GLOBAL MOVERS: ADVOCATES AND SKEPTICS

SARAH ALEXANDER
Emerging Markets Private Equity Association

As the private equity model strengthens in developing economies around the world, the need to share information about these markets has increased. Alexander, a former EMP Global professional, is an organiser and disseminator of this data and as emerging markets private equity has surged, so has her visibility in the global market.

JAVIER ECHARRI
European Private Equity & Venture Capital Association

Private equity is good for the European Union, but has the EU been good for private equity? Echarri, the secretary general of the EVCA, and his team are working hard to make sure the lawmakers and bureaucrats of Europe understand and even root for the continued growth of private equity.

CHUCK GRASSLEY
US Senate

This Iowa Republican, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, and sponsor of the new Hedge Fund Registration Act of 2007, has this to say about private investment GPs: “These funds don't want people to know what they do and have fought hard to keep it that way. Well, I think that's all the more reason to shed some sunlight on them to see what they're up to.”

MARK HEESEN
National Venture Capital Association

As buyout firms scramble to rebrand themselves as “change equity” shops, they'll want to pay more attention to the way the NVCA has, over the past 30 years, painted VC firms as innovators and job creators. Heesen is an old hand in this regard.

PETER LINTHWAITE
British Venture Capital Association

As the UK private equity industry, a vital component of the nation's economy, is buffeted by labour, tax and pension issues, Linthwaite has been there to argue that hobbling a golden goose is not good policy.

DOUGLAS LOWENSTEIN
Private Equity Council

Washington DC-based Lowenstein has barely been at the helm of his new lobbying group for three months and his plate is full – tax increases, regulatory strictures, labour agitation. US policy makers are going to be seeing a lot of Lowenstein.

PAUL MALONEY
GMB

This quick-witted spokesperson for the UK trade union wants to know why private equity has done so well but his union members aren't any better off. If you don't have a good answer, Maloney has a camel he'd like you to meet.

HECTOR SANTS
Financial Services Authority

Sants is pointperson within the FSA on an inquiry into the risk that private equity may pose to the financial markets. Sants and team have singled out market abuse and conflicts of interest as posing a high risk. The inquiry continues.

DAVID WALKER
Private Equity Working Group

Sir David Walker, the former chairman of Morgan Stanley International, has been charged with creating transparency standards for private equity firms, to head off further rules from UK lawmakers and regulators who take a dim view of secrecy.

MARK WISEMAN
Institutional Limited Partners Association

His day job is senior vice president for private investments at the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. In his “spare time” Wiseman leads an organisation whose members have $850 billion in combined capital, and who are increasingly comparing notes.