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Buyout firms are most times control freaks: they expect to take majority positions in companies – and for very good reason.  
The most important assets in private equity are people. Key men and women throughout the industry are not just helping to deliver superior returns on the funds they manage but are also advancing the cause of private equity amongst the investor community, amongst regulators and government agencies – and even amongst those labelled: “the general public.”  
Stepping through the doors of London’s Hilton Metropole hotel for the opening day of the 2005 EVCA Symposium, one was met by the soothing strains of the kind of background music so typical of hotel foyers the world over. By the end of the day though, delegates may have been more in the mood for the pounding rhythms of “Feelin’ hot, hot, hot”.  
Delegates at the 2005 European Private Equity Real Estate Forum gathered in London this week to discuss the development of a small but growing European asset class: private equity real estate, or PERE.  

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