research and will be speaking on ‘Trends & Returns In Asian Private Equity’ on Monday 24 September at SuperReturn Asia in Hong Kong. Here, she has kindly shared an Executive Summary of a recent paper, which is downloadable in full in PDF…

Performance of Buyout Funds Revisited?

Ludovic Phalippou is a Lecturer in Finance at Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford, where he teaches the Private Equity course and the Asset Management course for the MFE, MBA and EMBA. He will be speaking at SuperReturn Asia in Hong Kong on ‘Thinking Twice About Secondary Buyouts’ on Thursday 27 September. Here,…

SuperReturn Asia - 10% discount & some key speakers and attendees!

At SuperReturn Asia in Hong Kong (24-27 September), you will meet 800 global attendees and hear in-depth coverage of private equity in China, India, Japan, Korea, Australia & SE Asia. Just some of the 160 speakers include: Saguna Malhotra, Managing Director, Private Equity, STANFORD MANAGEMENT COMPANY Kevin Tunick, VP & Managing Director, Private Investments, UNC…

SuperReturn U.S. 2012 Flashback

Over 500 delegates, including 170 LPs, attended this year’s SuperReturn U.S.  in Boston – the premier private equity conference in the U.S.  Watch the highlights video below for some of the best moments from the event.   “I’ve been attending SuperReturn conferences around the world for probably 12 years and they’re reliably the best, most…

The Great Paradox - Why Stocks Aren't Getting Respect

Jonathan M. Bergman is speaking at this year’s SuperReturn U.S. event in Boston (5-8 June) on NEW TRENDS IN ACCESSING PRIVATE EQUITY: How Are Directs, Co-investments & Managed Accounts Transforming Private Equity Investing? How Far Are LPs Changing The Way They Access The Asset Class, Is It Sustainable & What Are The Risks? Here, he shares one…

Improving Fundraising and Fund Due Diligence through Standardized Independent Analytics

By Prof. O. Gottschalg, HEC School of Management, Paris Professor Oliver Gottschalg is speaking at this year’s SuperReturn U.S. event in Boston (5-8 June). He will be presenting new research on ‘Fundraising Performance – Insight Into New Approaches & Methods To Highlight True Outperformance & Help GPs Demonstrate Effectively & Objectively Their Strengths To LPs’.…

Making Sense of the Eurozone Crisis by Rod Sutton, Chairman, Asia Pacific

Ahead of next week’s SuperReturn China event, we showcase an article by Rod Sutton, Chairman at Asia Pacific who will be speaking at the event.  A recent FTI Consulting survey of more than 800 top executives in Asia, the Middle East and North America found that two-thirds (64%) of the respondents expected at least one of…

Views from the SuperReturn Latin America Experts...In 60 Seconds.

Where does Latin America sit within your private equity portfolio, and do you see this changing? Patricia Dinneen, Managing Director, Siguler Guff & Company – “Increasing in importance and overall allocation but not equally across Latin America.  Brazil still number 1, expect to increase in Colombia.” Delaney Brown, Head of the Americas,Hermes GPE – “We…

The SuperReturn International 2012 Round-up

By Kalpana Fitzpatrick SuperReturn International 2012 once again lived up to being the private equity industry’s most popular event and this year saw yet more high profile speakers, along with rock star Bob Geldof, delivering powerful messages to over 1,500 attendees. The event, which took place at the Intercontinental Hotel in Berlin, saw a mix…

Hands makes a plea for Europe

By Kalpana Fitzpatrick Now is the time for the private equity industry to focus on the opportunities in Europe, according to Guy Hands, chairman of Terra Firma. Speaking at the SuperReturn International event in Berlin, he told delegates that investment opportunities will arise from European banks selling assets. “Bank assets that have been sitting around for several…

Geldof labels PE as "mad" for overlooking Africa

Written by Kalpana Fitzpatrick The private equity industry is missing out on significant opportunities in Africa, according to Bob Geldof, who labelled the industry as “mad” for being so oblivious.  The singer, who recently raised his own private equity fund in Africa, told delegates at SuperReturn in Berlin that private equity was a major vehicle…

Rubenstein: Big Opportunities in Europe

By Kalpana Fitzpatrick Speaking at the SuperReturn International in Berlin, Rubenstein told a packed room of delegates:  ”Europe is going to take a few years to get through the problems.  I think it should redefine itself as an emerging market; everyone is interested in emerging markets.” He added that Europe was the single biggest opportunity…

Private Equity and Employment by Steven J. Davis, John Haltiwanger, Ron Jarmin, Josh Lerner and Javier Miranda

Josh Lerner, Jacob H Schiff Professor of Investment Banking at Harvard Business School, is one of our special guest speakers at SuperReturn International 2012 this year. Here we present the abstract and link to the second of his recent academic papers, Private Equity & Employment written with  Steven J. Davis, John Haltiwanger, Ron Jarmin and Javier Miranda. Private equity critics claim…

The Consequences of Entrepreneurial Finance: Evidence from Angel Financings by Josh Lerner

Josh Lerner, Jacob H Schiff Professor of Investment Banking at Harvard Business School, is one of our special guest speakers at SuperReturn International 2012 this year. His presentation will take place on Thursday 1st March, and is entitled: “Transparent, Opaque or Translucent? Information & The Private Equity Industry.” He will follow this with an in-depth panel…

SuperInvestor U.S. Interview with Shawn T. Carolan, Managing Director, Menlo Ventures.

Ahead of SuperInvestor U.S. 2012 we interviewed Shawn T. Carolan, Managing Director, Menlo Ventures to get his thoughts on social media, super angels and whether it is still cool to be a venture capitalist. Shawn will be taking part in an expert panel session which will focus on how realistic and sustainable the recent extraordinary valuations…

Interview with Antonia Henbest, Conference Director for SuperInvestor U.S. 2012

Ahead of SuperInvestor U.S 2012, we spoke to Antonia Henbest who is responsible for organising the inaugural event in San Francisco. In this interview she takes us through her role as well as outlining what delegates can look forward to at next week’s conference. Take us through your role as a conference producer for the SuperReturn…

Investor Nomenclature and the Venture Spiral by Manu Kumar, Chief Firestarter at K9 Ventures

Manu Kumar, Chief Firestarter at K9 Ventures will be taking part in an expert panel session at the upcoming SuperInvestor U.S. event in San Francisco. This session will be focusing on how the challenge from Super Angel investing is going to impact the traditional venture capital industry as well as exploring what unique elements Super…

The SuperReturn 2011 Annual Roundup

It has been a very busy and successful year for the SuperReturn Global Series. Kate Roberts, Portfolio Director for the SuperReturn events looks back on the events of this year and discusses what you can expect to see in 2012. What have been the key topics discussed within private equity at the events this year?…

Looking back on SuperReturn Africa 2011

For more information, visit the SuperReturn Africa website here Thank you to everyone who attended SuperReturn Africa in 2011.  The overwhelming feedback we received was that it was a hugely enjoyable event for all our delegates and speakers. We are already looking ahead to 2012, and with over 300 delegates, and more than 100 expert…

SuperInvestor 2011: Round-Up

By: Kalpana Fitzpatrick   This year’s SuperInvestor was in its most popular year yet, with over 800 attendees,  including over 250 LPs, packed sessions and high profile speakers. The private equity event, which took place in Paris at The Westin Hotel, saw speeches from over 230 industry professionals, including investors, academics, and GPs/LPs with tremendous networking…

Impact Investing: Passing Buzz or Paradigm Shift?

      By: Bart Meijs – founder and CFO of InReturn Capital and the InReturn East Africa Fund (www.inreturncapital.com).  Bart will be speaking on realising impact at the SuperReturn Africa Conference, Nairobi, 29 November 2011, 17:15-17:45. While the impact investing market is still young, it is growing and estimates state that over the next ten years…

LPs take charge of their destiny

By Kalpana Fitzpatrick The private equity industry is going through a transformation where LPs want to be in charge of their destiny and are not interested in pre-packaged products, according to the chief investment officer of Wellcome Trust. Speaking at the SuperInvestor event in Paris, Danny Truell told delegates that although some investors were happy…

Hands: kick the bad habits of the "woodstock" years

By Kalpana Fitzpatrick Transforming businesses and creating value is what the private industry does best and it should not forget that, Guy Hands, Chairman and CIO of Terra Firma, said. Speaking at SuperInvestor 2011 in Paris, Hands told private equity investors to stop wasting time on continuous fundraising and instead invest time in creating value.…

Toward a Bottom-Up Approach to Assessing Sovereign Default Risk

  Ahead of SuperInvestor 2011 in Paris we showcase new research by Ed Altman, Max L Heine Professor of Finance, NYU Stern School. He will be addressing the conference on the current conditions and outlooks in sovereign and corporate credit markets – and how far Europe and the Euro are on the brink. During the…

MENA Private Equity Commentary: The Elusive Floodgates

Gibson Dunn, a leading global law firm, are a valued supporter of SuperReturn Middle East 2011. Here we present exclusive findings & thoughts from their well respected MENA partners, Nicholas Tomlinson and Paul Harter.  In the frenzy that preceded the financial crisis, there was much fanfare about private equity in the Middle East and North Africa…

Watch the highlights from SuperReturn Asia 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ftlc-yXNyQs This flashback video looks back on some of the highlights from SuperReturn Asia 2011 which was held in Hong Kong, China. Thank you to all those who attended for making this an extremely interesting and enjoyable event.

SuperReturn Asia 2011 – The Highlights

This year’s SuperReturn Asia attracted over 750 delegates at what has become known as the quality private equity/venture capital event in Asia today. The event in Hong Kong saw a mix of GPs and LPs attend to listen to some high profile speakers and the opportunity to network with experts in the region as well…

Standards must improve in Asian PE

By Kalpana Fitzpatrick Fund of funds could help set the standards in Asian private equity over the next few years, John Schumacher, chairman at New York Life Capital Partners, said. Speaking at SuperReturn Asia 2011 on a LP panel debate, Schumacher said investing in the Asian market came with a number of challenges and that…

China's growth comes with responsibility

By Kalpana Fitzpatrick China is expected to generate some of the best returns in private equity over the next three years according to industry experts, but it will have to take on a greater role in global leadership if it is to sustain the growth. Speaking at SuperReturn Asia 2011 in Hong Kong, Lord Mark…

GP/LP relationships put to the test

By Kalpana Fitzpatrick GPs must establish good relationships with LPs if they are to continue winning private equity mandates, particularly at a time when many are streamlining relationships and taking bigger sizes with fewer managers. Speaking at the SuperReturn Asia 2011 in Hong Kong, a panel of LPs argued that GPs played a key role…

Strong PE growth expected in China

By Kalpana Fitzpatrick China’s private equity industry could become bigger than that of West, according to a Cambridge professor. Speaking ahead of SuperReturn Asia, Peter Williamson, Professor of International Management at Judge Business School and fellow of Jesus College, University of Cambridge, said although it would take some years before China surpassed the West, it…

Sun Zi’s Principles of Strategy: Conducting Due Diligence on Firm Performance

Ahead of this year’s SuperReturn Asia conference, Professor Lee Khai Sheang of NUS Business School, Singapore shares the abstract for his special guest speaker presentation which will be held on Wednesday 21 September at 11:45am. To provide you with some out-of-the industry thinking, this interesting presentation will focus on conducting due diligence on firm performance,…

Scott McCormack, Partner at Granite Capital Management discusses investing in Africa at SuperReturn Emerging Markets 2011

Scott McCormack, Partner at Granite Capital Management, took part in an expert panel session at SuperReturn Emerging Markets 2011 which focused on assessing which emerging economies will produce the best long-term results in the private equity space and generate sustainable deal flow and exit opportunities. In this interview with Miriam Schmitter, Managing Director of Cambridge…